Our Mission:

To provide a flexible, affordable, and high-quality education based on the principles and values of Peter F. Drucker, “the Father of Modern Management” to enable students to immediately apply their knowledge with integrity and success.

CIAM is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse student population. Its aim is to facilitate educational access and academic excellence through exceptional management of University operations and resources, innovative delivery systems and student services, and relevant programs that are learner-centered, success-oriented, and responsive to technology.

Using the wisdom of Peter F. Drucker for the practice of management, CIAM equips leaders and managers with the tools and disciplines to make socially-responsible decisions, meaningful to a changing business environment by incorporating experiential-learning in both online and classroom settings.

Five principles of management meaningful to Peter Drucker were:

  1. Establishing measurements of performance
  2. Motivating and communicating
  3. Setting objectives
  4. Organizing
  5. Developing people

our vision

CIAM seeks to revolutionize education, connecting what is taught in the classroom to the demands of the real world, through the wisdom of Peter Drucker, the “Father of Modern Management”.

CIAM will be recognized among our peers and community for producing leaders who seek to develop people morally and intellectually.  Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in an evolving business environment, and to shape the landscape for generations to come. CIAM achieves this by pioneering the experiential learning approach in graduate education; evolving education and empowering leaders by giving them the experience needed to develop socially-responsible solutions in the global communities in which they serve.

Our Values

CIAM values and promotes a culture respecting ethics, integrity, and the fulfillment of duty to our constituents, employees and society. These values flow directly from the wisdom of Peter Drucker.

A Message from the President

Jennie_5x7_web.jpeg“The California Institute of Advanced Management (CIAM) has one goal: to give you the opportunity to create your own future in the setting of your choice. To accomplish this we have built our courses and our program around what managers and entrepreneurs need to know to succeed in today’s challenging and competitive environment. Top executives and future employers today understand that today’s essential employees--who Peter F. Drucker, The Father of Modern Management, called “knowledge workers”-- cannot be managed, but must be led. Moreover, this leadership role can only be accomplished by managers who not only have MBAs, but also have perspective  anchored in experience and in a wide range of disciplines. What you have already learned in life and in college, no matter what your major, and what you have gained from interacting with others in the past, are the doors to opportunity. The CIAM MBA gives you the keys to open these doors by building on your personal world setting.”

- Jennie Ta, MBA, President of CIAM


About the President

Jennie Ta is a co-founder of CIAM.  She served as CIAM’s Vice President of Administration/CFO since January 2015, having previously served as Director of Administration/CFO since January 2011. Prior to joining CIAM, she served as Assistant Manager and climbing the ranks to Assistant General Manager at Real Mex Restaurants. She was responsible for all aspects of operations such as training, profit and loss, administration, inventory control, and more.  Prior to that, Jennie was Coordinator in the Tuition Assistance department and then Financial Aid Advisor at Touro University International. She has experience in administrative and organizational management in different industries for well over a decade. She was one of five “Rising Star” finalists for LABJ’s 2013 Women Making A Difference Awards. She earned her MBA in 2013.