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International Graduate Admissions

Thank you for considering CIAM! No matter where you’re coming from, you will be well supported every step of the way at CIAM. Your experiences here will prove intellectually challenging, while also enriching you personally and culturally. We are dedicated to your success—in the classroom and in your career. Come join the CIAM team, where we believe in possibilities and achieve the extraordinary!

Who do we consider to be international? You are an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

Downloadable Application Instructions: 

Download International Admissions Checklist 


Interested in studying English along with your MBA in the United States? We have a program just for you: CiAM+AEC English Pathway Program

Admissions Requirements (INT)

International Admissions Requirements

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution in the U.S. (or overseas equivalent) with a 3.0 or higher GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Minimum one year of organizational work experience
  3. Successful completion of the CIAM Admissions Essay
  4. Acceptable English test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic)*
Test Name Minimum Test Score Send Score Directly to CIAM



Revised TOEFL PdT: R-23, W-23, L-23

Use CIAM School Code: B200
IELTS 6.0 IELTS Official Test Report Form
PTE Academic 58

Online through PTE Academic Account

  • Note: International Conditional Admission is offered to international students who are academically qualified and wish to study in the U.S., but cannot meet the English requirement for acceptance. Report writing skills and presentation skills are essential for student performance in the CIAM MBA program. Students with conditional admissions must first attend an intensive English Language program in the US at the American English College (AEC), a CIAM approved Language school in Los Angeles. Once the student has completed their English language program, or shown satisfactory English language scores, the students may then transfer to full-acceptance and begin CIAM’s MBA program. For more information on the conditional offer and the English program, please review the School Catalog (page 17) and contact the CIAM Office of Admissions at admissions@ciam.edu or +1(626)350-1500. In order to receive a conditional acceptance letter from CIAM, students must submit ALL necessary documentation for application to CIAM.

  • Note 2: You are Eligible to Waive the English Language Exam if you attended an institution in a country where the native language is English for 2 years or more and earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from that institution. CLICK HERE to see Countries Exempt from taking an English Exam.

  • Note 3: As of July 2017, the TOEFL PBT test was discontinued and replaced by the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test. Though the TOEFL® PBT test is no longer offered, test scores remain valid for up to 2 years after your test date. The revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test will use the TOEFL iBT section score scale of 0-30. Because there will be no Total score, your evaluation of the applicant’s English proficiency as indicated on the TOEFL test will be based on the 3 section scores (Reading, Listening and Writing).

Application Dates

2018-2019 Application Periods:

CiAM has rolling admissions and flexible application periods, so you can start your application anytime! If you are interested in applying to CiAM, please see the terms available for 2018-2019 listed below. If you have any questions, please drop us a line at admissions@ciam.edu anytime, we are always happy to help!

Regular MBA Program (Full-time, 2 years)

  • Summer 2018
    • Student Orientation: May 25th, 2018
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Jun 9th, 2018
  • Fall 2018
    • Student Orientation: Aug 24th, 2018
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Sep 8th, 2018
  • Winter 2019
    • Student Orientation: Jan 4th, 2019
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Jan 5th, 2018
  • Summer 2019
    • Student Orientation: Mar 29th, 2019
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): May 4th, 2019

Accelerated MBA (full-time, 1 Year) & Part-Time MBA (2 Years)

  • Term 1
    • Student Orientation: Mar 7th, 2018
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Mar 21st, 2018
  • Fall (I) 2018
    • Student Orientation: Aug 10th, 2018
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Aug 25th, 2018
  • Fall (II) 2018
    • Student Orientation: Oct 19th, 2018
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Oct 27th, 2018
  • Winter (I) 2019
    • Student Orientation: Jan 4th, 2019
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Jan 5th, 2019

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY - international

Applying to CiAM is easy! There are only five simple steps, listed below:

  • Step 1: Connect with our Admissions Counselors
    • Our friendly admissions team is here to help guide you through out your application and to help you acomplish your educational goals. Please call us toll free at +1(866)295-5118 or email us at admissions@ciam.edu
  • Step 2: Start Your Application Online 
  • Step 3: Submit Required Documents
    • Your dedicated admissions counselor will provide guidance on what documents you will need for your application.
  • Step 5: Schedule an Admissions Interview and completed the Admissions Essay
    • Instructions for the admissions interview and essay will be provided after you submit your completed application.
  • Step 5: Prepare to Start Your Classes!
    • Our Student Success department will work with you on selecting the right courses and help prepare you for success here at CiAM!

Downloadable Application Instructions: 

Applying for an F-1 Visa

US VISA Requirements 

All international students must have a visa to study in the United States. Without this, you will not be able to attend CIAM because you cannot enter the country. International students at CIAM typically have an non-immigrant Student Visa (F-1). In order to apply for an F-1 Visa from your local embassy you must have an I-20 issued by the school you will be attending. CIAM only issues I-20's to international students who have completed the entire application process and have been accepted into the MBA program. For questions about the I-20 or Visa Application Process, contact your DSO or CIAM's Admissions Department at admissions@ciam.edu or 1(626)350-1500.

There are a number of sources on the Internet which provide many valuable tips on how to approach the embassy visit. Some of these sites provide information on what you should do or should not do. It is best to act natural, be prepared with all appropriate documents, and ask for a written reason for rejection if the student is rejected.

Visa Checklist:

  • I-20 
  • Passport
  • DS-160
  • Financial Statement showing where money is coming from for education and living expenses
  • Application Fee Payment Receipt
  • Letter of offer from CIAM
  • Visa Appointment Letter
  • College Transcripts
  • Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores 
  • *Please check your country’s Embassy website for more information.

Helpful Online resources:

  • Study in the States 
    • https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/ive-been-accepted 
  • Paying for your SEVIS Fee 
    • https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/i-901-sevis-fee-payment-tutorial 
  • Applying for an F-1 Visa 
    • https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html#overview
  • Get Ready to Go! 
    • https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/get-ready-to-go 
  • Arriving in the United States 
    • https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/getting-to-the-united-states 

English Exam Exemption

Countries Exempt from English Exam

You are Eligible to Waive the English Language Exam if you attended an institution in a country where the native language is English for 1 year or more and earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from that institution.

Below is a list of countries CIAM accepts for the English Exam Waiver:

United States US
American Samoa AS
Anguilla AI
Antigua, Barbuda AG
Australia AU
Bahamas BS
Barbados BB
Belize BZ
Bermuda BM
Botswana BW
British Indian Ocean Territories IO
Cameroon CM
Canada CA
Cayman Islands KY
Christmas Island CX
Cook Islands CK

Dominica DM
Falkland Islands/Malvinas FK
Fiji FJ
Gambia GM
Ghana GH
Gibraltar GI
Grenada GD
Guam GU
Guyana GY
Ireland IE
Jamaica JM
Kenya KE
Kiribati KI
Lesotho LS
Liberia LR
Malawi MW

Marshall Islands MH
Mauritius MU
Micronesia, Federated States FM
Montserrat MS
Namibia NA
Nevis, Saint Kitts KN
New Zealand NZ
Nigeria NG
Norfolk Island NF
Northern Mariana Islands MP
Palau PW
Philippines PH
Pitcairn PN
Puerto Rico PR
Saint Helena SH
Saint Lucia LC

Saint Vincent, Grenadines VC
Seychelles SC
Sierra Leone SL
Singapore SG
Solomon Islands SB
South Africa ZA
Swaziland SZ
Trinidad, Tobago TT
Turks, Caicos Islands TC
Uganda UG
United Kingdom GB
US Minor Outlying Islands IM
Virgin Islands, British VG
Virgin Islands, US VI
Zambia ZM
Zimbabwe ZW

International FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions asked by international students. If your questions are not found here, please visit the General FAQs page, or contact the admissions office at (626) 350-1500 ext 106 or email at admissions@ciam.edu.

International FAQ:

Do I need a I-20 if I’m taking the program online, overseas?

No. The I-20 will only be issued to the international student who physically takes the program in the U.S.

Do I need to take the GRE/GMAT?

No. CIAM does not require GRE or GMAT scores because we do not believe standardized tests accurately represent a person's capabilities. Instead, we have our own assessment writing test. The test will be scheduled for 1 hour and can be completed in person or online. The admissions office will contact you after you submit your application to schedule a time for the test.

Does CIAM offer housing?

CIAM unfortunately does not offering housing on campus at this time. International students typically find their own living arrangements near campus.

How much is rent in California?

The rent is widely varied depending on which city you live in. El Monte alone has over 116,000 people living in it. According to the US Census 2015, the average rental rate was $1,085 monthly from 2011-2015.

I am a U.S. permanent resident; do I still need to take the TOEFL?

If you did not complete your education in the U.S., you must still show that you have English proficiency by taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam.  If you have recently completed two years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution and earned a bachelor’s or higher degree at that institution in the U.S, you may be exempted from this requirement after supporting academic records have been reviewed by the Office of Admissions. Please see the International Student Admissions Requirements page for more details.

I am currently working in the U.S. on the H1B Visa, do I still need to take the TOEFL/IELTS?

If you did not complete your education in the U.S., you must still show that you have English proficiency by taking TOEFL or IELTS exam.  If you have recently completed two years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution and earned a bachelor’s or higher degree at that institution in the U.S, you may be exempted from this requirement after supporting academic records have been reviewed by the Office of Admissions. Please see the English Exam Waiver for more information.

I am required to take the TOEFL/IELTS, when should I take the English Test?

You should take the TOEFL/IELTS in time to be able to have the results submitted at the time of your application. To find out more about when TOEFL/IELTS examinations are scheduled at a test site near you, please consult the TOEFL and IELTS web sites. Please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are only valid for 2 years. Official scores must be received DIRECTLY from the testing service. If you are sending TOEFL scores, the institution code for CIAM is B200 (no department code is required). If you are sending IELTS scores or PTE Academic scores, please choose CIAM from the list of available institutions. Unofficial or scanned & emailed copies will not be accepted.

I don't have the required TOEFL/IELTS score or my score is too low. Can I take the TOEFL/IELTS once I arrive in the U.S.?

Unfortunately not. The fulfillment of the English language requirement is one of the elements required for us to issue you a visa document. If your TOEFL/IELTS score does not meet the requirement, we cannot issue the document, and you will not be able to enter the country.

I have taken the GRE/GMAT, do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS?

Yes, all international applicants must meet the required English Proficiency. CIAM does not require the GRE or GMAT. So you will have to take the TOEFL or IELTS and submit the results along with your application.

I still have some questions regarding my English language proficiency. Whom should I contact?

Your first point of contact is always the Office of Admissions. Our Admissions representatives will guide you through the process and will communicate with other offices in the school as needed to gather additional information. If you still have questions after talking to Admissions Representatives, you can email us at admissions@ciam.edu.

If I earned a Master’s degree in the U.S., or from another English speaking country, but the program length was less than 2 years, am I still required to submit the English Exams?

If you took the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic when applying to a graduate program at another institution and scored above the CIAM’s minimum requirement of TOEFL (Paper-based test: 550 Computer-based test: 213 Internet-based test: 79-80), or 6.0 (IELTS), you may fulfill the English proficiency requirement.

Please send a scanned copy of the score report to admissions@ciam.edu with the submission of your request that the English proficiency test requirement be removed from your application record. However, if you do not score above the CIAM required minimum, or do not have a copy of your old results, you must retake the exam.

Is there public Transportation?

There is public transportation available and nearby. The Metrolink station in El Monte is on Railroad St., and is serviced every30-45 minutes by the El Monte Shuttle—a free shuttle, which drops you off 1 block from the campus.

What types of financial aid options are there?

There are many options of graduate school financial aid; most come in the form of an unsubsidized loan, grants, and scholarships. The first step is to create your account on fafsa.gov; there you will be able to take your first steps towards applying for aid, along with access to additional resources to help you pay for your education.

International students are not provided the option of obtaining U.S. federal financial aid. However, there are many third party loan options, as well as grants and scholarships specifically designed for international students.

If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact the financial aid office at (626) 350-1500 ext 101 or email at financial.aid@ciam.edu.