Springboard to an Advanced Degree: Undergraduates Can Gain Accelerated Entry to the Middlebury Institute at Monterey

February 14, 2023
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SUA has partnered with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey to provide Soka students with the opportunity to gain accelerated entry admission to its master’s degree program and scholarships. This significant alliance will benefit undergraduates interested in pursuing an advanced degree in international relations for years to come.

The mission of the Middlebury Institute is to educate professionals to advance understanding, promote peace, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world. “There is a significant alignment between the programs at MIIS and many of our programs, which should also help generate interest among our students,” said Bryan Penprase, Soka’s vice president for sponsored research and external academic relations. “The combination of SUA’s liberal arts foundation and advanced training at MISS will equip our SUA graduates to have even deeper and more meaningful impact on helping our world move toward a more peaceful and sustainable future.”

Prof. Penprase said the large reduction in the cost of Middlebury Institute degree programs for Soka students is a great incentive to explore them. The institute has provided a scholarship commitment to Soka alumni that:

  • Covers 25% tuition for Soka alumni enrolling in Middlebury Institute degree programs.
  • Provides a matching $10,000 scholarship to Soka alumni awarded SUA’s $10,000 Makiguchi Memorial Educational Fund upon enrolling in Middlebury Institute degree programs.

The institute offers master’s degrees in International Policy and Development, MPA in Social Change, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, International Education Management, International Environmental Policy, International Trade Translation, Interpretation Translation and Localization Management, TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language. Learn more about MISS and its programs online.

In addition to this new partnership with the Middlebury Institute, students can also take courses at SUA that count toward master’s degrees at University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and Claremont Graduate University. Learn more about the SUA/Kroc School programs and about the Soka/CGU programs online.