Finance for Non-Financial Managers Online Short Course


Course information

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8 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $1,500
Payment Options
Martin J. Whitman School of Management


As most managers know, budgeting and finance aren’t the exclusive responsibility of those working in the financial department. Sound financial literacy is crucial for anyone wanting to succeed in a leadership position.

The Finance for Non-Financial Managers online short course is designed to provide professionals with the tools to analyze and interpret financial information more effectively. Guided by faculty from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, you’ll gain knowledge of the different factors influencing a company’s finances, helping you to make more informed business decisions. You’ll also develop the practical skills to assess the performance of your organization or department, allocate resources, and analyze investment opportunities.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The knowledge to participate in financial conversations and planning with confidence

  • A practical toolkit to assess the financial health of your organization or department

  • A holistic understanding of the factors impacting financial decision-making, allowing you to make more informed business choices

  • The skills to prepare cash-flow projections for a company, and estimate the cost of capital

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for non-financial professionals who want to be able to assess their organization or department’s financial landscape in order to contribute to financial discussions and make more informed decisions. It’s also suited to those working in analytical roles, who are looking to hone their financial acumen and better understand the practical side of business.

Course curriculum

 Develop your financial acumen as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1  Understand financial decision-making
  • Module 2  Assess the financial health of a company
  • Module 3  Estimate the free cash flow
  • Module 4  Explore financial markets and financial instruments
  • Module 5  Estimate the cost of capital
  • Module 6  Putting it together: enterprise value
  • Module 7  Evaluate investment opportunities
  • Module 8  Understand bias in financial decision-making

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

Explore the Fundamentals of Finance

This Syracuse University online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop your financial skill set.

Your Faculty Lead

The design of this online course is guided by Syracuse University and the Whitman School faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Fatma Sonmez-Leopold

Fatma Sonmez-Leopold

Assistant Teaching Professor of Finance at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management

Guest Speakers


Dr. Hakan Sonmez

Lead Product Manager, Insider

Dr. Hersh Shefrin

Mario L. Belotti Professor of Finance, the Leavey School of Business,
Santa Clara University

Dr. Laurence Booth

Professor of Finance
CIT Chair in Structured Finance

Earn a Certificate of Participation From the Whitman School of Management

Add financial skills to your management toolkit and earn an official certificate of participation from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.