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Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager

May 02, 2016 - May 06, 2016Philadelphia, PA$10,250
Oct 17, 2016 - Oct 21, 2016Philadelphia, PA$10,250

Program Overview

Through the Finance and Accounting program, you will gain a practical understanding of how to use financial data to inform and impact the decision-making process. And, you’ll learn how to translate that information and apply it to your business quickly and efficiently.

Instructional case studies featuring real business scenarios and financial practice applications are used daily to enhance the learning experience. Throughout the finance and accounting program, participant interaction and discussion leads to a rich classroom experience.

Among the varied program sessions, Finance and Accounting topics include:

  • The Role of Balance Sheets, Income Statements and Cash Flow Statements
  • The Quality of Earnings — What Is Real and What Are Accounting Tricks
  • Identifying the Drivers of Financial Performance
  • Evaluating Proposals to Invest Resources

Impact & Experience

In Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager, Wharton professors teach you the core fundamentals of finance and accounting in a way that is clear and understandable, allowing for easy translation to your real business situations.

You can apply the content of the program to your own business or managerial circumstance to make more informed decisions within your organization.

You will learn to:

  • Become familiar with terminology and general principles.
  • Interpret financial statements.
  • Make the distinction between income and cash flow.
  • Gain exposure to diverse financial approaches, including methods of valuation.
  • Become adept in financial decision making.

Who Attends This Program

Participants in Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager are often among the most diverse group of individuals at Wharton. The program attracts:

  • Anyone new to financial concepts and finance technique.
  • Executives who wish to update their knowledge of basic finance and accounting functions.
  • Individuals with backgrounds in creative, scientific, or technical fields.

Past participants have included vice presidents, regional directors, general managers, directors, and partners from a wide range of industries. We encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to leverage the application and value of the program.

To extend the impact of Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.


  • Richard Lambert, PhD

    Academic Director

    Miller-Sherrerd Professor, Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Financial reporting, cost analysis, incentive compensation plansSee Faculty Bio

  • Brian Bushee, PhD

    Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Corporate disclosure, institutional investors, stock market anomaliesSee Faculty Bio

  • Christopher Ittner, PhD

    EY Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

    See Faculty Bio

  • Robert Verrecchia, PhD

    Elizabeth F. Putzel Professor, Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Discretionary disclosure, financial accounting, information economicsSee Faculty Bio

  • Robert Holthausen, PhD

    EY Professor, The Nomura Securities Co. Professor, Professor of Accounting and Finance; Chairperson, Accounting Department, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Effects of organizational structure on financial performance, management compensation issues, valuationSee Faculty Bio

Program Logistics

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact a member of the Wharton Executive Education Client Relations team for more information on course specifics and to discuss how this program can meet your professional development needs. Please contact them by email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.

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David Dimmett

“As my organization’s engagement officer, I support our field staff who works directly with schools and our university partners across the country. Immediately after finishing Wharton’s Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Managers program, I participated at a much higher level in discussions with our CFO, CEO and other leaders. We are growing rapidly, going from 49 staff to 150 in three years, and while that’s exciting, we have to make really smart decisions about how to allocate resources.

As a former teacher, school administrator and district administrator, I had budgetary responsibilities, but I didn’t understand cost of goods sold, how to book assets, or how research and development fits into the financing and accounting side of an organization. Wharton improved my understanding of valuation and cash flow, how to capitalize assets, and how to depreciate elements when we are making big decisions about growth and resources. This learning is very relevant to the work I do every day as a senior leader for my organization.

The program occurred during one of the worst snow storms to hit Philadelphia in years — the university was closed and so was much of the city, but we didn’t miss a beat. Wharton had staff stay the night — they did whatever they had to do to deliver a high-quality program. Even before I left Philadelphia, I reached out to our team here since some of my colleagues wanted to deepen their finance understanding in their own work. I highly recommend the Wharton program — it’s something I continue to build on. Wharton has followed up and made additional connections for me to continue that learning.”

David L. Dimmett, Senior VP & Chief Engagement Officer, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in U.S. schools

"By the end of the week, I was having in-depth discussions about finance that I never would have believed possible prior to this course."
— VP/General Sales Manager, Computer Manufacturer

"As a sales and marketing professional moving into a P&L management role, it was crucial for me to understand the financial implications of my decisions to our company and our customers. This class has provided me with confidence to ask more questions and as a result make better decisions! Thank you!"
— Director, Soft Drink Manufacturer

"The instructors were knowledgeable and passionate about their material. The presentations/lectures were delivered in an excellent manner by financial analysts who are experts in this field."
— Customer Director, Manufacturer

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