What is Management Accounting?

  • Financial Analysts

  • Accounting Managers

  • Controllers

  • Chief Financial Officers

 Management accounting is a profession that involves partnering in management decision making, devising planning and performance management systems, and providing expertise in financial reporting and control to assist management in the formulation and implementation of an organization’s strategy.

Nearly 75% of financial professionals work in business as management accountants: financial analysts, accounting managers, controllers and chief financial officers. Management accounting professionals can influence the decision-making process and business strategy, making a real impact on the future of their organizations.


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IMA Supports You in School and Beyond

As an IMA Student member, you can learn about the role of accountants and financial managers in business and explore your career options. IMA offers Student members access to many of the benefits of regular Professional membership at a significantly reduced rate. To qualify for this membership type you must be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours at a college or university.

Student Membership Benefits Include:


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Graduate With Distinction

Why should you take the CMA exam while you’re a student? As many of our CMAs will tell you, the exam is easier to manage while you’re still in school and the material is top of mind. Passing means you’ll get a head start in your career by standing out from your peers. And IMA is happy to support you on the journey—from discounted program fees to CMA scholarships. 


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The CMA Exam: Two Parts covering 11 Competencies

  • Worth Your Time

  • A League of Our Own

  • Have What It Takes?


Upcoming Recognition Opportunities & Scholarships

We proudly sponsor a variety of award and scholarship programs to help students offset the high cost of education and earn recognition for their achievements.

Doctoral Summer Research Scholarship Program

Deadline for submissions is April 15

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Clark Johnson Achievement Award

Deadline for submissions is March 1

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R. Lee Brummet Award

Deadline for submissions is March 1

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The Future is Yours

Take charge of your success with the IMA Accounting Honor Society