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MBA and Master's in Accounting holders

From master's to CIMA

Adding a professional qualification to your MBA or Master’s in Accounting will give you an even stronger advantage in the job market. Find out about the Master’s Gateway accelerated route into CIMA.

At a glance:

  • Accelerated entry to the CIMA Professional Qualification for MBA or Master’s in Accounting holders
  • Be equipped with the up-to-date knowledge and practical experience employers are looking for.

If you hold a Master’s or MBA in Accounting, you can take the accelerated Master’s Gateway route to the CIMA Professional Qualification. You’ll just need to pass the CIMA Gateway exam, which is a three-hour computer-based case study exam, available four times a year.

Once you’ve passed the CIMA Gateway exam, you can progress straight to the strategic level of the CIMA Professional Qualification and then take the final step towards CGMA status.

As a CIMA student, you’ll have exclusive access to CIMAconnect, the online study support community. There you’ll find free resources such as past papers, practice exams, blogs and discussions about the Master’s Gateway route.

Find out more about the Master's gateway route

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Starting CIMA

  1. Identify your entry route and register with CIMA
  2. Apply for exemptions if required
  3. Choose your study method
  4. Schedule your first exam

How much will it cost?

As a CIMA student, you’ll pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription (though your first year is free) and a fee per exam or exemption.

See the full fee list