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CMA Course Price Comparison: Which is the Best in 2020?

cma courseOne of the most important steps in your CMA exam preparation is to pick the best CMA course. This is actually very subjective as it depends on your own background, learning style and budget, but in order to offer some tangible help, I’ve done an analysis based on price.

Integrated and Guided CMA Course Materials

This is subject to different interpretation, but my definition of a “full pack” includes study materials beyond the basic test prep software + book combo.

Gleim is the most affordable and offers the best value for money with an integrated product with many features, including video lectures which I find very useful.

1. CMA Single Part (Part 1 or Part 2)

 cma-course-2016-full-single* Pricing of Gleim reflects the 10% discount that you can get from my site.

  • Gleim Traditional (PDF Textbook + Review Course + Audio Review + Test Bank of Questions and Essays+ Exam Rehearsal): $625
  • Gleim Premium (Traditional pack+ Video lectures + Personal Counselor + Access Until You Pass Guarantee): $750
  • Hock (PDF textbook + Exam Success study software + classroom recording video/audio + electronic flashcards + retake guarantee): $574
  • Wiley CMAexcel (Printed Textbook + Test Bank + Online Intensive Review): $1,200

2. Two Parts Bundle

Integrated CMA course for Part 1 and 2

  • Gleim (Traditional / Premium): $944 / $1,124
  • Hock: $1,249
  • Wiley CMAexcel: $1,800

CMA Course for Self Study: Test Prep Software + Book

If you are on a budget, you can consider this combo of CMA courses. You will have to be more disciplined to keep track on your studying, but it does help you save a couple hundreds of dollars.

Rigos offers the cheapest price but if you need any course materials, you will need to get it separately.

1. Single Part (Part 1 or Part 2)


  • Hock: $299
  • Surgent: $339
  • Gleim: $399
  • Wiley CMA Learning System: $600

2. Two Parts Bundle


  • Hock: $574
  • Surgent: $599
  • Gleim: $798
  • Wiley CMA Learning System: $900


Hock is the most affordable among the full courses. In terms of absolute pricing and best value for money, however, Gleim CMA Review stands out in the full course category.

For online test prep, Hock is again the most affordable, but given both the quantity and quality of questions, I would pick either Surgent or Gleim as supplement.

I have another CMA course comparison page that lists factors in addition to price. You can click on the table below, visit the page here, or drop a note below if you have any questions.


About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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Leave a Comment:

shaik says December 6, 2015

Will the 2015 review materials enough to pass the exams? and which one is better between Hock 2015 and Wiley 2015?


    Stephanie Ng says December 8, 2015

    Hi Shaik, I will check with the review course providers but I think the changes are minor this time. I personally prefer Wiley a bit more, but it’s more important that it fits YOUR learning style 🙂 I have this page on the pros and cons: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

Vishnu Nair says November 16, 2015

Dear stephannie. ..I want to buy study materials.from facebook I got this site..


Can you tell me the credibility of this site and is it safe to buy from online sites

    Stephanie Ng says November 17, 2015

    Hi Vishnu,
    Never heard of it. Doesn’t mean it isn’t good, but I personally would choose a provider with good reputation. I stick with my recommendations here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/


Goh says October 26, 2015


Can we use 2015 version to sit for 2016 exam? Will it be big differences?
Is it sufficient to have only textbook and questions bank to pass the exam? Assume someone with accounting background.


    Stephanie Ng says October 27, 2015

    Hi Goh, the difference should be small because they just had a big update in 2015. If your question bank is one of those online test prep that simulate the real testing environment, then yes, this together with the textbook is generally enough. It all depends whether you will make good use of it, of course. Hope it helps! Regards, Stephanie

aamer says August 12, 2015

Hi stephenia ..how the career will be after I graduate as CMA
what salary can I expect …and wats the highest salary paid til now to a CMA graduate…than plzz answer to all

    Stephanie Ng says August 13, 2015

    Hi Aamer,
    There are quite a number of CMAs who are CFOs and COOs of Fortune 100 companies, so those would likely be the ones who have the highest salaries. Having said that, I am not suggesting that if you get the CMA certification you will be guaranteed to those jobs. There are many factors involved.

    You can look at the benefits of CMA in another way, on how much more you may be able to get afterwards, i.e. the CMA “premium”. I have a post here. This is very general of course but it gives you some idea: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-salary/

    Regards, Stephanie

jahanzaib says June 3, 2015

hi Dear
i have done masters of commerce and want to ask how useful hock video lectures for preparation should i purchase them.One thing more that if i use hock books with glim practice software would it be good one.

    Stephanie Ng says June 3, 2015

    Hi Jahanzaib,
    I haven’t got a chance to video Hock videos yet (I will soon), but I understand it is a recording of live classes. For others, such as Gleim and Wiley, the lecture is recorded in a studio. There are pros and cons of the two arrangement and it really depends which type of learning style you prefer.

    But I probably wouldn’t use books from one provider other products from another provider. It is quite confusing as their chapters don’t match and also the coverage may be slightly different. If you, say, use everything in Hock first, and get Hock only as extra practice, it’s ok.

    Hope it helps! Stephanie

Sudarshan says January 19, 2015

Hi Stephanie,

I have been going through all these posts and your mails are really helpful,, I am working as a Finance manager in a software company. and I am holding a MBA and Executive degree from top 5 B schools ( IIM ).. couple of clarifications
1) Once I complete US CMA.. if I wanted to do a UK CIMA. will i be getting any exemptions on papers
2). How is the job market after completing CMA.. if i wanted to move out of India and work..

    Stephanie Ng says January 21, 2015

    Hi Sudarshan,
    Thanks for your kind words! On your question, I am not too sure because I don’t really cover CIMA, but the more important point is, why get both CMA and CIMA? In my opinion it is an either-or. If you want to work in the US, then CMA; if it is UK or commonwealth countries, then CIMA. If in other regions, please take a look at this page: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-vs-cima/

    Understand that the ultimate goal is to work abroad. I have to say while the CMA certification is helpful, it doesn’t guarantee jobs. And there are so many other factors such as your prior experience, resume and interview skills…

    I would say the easiest way to work abroad is through an internal transfer of an existing company. Maybe you can explore that angle. Best of luck! Stephanie

Noman says December 2, 2014

Hello, I m MBA in finance and have been working in Finance for more than 5 years now am a Senior Accountant with a company. I want to get a certification and grow in future. I want to go for CMA, what would you suggest

    Stephanie Ng says December 4, 2014

    Sure Noman. The CMA certification is best for companies with manufacturing facilities (vs service oriented companies). If this suits you, you can go to this page and see how you can get started: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/how-to-become-a-cma/

    Regards, Stephanie

manoj says August 20, 2014

I have done MBA in Finance and have been working with Genpact since 3 years for Fixed Assets.
Could you please let me know whether CMA can be completed by working professionals if so how much time do i need to invest for preparation on daily ?

Zahra says June 16, 2014

I’m considering getting Hock study bundle. I was wondering should I get the whole bundle or should I just buy the text book? Is the bundle really useful? please advice


Harr says April 22, 2014

Do you have any estimates of the yearly costs of the required 30 CPE courses after the CMA is passed?

RAJESH says March 7, 2014




    Stephanie Ng says March 25, 2014

    You can download my Gleim study plan for free on the side bar.

Sai says November 30, 2013

Hi, stephanie.
This is sai. I need to know onething from u that can these materials be available in India?
Thanks in advance.

    Stephanie Ng says January 21, 2014

    Hi Sai, yes, these are either purchased online or have access online, so you can live anywhere in the world to get these materials (and study at the comfort of the home). Stephanie

RANJAN VIJ says October 30, 2013


I am a CA from India with a post qualification exp of nearly 17+ yrs. What do you think will be a best course to do so as to enhance knowledge as well as future prospects. Will CMA be better.

Best Regards

Ranjan Vij

Anil says February 4, 2013

Hi Stephen,

This is Anil, into FP&A role with 10yrs experience from India. N i am a MBA graduate. Would like to pursue CMA. Need your suggestion,
after completeing this course any better opportunities will be there.
Presently i am with GE-as Dy.Manager. And can you please suggest good books/material at nominal prices


    Ren Dizon says February 4, 2013

    Hi Anil,
    I can’t say CMA can guarantee any jobs or advancement because there are many factors involved, but it is a globally recognized designation. I think I can say it is well regarded if you work in manufacturing companies in particular.
    You can check out these CMA review courses/materials for details:

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