Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Professional (Online)

Acquire competence in financial accounting, planning, reporting and analysis

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Course Dates
LAST DAY TO ENROLL

Course Duration

DURATION

5 weeks, online
3-4 hours per week

Course Fee

Invest in Your Financial Literacy

As you progress in your organization, understanding financial information and being able to conduct various financial analyses becomes increasingly important. The Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Professional (Online) program builds your financial competence and your business confidence. Even if your day-to-day responsibilities don't directly concern equity or earnings, this program will help you understand and communicate how financial principles relate to your piece of the business.

Through the practical five-week curriculum, you can learn to dissect the elements of financial statements, demystify terms such as net present value (NPV), price-earnings ratio (P/E), and understand forecasting that will lead you to make decisions that deliver more value to your organization.

Job postings for nonfinancial managers with finance or accounting skills has gone up over 36% in 2020 and continues to grow, despite a slump due to the pandemic.

(SOURCE: EMSI)

Two-thirds of professionals are unable to correctly answer three questions on a basic five-question financial literacy quiz.

(SOURCE: FINRA)

Key Takeaways

Each module of the curriculum is designed to answer essential questions about finance and accounting. By the end of the program, you will:

  • Gain a solid foundation in finance and accounting
  • Learn accounting terminology, key concepts, and principles
  • Understand how to communicate with financial professionals
  • Apply concepts to common business scenarios
  • Arrive at an understanding of the financial implications of business decisions
  • Conduct various financial analyses

Program Modules

The goal of this curriculum is to make financial and accounting concepts practical and applicable to your professional life.

Module 1:

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Build a foundational understanding of financial accounting, accrual accounting, financial statements, the balance sheet, and other financial basics useful to any industry.

Module 2:

Financial Reporting

Become familiar with key line items from each of the five financial statements, and understand how to approach financial analysis and valuation.

Module 3:

Financial Statement Analysis

Expand your proficiency by evaluating ratios related to profitability, solvency, and liquidity. Establish business valuation and reformulate financial statements.

Module 4:

Financial Planning and Analysis

Gain an understanding of managerial accounting, including pricing and costing products and performance measurement, and learn the basics of capital budgeting.

Module 5:

Forecasting and Business Valuation

Determine how much a business is worth by analyzing relative valuation and fundamental valuation and forecasting financial statements.

Module 1:

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Build a foundational understanding of financial accounting, accrual accounting, financial statements, the balance sheet, and other financial basics useful to any industry.

Module 4:

Financial Planning and Analysis

Gain an understanding of managerial accounting, including pricing and costing products and performance measurement, and learn the basics of capital budgeting.

Module 2:

Financial Reporting

Become familiar with key line items from each of the five financial statements, and understand how to approach financial analysis and valuation.

Module 5:

Forecasting and Business Valuation

Determine how much a business is worth by analyzing relative valuation and fundamental valuation and forecasting financial statements.

Module 3:

Financial Statement Analysis

Expand your proficiency by evaluating ratios related to profitability, solvency, and liquidity. Establish business valuation and reformulate financial statements.

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Live Webinar with Columbia Business School Faculty

The final session of the program offers an opportunity for you to interact live online with Columbia Business School faculty and your peers. You will analyze a capstone case, expand your understanding of the program content, have the opportunity to ask questions, and establish the next steps you can take to continue learning more about the topics covered in the program.

Program Experience

Five Self-Directed Modules

Industry Examples with Real-World Financial Statements

Capstone Case Study

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Weekly Assignments

Peer Discussion and Feedback

Dedicated Program Support Team

Workbook with Examples

Mobile Learning App

Participant Mix from the Live Online Version of the Program

Participant Experience from the Live Online Program

Clement Schvartz

This program quickly and efficiently helps you discover, understand and constructively challenge finance and accounting information.

— Clement Schvartz, Director at Google

Didier Hazoume

I come from a technical background. Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive has really changed my life and gave me the opportunity to read and understand and take strategic decisions from the accounting results and propositions that I've been getting from the finance department. I used to only stop at the balance sheet, the P&L statement but since going to FANE I have been able to go beyond that. Today I'm very comfortable looking at many figures, which is very important for my company.

— Didier Hazoume, COO at Lababidi Holdings

Dr. Ruth Redman

Fast-paced, highly informative course for individuals from varied non-financial backgrounds. All were able to follow and grasp aspects that were most relevant to them as well as broadening their perspectives on other aspects of accounting and financials.

— Dr. Ruth Redman, Carl Zeiss Microscopy

Program Faculty

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DORON NISSIM

Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and Finance

At Columbia Business School, Nissim teaches MBA, EMBA, MS, and PhD courses in financial accounting, earnings quality, fundamental analyses, valuation, investment management, financial institutions, and research methods. He also serves as the director of three executive education... More info

Certificate

Certificate

Upon completion of this program, you will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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Your digital verified certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program, per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email learner.success@emeritus.org, and a dedicated program advisor will follow-up with you very shortly.


    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.



    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass ; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on any specific program requirements.


    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, resume, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.


    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.


    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.


    What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email learner.success@emeritus.org.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another method of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for details.


    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.


    How can I obtain an invoice for payment?

    Please email learner.success@emeritus.org with your invoicing requirements and the specific program you’re interested in enroling in.


    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.


    How can I obtain a W9 form?

    Please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.

  • What is the policy on refunds and withdrawals?

    You may request a full refund within seven days of your payment or 14 days after the published start date of the program, whichever comes later. If your enrollment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered. All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.



    What is the policy on deferrals?

    After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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