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As a fully online university there are no attendance requirements, and you can work at you own pace. However if you have an emergency, an illness, or anything that may require you to take an extended break from your courses that will affect your satisfactory performance or maximum time for program completion requirements; you should email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and apply for Leave of Absence (LOA). During an approved LOA, you are not considered withdrawn.

 

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For Non-Members - Open Access to Membership of the ICMA Professional Organization

If you are not a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants - Then become an Affiliate Member via this Website.

If you are not a member of the ICMA, please first obtain (at the minimum) Affiliate membership before applying for the MBA or DBA program. Although Affiliate membership of ICMA is open for any individual interested in management and accountancy, please ensure that you meet the minimum education requirements of the degree program you wish to undertake (given below). Application for ICMA membership can be done via this website by paying the joining and 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. A membership certificate will subsequently be issued to you by ICMA.

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). Those who already have an MBA can go directly to the DBA – for MBAs program offering once they become members of ICMA. You do not need to be have attained the CMA level of certification to do the DBA.

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.

Learn at World-Class Universities, be Assessed for Credit, and earn an Affordable University Degree                     

 

Why Study at Calwest?

  • Affordable Education: A minimum of less than $2,000 for an entire graduate program (and a maximum of less than $5,000 for an entire graduate program)
  • Education Everywhere: Pure online education or blended learning via global strategic partners
  • Learn from World-Class Professors: Calwest has specialized courses that use open online courses from world-class institutions as supplementary delivery vehicles.
  • Easy to use Interactive Learning Platform: Simply choose a Program, complete the listed courses, take Calwests assessments or get your prior learning recognized and earn your degree at you own pace.

Our Mission

Calwest aims at providing affordable high-quality education to members of approved bona-fide professional organizations, so they can work towards attaining a recognized business degree at a fraction of the costs usually associated with such degree programs.

Who Sponsors Us?

Calwest is sponsored by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and the Calwest degree programs are currently only for the members of the ICMA. If you are not a member of ICMA, you can become a member via the Calwest application process found on this website.

 

      

 

How does it Work?

Calwest has specialized programs that are made up a mix of open online courses from world-class institutions, and Calwest's own courses. Simply complete the listed courses, take Calwests assessments and earn your degree. And if you've already done some of the courses, we can give you credit for those too.

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Tell me More about Calwest?

Calwest University is an USA based institution that specializes in providing online programs via the Internet to a global audience, and face-to-face seminars worldwide delivered by strategic partners.

Calwest’s global education programs are recognized by the Australian Education Standards Credentials Agency (AECSA) which lists Calwest University as an 'approved' organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calwest University follows USA Education terminology as follows:

Program: means the degree program you are enrolled in such as MBA or DBA.

Course: means a subject area within the Program. There are many courses that comprise a program.

Topic: means a section within a course. There are between 10-20 topics in a course and usually follow a related chapter in the text book assigned for the course.

 

  • FIRST: ENROLL IN A PROGRAM 

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When you wish to return to your program and courses, go to the Home page.

 

  • NEXT: UPLOAD SUPPORTING ADMISSION DOCUMENTATION

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  • NEXT: ENROLL IN A COURSE

Once your Admission Documentation is accepted (within 7 days) go to HOME PAGE STUDENT MENU "My Programs". Please click on this to see the courses that you need to enroll in to complete the program.When you have enrolled to undertake a program with Calwest University, the following Navigation is required on the website to undertake a program and the courses within it. 

Once you choose and enroll in a course, both your program and your courses are displayed on the HOME PAGE STUDENT MENU (Right Hand Side menu). Click on "My Programs" to choose and enroll in a course ($250). Research courses are $800 per course.

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  • NEXT: FOLLOW THE TOPICS IN A COURSE

Once enrolled in a course, go to HOME PAGE STUDENT MENU "My Courses" to see the course syllabus, topics quizzes and final assessments.

On clicking a particular course you are enrolled in, you will see the course syllabus and individual topics that will be based on the recommended text book. You will also be provided a particular MOOC course (if available) that can be used as supplementary learning material. If the MOOC link does not work, go to Google and you will be able to find the latest link pertaining to the course.

Please note that you will navigate the topics by clicking within the PowerPoint slide to advance. At the end of the PowerPoint slide presentation for a topic, you will return to the start of the presentation.

For Online Courses:

If a topic has assessments, please note that you need to complete these assessments before you will be permitted to access the next topic. You can re-sit the topic assessments as many times as you wish until you get a score (usually 50%) that will enable you to continue and access the materials of the next topic.

For Research Courses:

The requirements for these are different to the online courses and the details are provided in the Course Syllabus.

 

  • FINISH COURSE: UNDERTAKE THE FINAL EXAM

For Online Courses:

Once you have completed all the topics in the course, you will be given access to a Written Assignment or a Final Online Exam. The Online Final Exam is a composite of all the topic assessment questions. You will be allowed only One Attempt at the final exam. The final exam is 90-minutes in duration. After 90-minutes, whatever you have attempted will be submitted automatically to Calwest for assessment, and you will get your final grade soon after (within 24-hours).

 

For Research Courses:

The requirements for these are different to the online courses and the details are provided in the Course Syllabus. These are:

Research Methods: Self-Assessment that you have completed all readings and videos

Research Proposal: The submission of the Research Proposal to your supervisor, and grading by supervisor

Research Thesis: The submission of the Research Thesis to your supervisor, for submission to two examiners for grading.




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Notice to Prospective School of Business Degree Program Students

Please note that this program is available only to members of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).  If you are not a member you can become a member at the application stage.

Note  that no program at Calwest is designed to lead to positions in a profession, occupation, trade, or career field requiring licensure in the State of California; and students are advised not rely on a Calwest degree to obtain such qualifications or credentials.

Post Graduate program: Doctor of Business Administration

Program Admission Requirements: 

Prospective candidates who already have an MBA degree from a recognized university, and wish to be evaluated for admission to the DBA Program must: (1) in addition to their MBA, hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited university (or from a government approved institution, if outside the United States); (2) submit a carefully written 3-4 page Essay titled, “My objectives in undertaking Doctoral Research” (in such an essay, you may discuss some or all of the following: why you have been inspired to engage in a doctoral program; how such a credential will impact your professional career or standing; how your former preparation has led you to undertake future and more advance studies, etc. - you are not limited to these ideas; they are merely suggestions) and (3) submit a comprehensive resume or Curriculum Vitae, detailing both academic and professional experience.  The Doctor of Business Administration program consist of a 60 credit hours, for which holders of MBA degrees will receive 33 credit hours for their Recognized Prior Learning (RPL). Such students will need to successfully complete the 27 credit hour research component to be awarded the DBA.

For MBA’s holding Certified Membership of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia), special “Member’s Rates” apply for the Research component of the DBA for MBAs program. CMA Students applying should have the email address they have provided to the ICMA and their membership (CID or MID) number. Non-financial CMA members need to become financial by paying the current annual membership fees to ICMA directly, or via Calwest University by ticking the box to add this amount in their Calwest Enrollment Application. Calwest will remit the annual membership fees collected to ICMA and make the CMA member financial again.

Program Objective: The main purpose of Calwest University is to provide affordable high-quality American degrees to students living in all parts of the world who deserve a quality education, but were, until recently, unable to obtain such due to both costs and the tyranny of distance. The program objective of the Doctor of Business Administration degree program is to provide business professionals an opportunity for career related research at a doctoral level, Action research is undertaken to provide an industry responsive program for senior managers. Students research a specific area of study and write a research thesis.

Program Description: Students must complete the research courses listed below via Tubeclasses which includes a comprehensive Research Project to complete their DBA degree. For the Research Project, an individual supervisor will be appointed to each student by Calwest University. The course consists of 60 credit hours.

In summary, MBA Degree holders need to successfully complete only the Research courses to obtain their DBA.

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Business Administration [DBA]

Program Courses:

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Recognized Prior Learning Granted for MBA Degree Holders
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursGrade
DBA802Management3
DBA803Marketing3
DBA804Accounting3
DBA805Finance3
DBA806Economics3
DBA807Business Statistics3
DBA808Strategic Management3
DBA809International Business3
DBA810Corporate Finance3
DBA811Competitive Analysis3
DBA812Operations Management3
Total Credit Hours (Completed 0)33

Core Research to be Undertaken
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursGrade
DBA801Research Methods (2 Courses Equivalent)6
DBA813Research Proposal3
DBA814Research Thesis (6 Courses Equivalent)18
Total Credit Hours (Completed 0)27

*Courses that meet minimum standards to be counted as general education credit

Credit Hours Completed:0

Credit Hours Remaining:60

This program consists of a total of 60 Credit Hours


 

What Will Happen when you click the “Apply Now” button?

You will first be directed to an Application page where you will fill in your enrolment details.

After your enrolment details are completed, you will be asked to confirm your details via an Enrollment Agreement; and will then be directed to a secure Bank of America site for you to pay the Registration fee of $ 200 plus $ 275 for recognised Prior Learning Credits for 11 subjects.

This is the only payment required at this stage.

Upon confirmation of your registration, you will be provided with all program details for the research component of the DBA degree.

Full cost for MBA holders: The full cost of the DBA degree program is $ 8,025 of which $ 475 is due on application now (this is not currently offered by Calwest University).

 

 

 

 

Contact with Instructor: Calwest does not have online courses in its degree programs that require it to give students direct contact with an instructor. Calwest will instead use Indirect Contact Instruction via the Moodle Learning Management Platform as the only means of contact with students. Detailed course information will be accessible to students, via Course Syllabuses, PowerPoint presentations and Video instructions (where available) and online Topic Quizzes.

Return of Assessments and Research: The return of the grades for of Topic Quizzes and Final Exams will be almost instantaneous as the Faculty responsible for developing the course has supplied answers that are programmed into the Moodle learning platform. Student queries of a general nature will be answered as a broadcast via Moodle to all students. Where direct communication with an individual student is required (such in accepting admission documentation), this will usually be in 48 hours, with a maximum time limit of 7-days. In the case of research courses Doctoral degree program, the maximum time limit for return of research proposals and thesis chapters is one-month.

Qualified Instructors and Assessors: The second major rationale for launching an innovative university such as Calwest, is not only to students a framework have courses delivered by the World’s best and most qualified instructors but also to provide assessment of the learning outcomes obtained. As such Calwest has adjunct faculty, i.e. PhD and Masters Degree qualified professors in traditional universities, to design its courses to be benchmarked and aligned with MOOCs; and provide assessments to evaluate student learning (via computer assessments methods) and provide feedback to students in a timely manner.

Library and Other Learning Resources: Calwest has subscribed to the Library and Learning Resources of TopiaU, the online library service. See http://topiau.org/ which includes free Librarian services to students of member universities. More details are provided in this catalog. There may be some minimal charges for complicated searches.

The major rationale of establishing Calwest was to value-add and enable students to take advantage of the world-class courses run under MOOC philosophies. Any (traditional or non-traditional) university course has 3 distinct components: (1) Course Content (syllabus; learning outcomes); (2) Course Delivery (face-to-face; distance education; online; MOOC); and (3) Course Assessment (examination; assignment; credit for prior learning).

The Course Content is solely designed by Calwest faculty, and the syllabus outlines of these courses are listed in Calwest’s catalog. Calwest will offer all the courses listed in its catalog. In designing courses, as benchmarking with other World-class universities is done across most higher education institutions, both traditional and non-traditional; it is very possible that a student’s expected learning outcomes from a course listed and offered in Calwest’s catalog can be obtained via a similar MOOC course.

In terms of Course Delivery, all courses will be delivered by Calwest, via its Tubeclasses, which sits on a Moodle platform. The online delivery of courses that impart the ‘Core Values’, ‘Core Building Blocks” and ‘Electives’ will be comprehensive, with Course Syllabuses, PowerPoint presentations and Videos (where relevant). Students are responsible for purchasing (or having access to) the print or electronic text book assigned for the course. In addition to the text book(s) covering Calwest’s syllabus; students will be directed to the free MOOC delivery of similar lecture material delivered by World-class professors.

All the Course Assessments will be done by Calwest professors. These assessments include proctored traditional and online exams, assignments, challenge exams and credit for prior learning. The learning of students undertaking all modes of assessment is based on the syllabuses of courses offered at Calwest, and listed in its catalog.

Calwest has furnished in its on-line catalog, a detailed description of how each program will be conducted; and the syllabus of each course conducted internally by the university; including course outlines and compulsory text books. The programs will be asynchronous in that students will take courses at each student's own pace.  The access to course materials will be via the internet, using a Moodle Learning Management Platform. The grading scheme for all assessments and the evaluation of student work is presented in each course syllabus of the courses taught by Calwest. The timely response to students’ questions and comments, record keeping and technical support is also managed via Moodle. There is no equipment or supplies that need to be provided to any student, in any of the courses conducted at the university. Note that Calwest does not provide any courses that require the development of a manual or technical skill, such as the use of equipment or tools. Further, no courses are conducted at Calwest that will require a laboratory experience.