How to Get Started
The CMA program lets you proceed at your own pace. You can earn a CMA in just 12 months or over the course of three years. Busy professionals will find the CMA program to be a time-efficient and cost-effective investment.
To earn the CMA, you need to meet the following requirements:
Maintain membership in IMA. If you aren't already a member, join IMA now.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or an equivalent degree as determined by an independent evaluation agency). Prospective candidates who do not have a bachelor’s degree can petition the Board of Regents for an exception to the education requirements. Limited exceptions may be granted to those with substantial and relevant professional achievements. Please refer to the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.
Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. Please refer to the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.
Entrance into the CMA program.
Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam.
Abide by The IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.
* IMA has arrangements with ICAI (Institute of Cost Accountants of India) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) that may affect the above requirements for professionals seeking the CMA. Click here for more information.