ICMAs

Business Degrees for Members of the ICMA Professional Organization

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE OF CERTIFIED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS

Calwest University currently offers the MBA and DBA educational programs, solely for ICMA’s membership.

Please have your Membership Number [CID or MID] prior to commencing the Calwest Application process.

The following are the four pathways available within the two programs (click on icons to get to preferred course):

 

This is the course most attractive MBA pathway for CMA certification holders. Due to Calwest University’s knowledge of the course content of the CMA Program; the CMA certification holders will automatically get Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) credit for 8 out of 12 courses. They will need to do only 4 further courses, (1) Business Ethics and (2) Global Issues, (3) Critical Thinking and (4) Philosophy, to obtain their MBA. Once you register for the MBA for CMA program, these four courses are done online at your own pace from anywhere in the world. The total cost of this entire program is US$1,750, of which US$1,400 is required on registration for RPL credit and access to the four courses and related assessments.

This is the MBA pathway most attractive for MAA, CAT, RCA, RBA, GMA and AMA members of ICMA who have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional qualification). [Note that CMA, AMA and GMA level membership certificate holders of ICMA are considered to be equivalent to having an undergraduate degree in business].No Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) credit is given initially, but members may apply for RPL credit for any courses they have done in previous studies in the subject area. Members may also follow MOOCs and apply for challenge exams. This also is also good for CMA Certification holders who wish to revise their knowledge in some of the courses. Once you register for the MBA program (US$200), you need to complete 12 courses online at your own pace from anywhere in the world. The minimum cost of this entire program (with maximum RPL credit) is US$1,750. The maximum cost of this entire program (with no RPL credit) is US$3,550.

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This is the course most attractive DBA pathway for an ICMA member who has both Undergraduate and Master’s degrees (or equivalent). [Note that CMA level membership certificate holders of ICMA are considered to be equivalent to having both an undergraduate and graduate degree in business].No Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) credit is given initially, but members may apply for RPL for any ‘Coursework’ courses they have done in previous studies in the subject area. Members may also follow MOOCs and apply for challenge exams. No credit is given for the ‘Research’ courses comprising of: (1) Research Methods; (2) Research Proposal and (3) Research Thesis. From the Research Proposal stage you will be assigned an individual supervisor to guide you through your proposal and thesis. Once you register for the DBA program (US$200), you need to complete 14 courses and your thesis online at your own pace from anywhere in the world.

If you have a CMA but do not have an MBA we suggest that you first undertake the MBA for CMA pathway and then apply for the DBA for MBA as described below.

The minimum cost of this entire program (with maximum RPL credit) is US$8,025. The maximum cost of this entire program (with no RPL credit) is US$10,500.

This is the course most attractive DBA pathway for an ICMA member who has both an Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and a MBA. Automatic Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) credit is given for the 11 ‘coursework’ courses for their MBA studies. Students have to complete only the ‘research’ courses comprising of: (1) Research Methods; (2) Research Proposal and (3) Research Thesis. From the Research Proposal stage you will be assigned an individual supervisor to guide you through your proposal and thesis. Once you register for the DBA program (US$200) and get your automatic RPL credit (US$275) for the 11 ‘Coursework’ courses. You need to complete the 3 ‘research’ courses online at your own pace from anywhere in the world. The cost of this entire program is US$8,025.

As you can see, Calwest University has achieved its aim at providing affordable high-quality education to its students, so as they can work towards attaining a recognised degree at a fraction of the costs usually associated with such degree programs. All of the above courses would costs over US$30,000 in most face-to-face and online courses available in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) who are financial members of ICMA can go directly to  MBA - for CMAs or DBA program offerings. Due to the nature of the CMA level of education, training and experience, Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) credit is granted up to 12 courses. [Please have your membership ID number ready if you wish to apply].

CMAs who are non-financial members must become financial again. This can be done on this website by paying their annual membership fees to Calwest as part of the application process to undertake the MBA or DBA education programs. Calwest will pass on the fees to ICMA.

If you are NOT a ‘Financial’ Member of ICMA.

You can still take advantage of this opportunity. Please insert your Membership Number [CID or MID] in the Calwest Application process. It will list you as a ‘lapsed’ member, but you will be given the opportunity renew your membership via the Calwest application process by paying a US$250 renewal fee.

Minimum Educational Requirements for MBA and DBA

The minimum educational requirement to do the MBA is a recognized undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification in any discipline; and for enrolling in the DBA program, the minimum educational requirements are both an undergraduate degree and masters degree (or equivalent). Financial members of ICMA who have attained the CMA level of certification can go directly to MBA - for CMAs. Those who already have an MBA can go directly to the DBA – for MBAs program offering once they become financial members of ICMA. You do not need to be have attained the CMA level of certification to do the DBA.

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