CGMS Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to sit for the CGMS exam, candidates must attest to having one of the following:

1) A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent foreign degree that would allow you to qualify for a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university AND a minimum of three (3) years full-time* grants management experience in the last 10 years**; OR

2) No college degree and a minimum of five (5) years full-time* grants management experience within the last 10 years**.

*Full-time is defined as 32 hours per week or more.

**Grants management experience includes any and all activities covered by the Grants Management Body of Knowledge (GMBoK), a summary of which is available on the NGMA website ( and in Appendix B of this handbook.

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