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American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)

Students can join via as AICPA Student Affiliate Members. Membership is free for students.

Membership Benefits

  • Exclusive scholarship opportunities
  • Member-only competitions
  • Special discounts on conferences
  • Access to industry news and publications
  • Exclusive discounts and offers on products and services from partners
  • Deals and access to the latest industry information at a fraction of regular prices

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

IMA provides certification, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), for internal financial management responsibilities. Learn more about the certification process. An IMA membership is required to earn and maintain the CMA. 

Membership Benefits

  • CMA Scholarship
  • Member-only competitions
  • Annual Student Leadership Conference
  • Access to industry news and publications
  • Reduced CMA certification entrance and exam fees
  • Deals and access to the latest industry information at a fraction of regular prices

Membership Fees

Visit the membership page for membership dues information.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

There are no student memberships, but the NASBA website has information on State Boards of Accountancy. Students can check the CPA exam eligibility information for the state they live in. For example, MN’s Board link is:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy to practice public accounting. To obtain a CPA license, most states require the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • at least 225 quarter credits (150 semester credits) of college coursework
  • other non-academic requirements, such as specific in-field work experience, and
  • passage of the CPA licensing exam. The CPA Exam is administered by each state’s Board of Accountancy.

Rasmussen University’s Accounting Bachelor Completer program consists of 180 quarter credits. 

Our Accounting programs are not approved by any state board of accountancy or any other state professional licensing agencies.

States can change their own CPA licensure requirements at any time.

Exam Eligibility

Some states allow individuals to sit for the CPA licensing exam before obtaining all required 225 quarter credits.

  • This program is not designed to prepare graduates for any state-issued professional license or certification. This program does not meet all educational prerequisites for licensure as a CPA in each state.

Passing of the CPA exam is only one of the requirements to become licensed as a CPA. Other requirements include obtaining at least 225 quarter credits of college education.

Exam Checklist

If you are planning to sit for the CPA Exam:

  1. Check the Careers Disclosure under the Career Opportunities section of the Accounting Bachelor’s Degree catalog page.
  2. Check the CPA exam eligibility information for the state in which you would like to become licensed.

The NASBA website has information and links to the state boards: Boards of Accountancy.


Certified Management Accountant (CMA)


A CMA is a certified management accountant with expertise in financial accounting and management. The Certified Management Accountant certification requires a college degree, and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) issues the CMA certification.

Exam Eligibility

To be eligible for CMA certification, students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. Active membership in the Institute of Management Accountants
  2. Pay the CMA Entrance Fee
  3. Satisfy the Education Qualification - Rasmussen University’s Accounting Bachelor’s program meets the education requirements of the CMA certification, which is a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  4. Satisfy the Experience Qualification
  5. Complete all required examination parts
  6. Comply with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Statement of Ethical Professional Practice

Exam Checklist

If you are planning to sit for the CMA Exam:

  1. Become an IMA member.
  2. Register for the exam through
  3. Be sure to review all requirements to becoming certified.

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Artificial Intelligence in Accounting

This book provides an overview of essential AI concepts and technologies that accountants should know, such as machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing. It also describes accounting-specific applications of robotic process automation and text mining. This innovative book also explores the challenges and ethical considerations of AI. It will be of great interest to accounting practitioners, researchers, educators, and students.

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Financial Statement Analysis

This book presents financial statements as a set of dynamic instruments that can be used for accurate, relevant, and timely financial decisions. It focuses on the economic and financial conditions that cause statements to change and discover how businesses can manage liquidity, debt, and profitability. Plus, explore effect ratios, causal ratios, pro forma analysis, sustainable growth, and much more.

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Management Accounting Case Book

Management Accounting Case Book: Cases from the IMA Educational Case Journal offers a detailed account of real-world business cases accessible to a variety of business-savvy audiences. It provides comprehensive coverage of several areas relevant to students and professionals in business and finance, including: strategic cost management, planning and decision making, operations, process management, and innovation.

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Fixed Income Securities

Fixed Income Securities covers the entire gamut of fixed income products, from plain vanilla bonds to interest rate derivatives and mortgage-backed securities. With helpful numerical illustrations and explanations on the use of specific functions in Excel, this book presents essential constructs and concepts, with a simultaneous focus on practical applications and issues of interest to market professionals. 

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