Graduate accounting student honored nationally for CMA exam score


May 10, 2012

Xin Xu, an accounting student in Marquette Business’ Graduate School of Management, will be honored by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants with the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award for achieving the top score in the nation by a college or university student on the Certified Management Accountant examination, seen as the gold standard certification for accountants and financial professionals nationwide.

The ICMA will present Xu with her award at their annual conference next June.

“The Accounting Department is proud of Xin’s performance on the CMA exam,” said Dr. Mike Akers, chair and professor of accounting. “She is a very personable individual and dedicated student, and this recognition is further evidence of her strong work ethic and consistent with her strong academic performance at Marquette.”

According to the ICMA, the CMA exam is the advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the accounting and financial management skills that drive business performance. Achieving the CMA credential demonstrates mastery of financial planning, analysis, control and decision support, as well as professional ethics.

The global pass rate for the CMA is approximately 40 percent, ICMA said.