Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Interpret financial information to make more informed decisions.


8 weeks, excluding


6–8 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

You'll Walk Away With:


A practical finance toolkit that you can use to assess the performance and health of your organization and engage meaningfully in financial conversations and planning.


An understanding of the factors impacting financial decision-making, empowering you to make more informed choices in your company or department.


The ability to engage meaningfully with your company’s financials to make more informed, strategic business decisions.

Course Outline

Module 1:
Understand Financial Decision-Making

Explore how the financial decisions of a company contribute to its objectives.

Module 2:
Assess the Financial Health of a Company

Learn how to use financial ratios to determine how healthy a company's finances are.

Module 3:
Estimate the Free Cash Flow

Learn how to prepare cash flow projections for a company.

Module 4:
Explore Financial Markets and Financial Instruments

Examine the role of financial markets and the various financing options available to companies.

Module 5:
Estimate the Cost of Capital

Understand the method used to calculate the cost of capital.

Module 6:
Putting it Together: Enterprise Value

Explore the term ‘enterprise value of a company’ and learn how to calculate it.

Module 7:
Evaluate Investment Opportunities

Learn how to evaluate investment opportunities to make investment decisions.

Module 8:
Understand Bias in Financial Decision-Making

Examine the influence of bias on financial decision-making.

Faculty Lead

Fatma Sonmez-Leopold

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

Dr. Sonmez-Leopold has earned a B.S. in mathematics from Hacettepe University in Ankara-Turkey, two M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Engineering Management/Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara-Turkey and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Toronto, where she was an assistant professor of finance at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Her teaching and research interests include empirical asset pricing, investments, corporate finance, behavioral finance, and household finance. She has worked on the pricing impact of idiosyncratic volatility, systematic risk and leverage, and has published her work in a number
of international scholarly journals.

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This Syracuse University online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:


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