Please review the admissions requirements for our Development Practice and Policy programs, which include the MA in International Policy and Development and Master of Public Administration, before starting your application.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (Required)

Language Proficiency (Required)

Economics Prerequisite (Recommended)

Standardized Test Scores (Recommended)

Advanced & Accelerated Entry Opportunities

Bachelor's Degree

You must have a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university to apply for our program. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact your Enrollment Manager.

Language Proficiency

You have the opportunity to develop and integrate foreign language and intercultural communication skills within your degree program for professional purposes.

Native English Speakers

You will complete at least 8 credits of advanced language courses as part of your language and intercultural competency degree requirement. You may choose to select an additional 1-4 credits of language coursework or 1-4 credits of intercultural competency coursework to satisfy this requirement. To ensure the greatest improvement in your second language ability, the 8-12 credits of language study must be dedicated to a single language, unless you have 400-level or above proficiency.

You are expected to be at the following level by the time you begin the degree program:

Arabic, French or Spanish: At the 200-level, equivalent to second-year college level
You will have completed at least one recent academic year of beginning language coursework successfully. OR You will have completed one summer of intensive language course successfully before enrolling in your degree program.
 
Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language: At the 300-level, equivalent to third-year college level
You will have completed at least two recent academic years of language coursework successfully. OR You will have completed one recent academic year plus one summer of intensive language course successfully before enrolling in your degree program.

 

Please note that it is not the number of years of language study you have completed that determines your eligibility to enter our language program, but your ability to read, write, speak and listen in your language of choice at the time of enrollment. Your past academic coursework is not part of this requirement.

Non-Native English Speakers

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Monterey Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students.

If you did not receive your high school and/or college education in English, your Language of Study will be English. You will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the admission process.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

You must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations. Scores are valid if you've taken the exam within the last two years.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Minimum IELTS Scores
  • Internet-based test: 79
  • Writing sub-score: 23

(No sub-scores below 19)

  • 6.5 Overall

(No Sub-score below 6.0)

TOEFL or IELTS Waiver

If you have completed your entire undergraduate program at a U.S. or U.K. college or university, you will not be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS scores. These scores may also be waived on a case by case basis, if you have completed extensive academic work in English. Contact us to learn more »

Test Your Language Proficiency

Diagnostic Test

Self-assess the level at which you read, write and understand your target language of study.

Placement Test

New students are required to complete an online language placement test prior to orientation week.

Summer Language Scholarships

If you are a newly-admitted student, the Yu/Deppman and Ramaswamy Scholarships for Summer Language Study will offer you the opportunity to attend the summer language programs and to enhance your language skills before your degree program at MIIS begins. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Economics Prerequisite

While economics coursework is not a requirement to apply to the Development Practice and Policy program, we strongly recommend that you complete microeconomics and macroeconomics courses before entering your program. Learn how to meet the economics prerequisite »

You must demonstrate proficiency in microeconomics and macroeconomics before you can register for the required economics course for the International Policy and Development or Master of Public Administration programs.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required. However, if you've taken the GRE, we encourage you to submit your scores because they may positively influence merit scholarship awards. If you have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, we strongly encourage you to submit GRE scores for admission consideration. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

Advanced & Accelerated Entry Opportunities

Advanced Entry

MA in International Policy and Development Only

We grant advanced entry students up to 24 academic credits based upon their qualifications. You may qualify for advanced entry if you meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • You've already completed an advanced degree (MA, MBA, JD, PhD, etc);
  • You have more than 10 years of professional experience;
  • You've completed advanced coursework in international policy and development or a closely related field.

Accelerated Entry

We typically grant our accelerated entry students 12 academic credits based on their qualifications. You may qualify for accelerated entry if:

  • You have completed graduate-level coursework in international development or a closely related field;
  • You have 7 to 10 years of professional experience.

Transfer Credits

You may also transfer up to 25% of total degree program credits from an accredited college or university and, therefore, complete your degree in three semesters.