Short Certificate Programs

Financial Skills for the Energy Industry

Hundreds of executives have chosen our Financial Skills program for its concentrated coverage of financial management techniques uniquely tailored to the complexities of their industry.

Formerly "Developing a New Generation of Energy Leaders: Strategic Financial Skills," this intensive three and a half day program uses a hands-on approach to help you understand and master the energy sector's financial essentials. Your instructors are all Cox faculty with significant experience in executive development, consulting and financial management.

You'll share ideas and discuss industry issues with participants from around the world in small discussion groups and lively classroom sessions. You'll connect with mid-level to senior-level professionals from many segments of the energy industry and a variety of functional areas within their companies. In a series of information-packed class sessions, you'll develop essential financial acumen skills for the energy industry. By the end of the program, you'll have a working knowledge of the key areas of financial management. After completing this executive energy program, you will receive a certificate.


SMU Cox Executive Education has joined forces with American Petroleum Institute(API) to deliver executive education curriculum to petroleum and natural gas industry professionals worldwide. API has selected these courses as part of its continuing-education curriculum for oil and gas professionals.

  • Dates

    4/1/2019 8:30:00 AM - 4/4/2019 12:00:00 PM

  • Format

    Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location

    James M. Collins Executive Education Center

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    CPE Hours: 28

  • Price

    $4,950; Group discounts available when multiple attendees from the same organization attend together.

    Payment is due October 7, 2018, or upon registration, whichever is later. 

    Participants should bring their own laptop and be comfortable with Excel. 

    To learn more about group discounts or if you have other questions, contact us at 214.768.3335 or 

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  • Topics

    Value creation

    Focusing on the creation of value rather than operational measures of success; how managerial decisions affect the firm's value

    Capital investment and project evaluation

    Basic discounted cash flow concepts; estimating cash flows and determining the appropriate cost of capital; comparing capital expenditure techniques—payback, IRR, NPV, etc.; reappraising the project decision—some "softer" issues to consider after the numbers have been run.

    Financial accounting techniques

    Understanding the three primary financial statements—income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement; distinguishing between reported profit and cash flow; analyzing published oil and gas company annual reports; reporting the results of oil and gas firms—full-cost vs. successful-effort vs. standardized-measure data required by the SEC

    Financing large energy projects

    Comparing project financing to internal financing; creating value by efficiently allocating risk; understanding how capital markets evaluate risk and return in infrastructure projects; assessing bond rating process

    Financial engineering

    Demystifying derivatives; understanding forwards, futures, swaps and options; weighing the benefits and risks of hedging programs

  • Who Should Attend?

    Mid-level and senior-level non-financial managers wishing to achieve financial literacy in an energy-industry setting

    Financial managers wishing to sharpen their skills, broaden their base of knowledge and relate their functional skills to a broader, general management context

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