Certified Management Accountant

Prepare for the Two Part Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) Exam

Globalization and standardization, combined with more stringent financial reporting requirements, have resulted in a dramatic change in the practice, rules, regulations, ethics, and execution of managerial accounting and financial strategy in all areas of an organization. The CMA is the globally recognized, advanced-level credential for accountants and financial professionals. Achieving the CMA demonstrates your professional expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics – skills that are in demand by organizations around the world.   

The IMA’s Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Certificate Program offered by Villanova University College of Professional Studies (CPS) addresses the needs of managerial finance and accounting professionals as they meet the challenges of the new corporate accounting environment. The IMA's “body of knowledge” reflects the variety of relevant business skills and abilities— including analyzing, managing, and evaluating business solutions—that professionals must possess to effectively contribute to the strategic success of an organization today.

To complete the full Certified Management Accountant program and earn a certificate of program completion, students must complete three courses, which include:

CMA Part 1: Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance and Control

  • 3.6 CEU's
  • Required

CMA Part 2: Financial Decision Making

  • 3.6 CEU's
  • Required
  • Prerequisite: CMA Part I

Payroll Level 1: Payroll Fundamentals

  • Required

Courses can be taken individually and not as part of the program, however students are encouraged to check any benefit restrictions from corporations, agencies and/or organizations from which they are receiving tuition assistance.


Upcoming Courses and Costs

CMA Part 1: Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance and Control TBD    
CMA Part 2: Financial Decision Making

12 Weeks

Wednesdays, Jan. 23 - April 17, 2019

6 to 9:00 pm

No class March 6

(Spring Break)

Villanova University


Includes the IMA's CMA Learning System

Payroll Level 1: Payroll Fundamentals

10 Weeks

Thursdays, Jan. 24 - April 4, 2019

8 to 9:00 pm

Online AFP Member: $1,099
Nonmember: $1,199

Benefits of the CMA Designation

Benefits of IMA's CMA designation:

  • Join an elite group of professionals who have advanced beyond the practical accounting skill set into operations-focused strategists and decision makers who deploy evaluation, critical thinking, and judgment to help their corporations succeed.
  • Confirm your broad business competency and mastery of management-level skills required to maximize value and build quality financial practices into your organization.
  • Learn from qualified instructors who reinforce key points and keep you on track for success.
  • Develop a peer network while learning in a group environment.
  • Set yourself apart from your peers. A recent study shows CMA’s often earn higher salaries than their non-certified peers.


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Program Materials

CMA Learning System (CMALS) Version 3.0 is a comprehensive program including text books, online practice tests, and resources directly aligned to the body of knowledge of the new CMA exam.

Textbooks have over 1,000 pages and include a thorough review of critical concepts and calculations, knowledge check questions/answers, 175+ complex questions/answers, 39 sample essay questions/answers, tips on exam preparation, and an extensive reference bibliography.  Tips are provided on how to prepare for the essay portions of the exams, including sample responses and an explanation of the essay grading scorecard.

Online practice tests include 1,400+ multiple choice questions with explanations designed to help study an exam section or to emulate a full-part exam, a gradebook to track progress on the practice tests and additional resources, including ICMA’s Exam Content Specifications and Learning Outcome Statements (LOS). The online system is available 24/7, providing flexibility and convenience to study at your own pace and schedule.


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Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910
Email:  cps.info@villanova.edu

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