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University of Prince Edward Island Bachelor of Business Administration (Specialization in Accounting) accredited by CMA Canada

July 4, 2011

Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada), the world leader in shaping strategic management accounting® professionals to lead successful enterprises in the global marketplace, has awarded for a five-year period the accreditation of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Specialization in Accounting) at the University of Prince Edward Island.

CMA Canada accredits programs at leading academic institutions which provide complete coverage of the CMA® Competency Map Entrance Requirements, equipping students with in-depth knowledge and skills in management accounting, financial accounting, financial management and taxation, strategic management, and risk management and governance. These skills are required for mastering the advanced concepts covered in the CMA Strategic Leadership Program™, leading to the prestigious CMA designation.

Beginning in 2000, CMA Canada implemented an accreditation process to recognize institutions that offer quality educational programs according to prescribed standards. The CMA accreditation program offers academic institutions a measurement process that is based on self-evaluation coupled with evaluation by CMA Canada.

“The accreditation of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Specialization in Accounting) Program at the University of Prince Edward Island demonstrates the university’s commitment to meeting marketplace expectations in a globally competitive environment,” said Joy Thomas, MBA, FCMA, C.Dir., President and CEO, CMA Canada. “In addition, accrediting programs enables CMA Canada to broaden access to the CMA designation while maintaining a commitment to excellence and rigorous standards.”

The University of Prince Edward Island is among an exclusive group of academic institutions across Canada to have an undergraduate accounting program accredited by CMA Canada.

“I am thrilled that we are to be accredited by CMA Canada. This accreditation recognizes the quality of our flagship accounting specialization and affirms our commitment to providing students with new opportunities to grow their knowledge for the real world,” said Dr. Roberta MacDonald, Dean of the School of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Business Administration (Specialization in Accounting) with a minimum grade point average of 75 per cent are exempt from writing the CMA Entrance Examination. This select group of students will enter directly into the Strategic Leadership Program™, the final step required to obtain the CMA designation.

“Our partnership with the University of Prince Edward Island and, more specifically, the Bachelor of Business Administration (Specialization in Accounting) program, is a perfect fit. This program offers innovative approaches to course design and delivery, supported by outstanding faculty, effective evaluation of student performance, and a commitment to continuing quality education,” said Lane Pineau, CMA, chair of the CMA-PEI council.
“With its interwoven approach and exceptionally high standards, the CMA-accredited path brings an unparalleled opportunity for employers wanting access to the best and brightest university accounting graduates.”

Thomas emphasized that CMA Canada accreditation of programs at leading academic institutions sets the standard for quality education in business and accounting in Canada, “The University of Prince Edward Island exemplifies this standard and is to be commended for the outstanding quality of its instruction and its graduates.”

For more information contact:
Cindy Mantione
Communications Officer
CMA Canada
Phone: 905-949-3116

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