Certified Management Accountant® (CMA®)

At this time, this course is not accepting registrations.


Rice University offers a two-part live, instructor-led online CMA program that helps prepare you for Parts I and II of the CMA exam and to earn the Institute of Management Accountants' CMA credential, a globally recognized, advanced-level credential appropriate for accountants and financial professionals in business.

Those working for international companies will find this designation especially helpful. Participants who score 70 percent or higher on each online module test and the online post test will earn Rice University's Certificate of Achievement with commensurate recertification hours. The CMA program includes Parts I and II, which may be taken separately and in any order.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PCMA3100.F17.1 Gale L. Childers, Karen N. Russom Online 6-9 p.m. Central time Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Instructor: Gale L. Childers

Gale L. Childers, CMA, CPA, has been leading CMA Ethics courses for the past several years. She currently serves on the Lone Star College System Accounting Advisory Committee. Ms. Childers is Controller at EISG, Inc., a local construction firm. Previously, she prepared financial statements and NAVs for clients of BNY Mellon. Ms Childers holds a B.S. from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is past President of IMA-Houston and is currently serving as President of IMA Texas Regional Council.

Karen N. Russom, CMA, CPA, CIA, CGMA, has taught CMA classes for many years with Rice University and IMA-Houston. She has been a professor of accounting since 1987 at Lone Star College where she is also Chairman of the accounting curriculum committee. She previously served as an internal auditor and financial analyst for Chevron. Ms. Russom holds a B.B.A. in accounting and an MBA from the University of Houston. She is past-president of IMA-Houston.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Oct. 31, 2017

End Date: Dec. 12, 2017

Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Central time

Length: 12 meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class Nov. 23)

Location: Other

Fee: $1,145 Fee includes the IMA's CMA Learning System study materials.If registering for Part I and II in the same transaction, fee is $995 per part. International participants, please note books shipped internationally will incur additional costs.

Registration for Both Parts: $995 if registering for Part I and II in the same transaction

Early Registration: $1,045 for Part II if registering by Oct. 7

CEUs: 3.6

CPEs: 43

Note: CMA Part I and II may be taken separately and in any order.

  • CPAs
  • Financial analysts
  • Controllers
  • CFOs
  • Accounting professors
  • Accounting and/or finance undergraduate students

Study Hints for Success:

  • Refer to the detailed class syllabus.
  • Prepare for each class by reading the appropriate chapters in the CMA Learning System.
  • Attend live, scheduled lectures, two nights a week via Web-conferencing over the Internet. Interact via voice and chat with the instructor and peers. If you miss a lecture or want to review, all classes are recorded for later viewing.
  • Complete the chapter tests after each class (included in the online component of the CMA Learning System).
  • Earn Rice’s Certificate of Achievement by completing the chapter tests and earning at least a 70 percent on each one.
  • Register for the CMA exam(s) you plan to take directly through IMA (imanet.org). Check IMA’s website for registration deadlines and fees.

Certification Requirements

To become certified, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Maintain membership in IMA. If you aren't already a member, join IMA now
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management
  • Complete and pass Parts I and II of the CMA exam

Exam Structure 

Please note that candidates for the CMA exam may sit for Parts I and II in any order.

Part I – Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance and Control (4 hour exam – 100 multiple choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions)

  • External financial reporting decision
  • Planning, budgeting and forecasting
  • Performance management
  • Cost management
  • Internal controls

Part II – Financial Decision Making (4 hour exam – 100 multiple choice questions and two 30-minute essay questions)

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Decision analysis
  • Risk management
  • Investment decisions
  • Professional ethics

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.


Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses

The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and click on “How do I get started”.


Connecting to Blackboard Ultra

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
  • High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
  • Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*

Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.



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Attention CPAs

The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is a Registered CPE Course Provider.We have registered with the Texas State Board of Accountancy (Registration no. 600) to meet the requirements of the continuing professional education rules covering maintenance of attendance records, retention of program outlines, qualifications of instructors, program content, physical facilities and length of class hours. This registration agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the licensee.

Rice University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website learningmarket.org.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.