IMA supports you at university 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 university.


CMA Students

  • Students like you have demonstrated a high ability to succeed on the exam because much of the exam content is covered in coursework.
  • You’re already in study mode and exam material is top of mind
  • You can take both exam parts and submit your work experience later .
  • The amazing ROI of holding both CMA & CPA certifications
  • CMAs between the ages of 20-29 can earn 37% more in total compensation than non-CMAs globally.*

*IMA’s 2021 Global Salary Survey.

CMA: Everything you need to know

The CMA exam: 2 parts covering 12 competencies

Part one

Financial planning, performance,
and analytics.

  • 15%

    External financial reporting decisions
  • 20%

    Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
  • 20%

    Performance management
  • 15%

    Cost management
  • 15%

    Internal controls
  • 15%

    Technology and analytics
Part two

Strategic financial management


  • 20%

    Financial statement analysis
  • 20%

    Corporate finance
  • 25%

    Decision analysis
  • 10%

    Risk management
  • 10%

    Investment decisions
  • 15%

    Professional ethics

Worth your time

  • 12-18 months to complete both parts, on.
  • Up to 3 years allowed to complete both parts.
  • 150-170 recommended hours of study per part.

A league of our own

  • 50% pass rate globally
  • 4,000 CMAs granted each year on average
  • 70,000 CMAs awarded to date, each and every one earned through testing

Have what it takes?

  • Bachelor’s degree or professional accounting certification required
  • 2 years of work experience required
  • Successful completion of parts 1 and 2 of the exam

The CMA Scholarship

Did you know up to 10 students from your university per academic year can be nominated by professors to receive the CMA Scholarship, which allows you to prepare for and take the CMA exam at no expense to you?