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What does the MBA CIMA gateway mean for you?

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CIMA Gateway is an accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification. If you hold the relevant qualification, what could it mean for you?

If you’re a member of a recognised accounting body, or have a relevant masters degree, you are eligible for certain exemptions, and can start CIMA at the professional strategic level. To double check the exemptions, take a look at the CIMA website.

The CIMA Gateway is available for anyone who holds a Master’s or MBA in Accounting, and provides the opportunity for career success by opening doors to work in organisations anywhere in the world.


The CIMA qualification opens the door to a rewarding career in any business, and ensures that you are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to add value, and guide critical business decisions, to the world’s leading organisations.

By holding an MBA, or a relevant masters degree, it will allow you to take the accelerated Master’s Gateway route to the CIMA Professional Qualification. You’ll just need to pass the CIMA Gateway exam (also known as the Management Case Study exam), which is a three-hour computer-based case study exam, available four times a year.

This is a case study exam and is based on pre-seen information released six weeks before the exam. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge and competencies covered in the Management level of the CIMA Professional qualification, and apply them to the case study scenario, then justify your response.

Next steps

Once you have passed the CIMA Gateway exam, you will be eligible to sit the Professional Qualification at Strategic Level. It consists of four exams: Financial Strategy (F3), Risk Management (P3), Strategic Management (E3) and finishing with the Strategic Case Study exam. You can then take the final step towards CGMA status along with completing the relevant work experience.

Benefits of being a CGMA include membership of global communities and networks to support students and members. This has been set up to drive business growth, changing people’s lives throughout their whole career.

Interested in CIMA Gateway?

To find out more visit the fast track course on our CIMA Gateway page. If you need any help or advice please do let us know.

We wish you all the best with your next steps.