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IMA Endorses Accounting Programs at Michigan State University and Brigham Young University

posted Dec 19, 2013, 3:22 PM by IMA Qatar Chapter   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 3:34 PM ]
Accepting Applications for IMA Campus Advocates Program,

Montvale, N.J., December 18, 2013 – IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) has endorsed two additional undergraduate accounting programs as part of its initiative to recognize degrees that meet the educational standards enabling students to pursue the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential. The programs at Michigan State University and Brigham Young University are the latest to be recognized by IMA, joining Pennsylvania State University and Washington State University Vancouver that were previously endorsed.

Higher education programs seeking endorsement by IMA must substantially cover the material on the CMA exam, have adequate faculty resources, be accredited by a recognized accreditation organization and have a faculty member designated as an IMA Campus Advocate. The Campus Advocate program helps professors demonstrate their commitment to the future of the accounting profession by mentoring students and encouraging CMA certification.

To become a Campus Advocate, academics are required to: (1) receive and disseminate IMA/CMA marketing materials; (2) promote IMA benefits, student membership, the formation of student chapters and the CMA credential; (3) invite managerial finance and accounting practitioners to speak on campus; and (4) leverage IMA resources to advance the relevancy of the accounting curriculum. Detailed information about becoming an IMA Campus Advocate can be found on IMA’s website at

“IMA is pleased to announce the endorsements of Michigan State University and Brigham Young University,” said Dr. Raef Lawson, CMA, CPA, CFP, CFA, IMA vice president of research and
professor-in-residence. “Educational programs that are aligned with the needs of business are crucial in addressing the competency crisis in the accounting profession. IMA encourages other universities to open the channels of communication between higher education and finance professionals by joining the IMA Campus Advocate program and seeking IMA endorsement.”

The endorsement program offers two tiers of recognition: full endorsement, for those university programs that meet all endorsement criteria; and provisional endorsement, for programs with some minor to moderate shortcomings in meeting all the criteria for full endorsement.

For complete information and application forms for IMA’s endorsement program, visit:

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more 20,000 CMA members in more than 100 countries and 300 local professional and student chapters. IMA provides localized services through its offices in Montvale, N.J., USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE; and Beijing, China. For more information about IMA, please visit