Finance for Non-Financial Managers Online Short Course

Course starts 6 November 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 October 2019
Course Starts:
6 November 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,000
Payment Options
Martin J. Whitman School of Management
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Budgeting and finance aren’t the exclusive responsibility of those working in your financial department. A firm understanding of finance is critical for anyone who wants to succeed in a management or executive role, no matter their level within the company.

The aim of the Finance for Non-Financial Managers online short course is to provide professionals with the tools to analyze and interpret financial information effectively.

Guided by faculty from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, you’ll explore how important financial decisions are made and influenced. You’ll also develop the practical skills needed to assess the performance of your organization or department, as well as understand areas like resource allocation and investment.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the Whitman School of Management in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Participate in financial conversations and planning

  • Understand financial markets and how they operate

  • Assess the financial health of your organization or department

  • Prepare cash flow projections for a company and estimate the cost of capital

  • Interpret financial information to make more informed decisions

Course curriculum

Gain an understanding of the various aspects of finance management as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online 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 Whitman School 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 Whitman School of Management 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

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of participation from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management – and use it to set yourself apart with sound financial analysis skills.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and mailed to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 6 November 2019.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    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 Manager 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.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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