Executive Education

Professional Development: Accounting and Finance

The Essentials of Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

This three-day program will help you understand how to read, interpret and analyze financial statements. You'll also learn forecasting and financial planning approaches to help you with the budgeting process. You'll get the basics of net present value and capital budgeting techniques to apply when evaluating projects. You'll gain an understanding of various types of costs and how to allocate them to truly understand the financial performance of a business unit. Ultimately, you'll learn to use financial information to make better strategic business decisions. 

Program Format:Three days, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Dates and Registration:

October 6 - 8, 2015 Online Application

CPE Hrs:  24
Location:                James M. Collins Executive Education Center
SMU Campus, Dallas, Texas
Price: $2,995; Group discounts available when multiple attendees from the same organization register together. To learn more about group discounts, contact John Skinner at 214.768.7676 or jeskinner@smu.edu.

** For SMU faculty and staff discount please contact us at 214.768.3335
Payment Due: 9/21/2015, fifteen days before the start of the program. Applications made after this date have their payment due upon registration.
Contact Us:214.768.3335 or 800.768.6699 in the U.S.
214.768.7676 or exed@cox.smu.edu
214.768.9113 or krichstone@cox.smu.edu

Who should attend

  • Anyone seeking a better understanding of basic finance and accounting
  • Managers at all levels who work in non-financial area
  • Leaders in line for positions with more financial responsibility
  • Technical managers with profit/loss or budget responsibility


  • Understand the fundamentals of finance and accounting
  • Read and interpret balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements
  • Use accounting and financial information to evaluate the performance of your company and your competitors
  • Make better business decisions
  • Assess and select projects and investments using basic principles of finance
  • Understand fixed costs, variable costs, break-even analysis and contribution margin
  • Make a valuable contribution to your company’s financial decisions

Listen to participants from 2014's fall Essentials of Finance & Accounting course talk about the impact the program had on their careers.