Accounting & Finance

Accounting and Finance Programs

To compete and succeed, companies need leaders in every department who can speak the dollars-and-cents language of business. Managers who can interpret financial reports, assess the impact of decisions and communicate operating strategies have a definite career advantage. 

If you’re a non-financial manager with limited accounting or finance experience, SMU Cox Executive Education’s Accounting and Finance programs can give you the skills to make informed decisions and take an active role in setting and achieving your company’s goals.

The Essentials of Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers

September 12 - 14, 2017

This three-day program will arm you with a basic understanding of the accounting and finance concepts you need to assess your organization's performance—and the performance of your competitors. You will learn how to read, interpret and analyze financial statements, as well as forecasting and financial planning approaches to help you with the budgeting process. You'll gain an understanding of net present value and capital budgeting techniques to apply when evaluating projects, as well as an understanding of various types of costs and how to allocate them to understand the financial performance of a business unit. At the end of the course, you will be able to use these new-found skills to make a valuable contribution to your company's financial decisions and help make better business decisions. Learn More.

NEW! Mergers & Acquisitions

May 9 - 11, 2017

Buying and selling companies or assets can be a fast path to growth and revenue, but it's not always the safest. M&A transactions have a major impact on shareholders, lenders, employees, customers, vendors and competitors. Mergers and acquisitions can be tricky, but do your homework and get it right, and the upside can be enormous.

Jeffery Allen, Ph.D., proven deal-maker and respected academic, has taught this powerful three-day M&A course to business leaders in the SMU Cox Executive MBA Program for more than 15 years. Now, he's bringing his expertise to a broader audience through SMU Cox Executive Education. Learn More.