Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

CiAM is committed to creating a fair experience for all applicants.  We value a diverse community, and therefore our admissions policies are designed to attract students with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Candidates for admission are evaluated holistically based on their merits and potential to succeed at CiAM.  For admissions decisions, we use information from academic performance, work experience, leadership positions, extracurricular interests, unique talents, and the personal interview.  We consider the applicant as a whole individual, not select parts such as GPA or GRE/GMAT test scores.  Efforts are made to match the candidate’s expectation with that of the CiAM MBA program design.

The review process cannot begin until a student’s application file is complete.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and at least one year of professional experience is required.  

How Your Application is Considered

In our admissions process, we give careful, individual attention to each applicant. We seek to identify students who show perseverance and growth and those who will enrich one another, their professors, and the culture at CiAM.  We seek individuals who will inspire those around them during their CiAM years and beyond.
Selection is based on a holistic review, both academic and personal information, that is presented in the application.  Holistic review refers to the process of evaluating applications where no one piece of information is weighted more heavily over another, but emphasis is placed on academic preparedness, perseverance and potential contribution to the campus and beyond. This is why it is so important to address each section of the application thoughtfully and thoroughly.

The goal of our selection process is to identify applicants who are most likely to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and entrepreneurial community, and the world at large.

The following areas are considered in the review of the personal statement and the application:

Growth and potential

  • Professional and personal accomplishments 
  • Initiative, motivation and inspiration
  • Goals and interests
  • Expected goals and contributions for the next 5,10 or 25 years
  • Self-development goals
  • Intentions for a graduate education

Interests and activities

  • Intellectual, professional and personal passions and interests 
  • Learned experiences from successes and failures
  • Commitment to leadership

Character and personality

  • Choices in life and their reasons
  • Openness to new ideas and people
  • Appearance and poise
  • Communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Grace under pressure
  • Aspiration to contribute to CiAM community 

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Application Instructions

Submitting an Application 

Students applying to CiAM must submit a complete application package, which includes: 

  • Application – All students who wish to apply to CiAM must complete an admissions application. The application is available on the CiAM website or by clicking here. The application must be complete, or it will not be reviewed for consideration.  
  • Application Fee – All applicants must pay an application fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00 USD) with the admissions application. If the fee does not accompany the admissions application, the application will not be processed. The application fee is non-refundable. Applicants may submit payment within the online application form here. 
  • Preliminary Interview – All applicants must complete a preliminary interview with the Office of Admissions as part of the application process. The purpose of this interview is to help ensure a match between the candidate’s expectation the CiAM MBA program design. This can be conducted on campus or online.   
  • Current resume  
  • Transcripts – All applicants must submit official transcripts from previously attended institutions. Official transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will only be accepted if they have been evaluated by a member in good standing of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or another nationally recognized credentialing service. 
  • Statement of Purpose – All applicants must submit a 300-500-word statement of purpose indicating why they wish to study at CiAM, how studying at CiAM would help them accomplish their personal/professional goals, how the program would empower them to give back to their community and sharing their unique life story and experiences.  
  • Final Interview - After you have submitted a complete admissions application, the Office of Admissions will contact you to schedule a final interview. This can be conducted on campus or online.  

Download Application Checklist Here 

Profile of a Student


CiAM looks for purposeful and inspired professionals.

Deciding to obtain an MBA degree is a significant endeavor. It is a big commitment to invest in a program with a rigorous curriculum with a demanding time requirement. You should expect a time commitment of at least 15 hours every week per course outside of class during the program. This entails significant planning considering other job and personal responsibilities. Planning prior to the start of classes is highly recommended.

Innovate, Inspire and Achieve

Admission into CiAM entails more than academic statistics. To be at CiAM requires grit, passion, and a drive to contribute back to society. Whether the student is a first-generation graduate student or comes from a family with a tradition of professional education, he/she can find opportunity to grow and contribute at CiAM.
Our students bring to campus their inspiration, creativity and a commitment for success.

Program Composition

CiAM’s current student body is growing, so its composition is increasingly diverse with each incoming class. Students represent diverse backgrounds, including 14 countries, 38 different institutions and 85 organizations. Women represent 70% of the students. There is slight increase of students from the arts and social sciences for 2019. The average age is 28 years of age.

As a unique school of applied business and management, CiAM prepares its graduates to achieve success in their professional careers, and to be contributors to the local and global communities

Rigorous academic work and real business consulting experience—with strict measures of performance— are combined to create a foundation for success, acquaint students with the professional environment, the business community, and to cultivate students to have purpose and a positive influence in their local and global communities.

Student Cultural Statement

At CiAM, I am…

…adaptable to change and I turn challenges into opportunities.

…pursue excellence through continuous learning and self-development.

…thrive by my autonomous efforts and succeed through my collaborative endeavors.

…believe that management facilitates diversity to serve the greater and common good.

…advocate real-world experience that leads to real results.

…work with my strengths, opportunities, and resources.

…empower leaders to create social impact.

…take great talent and unconditional support and respect to foster innovation and positivity.

…engage in honest constructive communication that creates an open dynamic environment for new ideas.

… accountable to my peers, faculty, and clients. I respond effectively to meet my and my teams’ goals and objectives.

…determined, dedicated, and driven.

I Innovate, Inspire and Achieve.

Profile of a Graduate


Graduates of CiAM will:

Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills by:

  • Delivering effective presentations.
  • Effectively utilizing technology. 
  • Producing professional-quality business documents.

Demonstrate the Skills to Be an Effective Team Member in an Organizational Setting by:

  • Achieving common team goals in a timely manner.

Apply the Principles of Management as a Liberal Art (MLA) Demonstrating Leadership Practices by:

  • Applying MLA in a business setting.
  • Applying the principles of business ethics in managerial settings.
  • Increasing the consulting clients’ awareness of societal impact through the consulting projects.

Apply Analytic Skills in the Global Environment to Successfully Execute Consulting Projects and Case Analyses by: 

  • Identifying problems, analyzing the quality of evidence and undertaking appropriate recommendations and/or solutions.
  • Integrating a focus on societal impact and human dignity in the design of experiential learning assignments.  
  • Conducting effective interviews of business professionals.  
  • Gathering, analyzing, and appropriately applying industry research material in the production of their analyses.
  • Applying the conceptual and discipline-specific skills in each course.  

A graduate of CiAM exemplifies leadership for the 21st century showing a mastery of communication skills, a creative and analytical approach to problem-solving, perseverance for innovation, and notwithstanding an intention on social enterprise and a commitment to responsible practice.

Application Dates

2021-2022 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 2021-2022 listed below. If you have any questions, please drop us a line at anytime, we are always happy to help!

2-Year MBA Program:

Only Available Full-time, Hybrid (on-Campus)

  • Spring 2022
    • Term begins: Saturday, 01/08/2022
    • Admissions Application Deadline: Friday, 12/03/2021, 4pm PST
  • Summer 2022
    • Term begins: Saturday, 05/07/2022
    • Admissions Application Deadline: Friday, 4/01/2022, 4pm PDT

Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Written Tesimonials

  • Edward Martinez (Graduated in Apr, 2014)
    "The guidance and expertise of the university’s professors and the incorporation of some of the country’s top researchers and executives into an already revolutionary pedagogy built on the philosophy and principles of Peter F. Drucker, the “Father of Modern Management,” has transformed how I manage and operate my business. The university’s unique teaching structure has contributed to the enhancement of my leadership and communication skills through every consulting engagement and exposure to the “real-world experience.”
  • Srini Santhanam (Graduated in Sep, 2014)
    "The CIAM MBA program has given me insight into various gaps which I might have not seen, in terms of running a business. CIAM has taught me how to keep the customer in mind, which will grow the business and to keep the relationship for the long term, as customer development is the business! Now the great thing about the CIAM MBA program is that I experienced real life clients and real life situations through the student consulting. I was personally involved with 12 consulting clients which gave me exposure to twelve different industries. At any other university, I would not have had this exposure to the consulting client element because other universities are not doing what CIAM is doing: real-world consulting, including experiential learning and thinking on your feet. That is what makes this program unique."
  • Truong Trinh (Graduated in Jun, 2015)
    "It has been invigorating... There is a lot of work, but it is great learning experience. The Consulting Reports have really forced me to think outside the box. I believe this is a phenomenal program and would highly recommend it to others."
  • Miranda Lam (Graduated in Jun, 2015)
    "I have gained so much since the start of my MBA pursuit at CIAM. The education I have obtained thus far is very enriching, practical, and empowering. Specifically, I was given valuable lessons on how executive managers and entrepreneurs succeed in their field. Prior to pursuing my CIAM MBA, I had several years of professional experience in the Life Science and Information Science fields. I was content at being lead and managed, and I did not have the audacity to be the leader, the innovator, or much less be the entrepreneur-- NOT until now. It seems as though I discovered a new self--that is, the business side of myself. CIAM’s rigorous, dynamic courses challenged me to perform in many areas, from public speaking to conducting and producing professional business consulting reports. I am very grateful for the education I have received at CIAM."

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Technical Requirements

Technical Minimum Requirements

for the MBA Program

The computer a student will utilize for the MBA program must meet the minimum requirements below. Note that the minimum computer and software requirements may evolve during a student’s course of studies, in particular as thirdparty vendors discontinue support for older versions of the product.

Minimum Hardware and Operating System

  1. 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater.
  2. 2GB RAM or more & 1 GB of free hard drive space or more.
  3. If running Windows, Windows 7 or greater.
  4. If running OSX, OSC 10.6 or greater.
  5. Webcam, sound card, microphone & speakers set up on your computer, or a smartphone or tablet that has video and sound recording capabilities.


  1. Internet Browser: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox with Adobe Flash Player with most current update.
  2. Microsoft Office 2007 or higher: Word, Excel, PowerPoint (or equivalent such Mac iWork), rtf.
  3. Current version of Adobe Reader
  4. USB Flash Drive: Strongly recommended (1 GB+)
  5. Video Media Player (such as Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player (or equivalent), which are available free of charge from the manufacturers.

Internet Connection

  1. A reliable broadband Internet connection, either cable or DSL of at least 5Mbps download speed (constant) for adequate audio video quality.
  2. An email address that will accept all emails, including attachments, from the domain name

Note: Students are presumed to receive the messages sent to designated email addresses. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that messages from CIAM are not blocked and that the mailbox is not too full to receive messages.