STEP 1: REGISTRATION: You first choose a School and a Degree Program. At present Calwest University only offers the MBA and DBA programs via the School of Business to members of bona-fide professional organizations.
The programs are currently available only to Members of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. If you are not a member, you have the opportunity of joining ICMA as an Affiliate Member (open access) by paying $250 in the application process.
The once-off cost of registering as a Calwest student is US$200.
STEP 2: UPLOAD ADMISSION DOCUMENTATION: You need to provide all evidence of meeting the admission requirements for your program. Once you have Registered and Enrolled in a degree program, go to HOME PAGE and use your ID Number and Password provided via an email to Log-in. Then navigate to the STUDENT MENU "My Courses" and complete your Admission Requirements. This is your first "assignment" in which you will be uploading scanned copies of your certified Degree Certificates and Resume (C.V.). You will need to wait (maximum time is a week) until your Admission documents are accepted prior to commencing studying the courses in your degree program.
STEP 3: UNDERTAKE STUDY PROGRAM: Upon acceptance of your Admission Documentation, go to HOME PAGE - STUDENT MENU "My Programs". A Study Program is provided to you with the Core courses (called Values and Building Blocks in masters programs) and Electives required to obtain the degree. In the Doctoral courses, there will be additional 'Research Courses".
Click on a course and if you are interested in studying it, then pay the course enrollment fee. For Calwest courses via Tubeclasses the course fees is US$250 per course. Research courses are $800 per course.
Students undertaking the core courses and electives (excepting the ‘values’ and 'research' courses) will also be directed to recommended (free) MOOC courses from leading universities as supplementary delivery vehicles (where available). Students may also undertake similar courses with other accredited MOOC universities (if assessments are suitably Proctored) or in other accredited universities for credit.
STEP 4: GET RECOGNITION FOR EXTERNAL STUDIES: If you have already completed equivalent prior studies of any course at an accredited university, you can get recognition for such prior learning by paying a $25 ‘Credit Verification Fee’ per course.You need to navigate to STUDENT MENU, "My Programs" and choose a course and click "Recognized Prior Learning" when you are submit your work for credit. Note: When students provide notarized/certified copies of their transcripts of the (proctored) MOOC courses, each course will have a US$25 credit verification charge. NOTE: There are limits to how many course credits you can obtain undertaking external courses.
If you are already undertaking (free) MOOC courses externally that have similar learning outcomes to a Calwest course, then a Calwest approved proctor (such as ProctorU) must be used in all assessments. The proctoring fees charged by ProctorU and others are minimal (as low as $50 per assessment). Students are responsible for paying the proctoring fee.
Alternatively, you may wish to have your external learning assessed by Calwest itself. You need to navigate to STUDENT MENU, "My Programs" and choose a course and click "Challenge Exam" when you are ready to be assessed ($250). Calwest will provide access to all the Calwest study materials, the on-line examinations. Go to STUDENT MENU, "My Courses" to prepare and sit for your challenge exam.
STEP 5: UNDERTAKE COURSE ASSESSMENTS: For Calwest courses via Tubeclasses, the proctoring fee is built into the course fees. You have to complete Topic Quizzes (unlimited attempts) and a Final Course Assessment (one attempt). The grade obtained for the course will be posted on your Program schedule within 24 hours.
You need to navigate to STUDENT MENU, "My Programs" and choose a course and click "Challenge Exam" when you are ready to be assessed ($250). Calwest will provide the on-line examination and/or assignment. Go to STUDENT MENU, "My Courses" to prepare and sit for your challenge exam.
As a 'course' fee ($250) is the same as a challenge examination' fee ($250); students would get the same learning experiece as enrollnig in a course and using the online material for revision purposes prior to undertaking the exam (even if they have done similar studies elsewhere).
STEP 6: COMPLETE REQUIRED STUDY PROGRAM: On completion all courses and the accumulation of the required credit points for the specific degree program, you will be given access to apply for Program Completion. The Program Completion and Degree Granting Fee is US$350.
STEP 7: GRADUATE: If all courses have been successfully completed, a Calwest Transcript and Degree Certificate will be mailed to the student. CONGRATULATIONS!