Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Practical Finance and Accounting Certificate

"The diverse participants and companies helped contribute to the learning environment."
— Treasury Manager, American Hotel Register Company, May 2016

See your firm’s data with a critical eye-- rather than trepidation.

Upcoming Sessions and Fees

  • Upcoming Sessions TBD

Class Times: Monday- Thursday, 9:00 am- 4:00 p.m.

Program Fee: The fee listed above includes tuition, all program materials (assessment, course packet, etc.), lunch, and afternoon coffee breaks.

Location: Loyola's Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. This program also can be conducted on site and designed around the needs of a group of managers from your organization.


Accounting and finance are the language of business, the scorecards that measure your organization’s success and failure. In this program you will learn a comprehensive approach to financial analysis, helping you assess your organization’s financial decisions. This program will give you a foundation in basic managerial finance, including terms like valuation, capital investment, financing, risk and return, diversification, capital structure, and hedging. Plan to engage in the learning process with hands-on tools, case analysis, and active simulations.

During this program you’ll also learn about financial accounting and how to understand your organization’s core financial statements. You’ll work through an annual report and learn to evaluate your company’s financial condition and performance. While networking with others from the Chicago area, you will see how the different financial statements are related and perform basic financial analysis, analyzing financial ratios so you can make better business decisions.

Thinking more critically about budgets, profitability, and costs will help you prepare useful financial reports for your organization and engage in strategic cost management. During this program you will work through selected case studies and exercises, building up to decisions that debate the pros and cons of alternate courses of action. Learn to look at your firm’s data with a critical eye-- rather than trepidation.

Program benefits

During this program, you will:

  • Develop comfort with the terms and techniques used in managerial accounting and financial analysis
  • Learn to confidently read and analyze corporate financial statements
  • Evaluate your organization’s performance through hands-on financial analysis
  • Acquire financial tools that will lead to more profitable decision making
  • Understand the role of capital budgeting to measure and manage growth opportunities
  • Learn basics of financial markets including currency market
  • Understand the impact of changing global conditions on financial performance

Who Should Attend

The program is designed for mid-career professionals looking to improve financial acumen and understanding of key finance and accounting practices. Program participants generally have experience in one or more areas of business. Experienced professionals who are currently in transition will also find this program valuable, as the curriculum offers an opportunity to update skills, apply new knowledge, and demonstrate to hiring managers a dedication to professional development.

Participants represent a wide variety of industries and organizations, including medium-to large-sized corporations, non-profits, government agencies, and small businesses.


Our programs are taught by leading faculty from Loyola's Quinlan School of Business, home of the nationally-ranked part-time MBA program as reported by BusinessWeek and U.S. News and World Report. Quinlan Executive Education faculty are in great demand as consultants to corporations, non-profits, and government agencies throughout the region and around the world. The faculty are skilled in making business concepts and skills readily understandable and immediately useful to you. To do this, they engage you in dialogue about your experiences and how what you are learning can be applied on the job. This makes the program personally relevant and focused on real-world results. For more information, visit the Quinlan School of Business Faculty and Staff page.

Certificate in Practical Finance and Accounting

Awarded to participants who fulfill the program's attendance requirements.

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For a course consultation, please contact us at 312.915.6781 or executive-ed@luc.edu.