The complexity of today’s business environment demands that non-financial business professionals such as human resources, operations, sales and project managers work collaboratively with the organization’s finance and accounting teams to deliver the best results possible.

Finance and accounting are the “lifeblood” of any organization. In order to become a key influencer at your organization, you must understand the basics and learn the language of finance.

FIU’s Finance Essentials for Non-Finance Business Leaders program will introduce you to financial institutions, financial investments, business financial planning, financial analysis and more. Gain exposure to essential finance and accounting principles, broaden your understanding of financial analysis and upgrade skills in the field of financial management.

Who will Benefit

Business professionals with at least 2 years of experience, entrepreneurs, new managers.

Learning Objectives

By improving the clarity of many finance techniques and the relationship between concepts covered in this course, you will:

  • Learn the key concepts to understand finance and how they affect company performance.
  • Master the language of finance and communicate professionally and effectively.
  • Know where, when and how to seek information to evaluate a organization’s financial health.
  • Plan, source, allocate and control an organization’s financial future.
  • Identify opportunities to finance company operations.
  • Evaluate investment opportunities in an increasingly global marketplace.

General Information/Custom Programs: FIU Business Executive Education can create custom training programs specific to the needs of your organization. Please connect with us by submitting the inquiry form below or contact us 305.348.4217 or

Elevate your finance expertise

Gain exposure to essential finance and accounting principles and broaden your understanding of financial analysis.

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Your program fee includes:

  • Digital Access to Educational Materials
  • Digital Access to Instructional Resources
  • Optional, one office hour with expert guide
  • Florida International University Certificate of Completion

SAMPLE Schedule, approximately 10 weeks, self-paced


Estimated Time Commitment



5 hours

Interpreting Financial Statements


5 hours

Evaluating Financial Performance


5 hours

Financial Forecasting


4 hours

Managing Growth


3 hours

Financial Instruments and Markets


4 hours

The Financing Decision


4 hours

Discounted Cash Flow Techniques


4 hours

Risk Analysis in Investment Decisions


4 hours

Business Valuation and Corporate Restructuring

Approximately 38 hours of course work with up to four months to complete the program


Elevate your knowledge of finance and accounting. Here are the key topics you’ll cover during your program:

  • Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Evaluating Financial Performance
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Managing Growth
  • Financial Instruments and Markets
  • The Financing Decision
  • Discounted Cash Flow Techniques
  • Risk Analysis in Investment Decisions
  • Business Valuation and Corporate Restructuring

Program Faculty & Experts

Financial Assistance & Discounts

FIU Executive Education programs are designed to enhance your management skills and boost your career success. Because our certificate programs are non-credit and do not lead to a degree, they do not qualify for traditional student financial aid. However, financial assistance is available in a variety of methods:

  • Private student loans are available for our programs through SallieMae. We strongly recommend participants submit their loan application at least eight (8) weeks prior to the start of the program to ensure completion of the loan. 

    To apply for a SallieMae loan, please follow the steps below:

    • Notify us via email at – Please provide your full name, telephone number and the course you wish to take.
    • Visit SallieMae SMART Option Loan to finalize your loan application process:
      • From the home page, choose “Career training student loan”
      • Under “Degree/certificate of study” choose “Certificate”
      • Under “Major/specialty” choose “Continuing Education”
    • Apply for the loan to match the exact program fee.
    • Once your loan is approved and certified, we will notify you with next steps.
    • We periodically offer special discounts via the FIU Executive Education newsletter. To sign up please register here
    • FIU Alumni, Students and Staff: 10% discount available:
      • Please email us at prior to registering for your program, to obtain your discount code.
      • Please be sure to use your email address when registering. 
    • Group Discount for Organizations: 15% discount is available to companies and organizations registering a minimum of three (3) employees. Please contact us via email at so we may guide you through the registration process.
  • Employer Education Benefits: Ask your employer if it provides education benefits to employees. In many cases and under certain conditions, employers may offer up to $5,250 in tuition/fee assistance to employees tax-free. For more information and latest updates, visit or ask your employer to visit this IRS web site.

    Training Grants for Employers: Employers may qualify for employee training grants from the state of Florida. These grants are used to help employers pay the cost of training and re-skilling employees. For more information, visit CareerSource Florida.

  • Check this section regularly for updates on scholarships and grants available to FIU Executive Education learners.

    PEO Program for Continuing Education: Grant of up to $3,000 to women whose education was interrupted and who now seek a degree or certificate that leads to employment.

  • For general information regarding Financial Aid (FAFSA) or the Veterans GI Bill, please contact FIU Financial Aid at or Veterans Affairs at

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All Programs for Individuals

FIU Executive Education programs for individuals are delivered virtually by an instructor on evenings and weekends. The short programs, in such areas as human resources, project management, Lean Six Sigma, finance and more, can also be taken fully online at your own pace.