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Learn how to apply to the online MA in International Education Management (IEM).

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 and how to finance your education. We also include customized instructions for international students.

Application Checklist

  • Online application, which includes the following:
    • Essay
    • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • $65 application fee (nonrefundable)
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation (two preferred)
  • Interview in person or online (if needed)
  • GRE or GMAT scores (not required)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge 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.

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.

Application Fee

Through our online application, you will be able to pay the nonrefundable $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 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

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.

Letter(s) 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.


Submit your online application to access our guide How to Ace Your Admissions Interview. If you have already submitted your application but 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 [4507] to send us your scores.

TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English proficiency from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations, or Cambridge (B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency). 

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years after the test date. Cambridge scores do not expire.

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

Based on our review of your scores, English may be required as your language of study (in-person programs only). 

TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge 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

Required scores:

  • TOEFL preferred minimum: 100 
    • Sub-score minimum for Reading and Listening: 25
    • Sub-score minimum for Speaking: 23
    • Sub-score minimum for Writing: 27
  • IELTS preferred minimum: 7.0
    • Sub-score minimum for Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing: 7.0
  • Cambridge (B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency) preferred minimum: 185
    • Sub-score minimum for Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing: 185