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. The hybrid structure of classes means that classes meet for four hours once a week for six weeks and that each course requires the completion of five on-line lessons. 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 commuication. For a complete list of courses and more detailed information, please visit the course catalog or contact CIAM.


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

Completion of the CIAM MBA program requires 11-months of full-time study, taking two classes per term. A 22-month option is also available for part-time students taking 1 class per term. Year-round rolling admissions, 6 terms per year with 7-week terms, and max enrollment per course at 20 students.

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. Through in class lectures and discussion, the program provides a comprehensive immersion in all the essential elements of business education including Accounting, International Business, Ethics, Marketing, Finance, Organizational Behavior, Quantitative Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Strategy. These concepts are strengthened through the threaded discussions online and applied in class 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 conclusions.

2. Critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills are addressed in class through 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 both online and in face to face meetings. Consulting includes international clients that helps students develop and apply technological skills to overcome the impediments of distance.

Advanced Teaching Model

Advanced Teaching Model:

  1. Every Course has 11 lessons. The hybrid program has 6 face-to-face and 5 online lessons given simultaneously: one face-to-face lesson and one online lesson each week over Saturday, Sunday or weeknight.

  2. The face-to-face lessons are four hours and 10 minutes long.

  3. The 6th and final in-class lesson consists of team presentations of the student group consulting projects. Clients attend. All students participate and are graded. The feedback of the client, the class and team members are included in the grading. Presentations are a maximum of 30 minutes. Ten minutes are allowed for Q and A. The professor leads discussion after all presentations are made.

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.

Hybrid Model:

Topic: Time:
Guest Speaker 60 minutes
Professor’s Lecture 60 minutes
Individual Informal Student Presentations 40 minutes (1-2 minutes each)*;
Professor assigns topics
BREAK 30 minutes
Student Discussion of Lesson’s Principles Applied to their Work or Short Experiential Learning Exercise or Case Study 30 minutes
Class/Group Discussion of Theory/Principle Application
(Progress with Consulting Assignment)
30 minutes
Threaded Discussion Forum and 2-5 Paper assignments Online Component


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 or 1(626)350-1500.