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.
Watch our videos on how to apply and how to finance your education. We also include customized instructions for international students.
Online application, which includes the following:
One letter of recommendation (two preferred)
Interview in person or online (if needed)
GRE or GMAT scores (not required)
TOEFL or IELTS scores (required only for nonnative English speakers)
We require one essay highlighting your career objectives and how your background fits with the program and the Institute. To find out the specific question, please start your application.
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.
To be considered for merit and need-based scholarships, please include personal scholarship statements with your online application. To find out the details of the scholarship statements, please start your application.
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.
Digital copies of your (official or unofficial) transcripts can be uploaded to your online application or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Submit your online application to access our guide on How to Ace Your Admissions Interview. If you have already submitted your application and have not received the guide please contact your enrollment advisor.
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  to send us your scores.
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: 80 overall
- IELTS preferred minimum: 6.5 overall
Based on our review of your scores, English may be required as your language of study.
TOEFL/IELTS exemptions are automatically granted to applicants who have completed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students admitted to our MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies are guaranteed a full scholarship (covering tuition, housing, and food) for a summer language program at the Middlebury Language Schools.
Proficiency in a second language is a requirement in our degree programs.
We recommend that you’ve completed the equivalent of one year of college-level language study before your first semester.
Languages regularly offered include Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Other languages may be available upon inquiry.
While many of our students come to the Institute proficient in a second language, others build their second language skills prior to enrollment. We will work with you to help you meet the minimum proficiency level in your chosen language of study.
Students with a relevant master’s degree (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale) may be eligible for the accelerated entry option, allowing you to complete your degree in three full-time semesters.
Students with relevant professional experience (at least seven years) and a relevant master’s degree (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale) may be eligible for an advanced-entry option, allowing you to complete your degree in two full-time semesters.
Please indicate that you would like to be considered for accelerated or advanced entry on your online application.