Best Accounting Schools for CMA Exam

Have you always known that you wanted to become a CMA, but haven’t started school yet? Where you end up studying can drastically affect your success. After all, we tend to choose post-secondary schools that are known for success in our chosen field.

Well the same goes for those of you wanting to become a CMA. There are certain schools across the globe that regularly see high pass rates for the CMA exam. If you are looking to better your education and odds at passing on the first try, then check out these schools below.

Best Accounting Schools for CMA Exam by Region

The following numbers are based on schools who had at least 8 candidates writing the exam and was taken at the end of February 2014.

American Universities

School Country Part 1 Part 2 Overall
Villanova University US 100% 89% 94%
University of Virginia US 100% 80% 91%
Northwestern University US 88% 90% 89%
University of Wisconsin US 100% 78% 89%
Baylor University US 78% 100% 87%
University of Florida US 71% 93% 83%

These are great numbers, especially once you consider that the global average pass rate for the CMA exam in America is only 53% for Part 1 and 57% for Part 2.

Asia Pacific

School Country Part 1 Part 2 Overall
Shanghai University of International Business and Economics China 91% 100% 93%
Zhejaing University of Finance and Economics China 88% 86% 87%
Nankai University China 78% 100% 86%
University of International Business and Economics China 86% 82% 84%
Shanghai University China 75% 92% 83%
Jinan University China 79% 78% 78%


Throughout Asia Pacific the average pass rate for the CMA exam is 41% for Part 1 and 55% for Part 2.


School Country Part 1 Part 2 Overall
University of St. Gallen Switzerland 83% 76% 80%
Erasmus University of Rotterdam Netherlands 77% 73% 75%
Bogazici University Turkey 79% 71% 75%
Middle East Technical University Turkey 67% 64% 65%
University of Groningen Netherlands 71% 60% 64%
Vrijie Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands 60% 63% 62%


Europe’s average pass rate for Part 1 is only 53% and for Part is a mere 63%.

Middle East and Africa

School Country Part 1 Part 2 Overall
Lebanese University Lebanon 67% 57% 64%
Birzeit University Palestine 64% 60% 62%
Lebanese American University Lebanon 46% 69% 58%
American University of Beirut Lebanon 64% 44% 55%
American University of Dubai UAE 38% 100% 58%
University of Jordan Jordan 44% 66% 52%


The average pass rate for the Middle East and Africa is the lowest of all the regions, with only 21% passing Part 1 and 37% for Part 2.

While these numbers may help you choose the right school, I don’t want you to be discouraged if the school you end up going to or have already studied at did not make the list. In the end, your chances of passing or failing the CMA exam are up to you and how hard you are willing to study and prepare for it.

For even more great study resources, be sure to check out my CMA Exam Academy and further improve your chances of passing each section on the first try!


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