Two Reasons Why
On-Campus Study
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Exam Prep for CMA or CPA
Admission Requirements
Preliminary Assessment
Applying for Admission
Degree Requirements
Annual Assessment Report (Program Learning Outcomes)
For Employers/Recruiters
Preparation for CMA or CPA Exams    
Professional Certifications
Professional certifications are optional features of the MBA for Accounting Professionals. Concurrent with the CPT phase of the program, the students take online distance education courses that prepare them to sit for the examinations required as a step toward professional certification either as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) offered by the Institute for Management Accountants, or as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) offered by the American Institute of CPAs. It is the student's choice and expense to register to take the professional exams at one of the many testing centers throughout the USA.

The CMA exam focuses on knowledge and skills required for business planning, internal controls, internal reporting and decision-making. Professionals taking the CMA exam typically expect to work for a business or governmental organization. Click here for more information about how to become a CMA.   For information about the CPA exam, go to the website for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential, offered by the Institute for Management Accountants (IMA), "demonstrates your command of the critical accounting and financial management skills demanded by today’s dynamic businesses, translating into significant career opportunities for you." CMAs are highly respected and internationally-recognized professionals.

The CMA is appropriate for those who want to become experts in helping their own organization with business planning, developing internal controls and improving decision-making and internal reporting. CMAs develop their careers from within a business organization. CMAs typically begin their careers as cost accountants or business analysts. With more experience, they can become accounting managers, controllers, or chief financial officers.

How will an MBA affect my future earning potential? A recent compensation survey conducted by the Institute for Management Accountants found that the average salary of its members is about 10% higher with a master's degree. The IMA also indicates that the average person who passes the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exam earns approximately 10% more than those who don't have the CMA. (Source: IMA Annual Career and Salary Guide).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
People taking the CPA exam expect to work for a public accounting firm which provides audits, tax advice and consulting to other companies. The CPA is typically an external consultant to the organizations where CMAs work. After several years experience with a CPA firm, many CPAs take jobs with businesses in management accounting or executive roles.

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants website, "CPAs and potential CPAs have a variety of career paths from which to choose. Within public accounting, you can work for any sized firm, ranging from a large, international CPA firm to a small local accounting practice. Within the firm, you can work in such areas as audit, tax and management consulting. The same holds true in business and industry, where you can choose careers in companies of all sizes, working in diverse areas such as financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, financial analysis and treasury/cash management. Within government, you can create a path to success at either the federal, state or local level. Non-profit organizations and education also offer many diverse opportunities."
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