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Why is the CMA the Essential Credential

Why is the CMA the Essential Credential?


CMA is the credential that focuses specifically on financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support, as well as professional ethics—the critical skills for today's complex and changing business environment.

Leading employers seek to hire and promote CMAs. Companies such as 3M, Alcoa, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Cargill, Caterpillar, ConAgra, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Verizon have CMAs in key management roles.

CMAs have demonstrated both technical competencies and an understanding of the linkage between strategy and financial performance and are grounded in a firm commitment to upholding strict professional ethical standards.

The CMA is the certification that can deliver a tangible return on your investment. Professionals with a CMA can earn over $34,000 more in average total compensation annually than noncertified peers. (IMA Annual Salary Survey, 2013)

The CMA program responds to the needs of busy professionals with a choice of flexible learning formats including the live instruction program offered here at the Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Upon completing a course, CMA candidates may sit for the exam at Prometric Testing Center locations worldwide.


“The CMA has given me a tremendous amount of value. Not just on the financial end of things, but because I’ve gained broad-based accounting knowledge. I’ve been able to advance my career because that knowledge translates into benefits for the companies I work for.”

Tammy Drescher, CMA Senior Cost Accountant, Diamond Foods, Inc.

“I use my CMA body of knowledge every day. It comes naturally in the role of CFO, because I need it to look at things from many different angles, not just from the financial perspective. Management accounting skills are very much in demand as foreign and local companies reach out from the local marketplace and into more global arenas. The CMA body of knowledge is very valuable in this regard.”

John K. Lau, CMA Chief Financial Officer, WesTrac China

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