Frequently Asked Questions:

Listed below are some of the most common questions we receive; if you do not find an answer below, please schedule an appointment with us.

Admissions

  • When can I apply?

    Today! We have rolling admissions so there are no application deadlines.  Please refer to the school catalog or for application and enrollment deadlines so you won’t miss the next new student orientation. There are 6 terms in the year that you can pick to join us.

  • What are the admission requirements?

    1. A Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An official transcript is required.
    2. One year of organizational experience.
    3. Successful completion of the CIAM Writing Assessment.

    Please visit the School Catalog for additional information.

  • My CGPA is lower than 3.0. Can I still apply?

    Yes; if your CGPA is a little lower than 3.0, please submit an admission petition to the Dean’s Office to request a waiver. The Academic Council may be involved for evaluation and recommendation, please contact Office of Admissions at admissions@ciam.edu or call 1-626-350-1500 for more information.

  • How long does it take to hear back about acceptance to the program?

    Once we have your application package and you have completed the assessment writing test and interview—we usually respond immediately. To check the status of your application, please contact Office of Admissions at admissions@ciam.edu or call 1(626)-350-1500 to inquire about your status.

  • My work experience is less than a year. Can I still apply for the MBA program at CIAM?

    Yes. If your work experience is less than a year, please submit an admission petition to the Dean’s Office to request a waiver. The Academic Council may be involved for evaluation and recommendation, please contact Office of Admissions at admissions@ciam.edu or call 1(626)-350-1500 for more information.

Courses, Credits, and Transfers:

What are the 12 courses in the MBA program?

Please visit the Curriculum and Class Descriptions page or view the school catalog for course descriptions.

How long is each course?

For the 11-Month Program, each term is 7 weeks long. There are 2 courses offered per term and 6 terms per year, usually with a week break in between terms.

For the 22-Month Extended Hybrid Program, each term is 15 weeks long. There are 2 courses offered per term and 6 terms total, usually with a week break in between terms.

I have never taken any business classes. Will I need to take pre-requisite courses before I begin my MBA at CIAM?

Nope, there are no pre-requisites! Business classes or experience helps, but all students with a Bachelor’s degree in any major will learn all they need in order to succeed in the program.

What is the workload for each course?

It varies; Approximate 16 hours spent outside of lectures on average. Additional Readings: six (6) hours; Paper Assignment: Four (4) hours; Consulting Project: four (4) hours; Preparing for in-class presentations: one (1) hour; Discussions Forums: one (1) hour. The online material has references to textbooks, links, and educational videos that are time consuming.

Financial Aid:

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Financial aid is available for those who qualify, options include: Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA), payment programs, and tuition financing. Non-Federal Work-Study may be available for qualified students, please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 626-350-1500 or refer to the school catalog.

I’m an international student. Am I qualified for Financial Aid?

CIAM offers various types of aid and scholarships that you may be qualified for financing your education. However, international students are not eligible for US government financial aid programs.

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.

Tution and Fees

Are there any extra costs beyond the $20,000 fee for the program?

If you already have a computer that meets our basic technical requirements, the only other fees include an Application fee of $50 (before admission) and minor printing & binding fees associated with the preparation of the consulting reports (during your study in the MBA program). Did we mention that textbooks are already included in your tuition?

How can I pay the US $50 application fee?

You can pay this non-refundable application fee:
• Online with a major credit card (VISA or MasterCard) via the online application (CLICK HERE)
• By calling 1(626)-350-1500
• With check or money order, made payable (in U.S. funds) to the CIAM.  
• If you are in the Los Angeles area, you may also submit your payment to the CIAM campus in person.
stitution and scored above the CIAM’s minimum requirement of TOEFL (Paper-based test: 550 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.

How much is tuition?

The total tuition cost for the MBA program is a flat $20,000 - with textbooks included. As a nonprofit institution, CIAM takes every effort possible to reduce the costs for all students; the tuition is the same for full-time students, part-time students, as well as international students.

Other General FAQ:

Where can I find the alumni stories and testimonials?

Please visit our alumni page or click HERE for a YouTube Video of our student testimonials.

Can I do a “test drive”?

Absolutely! Give us a call and reserve a seat to sit in on one of our classes. Get a first-hand look at how CIAM can change your life! Also, ask about our Try Before Buy (TBB) program by calling Office of Admissions at 1(626)-350-1500 More information about TBB can also be found in the school catalog.

Is CIAM accredited?

Yes! CIAM is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and has received Candidacy with WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). CIAM is a member of Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited by a CHEA - recognized accrediting organization.

I don’t live near CIAM, do you offer the MBA program online?

Yes, CIAM is approved and accredited to teach online, and our online MBA program is identical to our Hybrid MBA program. Our online MBA program uses the same top professors, same textbooks, and same small classes. All professor and guest speaker lectures are recorded and posted online for you to view at your convenience. An unbeatable electronic library with over 3 million books, articles, audios, videos, photographs, and papers are available--online. Electronic textbooks are made available at no additional cost to all students in all courses, both online and on-campus. The student will achieve the same program objectives and benefits as our regular hybrid program.

What networking advantages are there at CIAM?

CIAM students meet with business leaders in every course. These executive speakers 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 consulting client in every course is your opportunity to show him or her 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.

How supportive are CIAM professors?

Incredibly supportive! All of our faculty members are carefully screened and specially trained, so they know that they are as responsible as you are for your learning.

How do I know that CIAM professors are qualified?

All of our professors are experienced teachers with business experience; they all have doctorates in accredited universities and they undergo a rigorous review process before we hire them, including teaching a sample class before other faculty, administrators, current and former students.

How do students provide feedback about classes?

We not only use evaluation forms and interviews with students, but CIAM has an open door policy where students are welcomed to provide continuous feedback.

Do well-known speakers ever visit CIAM?

In each course a distinguished faculty member from an Ivy league school visits your class by live electronic interaction. So, you have frequent opportunity to interact with professors from places like Harvard, Yale, UCLA, MIT and Berkeley and find out about the latest research and tends. You can discover current guest speakers on our homepage.

What dining options are available on and around CIAM campus?

CIAM is located in a business park, with a variety of restaurants within walking distance or short drive, from large chain restaurants to smaller mom and pop shops!

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.


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