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American certification of Certified Management Accountant

Certified Management Accountant

The CMA (Certified Management Accountant) Accreditation has been a global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals for more than 45 years now. 

The CMA certification shows proof of a candidate’s knowledge and competencies in the Management Accounting field. Requirements to enroll in the CMA program are:

Please check whether your college or university is included in this list. If not, let us know by sending in your application, so we can check with IMA if they accept the degree from that institution.

The English CMA program at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is specifically focused on non-Dutch speaking, international professionals who work in the Netherlands as a management accountant, financial professional or hold a related function. When in doubt about your qualifications, do not hesitate to contact the programme director for more information.

Candidates are expected to have a thorough knowledge of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Financial Management. On average, candidates with an accounting degree or a business administration degree finish their studies within one year. Candidates who do not pass the exams of CMA Part 1 or CMA Part 2 within the planned time frame, can follow the classes again at no cost in the next year.


Candidates must submit the application form for the second semester (CMA Part 1) before January 15. For the first semester (CMA Part 2), candidates must apply before September 1st. Candidates can start either in September or in January.

Application form CMA Part 2 (start September)

Application form CMA Part 1 (start January)

Application forms must be sent to

Subscription to the course is only final after the applicant has received a confirmation. The course needs a minimum of 5 candidates to take place. If the candidate decides not to take part in the course after subscribing, this must be communicated in a timely manner through e-mail. In case the candidate did not notify the programme manager before the second lecture date, an administrative fee of €50 will be charged.

Applying for the VU CMA Programme is not the same as subscribing to the CMA exam. The candidate needs to plan his or her own exam date through ICMA. The VU will provide the candidates with information about this subscription process in a timely manner.

Practical info

  • Tuition fees
    • CMA Part 2, Strategic Financial Management: €1,500* (no VAT and including the Gleim CMA Review system)
    • CMA Part 1, Financial Planning, Performance and Analytics : €1,600* (no VAT and including the Gleim CMA Review system)

    *Prices are subject to change

    Costs literature
    We use the Gleim CMA review system during this course. These costs are €250 for each part and are included in the tuition fee. The review books will be given to the candidates during the first class in September or January. The CMA Mega Online Test Bank contains thousands of multiple-choice and essay questions as well as detailed explanations for both correct and incorrect answers.

    Furthermore, two additional textbooks are recommended to use. These can be bought at the VU Bookstore and are approximately €75 each.

    Costs IMA
    Apart from the costs for the CMA Review Course at the VU, candidates should take the IMA fees into account.

    • IMA Membership (including one-time registration fee of $15): $245*
    • CMA Entrance Fee: $250*
    • Exam fee CMA Part 1: $415*
    • Exam fee CMA Part 2: $415*

    *Prices are subject to change

    IMA payments require a credit card.

  • Length

    15 weeks per part, 30 weeks in total

    Time Investment

    Lectures will be held on Monday evenings from 18:45-21:15. Each part takes up 15 weeks with 2,5 hours of lecture each week. Depending on previous education and work experience, self study will take up between 5 to 7,5 hours a week. In addition to regular weekly studies, most candidates need up to 50 hours of study to prepare for each exam.

  • Start date

    Half January (CMA Part 1) and first week of September (CMA Part 2). Candidates can start with either part 1 or part 2.

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