Admissions Requirements (INT)

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

International Students on F1 

CiAM has received approval from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll nonimmigrant students in its MBA program.  This allows CiAM to issue Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” and vouch for a student’s status.  There are no additional fees associated with this service.    

Nonimmigrant students must meet the same admissions requirements for the program as all other prospective students (see above). To be considered for admission, prospective students must be eligible to apply for a student visa (F-1) or must be resident in the United States in a temporary residency status that does not require a change of status to attend CiAM. Nonimmigrant students may only be enrolled on a full-time status. Once the student has enrolled, all changes in enrollment status, address, or program of study must be reported to the Registrar on an on-going basis and at the end of each term. 

CiAM will not issue an I-20 until all requirements have been met. International students who are in the United States and already have a student visa will be processed as a transfer in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Other individuals already in the United States under a temporary status, which requires a change of status, must file an I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) and pay any required fee to the appropriate agency prior to admission. 

To apply to CiAM, international students must submit the following materials (in addition to those listed above): 

  • Copy of their passport (and the passport of any dependents, if applicable) 
  • Affidavit of Financial Support - International applicants must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support form to show proof of funding, which must meet a minimum indicated on the form. By signing the Affidavit of Financial Support form, the student certifies that the sufficient financial resources will be available to cover all expenses for the duration of his/her study at CiAM, as well as obtain and maintain adequate health insurance coverage throughout enrollment at CiAM. A student who will be accompanied by a spouse and/or children must submit additional support of $4,000 for spouse and $3,000 for each child. If the certificates are issued in a language other than English, the student must attach a certified English translation. 
  • Bank statement showing financial capability - Bank statements must be dated within six (6) months of the intended start date. Please submit bank statements of an account(s) that does not have restrictions on your ability to withdraw money to pay for tuition and living expenses in the U.S. If the account is in another person's name, the student must provide a relationship document (e.g., birth certificate, household registrar, etc.). We do not consider investment or retirement accounts.   
  • Proof of health insurance – International applicants are required to have health insurance while attending CiAM. If you choose to purchase International Student Insurance, the minimum coverage must provide: 
    • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness per policy year 
    • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000 
    • Medical evacuation to your home country in the amount of $50,000 

If you have been employed and will be employed during your study at CiAM on CPT, please provide the proof of the health insurance sponsored by your employer confirming that you have at least the equivalent minimum coverage as stated above. 

  • Evidence of English language proficiency – Options to demonstrate English language proficiency are listed in the English Language Proficiency Requirements section

English Language Proficiency Requirements 

English Requirement: International graduate applicants, who graduated from an institution in a non-English speaking country, must demonstrate English-language proficiency. International applicants can meet CiAM’s English Language Proficiency Requirement by meeting one or more conditions below:   

  • Attended an educational institution within the United States for one (1) year or more and earned a bachelor’s degree or higher (not a certificate) with a 2.0 GPA or higher.  
  • Attended an institution in a country where the native language is English for one (1) year or more and earned bachelor’s degree or higher (not a certificate) with a 2.0 GPA or higher.  
  • Attended an institution outside the United States for one (1) year or more and earned bachelor’s degree or higher (not a certificate) with a 2.0 GPA or higher where the official language of the institution was English for ALL coursework.  
  • Attended and successfully completed a CiAM-approved English Language Program in the United States. Please contact Office of Admissions for an approved list of English programs.  
  • Earned an acceptable minimum score on a recognized standardized English proficiency exam. CiAM currently requires a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT, 530 on the TOEFL PBT, 6.5 on the IELTS, 58 on the PTE Academic, 3.8 on the iTEP, or 105 on the Duolingo English Test. Test scores must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of application to CiAM. 

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

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

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 4: Schedule an Admissions Interview

  • Instructions for the admissions interview 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 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

Download Affidavit of Financial Support & I-20 Application form

Helpful Online resources:

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:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico PR
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Pacific Trust

Download English Requirement Exemption Form.

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

International FAQ:

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.

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. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alhambra is estimated to have a population of 83,119 and a median gross rent of $1,436 as of April 1st, 2020 (Source: