Finance for the Non-Financial Leader – Online


This online course is designed for leaders and decision-makers who do not have a strong background in finance. This approach will give you an understanding of how money works within organizations, how to implement strategies in decision-making processes to drive business results, and how to achieve competitive financial performance. This course emphasizes the practical application of accounting principles and provides a framework for interpreting and leveraging information in a variety of business settings.


Understanding financial fundamentals is essential to direct your company in strategic decisions. This knowledge allows you to make better use of your information and become a strategic contributor to your organization. Understanding how finance works within your organization will enable leaders to use this knowledge to drive the success of their business more efficiently.

How It Works

 100% online, led by instructor

On-demand access, 10 weeks to complete

Flexible format – access course at any time

Topics covered:

  • Financial statements
  • Present value techniques and applications
  • Evaluating projects
  • Assessing earnings quality
  • Cost accounting and managerial accounting
  • Financing, leverage, and options
  • Strategy and oversight
Who should attend:
  • Executives who contribute to decisions with financial implications
  • Managers with profit-and-loss responsibility in non-financial areas
  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners without a financial background
  • Individuals looking to move up into senior positions

Return on education:

  • Employer benefits:
    • Communicate financial goals and performance more effectively
    • Evaluate the performance of your company
    • Anticipate what financial statements should look like given the company’s business model
    • Determine how your goals and performance are measuring up over time and against competitors
  • Employee benefits:
    • Analyze the performance metrics by which you are being measured and why they matter
    • Use accounting concepts and strategies in your company’s decision-making processes
    • Gain confidence and become a better communicator among peers and senior management

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 13 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Available On-Demand

Course available on-demand beginning July 1, 2020. You will receive course materials and gain access to the learning environment within one business day of registration and payment. Once you start the course, you will have 10 weeks to complete it.

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