Selection Criteria

Candidate selection criteria reflect the CIMBA focus on preparing students to become effective managers and leaders. With its focus on the development of managerial soft-skills, CIMBA is unique among business schools and candidate selection criteria mirror that uniqueness.

To assure that candidates have the ability, aptitude, and motivation to develop managerial thinking and leadership soft skills at an accelerated and intense pace, they are assessed against the following criteria:

Personal Commitment to a Career in Management

Recognizing that leadership development is a demanding self-discovery journey, the most important candidate selection criterion is a personal commitment to a management career and the development of the skills necessary to becoming an effective manager. Successful candidates demonstrate a passion for leading and managing others.

Academic Merit, GMAT or GRE, and Language

As a measure of the ability to perform well in the classroom, successful candidates demonstrate superior performance as an undergraduate student and on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE. Past students have come to the program from different and diverse academic backgrounds.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language and who did not graduate from an English-language university, will be required to demonstrate English-language proficiency. Such a demonstration may include either an extensive test by our language instructors, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Commitment to Personal Development and Change

Successful candidates demonstrate the ability to be held accountable for considering and implementing personal change. They show greater receptivity to learning about themselves, to being held accountable by others who are also learning about themselves, to receiving feedback from leadership development coaches, and to developing the skills that it takes to effectively motivate others.

Contributions to the Learning and Living Environments

CIMBA also considers a candidate's personal qualities that are consistent with being an effective manager and leader. Successful candidates demonstrate a variety of distinguishing personal characteristics including ambition, energy, maturity, motivation, integrity, inclination to risk taking, ability to relate to others, and a spirit of adventure.

The Admission's Committee also considers the extent to which the candidate adds diversity to and enlarges the geographic reach of the alumni network, both of which are important characteristics as international careers increasingly become the standard. Successful candidates must also be ready to accept the challenges of being out of their comfort zone, exhibit a desire to understand cultures and gain cultural awareness, and demonstrate a proclivity for languages. By so broadening the decision criteria, CIMBA creates an invigorating learning and living environments for students, coaches, professors, and the CIMBA staff.