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Rotman 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 setting strategy, reporting, cash flow and projections. 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 a variety of industries, creating a strong network for you to rely on after the program ends. You’ll also be invited to bring your own financial statements to discuss with faculty during office hours.


Session 1:

Introduction to financial statements and uses of financial information

Session 2:

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

Session 3:

Analyzing the financial statement impact of common transactions

Session 4:

Calculating and interpreting key financial ratios

Session 5:

Linking financial statements to business models and financing needs

Session 6:

Stocks, bonds, and cost of capital

Session 7:

Valuing projects and businesses




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 

Experience the power of Rotman's virtual portfolio in achieving your goals, even in disruptive environments. We've not only adapted our leading open enrolment portfolio for a virtual environment, but have designed our programs to capitalize on the unique benefits offered by online settings. Access world-class faculty in live sessions for the latest research and insights, grow your connections with peers from different industries and organizations and refine your leadership strengths from the comfort of wherever you are.

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.

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

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 24.5 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

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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May 1-15, 2024

Week 1:
May 1 & 3, 2024
Week 2:
May 7, 8 & 10, 2024
Week 3:
May 14 & 15, 2024

Class runs:
9:30am-1:00pm ET

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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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