Will I have the opportunity to improve my language proficiency before my first semester begins?

There are many opportunities to enhance your language skills before and during your degree program. Many students attend our intensive language programs:

If I have a GPA less than the minimum requirement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), should I still apply?

Applicants to our graduate programs must have a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university and a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If you have a GPA lower than 3.0 and significant professional experience, please contact one of our Enrollment Managers during the application process.

How soon will I receive an admissions decision?

Admissions decisions for most programs are typically made 4 to 6 weeks after all application materials have been received.

However, applicants to the translation and interpretation programs should expect an admissions decision 6 to 8 weeks after each scholarship review deadline.

Once I am admitted, how much will I have to pay to reserve my spot?

Admitted students should send a non-refundable tuition deposit of US $750 to secure their enrollment.

Why are there multiple deadlines for scholarship consideration?

You can apply to our programs at any time during the year. We receive the bulk of our applications for fall admission from late autumn through early spring. After an application is received, an admissions decision will usually be made within 4-6 weeks. All admitted applications are then eligible for merit based scholarship consideration.

If I have no professional experience, should I still apply for a graduate degree?

Because graduates of the Monterey Institute strive to be practitioners in their area of expertise, many find that prior professional experience is helpful when making the decision to apply to graduate school. Such experience helps many of our students clarify and articulate their future professional goals.

Can I transfer credits towards my graduate degree?

Yes, you can transfer up to 25% of total degree credits from past graduate level coursework. Please review our advanced entry guidelines for more details.

Do I need to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admission?

GMAT scores are required for admission to the Fisher International MBA program.

For International Policy programs, TESOL or Translation & Interpretation, GRE scores are not required.  If you have taken the GRE and feel that your scores would enhance your application, please feel free to submit them.  Impressive GRE results may also positively influence receipt of a merit based scholarship.

How do you evaluate applicants for admission?

We do not adhere to a strict formula for admission. Instead, we evaluate all application materials, considering both past academic performance and professional experience, in our decision-making process.

When are the application deadlines?

We accept applications on a rolling basis: there are no specific deadlines.  You can apply anytime!  US students should submit their applications at least one month before the semester start date; international students should submit their applications at least three months in advance.

If you're applying to our Translation and Interpretation programs, please submit all materials by May 1st at the latest to ensure fall semester enrollment.