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Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Professional

Learn the financial skills you need to succeed

An introduction to the language of accounting and finance to help you make better decisions

Take control of the finances in a new role

Dramatically increase your confidence to work with financial and accounting information and improve your decision-making skills. Rotman’s Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Professional program will demystify the language, tools, and techniques of accounting and finance so you can return to your organization with the confidence to analyze financial information to succeed.

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Star players like yourself are often promoted into management roles and find yourselves needing to learn new skills to succeed. You’ve developed deep expertise in your field, but now you’re also responsible for budget management, reporting, cash flow, projections and strategy. You can rely on your finance department in some situations, but they don’t have the time to help you learn an entire new skill set.

We’ve designed this program specifically for new managers and individual contributors with little to no financial training or exposure. You’ll be joined by professionals from across the private and public sectors in a variety of industries, creating a strong network for you to rely on after the program ends. 


Session 1:

Introduction to financial statements and uses of financial information

Session 2:

Interpreting the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statements, and how they link together

Session 3:

Understanding and calculating financial ratios; identifying useful ratios

Session 4:

Linking financial statements to decisions and business models; Identifying how financial statements can be used to forecast and maintain stability

Session 5:

Understanding and evaluating financing strategies

Session 6:

Stocks, bonds, and cost of capital

Session 7:

Valuing projects and businesses

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Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in Rotman's Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Professional

Flexible Learning Design during COVID-19

Don’t feel alone while you learn online. We’ve designed this program to respect both the current challenges of working from home while maintaining and building connections with a class of your peers across different industries and organizations. You’ll still gain the networking and learning benefits of our in-class programs while learning from the comfort of your own home with a schedule adapted to your current needs. 

Technical Requirements

This program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. Terms and conditions for Zoom usage can be found here: This program requires a stable internet connection, the latest version of the Google Chrome internet browser, and use of a microphone. Access to a webcam is preferred but optional.

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.

Payment and Fee Reduction


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Executive Program graduates and Rotman alumni are eligible for a 25% discount on this program. This discount does not apply to any early bird fees. Discounts cannot be combined but we will honour the greater discount amount towards the program fee. For more information on additional discounts, visit Discounts are not redeemable for cash.

*Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs. Participants requiring accommodation during the program are eligible for preferred Rotman rates at select hotels. For more information contact an Executive Programs representative at

This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Dates and fees

7 half-day sessions

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  January 25-February 8, 2021

Week 1: January 25, 27 and 28
Week 2: February 1, 3 and 4
Week 3: February 8

Time: 1-4:30 pm EST

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A real-time virtual experience online

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Participant profile:
Managers and individual contributors without a background in finance

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$4,200 CAD + HST

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