The CMA exam requirements are pretty simple: a bachelor degree in any discipline.
It’s good enough for most candidates in the US, but in places where university degrees are less prevalent, IMA offers exemption and partial recognition of the local professional qualifications.
Here is a list for major countries for your reference. You may check out the complete list in the link below.
CMA Exam Requirement Exemptions
These certifications either don’t require a bachelor degree, or have alternate paths for meeting the education requirement:
- Legacy CA
- Associate or Fellow, Institute of Cost Accountants of India
- CA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
- CPA, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
- Associate or Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan
- Associate or Fellow (ACMA or FCMA), Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan
- Fellowship, Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants
- Associate or Fellow, ACCA or FCCA
- CA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
- Chartered Member, CIMA
- CPFA, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
- CFA, CFA Institute
- CIA, Institute of Internal Auditors
- CFE, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- CTP, Association of Financial Professionals
There are also approved certifications from Bangladesh, China, France, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Taiwan. Please refer to the link below for details.
Are there Ways to Waive One Part of the CMA Exam?
No, not that I know of. Since there are only two parts in the current version of the CMA exam, it is hard to expect waivers.
For Your Further Reading
- Approved certification complete list
- The standard CMA exam requirement
- How to become a CMA in 12 months