Offering an Innovative and Affordable MBA in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship
Dr. William A. Cohen (Major General, USAF, ret.)
9550 Flair Drive, Suite 500
El Monte, California 91731
P: (626) 350-1500
FEATURED MEMBER - SEPTEMBER 2013
The CIAM Difference
The California Institute of Advanced Management (a California non-profit) inspired by the philosophy of Peter Drucker, “the father of Modern Management,” offers an 11 month, low-tuition innovative MBA in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship. Student learning and leadership development is the heart of the project-based curriculum which anchors theory in consulting that assists local businesses, connects students to potential employers, and embodies the signature CIAM learning strategy, IATEP, (Immediately Applied Theory for Enhanced Performance). In-class combined with on-line sessions provides scheduling flexibility for working students with busy lives. Technology brings guest professors into the CIAM classroom from Harvard, Cornell, UC Berkeley, where they can interact live with students, complementing the visiting top executives that visit each class. Students graduating from CIAM have more than new letters after their names, they have a portfolio of real accomplishments, a network of important contacts, and no big college loans to drag their earnings down for a decade or more. Corporations and organizations can provide their employees with the same learning advantages through packages tailored to the different needs of different enterprises.
Frequently Asked Questions about the CIAM MBA in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship
Q. Are there any extra costs beyond the $15,000 fee for the program?
A. No extras at all. Even textbooks are included in the fee.
Q. I didn’t take any business classes in college. In fact, I was an art major. Will I need to take a lot of pre-requisite courses before I begin my MBA?
A. No extra classes either! Students from any major will learn all they need in order to succeed from the twelve seven-week courses in the program.
Q. What are the admission requirements?
A. Basically, a 3.0 GPA, evidence of one ear of organizational experience in a business or non-profit, good communication skills in English as reflected in an interview and a writing sample. CIAM students are required to complete their admissions profile by taking the GMAT or GRE before they finish their first term. Visit WWW. GOCIAM.ORG for additional information.
Q. I understand that only accredited programs can confer an MBA. Is CIAM accredited?
A. CIAM is allowed to grant the MBA because we are licensed by the State of California by the Bureau of Private Post-secondary Education. Accreditation takes place after an institution has been serving students for two or more years.
Q. What networking advantages are there at CIAM?
A. CIAM students meet with business leaders at almost every class session. These visitors are important contacts for CIAM students. At CIAM you will forge even deeper relationships with the entrepreneurs and executives for whom you consult. Your relationship with a new client in every course is your opportunity to show them what you can do. These projects are real work and every consulting situation not only looks good on your resume but also results in a tangible product to show prospective employers.
Q. How supportive are CIAM professors?
A. We hire and specially train our faculty so they know that they are as responsible as you are for your learning. Our hybrid classes mean you get all the advantages of online instruction (including online access to your teachers, who are required to respond to student queries within 24 hours) plus the direct contact of face-to-face classroom experience.
Q. How do I know that CIAM professors are qualified?
A. All of our professors are experienced teachers with business experience; they all have doctorates and they undergo a rigorous review process before we hire them, including teaching a sample class before other faculty, administrators, current and former students.
Q. How do students provide feedback about classes?
A. We not only use evaluation forms and interviews with students, but we have one of the most open governance architectures you can find. Student representatives participate in our weekly staff meetings and are engaged in the hiring process (evaluating prospective faculty after reviewing their credentials and observing a sample class). Students are first-class citizens at CIAM!
Q. Do well-known speakers ever visit CIAM?
A. Every term in each course a distinguished faculty member from a top business school visits your class by Skype. So, you have frequent opportunity to interact with professors from places like Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and Berkeley and to find out about the latest research and tends. You can find a list of these speakers on our web page.
Q. Can I do a “test drive?”
A. Sure. Give us a call and reserve a seat to sit in on one of our classes. Get a firsthand look at how CIAM can change your life!
Q. When can I apply?
A. Today! We have rolling admissions so there are no application deadlines.
Q. How long does it take to hear back about acceptance to the program?
A. Once we have all your transcripts, the completed application plus writing sample and interview—we respond very quickly.
Q. I know this program is very low cost, but I still may need financial aid. Is aid available?
A. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. These positions require a certain number of hours of work for a modest stipend and tuition remission up to 100%. Applicants for assistantships are due with admissions applications and offers are made at the time of acceptance to the program. Installment payment and loan programs may also be appropriate.