The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is one of the world’s largest professional bodies for management accountants. This programme is perfect for students interested in a career in commerce and industry. The focus of a management accountant is on providing the management of a business with the necessary financial and non-financial information that supports sound decision-making and to drive successful business. The NWU is the first university in South Africa that has entered into a special partnership with CIMA. Through this special partnership, students who are part of the honours programme have access to unparalleled benefits. These benefits provide the opportunity for students to expedite their professional career progression and employability as aspirant chartered management accountants.

Core modules

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Organisation, Project and Strategic Management

At undergraduate level, the programme also includes Auditing, Taxation and basic Strategy, Risk Management and Governance.

Qualifications in the programme

  • BCom Management Accountancy
  • Duration: 3 years, full-time

 [Qualification 5DC H01: Curriculum E301 P/V]

Also see Yearbook.

Admission requirements

For the BCom Management Accountancy

  • APS of 30
  • Mathematics level 5 (60% or more)
  • Additional requirements may apply per the Faculty yearbook/calendar


All Management Accountancy qualifications:

  • Potchefstroom [P]
  • Vaal Triangle [V]


Professional bodies


Chartered Institute of Mangement Accountants 

For more information visit their website: http://www.cimaglobal.com/



Association of International Chartered Professional Accountants (The Association)

For more information visit their website:  http://www.aicpaglobal.com/

The academic and professional career progression towards obtaining the “ACMA” and “CGMA” designations with CIMA and The Association can be illustrated by the flow diagram below:


Career opportunities

This programme prepares students for a career in the corporate environment, which include companies such as Unilever, Impala Platinum, Barclays ABSA, Toyota and Angor Properties (to name but a few). Students are also prepared for a career in advisory services within accounting firms such as EY, PWC, Deloitte and KPMG (to name but a few).

A career as a member of CIMA (associate chartered management accountant [ACMA]) and by virtue thereof a member of The Association as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA), is very diverse and is truly global, since the ACMA and CGMA designations are recognised across the globe in many countries, including countries that are members of the Common Wealth as well as Africa at large. CGMAs work in all areas of business, in all types of organisations in both the public and private sectors, all over the world. They work in finance, IT, marketing, HR, operations and senior management positions. They could be project managers, management consultants, finance directors or chief executives, and many go on to run their own businesses. For a more detailed description of a career as a management accountant, visit the CIMAglobal.com website.

Post-graduate studies

  • BCom honours in Management Accountancy (one year full-time or two years part-time)
     [Qualification 504125: Curriculum E636 P]
  • Several honoursmaster’s and doctorate degrees in this field are also offered

See also Yearbook.

Admission requirements:

For the post-graduate qualifications (honours, MCom & PhD), further admission criteria apply (see Yearbook)

Campuses where programme is offered:

BCom Honours and Lectured MCom

  • Potchefstroom [P]