Accounting Certifications

There are many certifications that you can receive with an Accounting degree from CMU that will enhance your professional career.  These certifications are just a few that will help you to get to your future. 


Public Accountant (CPA)

This is the gold standard of certifications for those interested in public accounting. The Certified Public Accounting (CPA) certification is obtained by passing the CPA exam which demonstrates a level of expertise and proficiency beyond that of a “standard” accountant and recognition as a CPA. Such designation often highlights to employers an individual’s leadership and management qualities.  

Each state and jurisdiction determines its CPA Certification requirements. In Michigan, requirements to take the CPA Examination are different from what is necessary for the CPA Certification. If you earn a BSBA with a major in Accounting at CMU, you will meet the Michigan educational requirements to take the CPA Exam. 

In general, you must have completed at least 150 semester hours of college education, including a baccalaureate degree or higher degree with a concentration in accounting, at an educational institution approved by the board.  Central Michigan University's School of Accounting is board-approved.

Earning an accelerated MBA with a Concentration in Accounting from CMU, and selecting the appropriate courses, will meet the State of Michigan education requirement for CPA Certification. Through the accelerated MBA, you will have the opportunity to "double-count" certain accounting courses while completing your CMU baccalaureate degree in business administration. 


Management Accountant (CMA)

The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is an international designation for accountants.  This credential is the true assessment for management accountants and financial managers.  The CMA would be very beneficial if you are seeking a career in private (vs. public) accounting. 

The CMA certification is offered through the certification division of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). 

If you are interested, CMA Exam Scholarships are available. Accounting faculty can nominate up to 10 accounting majors per year for a CMA scholarship through the IMA.  

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Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Do you want to work for the FBI as a forensic accountant, or as a fraud examiner within a major corporation or a public accounting firm? If so, focus on the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification. The CFE designation is an elite group of international anti-fraud professionals who are interested in the prevention, detection, and deterrence of fraud. 

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Internal Auditor (CIA)

Do you prefer to work in the corporate environment? Then consider the CIA certification. The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification is globally recognized that will enhance your credibility and proficiency as an internal auditor in understanding corporate governance and applying tools and techniques to evaluate risks and controls.

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Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

If you are interested in information systems/IT, then the CISA certification might be your professional career path.  This certification is for professionals who audit, control, monitor, and assess information technology and business systems. The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is an important distinction that will assist in developing your career in information technology.

This certification is known globally as the standard of achievement. 

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