Finance for Strategic Decision Making

Build your own "financial toolbox" with essential financial analysis tools, sources of financial data, and evaluative processes that can be applied to your specific needs. Learn how your financial decisions affect the performance of your unit and profitability of your organization.

Short Course

Finance for Strategic Decision Making


Build your own "financial toolbox" with essential financial analysis tools, sources of financial data, and evaluative processes that can be applied to your specific needs. Learn how your financial decisions affect the performance of your unit and profitability of your organization.

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At University Park

3-day Short Course

Fees$ 4,150

$ 4,825 w/lodging + meals (Discounts Available)

StartDec 09, 2020

EndDec 11, 2020

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At Your Location

Contact us about bringing this short course to your location.

Customization of this program or unique custom learning solutions also available!

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T: 800-311-6364

Who Should Attend

  • This program benefits those in a senior management or executive role responsible for creating or implementing strategy. Prior knowledge of finance is not necessary. Titles of participants have included:
    • Director, Engineering & Operations
    • Vice President, Transportation
    • Senior Network Engineer
    • Director, Strategic Marketing
    • Manager - Business Intelligence
    • Controller

Program Benefits

  • Improve your ability to effectively:
    • Understand financial statements
    • Communicate comfortably using financial terms
    • Use financial forecasting techniques
    • Evaluate performance through financial modeling using spreadsheets
    • Understand variables that affect financial decisions
    • Evaluate corporate investment opportunities

Program Content

Explore and apply a variety of financial models and tools that can help you make better strategic decisions in your unit or organization. Our experienced faculty mentors will guide you to think like a CFO no matter what position you hold.

  • Financial Statements and Analysis
    • Income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow
    • Performing ratio analysis to gauge performance and growth
    • Forecasting future funding needs
  • Financial Evaluation
    • Understanding key financial concepts such as margins, turnover, and growth rate measures
    • How to apply the above concepts to evaluate your firm, your competitors, and suppliers
    • Internet-based sources of information to perform financial analysis
  • Financial Concepts
    • Using asset pricing models to evaluate risk and return trade-offs
    • Alternative measures of performance and how to use them to evaluate investments
    • How to compute and use the cost of capital
  • Understanding Key Strategic Financial Management Decisions
    • Capital budgeting
    • Capital structure
    • Working capital management
  • Valuation Principles
    • Applying valuation principles to capital investment decisions
    • Understanding alternative approaches to valuing investments and evaluating risk
    • Valuation methods for mergers and acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
    • Hands-on experience in the Rogers Family Trading Room to gain an appreciation for markets
  • Global Financial Models
    • Understanding the role of working capital in corporate value
    • International capital budgeting
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The content was delivered in a clear and concise manner and the additional discussions really took the class to another level.
Tameka L. Drayton, Contracting Officer, NAVSUP Weapons System Support

Value For You and Your Organization

If you are in a leadership position, chances are that you are also responsible for financial reporting and understanding. You will gain a better understanding of finance and accounting concepts for improved decision making that contributes to your organization's growth and success.

The Executive Programs Short Course Experience

All of our transformational learning experiences provide the right environment for you to quickly develop and apply new capabilities.


You'll have access to a personal learning portal where you will obtain pre-program assignments, travel support, and a list of fellow participants. Pre-work prepares you to immediately engage in content and learning when you arrive on campus.

Practical Content

Our learning experiences pair practical action learning and coaching with new knowledge, tools, and perspectives. We'll explore current, real-world examples of how organizations around the globe address critical challenges and how it may relate to yours.

Led by Experts

Plug into our network of thought leaders. Our award-winning teachers, researchers, consultants, and practitioners understand today's leaders and the critical challenges they face. They will work with you to offer guidance before, during, and after each program.

Peer Networking

You'll learn as much from your peer cohort as you do from the instructors! The value of different perspectives coming from different organizations and their challenges are immeasurable.


Expert executive faculty who have led significant change within the private and public sectors will provide models and frameworks to help you transform vision into and action plan for results.

Additional Details

Our Learning Solutions Associate will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online.

Questions? Please call 800-311-6364 or 814-865-3435

  • Pricing
    • $ 4,150 covers tuition, materials, lunch, breaks, and the group dinner only (you are responsible for lodging, travel, "on your own" dinners)
    • $ 4,825 includes above plus meals and lodging at the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater (you are responsible for travel)
  • Discounts on tuition are available for:
    • DoD or government employees
    • Penn State alumni
    • Teams of three or more attending from the same company
    • CSCR Corporate Sponsors and other affiliated groups (with valid discount code)

Discount Rates

In-Person courses: 20%

Live Remote Delivery: 10%

Live Remote Delivery with 20+ participants on same invoice: 20% (please call to register your group)

*Penn State faculty and staff: Please call us to reserve your seat. We hold a limited number of seats at an employee rate.

After you register, you will receive an email including information on accessing your personal learning portal where you will obtain your pre-program assignments, travel coordination and support, and a list of program faculty and fellow participants also registered for the program.

Pre-work prepares you to immediately engage in content and learning when you arrive on campus.

Penn State University Park campus is located in State College, Pa. and is served by the University Park Airport (SCE).

For our guests in the meals and lodging plan, we will arrange shuttle service to and from the airport located five miles from campus, and you will be staying at either the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater. Once you've arrived on campus, all activities will be within a short walking distance. Parking is available and included for those driving.

Credit Card

Program fees are due in full upon acceptance into this program. American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.  A link for secure online payments will be sent with an invoice after enrollment.

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Make the check payable to: 

The Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State Executive Programs
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University Park, PA  16802-3004

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Transfers, Refunds, Withdrawals

If an accepted Penn State Executive Programs applicant finds it necessary to transfer to another session of the same program, one transfer will be allowed with no charge if arranged more than six (6) weeks prior. Additional transfers, transfers to a different program, or transfers arranged less than six (6) weeks prior incur a charge of 10% of the current program fee.

The sponsoring company may identify a replacement, but the replacement candidate must be accepted for the program through an admissions review.

  • The following refunds will apply for withdraws if Penn State Executive Programs is notified in writing within the time period stated:
    • Full refund with notification received more than six (6) weeks prior to start of the program
    • 50% refund with notification received between two (2) and six (6) weeks before the start of the program.
    • No refund with notification received two (2) weeks or less prior to the start of program.

Note: The registered participant or their agent must confirm all notification of withdrawals, transfers and substitutions in writing. If written notification is not received, the full program fee will be assessed.


The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges by airlines or travel agencies. In the case of postponement, as an alternative to a refund, program fees may be transferred to another session of that program.

If you have any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy, please contact us to discuss further.