Benefits of Taking the CMA Tests as a Student

Impress potential employers.

The CMA is an impressive accolade to have on your resume. It shows that even as a student, you're career-focused, ambitious, and have the tools and knowledge that management accountants need

You are more prepared than you might think.

You've already learned many concepts covered on the CMA exams through your coursework. Taking the exams while this knowledge is still fresh in your mind increases your chances for success

There’s no need to wait.

Students are encouraged to complete both exam parts while still in school. You can complete your education and submit your work experience later to finalize your certification

Increase your earning power.

CMAs ages 26 and younger can earn 41% more in median salary than non-CMAs globally*

*IMA’s 2023 Global Salary Survey

Plan to succeed as a CMA. Here’s how you can get started:

Step 1

Enroll in the CMA program

Enter the CMA program directly or ask a professor to nominate you for a CMA Scholarship.

Step 2

Study for the CMA Exams

Accounting and finance coursework gives you a head start on CMA prep. With some study time you can pass both parts!

Step 3

Register and sit for your exams

You can take the exams in any order you wish. Most students complete both exams in 12-18 months.

Step 4

Complete education and work requirements

In addition to your bachelor’s degree, you must complete two years of relevant work experience. You can provide this after completing the exams.

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You may already be prepared for the CMA exam as a current student! Try our quiz and test your knowledge with 10 real questions from the CMA exam.


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Not sure if the CMA is right for you? Have questions? Visit our CMA Certification page to learn everything you need to know about the exam.

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