Dr. Harish Amar, Associate Vice President

Message from the Associate Vice President:

"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 up to 8 consulting projects throughout 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, Associate Vice President

About the Program

Master of Business Administration

Executive Management & Entrepreneurship

The Master’s Degree program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, manage or create financial, business, and leadership careers in executive management and entrepreneurship.  The program provides the tools for business and leadership professionals to develop knowledge, attitudes, and skill sets that will equip them to perform effectively, ethically, and creativity in the corporate or entrepreneurial environment. There are three options for students to consider for the CIAM MBA degree: 

  1. Standard MBA Program (2-Year Track, Full-Time, 2-Years, 15-16 week terms, meets monthly)

  2. Accelerated MBA (Accelerated Track, Full-time, 1-Year, 7-8 week terms, meets weekly)

  3. Part-time MBA (Accelerated Track, Part-time, 2-Years, 7-8 week terms, meets weekly)

Prior to Enrollment, the student will specify the program track, either the standard MBA, the Accelerated MBA, or the Part-time. 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. Please note: International Students on an F-1 Visa must be Full-Time.

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

Concentration in Project Management

MBA in Executive Management, Concentration in Project Management

Earn a business degree grounded in collaboration, analysis, and creative problem solving with a global perspective. The concentration in Project Management provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage projects in support of organizational strategy and objectives. The concentration immerses students in the details of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing projects in a complex business environment.

Guide Meaningful Transformation in Any Business

Modern businesses of every size require leaders that can guide and manage large to small scale projects that drive the company forward. Our MBA in Project Management gives you a strong command over business and project management, helping position yourself for a career change with the skills to enhance your potential.

  • Master the practical tools to guide and direct projects in various functional areas like marketing, finance, accounting, healthcare and more. 

Why Project Management?

Jobs for Project Management are projected to grow by 6% by 2024, with a median wage of $100,000. Become an expert in project analysis and management. Develop skill sets for long-term success.


How This Program is Different

  • 6-8 Live Consulting Projects
  • 420+ Experiential Learning Hours
  • 0 Exams or Tests, Courses are Project & Assignment Based
  • No GMAT or GRE Required, Start Today!
  • Affordable Tuition, with Textbooks Included at No Cost
  • Real Business Projects, Learn Through Hands-on Experience

Program Options:

  • Graduate in a little as 12 Months
  • Flexible Format, Classes Available 100% Online or On-Ground
  • Small Classes of a Maximum of 20 Students

What You'll Learn:

  1. Project Management Fundamentals - Learn about the role of the project manager and the four project life cycle phases. Concentration Course: PM501, Credits:3.0
  2. Project Management in Practice - Explore the key concepts and emerging trends associated with each of the ten project management knowledge areas. Concentration Course: PM502, Credits:3.0
  3. Organizational Project Management - Learn how to adapt and align project, program, and portfolio management practices with organizational strategy. Concentration Course: PM503, Credits:3.0

In addition to the three concentration courses, there are nine 3.0 credit MBA core courses covering the following subjects: 

  1. ACC501: Accounting for Decision Making
  2. BUS501: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  3. DRU505: Leadership and Ethics
  4. FIN501: Corporate Finance
  5. IS501: Management of Information Systems
  6. MGT501: Management and Organizational Behavior
  7. MKT501: Marketing Management
  8. OPS501: Operations Management
  9. MGT511: Strategic Management

Total Credits for MBA in Project Management: 36.0


Develop Your Professional Edge

As businesses engage in increasingly more complex projects, you want the skills to thrive. An MBA in Project Management will put you among the most desirable candidates on the market. 

It's never too late to Master the Language of Business. Apply today!

If you're eager to expedite your professional goals, CiAM's MBA in Project Management will teach you the invaluable skills needed to succeed in today's complex business world.

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Class Schedule

Schedule of Classes

Refer to the school catalog for a full schedule of classes.

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%
Online Video Presentations
or Classroom Presentations (2)
Online Research Papers (2) 25%
Threaded Discussions (5) 15%
Confidentiality Agreements and Consulting Proposal 5%
Draft of Reports and Power Points for presentations 5%
Final Written Report and Power Points  15%
Presentation to Clients (Live) or 
Team Case Analysis Presentation
Total Course Percentage 100%


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 [email protected] or 1 (626) 350-1500.