Executive Education Finance and Accounting Online

Understanding Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers Online

  • Finance
  • Accounting

Upcoming Dates

September 22, 2021 - October 20, 2021
Program Cost
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Do you feel overwhelmed communicating about finance and accounting topics in meetings? A manager's performance is frequently measured by how effectively they oversee departmental budgets. Gain invaluable resources taught in a practical format to expand your knowledge and confidence.  Learn to communicate comfortably regarding financial data, cash management, banking, planning, budgets, profitability, solvency and liquidity.  Learn to create greater value and capitalize on new opportunities.

Understanding Finance and Accounting - Mark DeFond


  • Overview of Financial Statements
  • The Balance Sheet 
  • The Income Statement
  • Transaction Analysis
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Foundations of Finance and Introduction to Valuation
  • Pricing of Stocks and Bonds; Introduction to Capital Budgeting - Measuring Value
  • Issues in Forecasting Cash Flow
  • Cost of Capital and Valuation
Online course WHO SHOULD ATTEND?   This course is ideal for supervisors, managers, and directors in sales, marketing, production, engineering, R & D, human resources and other departments who wish to understand more about accounting and finance. No prior classroom experience in accounting or finance is expected, but familiarity with the general language of business will be assumed. 


"After completing Understanding Finance and Accounting I have a much clearer comprehension of accounting, finance, purchase orders, and the day-to-day operations of my company."  – IT Manager, Clean Energy

"Great, relevant course! This has made numbers and finance side of our business much easier for me to understand and work with.” – Director of R&D, Windsor Foods

Online Teaching Method & Experience

Designed for busy professionals, this program blends USC’s heritage of academic excellence with the flexibility of Online Asynchronous learning. The course will begin after 9:00 a.m. on the first day and will close at 11:45 p.m. on the last day.  

Approximately 12 to 18-hours of participation, this online course fits perfectly into any busy schedule as it can be taken at your own pace over a 3-week period. It includes online video sessions, reading and case studies, interactive exercises and discussions with faculty. 

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Professor Mark DeFond

Mark DeFond

A.N. Mosich Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting

USC Marshall School of Business

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Professor Julia Plotts

Julia Plotts

Academic Director for the Masters of Finance Program and Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

USC Marshall School of Business

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Course Disclaimer

Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure this course runs as described on this web page. Please note that course dates and professors are subject to change. You will be notified by email in advance if there is a date or professor change. Additionally, this course also requires a minimum number of registrants to take place. You will be notified by email if the course does not meet this minimum.

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