Introduction

THE CIAM MBA PROGRAM

The California Institute of Advanced Management is a unique organization dedicated to building the capacity of students from a wide range of backgrounds to succeed as entrepreneurs and managers in whatever career direction they choose. CIAM offers 6 terms each year with new cohorts of students admitted at the beginning of each term. The MBA requires that students successfully complete the twelve-course curriculum. Students are able to take hybrid courses, extended hybrid courses, or online courses. All three options are equivalent to three (3) semester units respectively. Within each course, students are required to do reading of the related material, assignments, and consulting for each class. Students will do practical research in the form of consulting projects. Instead of tests, CIAM bases grades on papers, reports and presentations. Leadership and teamwork skills are developed as students work collaboratively throughout their course of study, and there is continuous focus on the development of effective written and oral communication. For a complete list of courses and more detailed information, please visit the course catalog or contact CIAM.

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Message from the Dean:

"You have many options for the selection of an academic institution from which to earn your MBA degree.  Thank you for adding the California Institute of Advanced Management in your due diligence efforts to select the best fit of an institution to your professional educational goals.  CIAM is unique in that we focus on four distinct characteristics:  1) the philosophy of Dr. Peter Drucker, 2) faculty with doctorates from respected institutions, 3) the use of technology to include guest speakers from throughout the United States and 4) the incorporation of actual clients in consulting projects in each of the twelve courses of the program.  The practical experience you will receive directly links academic theory with applied experiential pedagogy.  In my opinion, you can pay much more for your MBA degree, but you won’t get anything better than the MBA in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship from CIAM!"

- Dr. Harish Amar

About the Program

Master of Business Administration

Executive Management & Entrepreneurship

There are three options for students to consider for the CIAM MBA degree: 

  1. Enrolling in two 7-week courses per term to earn the degree in 11 months
  2. Enrolling in one 7-week course per term to earn the degree in 22 months
  3. Enrolling in two (2) fifteen-week courses per term (one of which is hybrid and one is online) to earn the degree in 22 months. 

Prior to Enrollment, the student will specify the program track, either the 11-month, 22-month or the 22-month extended hybrid program. Students are not allowed to register for more than six (6) semester credits, (2 courses) per term. A full-time student is an individual enrolled in six (6) semester credits per term. A part-time student is a student enrolled in less than six (6) credits per term.

Pro Bono Business Consulting As Experiential Learning

Real-Word Experience Delivered In-Class

CIAM Student Consulting is a unique part of our MBA Program. Students work in small teams to complete a pro bono consulting project for local businesses. The service is provided at absolutely zero financial cost to our clients. Clients need only commit a few hours of their time for the duration of the project. Each course has one consulting project, which means that students end our MBA Program with up to 12 consulting projects to put in their portfolio and real business experience with all 12 course subjects.

The Basics

Our classes integrate the best aspects of classroom and online instruction, but at the center of each class is real world experience through consulting. Here are the basics about the consulting projects:

  • The term of engagement is seven weeks.
  • Student teams typically have 4-5 members.
  • Guided by Professors and Professional Business Consultants
  • Clients will be expected to be available for a total of 4-5 hours during the first five weeks of the project.
  • The final presentation typically lasts about an hour.
  • Clients receive a complete consulting report documenting the work done and the team’s conclusions and recommendations.

Program Courses:

Course Number Title Semester Credits
DRU501 Leadership based on Drucker’s Principles 3.0
DRU502 Innovation and Entrepreneurship based on Drucker’s Principles 3.0
OPS501 Operations Management 3.0
ACC501 Accounting For Decision Making 3.0
IB501 International Business Concepts 3.0
ETH501 Business Ethics 3.0
FIN501 Corporate Finance 3.0
IS501 Management of Information Systems 3.0
MGT501 Management and Organizational Behavior 3.0
MKT501 Marketing Management 3.0
BUS501 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making 3.0
MGT511 Strategic Management 3.0

Class Schedule

2017-2018 Schedule of Classes

Cohort 6, Term 1 - Application Deadline: 3/17/2017

Course Days Time First Day of Class Last Day of Class
MGT501 Wed 5:00pm-9:10pm 3/29/2017 5/10/2017
IB501 Sat 8:00am-12:10pm 4/1/2017 5/13/2017

Cohort 6, Term 2 - Application Deadline: 5/12/2017

Course Days Time First Day of Class Last Day of Class
ETH501 Wed 5:00pm-9:10pm 5/24/2017 7/12/2017
DRU502 Sat 8:00am-12:10pm 6/3/2017 7/15/2017

Cohort 6, Term 3 - Application Deadline: 7/14/2017

Course Days Time First Day of Class Last Day of Class
FIN501 Wed 5:00pm-9:10pm 7/26/2017 9/6/2017
MGT511 Sat 8:00am-12:10pm 7/29/2017 9/9/2017

Cohort 6, Term 4 - Application Deadline: 9/9/2017

Course Days Time First Day of Class Last Day of Class
DRU501 Wed 5:00pm-9:10pm 9/20/2017 11/1/2017
IS501 Sat 8:00am-12:10pm 9/23/2017 11/4/2017

Cohort 6, Term 5 - Application Deadline: 11/3/2017

Course Days Time First Day of Class Last Day of Class
ACC501 Wed 5:00pm-9:10pm 11/15/2017 1/10/2018
BUS501 Sat 8:00am-12:10pm 11/18/2017 1/13/2018

Cohort 6, Term 6 - Application Deadline: 1/12/2018

Course Days Time First Day of Class Last Day of Class
MKT501 Wed 5:00pm-9:10pm 1/24/2018 3/7/2018
OPS501 Sat 8:00am-12:10pm 1/27/2018 3/10/2018

Program Objectives

Program Objectives

1. The program provides a comprehensive immersion in all the essential elements of business education: Accounting, International Business, Ethics, Marketing, Finance, Organizational Behavior, Quantitative Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Strategy.  These concepts are strengthened through the threaded discussions on line through experiential learning exercises and the consulting projects. On line visits by exceptionally qualified faculty researchers bring students into contact with the latest research methods and findings.

2. Critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills are addressed by experiential learning exercises, frequent short presentations and the consulting project and report.  Faculty, peer and client feedback is effective in teaching the characteristics of effective thinking and communication.

3. Teamwork, leadership, integrity and accountability are taught as concepts and practiced in class through experiential learning and the team-based consulting project.

4. The students will learn the effective use of technology to solve management problems in all classes online.  Consulting includes international clients that help students develop and apply technological skills to overcome the impediments of distance.

Learning Goals and Corresponding Student Learning Objectives

Learning Goals # 1 through # 5 are program-driven goals and they constitute the five overreaching goals of the MBA program. They could be labelled “Institutional Goals” or “Program Goals”. Each of these five goals is assessed in each of the twelve courses of the MBA program.

Learning Goal # 1.  Verbal/Visual Presentation Skills.

Students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate the ability to verbally and visually communicate effectively in a business setting when making presentations.

Corresponding Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills by delivering effective communications.
  2. Students will demonstrate visual communication skills by effectively utilizing and employing computer software with both content and the display of information.

Learning Goal # 2.  Written Skills.

Students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in written format in a business setting.

Corresponding Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate written communication skills at the time of admission exemplified in the completion of an essay involving critical thinking and competent English language usage.  
  2. Students will demonstrate written communication skills by producing professional-quality business documents, including threaded discussion dialogue, research papers and consulting reports.

Learning Goal # 3. Leadership Skills. 

Students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate the ability to effectively lead a group in a business environment.

Corresponding Student Learning Objective:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective leadership as evidenced in the production of a course consulting project.

Learning Goal # 4. Teamwork. 

Students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate the ability to work in a professional team setting producing material commensurate with their assigned responsibilities.

Corresponding Student Learning Objective:

  1. Students will demonstrate collaboration, contribution, and timeliness in achieving common team goals associated with the production of a client consulting project.

Learning Goal # 5. Consulting.

Students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate the ability to work in a team to provide a written and verbal consulting project fulfilling the contractual obligations of a consulting proposal with a client.

Corresponding Student Learning Objective:

  1. Students will demonstrate interviewing skills, client needs, contract development, industry research, and produce a verbal, visual, and written report commensurate with the contract proposal.

Student learning outcome goal #6 is a course-driven goal providing the MBA student with both functional knowledge and analytic tools to be successful as managers in today’s ever-changing workforce. With the twelve courses of the MBA program, many of the topics and tools are introduced in the first few courses, developed in the next block of courses (with overlapping topics in many cases to provide intentional redundancy), and finally mastered at the graduate level in the courses offered at the end of the MBA program.  Each course, to some extent, has components that constitute both analytic and functional elements.

Each of the twelve courses in the MBA degree program have course student learning outcomes (SLO’s) that are quantified with a “Pre” and “Post” knowledge survey instrument completed by the students at the beginning of each course and then at the end of each course.  There is a direct mapping between the knowledge survey questions and each of the course’s SLO’s.  Additionally, each of the eleven lessons in each course have individual lesson student learning outcomes.  At least one of the lesson’s SLO is measured and mapped to the “Pre” and “Post” Knowledge Survey instrument.

Learning Goal # 6.  Functional Knowledge and Analytic Knowledge. 

Students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles in information assurance and critically thinking skills integrating knowledge across business disciplines from a global, ethical, and socially responsible perspective.  Additionally, students completing the CIAM MBA program will demonstrate the ability to use analytical techniques and information technology to solve business problems.

Corresponding Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of theory and accepted “best practices” within business environments.
  2. Students will be able to identify problems, evaluate the quality of the evidence, and undertake appropriate analyses to produce appropriate solutions.
  3. Students will be able to integrate across analytic components of data to identify relationships and interrelationships to apply theoretical constructs in a business setting.

Advanced Teaching Model

Advanced Teaching Model:

  1. The total time expected of students actively participating in each CIAM course is 113-138 hours for the whole duration of the term. This time can be broken into the following categories: watching lecture-related videos: 8-10 hours, preparing and delivering presentations: 5-7 hours, preparing and participating in at least three postings (threaded discussions): 6-7 hours, research and writing paper assignments: 24-28 hours, team group work for consulting or case studies: 20-26 hours, experiential learning exercises: 5-6 hours; reading textbook and library articles 45-54 hours.

  2. The hybrid course involves 46 hours of total time ( 6 sessions of four hours and ten minutes on-ground and 5 sessions online of equal quality and quantity). The students are required to engage in additional reading and home-work of approximately 2 hours for every one hour of class in the hybrid format. The total time spent for any given graduate class will range from 113-138 hours based on instructional hours (50 minutes) or clock hours (60 minutes).

  3. The online class requires the students to engage in the class for 113-138 hours.

CIAM’s online learning environment includes interactive virtual learning activities and engagement. Students are able to see and hear each lesson from any computer with access to the Internet. Threaded discussions promote productive class interaction, and allow students to connect with classmates and faculty members. Online students actively participate in student consulting group projects. Hybrid courses combine traditional or in classroom learning with online delivery of instruction. In classroom meets once a week and all class meetings between are delivered using online instruction. To enable maximum student accessibility, the online classroom, known as the Moodle, is typically available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week, including holidays. Down time for maintenance and software updates is kept to a minimum.

MBA Assessment Criteria:

Assignment: Course Percentage:
Experiential Exercises (5) 5%
Weekly Online Video Presentations or Classroom Presentations (4) 20%
Online Research Papers (2-5) 25%
Threaded Discussions (5) 15%
Written Consulting Project Plan or Written Case Analysis 25%
Total Course Percentage 100%

 

Credit Hour Policy

Credit Hour Policy

This credit hour policy applies to all courses and programs at CIAM that award academic credit regardless of the mode of delivery including, hybrid and distance education.

A credit hour represents the amount of work governed by intended and clearly identified student learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement.   

Assignment of credit hours for courses will occur during program/course approval processes and be monitored through faculty, curriculum, and program reviews established by the university.

Every semester unit is equivalent to 15.33 clock hours; for a total of 552 clock hours for 36 semester units. Our on-ground courses and online courses have the identical learning outcomes.  The online material has references to textbooks, links, and educational videos that parallel the time spent by hybrid students in the classroom. The material presented in online lessons qualitatively and quantitatively equates with on-ground classes.  Learning outcomes and their assessments are the same for all hybrid and online students. 

The total time expected of students actively participating in each CIAM course is 113-138 hours for the whole duration of the term. This time can be broken into the following categories: watching lecture-related videos: 8-10 hours, preparing and delivering presentations: 5-7 hours, preparing and participating in at least three postings (threaded discussions): 6-7 hours, research and writing paper assignments: 24-28 hours, team group work for consulting or case studies: 20-26 hours, experiential learning exercises: 5-6 hours; reading textbook and library articles 45-54 hours. The hybrid, the Extended MBA, and the online programs are equivalent to three (3) semester units.

There are three options for student to consider for the CIAM MBA degree: 

  1. Enrolling in two 7-week courses per term to earn the degree in 11 months
  2. Enrolling in one 7-week course per term to earn the degree in 22 months
  3. Enrolling in two (2) fifteen-week courses per term (one of which is hybrid and one is online) to earn the degree in 22 months. 

The hybrid course meets once a week for six (6) weeks in class. Each class meets for four (4) hours and 10 minutes per week. In addition, there are five (5) online lessons in each hybrid course, which is completed in seven weeks per term with no sessions on-ground. The Extended Hybrid program has two formats:  a hybrid course that meets during one weekend per month for 15 weeks and a second course which is online and parallels the extended hybrid course time of 15 weeks per course. A student in this option takes two courses per term.

Prior to Enrollment, the student will specify the program track, selecting the 11-month, the 22-month or the 22-month Extended Hybrid program. Students are not allowed to register for more than six (6) semester credits, (2 courses) per term. A full-time student is an individual enrolled in six (6) semester credits per term. A part-time student is a student enrolled in less than six (6) credits per term.

See How CIAM Compares

See How CIAM Compares:

Review the chart below to see how CIAM's MBA compares to other MBA's from private and state universities. Prices calculated in April 2016. Please contact us with any questions at info@ciam.edu or 1(626)350-1500.

Institution: GRE OR GMAT: PREREQUISITES:
CIAM NO NO
CSU1 YES YES
UC2 YES YES
PRIVATE3 YES YES
AVERAGE4 YES YES

Sources:  www.calstate.edu;  www.google.com/ucmbacost;  www.google.com/privatembacost;  www.investopedia.com