Certified Management Accountant

CMA USA (Certified Management Accountant) is the highest level of professional certification in Management Accounting and Financial Management fields awarded by the globally recognized U.S based Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

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Career Opportunities

The CMA is an advanced level certification course and offers wide ranging career options in the areas of financial planning, analysis, control, decision making and professional ethics.

Work at organizations of all sizes, industries and types, including

Manufacturing sectors

Financial services and Advisory firms

Public and Private enterprises

Not-for-Profit organizations

Academic institutions

Government entities and multinational corporations.

US CMA Qualification – Advantages

  • Worldwide exposure improves professional competencies, promotes career progression and movement across business areas.
  • Hired in positions that require critical accounting and financial management skills.
  • Globally recognized and facilitates practice anywhere internationally ranging from countries such as the United States of America to Europe, Middle-east, China, India and more.
  • Significantly higher average earnings per year than non-certified peers.
  • Single level exam with just 2 exam papers, computer based Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Essay formats help in higher pass rates.
  • Short Course duration of 6 months subject to criteria.
  • Cost effective course with a modest investment of upto INR 100K to acquire a globally recognized designation.
  • Gateway to CPA (USA), ACCA, Global MBA etc.

CMA Course Syllabus

Part 1 – Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance, and Control

  • External financial reporting decisions (15%)
  • Planning, budgeting and forecasting (30%)
  • Performance management (20%)
  • Cost management (20%)
  • Internal controls (15%)

Part 2 – Financial Decision

  • Financial statement analysis (25%)
  • Corporate finance (20%)
  • Decision analysis (20%)
  • Risk management (10%)
  • Investment decisions (15%)
  • Professional ethics (10%)


Successful completion of PUC OR 10+2 is eligible for enrolment. However, the student must obtain a graduation degree within 7 years of the date of passing the CMA exam.

Successful completion of Graduate degree.

Passing Criteria

CMA Exam is a two part online computerised exam that must be passed as a prerequisite to earning a CMA designation.

Candidates are given three years from registration to pass both parts of the exam. The question paper is for 500 marks and carries 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs’) (3 hours) and two essay type questions to be answered in 30 minutes each (Total 4 Hours per part).

The criteria applies for both Part 1 and 2. Exams are scored on a scale of 0 – 500 and a score of 360 represents the minimum passing scaled score.

US CMA Examination Schedule

The exams are held during three testing window periods, being: January/February, May/June and September/October.

Students have the option to take up both parts together or any one part as per their choice at each examination window.

NSA Batches for CMA

NSA runs three batches of CMA USA Course in a year. The following are the batches details

  • February Enrollment dates- January 1 to January 31
  • June Enrollment dates- May 1 to May 31
  • October Enrollment dates- September 1 to September 30

Comparison Between US CMA and Indian CMA

The US CMA certification is accorded by the IMA and the course is being offered since 1972. In India, the content is regularly reviewed by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).

Credentials issued by IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), US The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (formerly ICWAI), India
Course Duration 6 months 3-4 years
Approximate Cost(Training + Examination) INR 120k – 150k INR 100k
Academics 2 papers, single-level exams 20 papers, 3-level exams
Credits Globally recognized India

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