If you are looking for a job, the CMA (credential as Certified Management Accountant) as an international renowned degree in management accounting helps you to differentiate yourself from other job applicants. The CMA-Certificate does not only indicate broad international competence in finance and accounting, a holder of the CMA also shows an ability and willingness to pass through a tough selection process in addition to his/her university degree. It is why multinational companies seek candidates with CMA certification to staff challenging positions in their accounting and controlling departments:
«At Microsoft, we look for a combination of solid accounting skills, the ability to think strategically and strong business ethics. If someone is a CMA, we can be more comfortable that the person has mastered these aspects of the profession.» [Bob Laux, CMA, CPA - Director of Technical Accounting and Reporting - Microsoft Corporation]
The successful cooperation between the Institute of Accounting, Control and Auditing (ACA-HSG) of the University of St.Gallen and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) which offers the CMA Certification roots back to 2009 as one of the first cooperations in Europe. In the meantime alos other leading universities (like Erasmus University of Rotterdam) are offering similar programs.
In 2016 Prof. Dr. Klaus Möller, chair of Controlling/Performance Management at the ACA-HSG was awarded with the title „Honorary Professor in Management Accounting“ from the IMA in respect of his leading works in the field of Management Accounting and Performance Management at the edge between research and practice.