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To apply, visit our online application portal and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in.

To help you prepare, please review the following information and our application deadlines.

How-To Videos

Watch our videos on how to apply, how to finance your education, and how to ace your admissions interview. We also include customized instructions for international students.

Application Checklist

Essays

We require a few essays highlighting your career objectives and how your background fits with the program and the Institute. To find out the specific questions, please start your application.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Your résumé or CV should highlight your educational background and professional experience, including voluntary work and internships, in one or two pages. Most of our graduate programs do not have specific professional experience requirements.

Personal Scholarship Statement

To be considered for merit and need-based scholarships, please include a personal scholarship statement with your online application. To find out the details of the scholarship statement, please start your application.

Application Fee

Through our online application, you will be able to pay the $65 application fee with a credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit or debit cards. Application fee waivers are available for students affiliated with our partner organizations or schools.

Undergraduate Transcripts

Digital copies of your (official or unofficial) transcripts can be uploaded to your online application or emailed to enroll@miis.edu to expedite the review of your application. If admitted, you will need to ensure that your official transcripts are mailed directly to our office (address below) or sent via e-transcript to enroll@miis.edu.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies 
Attn: Admissions Office 
460 Pierce Street 
Monterey, CA 93940  

If you are currently attending a bachelor’s degree program, we can grant you admission with the condition that you satisfactorily complete your degree and provide final official transcripts.

If your college or university does not provide original transcripts, we will accept certified copies. Please provide certified English translations for non-English language transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

Although we only require one letter of recommendation for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit two. We accept recommendations from both academic and professional references, such as university professors, employers, supervisors, or commanding officers. Please provide the contact details for one or two recommenders through your online application. Your references will receive an email requesting that they submit the letter of recommendation through an online form.

Interview

Listen to our podcast on how to ace your admissions interview.

GRE or GMAT

We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs. However, competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions.

Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

TOEFL or IELTS

If English is not your first language, 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. Your scores are valid for two years after the test date.

  • TOEFL preferred minimum: 100 overall 
  • IELTS preferred minimum: 7.5 overall

If necessary, you may have the opportunity to improve your English language skills through our English Preparation for Graduate Studies program, for which scholarships are available.

TOEFL/IELTS exemptions are automatically granted to applicants who have completed high school and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, or Singapore. Please contact your enrollment advisor if you have any questions.

You can submit your online application without your TOEFL or IELTS scores and provide them later via enroll@miis.edu.

Second Language Proficiency (only for TFL)

If the language you would like to teach differs from your native language, you will need to submit a writing sample and complete a phone interview to demonstrate your language proficiency.

  • To find out the topic of the writing sample, please start your application.
  • Our language faculty will contact you by phone or email to arrange the interview.

TESOL does not have second language proficiency requirements.

Advanced Entry

  • The ideal candidate for TESOL advanced entry has already completed course work toward a TESOL specialization or degree, or has completed course work in applied linguistics, linguistics, and/or language teaching.

  • The ideal candidate for TFL advanced entry has already completed course work in applied linguistics, linguistics, and/or language teaching.

  • Please indicate that you would like to be considered for advanced entry on your online application.