I often get asked how the CMA / MBA Joint and Combined Programs are structured. This is an understandably confusing subject since it appears that the words “Joint” and “Combined” are pretty similar in definition. Also, the name of these programs seems to imply that CMA British Columbia offers both the CMA designation and a MBA degree concurrently, which is not the case. So, what makes up the CMA / MBA Joint and Combined Programs and how do they differ from one another?
First, CMA British Columbia currently partners with three universities on these CMA/MBA programs:
For SFU and Queen’s, the CMA / MBA program is referred to as a “Joint Program”. In these Joint Programs, a student who is enrolled in the SFU Executive MBA Program or the Queen’s Executive MBA Program is eligible to attain their CMA designation after completion of the EMBA and some further CMA requirements. In effect, the EMBA student is completing a significant amount of the CMA curriculum during their EMBA.
In order to qualify for these Joint Programs, a candidate must have a minimum of five years of senior/executive level management experience before applying for the CMA component, along with achieving certain academic milestones during their EMBAs. The CMA components commence after the completion of the EMBA.
In my next blog, I’ll talk about the CMA / MBA Combined Programs.