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Monterey Institute of International Studies Fisher Graduate School of International Business Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Advanced Entry (1-Year).

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 73% accepted out of 107 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.38
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 567
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Information

The committee requires from its applicants the following materials for admission: an official GMAT score report; a personal essay; undergraduate GPA and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended; letters of recommendation; work experience; and two years of foreign language study. Most students average three to four years ...The committee requires from its applicants the following materials for admission: an official GMAT score report; a personal essay; undergraduate GPA and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended; letters of recommendation; work experience; and two years of foreign language study. Most students average three to four years of work experience. A GRE score will suffice in lieu of the GMAT. Second language proficiency (which is also required), can be acquired through an intensive language immersion program offered by the school the summer prior to entrance.

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 82
Percent International Students 45%
Total Full-Time Faculty 34
Full-Time Faculty 56%

Student Life

At MIIS “students are responsible, well rounded, and honest.” They are also “aware of international issues,” “socially conscious,” and “culturally sensitive.” Students are “motivated by new and creative ideas” and “have a desire to operate outside of their comfort zones.” They have “a great combination of international experience and curios­ity. Many students have been in the Peace Corps or are going. Many are bilingual or mul­tilingual.” Most have lived and worked abroad or are international students visiting from other countries.“You can’t ask for a more beautiful area than the Monterey Bay peninsula.” Monterey is located on the coast in central California about two hours south of San Francisco. It has a population of about 30,000 residents, making it “fairly quiet.” There are “wonderful restaurants in town and in surrounding areas.” However, there is “not much variety in night life.” The school sponsors a monthly happy hour during which students mingle with faculty and staff, and students also interact with students in other programs through various activities. There is a scuba club, a golf club, as well as a Women in Business club, just to name a few. There are also “many opportunities for outdoor activ­ities in the surrounding area.”

Career

The Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) for the Fisher International MBA program “acts as an ‘executive search firm’,” helping students “target potential employ­ers and enhance their value.” Students are assigned advisors during the admissions process, and career planning starts from day one. They offer personal consultations, as well as a multitude of workshops covering topics, such as salary negotiation, how to interview, and networking. Students admit the office “is slowly pulling things together.” What hampers this process is the school’s size and location. Not many recruiters are com­ing to campus, and one student reports you can “expect to get a job and an internship on your own.” However, there is an online job resource for both students and alumni, and the school hosts an annual career fair, which draws more than 100 employers to campus. The top five employers who hired graduates last year were the following companies: PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Veritas Wealth Advisors, Ernst & Young, LeCroy Corp, Foundation for Community Development.

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About

The Fisher International MBA Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies prepares professionals to operate successfully in the global business environment of the 21st century. Its diverse student body, comprised of 50% international students and 50% women, as well as its 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio makes the Fisher MBA program particularly unique and highly personalized. The Fisher International MBA Program has been providing MBA degrees with an international emphasis for over 30 years and is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for schools of business. For the past four years, the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine have ranked The Fisher International MBA Program as one of the top graduate business programs committed to success in entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Students Say

The Fisher International MBA program at MIIS offers students just what it says it does, an MBA in international business. Not only that, but the campus itself, located in central California, has an international feel. “Half the students in every class are international students,” and all are required to be proficient in a second language. Students are also “encouraged to study abroad.” “I came here to avoid being around the traditional busi­ness school student wanting to go make millions and maximize profit without caring about social or environmental impact.” There is an emphasis on green business strate­gies, as well as an understanding of what the future of business will actually look like. “The school itself is entrepreneurial. This year, it launched an innovative program in partnership with social impact investment firms to send students out to emerging coun­tries like Vietnam, India, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The students work with the venture firms directly.” The program’s focus is on language studies, environmental issues, corpo­rate responsibility, and cross-cultural negotiation. “Last year as a part of the sustainabil­ity lecture series, business leaders from interesting new ventures like Revolution Foods and Numi Tea came to lecture weekly.” Students appreciate the “cross-sector focus, specifically international development and environmental policy.” They also like the “accessibility to other disciplines.” At MIIS students have the opportunity to specialize or opt for a dual degree. They can work toward an MBA, as well as an MA in fields, such as environmental policy, public administration, and translation.Students love “the international perspective, the size (for its adaptability, personal atten­tion, etc.), the innovative nature of the curriculum, and the focus on sustainability.” “The school is small but packs a punch. In the same week, students could see guest lecturers on Nuclear Proliferation in Iran, and representatives from Denmark talk about how the country achieved a 100 percent growth rate without an increase in petroleum use.” Because of its small size, “everything is personalized. The administration has designed the program, so that no two students’ experience is the same, each being custom tailored to the student’s professional goals.” “If we want to see something happen, we can make it happen.” “The administration is forward-thinking and proactive in finding new and exciting directions for the school; there is an ability to adapt quickly to new trends in education and business.” Some professors are “excellent” and “frequently engage with students” outside of class. Students say professors are on a first-name basis with many students. One suggests “the academic rigor could be more standardized. Some courses are highly rigorous, while others are not.” Others worry that “a couple really good pro­fessors retired this term.” They hope they will be replaced “with equally talented professors.”

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Academic

Two Year MBA program Designed for students from non-business undergraduate programs, looking to transition to business management opportunities.

Advanced Entry MBA Program An accelerated, one-year Advanced Entry MBA for applicants with undergraduate degrees in business and previous business experience.

Peace Corps Master's International MBA

Offered in conjunction with the US Peace Corps.

Dual Degree Programs

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE) Center for the Blue Economy James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Center for Conflict Studies Center for East Asian Studies Center for Russian Eurasian Studies Development Project Management Institute

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Office of International Student Services http://www.miis.edu/community/internationalservices

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Student Affairs Office Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Association

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Student Affairs Office Black Students Association Chinese Students Association Friends of the Middle East Japan Forum Israel Club Muslim Students Association Hispanic Club

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Second year and Advanced Entry student teaching assistants are assigned for core courses, providing additional resources for students beyond the professor's office hours. The MBA Student Association coordinates numerous network, educational and recreational activities for MBA students and their families and faculty and staff.

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE) Center for the Blue Economy James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Center for Conflict Studies Center for East Asian Studies Center for Russian Eurasian Studies Development Project Management Institute

  • Study Abroad:

    Students are welcome to pursue study abroad programs with assistance from MBA Academic Adviser. Through Middlebury College, our parent institition, students may study at one of 37 study abroad locations. Students have recently studied in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, China, and France, and Egypt.

  • Women Support Groups:

    Student Affairs Office National Association of Women MBAs

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Monterey Institute of International Studies Fisher Graduate School of International Business include:

Andrew Elliott - North America Director of Software & Services, Nokia

Naoko Yanaghara - Vice President of AT&T Japan

Elizabeth Powell - Vice President of Customer Service, Motorola

Laurent-Gabriel Vinay - CEO/President, Hugo Boss Japan

Fumio Matsushima - Head of Private Banking, HSBC Japan

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 21%
Three Month Employment 43%
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