From the School

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.

Overview

Applicants
107
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.38
Years Work Experience
3
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT
490 - 640
GPA
3.19 - 3.59

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
December 1

Regular Application Deadline
March 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
August 1

Overall

From the School

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
Students may choose to pursue a second Master’s Degree by combining MBA curriculum with coursework from International Policy, International Environmental Policy, or Translation Localization Management.


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 talentedprofessors.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
34

56
Full-time
44
Part-time
15
Female
12
Minority


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Students may select from a variety of elective courses focusing on sustainability, green business or triple bottom line, such as "Marketing Research at the Base of the Pyramid", "Building and Sustaining Social Venture", "Green Marketing", "Innovations for Sustainability", "Environmental Issues in Business", “Business Models for Sustainable Development”, “Poverty, Business Strategy & Sustainability”, "Business and Sustainability", and "Globalization Management and Strategy". All students are required to do an International Business Plan project, which focuses on sustainable business strategies.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
All students are required to complete an International Business Plan, a team based consulting project with a client firm. Projects cover a wide variety of industries, and all contain an analysis of how to implement strategies for sustainable business success. For example, a student team conducted a project for Guyaki to develop product lines to help reforest the Amazon, and incorporate carbon neutrality into their business processes. Another IBP plan worked with a non-governmental organization in the Sacred Valley of Peru and developed a business plan to make vodka from locally sourced potatoes-the profits from this endeavor will be used for community development. Other sustainable research projects included business plans for Plan-It Hardware, International Sea Keepers, EcoMentum, and Convergent Energy. Students may also participate in consulting projects and research through the Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE Center). Projects look at ways to adapt products and services to foreign markets in sustainable ways. Projects have included a marketing plan for a herder cooperative in Inner Mongolia that is looking to sell sustainable cashmere around the world; and development of a system to rank Chinese SMEs in terms of their CSR practices that were presented to a group of Chinese executives at the Beijing WTO. Our Frontier Market Scouts program places student with social capital investment organizations abroad to seek promising entrepreneurs and match them with social capital funders.Student reaseach best business practices, qualities of successful entrepreneurs, and other key issues in the growing social venture capital world. Students may also serve on the Institute's Sustainability Council, which looks at ways the campus may be more sustainable. Recent projects include LEED Certification training programs, development of an organic garden and composting center on campus, drafting of a campus wide Green/Sustainable Building Policy, waste reduction programs, and an environmental audit. The Monterey Institute has recently set a goal to become Carbon Neutral by 2016. More info may be seen at the following websites:http://www.miis.edu/about/sustainability

School's environmental commitment 1:
Our Curriculum at the Fisher International MBA requires all students to complete an International Business Plan, a team based consulting project in which students advise companies on sustainable business strategies and business development. Additionally we have numerous workshops and courses focused on sustainable business, green business, triple bottom line strategies, such as "Sustainability & Business Opportunity", "Poverty, Business Strategy & Sustainability", "Environment and Natural Resource Finance", "Business Models for Sustainable Development", "Diffusion of Sustainable Technologies at the Bottom of the Pyramid", "Social Entrepreneurship", "Socially Responsible Investing", "Business Planning for Sustainability",. Students may also take courses in the International Policy Studies, International Environmental Policy, or International Public Administration/Social Change Management programs on campus.The MBA faculty have partnered with faculty from the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy to design an integrated, five semester dual degree program combining concepts from sustainable business and environmental stewardship throughout the program.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The School and Institute Community provide many opportunities for students to become actively involved in sustainability issues. We have a strong chapter of Net Impact, which hosts speaker series, and an annual conference. Students have also used a vacant lot near campus to start an Organic Community Garden and Composting Program, providing organic fruits and vegetables to the Institute community and cutting down on waste.Students host Earth day/week events to raise awareness of environmental issues in the local and regional community, and have an ongoing tree planting project on the old Fort Ord porpoerty, raising seedlings from locally sourced acorns, and doing plantings several times per year.

School's environmental commitment 3:
At the Institute level, students are members of task forces and councils that look at sustainability issues for our campus. We have a Sustainability Council, an Environmental Task Force, and participate in a number of nationally and internationally recognized environmental and sustainability focused organizations. We are a signatory to the Taillories Declaration and the Presidents Climate Committment. More info may be seen at: http://www.miis.edu/about/sustainability. Our parent institution, Middlebury College, is a forerunner in environmental education and sustainable campus inititives. Faculty teach at both campuses during January sessions, and collaborate on environmental issues.

Career overview

From The School

The Center for Academic and Career Advising offers career coaching appointments, group workshops, and opportunities to meet industry experts. Fisher Career Management staff are committed to assisting students in obtaining experiential learning opportunities, mentor relationships, internships, and ultimately satisfying employment.

Fisher alumni have built careers in every corner of the business world, and are involved in key emerging markets. Top employers include companies such as: HSBC, HP, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Deloitte & Touche, Accenture, as well as a many non-profits, NGOs, and government employers.

Career Rating
77

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

18%
General Management
14%
Marketing
9%
Consulting
9%
Finance/Accounting
9%
Other
5%
Operations/Logistics
5%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

57%
West
21%
Southwest
14%
International
7%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
General Management 18%
Marketing / Sales 14%
Consulting 9%
Finance / Accounting 9%
Other 9%
Information Technology 5%
Operations / Logistics 5%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Non-profit 18%
Real Estate 14%
Technology 14%
Consulting 9%
Consumer Products 5%
Financial Services 5%
Government 5%

Prominent Alumni

Fumio Matsushima
Head of Private Banking, HSBC Japan

Laurent-Gabriel Vinay
CEO/President, Hugo Boss Japan

Elizabeth Powell
Vice President of Customer Service, Motorola

Naoko Yanaghara
Vice President of AT&T Japan

Andrew Elliott
North America Director of Software & Services, Nokia

Overview

From The School

Financial Aid
Merit-based scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants; amounts range from $4000 to $15,000. Veterans of military services or family members of veterans may be eligible for veteran’s benefits and/or the Yellow Ribbon Program. Other scholarships may be awarded by outside foundations and private donors. Students may also qualify for federal student loans, Graduate PLUS Loans, and the Federal Work-Study Program.

Cost of Study
In 2009-10, full-time tuition was $31,000 per academic year, plus a student activity fee of $56. Students can also expect to spend approximately $900 per academic year on books and supplies and an additional $1,752 for the mandatory health insurance policy.

Living and Housing Costs
Students typically pay between $600 and $1000 per month for a one-bedroom apartment or $750 to $1500 for a two-bedroom apartment, depending on size and location. Other expenses include $150 to $200 per month for food, $100 per month for local transportation, and $100 to $200 for personal expenses.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Aug 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$25,967

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$10,163

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
95%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
95%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
98%

New Students Receiving Loans
51%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$33,950
Fees (In-State)
$56

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,615
Fees (In-State)
$56

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$17,111
Academic Expenses
$900

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
82

Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

37.00%
Minorities
45.00%
International

49% female
51% male

Campus Life

From The School

The Fisher MBA program is characterized by its diverse student body, comprised of 50% international students and 50% women. Fisher MBAs have a broad range of previous work experience including software engineers, entrepreneurs, linguists, non-profit managers, accountants, former Peace Corps volunteers, and many others. As a microcosm of the world, the Fisher International MBA Program is the ideal setting for aspiring business executives to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in today's complex, cross-cultural business environments.
The Monterey Institute is located in downtown Monterey just blocks away from historic Fisherman's Wharf. The Monterey Institute campus consists of 16 buildings comprised of academic and administrative facilities, some of which are listed on the Monterey historical register.

Research Centers
The Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports provides education, consulting, and research in the area of business globalization and localization. The Monterey Institute also houses the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Students Say

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.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Devin Lueddeke
Enrollment Manager

Address
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone
831-647-4123

Email
admit@miis.edu
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Key Stats

107
Applicants
82
Size
73%
Acceptance Rate

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