EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Professional (Online)

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

November 4, 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

5 weeks, online
3-4 hours per week

Course Duration

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.

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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)
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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

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Five Self-Directed Modules

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Industry Examples with Real-World Financial Statements

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Capstone Case Study

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Weekly Assignments

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Peer Discussion and Feedback

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Dedicated Program Support Team

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Workbook with Examples

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Mobile Learning App

Participant Mix from the Live Online Version of the Program

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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

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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.

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