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Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers Program

Georgia Tech's Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers Program (FANFM) is a certificate program designed to provide experienced managers with hands-on concepts, tools, and techniques in finance and accounting.

Fast-track Your Career by earning a Certificate in Finance & Accounting from a world-class business school.

Financial and accounting information provides the raw material for effective decision making. Yet many managers in sales, marketing, IT, engineering, operations, and other areas find finance and accounting difficult to understand and use as they attempt to effectively manage their departments and divisions.

Georgia Tech’s Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers program (FANFM) is designed to provide experienced managers without a financial or accounting background the concepts, tools, and techniques necessary to improve their operating decisions and work more effectively with colleagues serving in financial and accounting functions.

Spring Program
January 24-March 31

Fall Program
August 22-October 27

This certificate program addresses 11 specific core areas including:

  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Evaluating Financial Performance
  • Evaluating Corporate Investment
  • Effective Financing Decisions
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Forecasting & Managing Growth
  • Financial Instruments
  • Managing Risk
  • Business Valuation
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Planning, Controlling, and Decision Making
  • Knowledge — Learn to read, understand, and analyze financial and accounting data
  • Ability — Improve your overall decision-making capabilities
  • Practical Application — Effectively evaluate and defend your capital spending proposals with senior management
  • Tools — Obtain significant working knowledge of modern finance and accounting concepts
  • Understanding — Develop a broader understanding of effective financial management techniques in an increasingly global financial environment

Spring Program
January 24 – March 31
Fee: $3950*

Fall Program
August 22-October 27
Fee: $3950*

*10% discount for corporations registering 3-6 employees

*15% discount for corporations registering 7+ employees, Georgia Tech alumni, Georgia Tech faculty and staff

 

Huang Executive Education Center
Scheller College of Business

Georgia Institute of Technology
800 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

Program Overview

This certificate program has the following 11 courses.

Financial Accounting I & II: Understanding Financial Statements
  • The income statement
  • The balance sheet
  • The cash flow statement
  • Exploring what the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement tell users about the financial health of a company
Financial Accounting III: Evaluating Financial Performance
  • The analysis of financial statements for the purpose of evaluating performance
  • Understanding the levers by which managers affect the financial performance of the firm
  • Techniques for looking at performance trends over time and across companies
Evaluating Corporate Investments I
  • Time value of money
  • Discounted cash flow and other measures of investment attractiveness
  • Capital budgeting decisions Identifying relevant cash flows
Evaluating Corporate Investments II
  • Illustrating issues in calculation of cash flow and estimation of discount rate
  • The relationship between risk and return
  • The capital asset pricing model
  • The concept of economic value added (EVA)
  • The concept of market value added (MVA)
Creating Value through Effective Financing Decisions
  • Financial markets and financial instruments
  • Alternative sources of capital
  • The concept of market efficiency
Short-term Financial Planning
  • Determining the ideal size of the firm's investment in current assets
  • How to finance current assets
  • How to use cash budgeting for short-term financial planning
Financial Forecasting and Managing Growth
  • The preparation of pro forma financial statements to forecast future financial performance
  • Managing and sustaining growth over the medium and longer term
Financial Instruments and Managing Risk
  • Examination of a firm's exposure to risks
  • Changes in interest rates and exchange rates
  • Options, forwards, and futures contracts
  • How derivative instruments can be used to manage risk
Business Valuation and Corporate Restructuring
  • Exploration of the techniques available for valuing all or part of a business
  • The concept of going concern value
  • How a multi-division company can restructure itself to create shareholder value
Managerial Accounting I: Planning. Controlling, and Decision Making
  • Basic cost behaviors and their measurement
  • Cost-volume-profit relationships
  • Estimation of costs in the budgeting process
  • Special issues such as activity-based costing and budgeting with uncertainty
Managerial Accounting II: Planning. Controlling, and Decision Making
  • Basic cost behaviors and their measurement
  • Cost-volume-profit relationships
  • Estimation of costs in the budgeting process
  • Special issues such as activity-based costing and budgeting with uncertainty
Spring 2015 Program Schedule

Saturday, January 24
8am–5pm
Financial Accounting I & II: Understanding Financial Statements

Tuesday, January 27
3pm–6pm
Financial Accounting III: Evaluating Financial Performance

Tuesday, February 3
3pm–6pm
Evaluating Corporate Investments I

Tuesday, February 10
3pm–6pm
Evaluating Corporate Investments II

Tuesday, February 17
3pm–6pm
Creating Value through Effective Financing Decisions

Tuesday, February 24
3pm–6pm
Short-term Financial Planning

Tuesday, March 3
3pm–6pm
Financial Forecasting and Managing Growth

Tuesday, March 10
3pm–6pm
Business Valuation and Corporate Restructuring

Tuesday, March 17
3pm–6pm
Financial Instruments and Managing Risk

Tuesday, March 24
3pm–6pm
Managerial Accounting I: Planning. Controlling, and Decision Making

Tuesday, March 31
3pm–6pm
Managerial Accounting II: Planning. Controlling, and Decision Making

Fall 2015 Program Schedule

Saturday, August 22
1pm–5pm
Financial Accounting II: Understanding Financial Statements

Tuesday, August 25
3pm–6pm
Financial Accounting III: Evaluating Financial Performance

Tuesday, September 1
3pm–6pm
Evaluating Corporate Investments I

Tuesday, September 8
3pm–6pm
Evaluating Corporate Investments II

Tuesday, September 15
3pm–6pm
Creating Value through Effective Financing Decisions

Tuesday, September 22
3pm–6pm
Short-term Financial Planning

Tuesday, September 29
3pm–6pm
Financial Forecasting and Managing Growth

Tuesday, October 6
3pm–6pm
Financial Instruments and Managing Risk

Tuesday, October 13
3pm–6pm
Business Valuation and Corporate Restructuring

Tuesday, October 20
3pm–6pm
Managerial Accounting I: Planning. Controlling, and Decision Making

Tuesday, October 27
3pm–6pm
Managerial Accounting II: Planning. Controlling, and Decision Making

Who Should Attend

This program is specifically designed for:

  • Non-financial managers in sales, marketing, manufacturing, operations, and other non-financial and accounting roles
  • Technical professionals, engineers, project managers, and scientists
  • Legal, academic, and other functional leaders making a transition into management positions

Typical job titles of participants include Marketing Manager, Director of Purchasing, Plant Manager, Vice President of Operations, IT Manager, Manufacturing Director, Project Manager, Director of HR, Engineering Manager, Regional Sales Manager

Featured Faculty

Faculty Director, Williams-Wells Fargo Professor,
Area Coordinator for Finance

Professor Jayaraman received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jayaraman is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Dr. Jayaraman’s research interests are Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Bankruptcy, Option and Equity Market Linkages, and Entrepreneurial Finance. He has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of International Business Studies

Professor of Finance; Director, Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF) Program; PhD Coordinator, Finance

Professor Chava received his PhD from Cornell University. Dr. Chava’s research interests are in Credit Risk, Banking and Corporate Finance. He has published extensively in all the top journals in Finance including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies.

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs; Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Clarke received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Clarke was voted the 2009 MBA Core Professor of the Year, was a 2009 Hesburgh Award teaching fellow, and received the 2010 James F. Frazier, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Clarke is a director of the Eastern Finance Association, is on the editorial board of The Financial Review, and edits the Handbook of Modern Finance.

Associate Professor, Finance

Professor Dass received his PhD from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France). His research includes Corporate Governance: Role of CEOs, CEO-Compensation, Boards of Directors Financial Intermediation: Banks, Mutual Funds, Trade Credit, and International Finance. 

Associate Professor of Accounting

Professor Hales received his PhD in Management from Cornell University. Dr. Hales’ research interests include Financial Accounting and Reporting, Experimental Economics, and Behavioral Finance.

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Professor Venkataraman received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Venkataraman’s research involves the judgment and decision-making processes of participants in the capital markets, both as preparers and users of accounting information.

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