Accounting and Finance Certificate

January 11 - Februray 15, 2018
6 Thursday evenings
6- 9 p.m.
205 Alfiero Center, north campus
$795, includes all costs

Obtain the skills necessary to understand and translate financial data quickly and easily. Gain an understanding of the general terms and concepts of finance and accounting. CPE credits are available upon completion.

Course Objectives

Through lectures and in-class exercises during the first group of sessions, you will learn the basics of generally accepted accounting principles and how these principles are used to develop both the balance sheet and the income statement (also known as the profit and loss statement). You will learn how to use accounting information to perform ratio analysis and better understand the operations of both your company and its competitors. In addition, you will learn how to estimate a company's future funding needs, both through forecasting accounting statements and cash budgeting.

The second group of sessions will focus on finance. Here, you'll first develop an understanding of two basic principles of finance: the time value of money and the importance of cash flows. Next, you will apply these concepts to the problem of project evaluation and will discuss the techniques of net present value, internal rate of return and payback. Through extensive class exercises, you will understand how to apply these concepts in real-life situations and decide which projects are worthwhile investments for an organization.

Finally, we will briefly cover sources of funding and the key characteristics of debt (bonds) and equity (common stock), including their costs. Commercial bank loans and the concept of a company's weighted average cost of capital will also be discussed.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Please note that you need to be a U.S. resident to attend this open-enrollment program.

Who Should Attend

Managers, professionals, supervisors, support staff and others who work with financial information and want to obtain the skills necessary to understand and translate financial data quickly and easily.


  • Accounting fundamentals and basics of generally accepted accounting principles
  • Developing balance sheets and income statements (profit and loss statements)
  • Ratio analysis
  • Forecasting accounting statements
  • Estimating an organization's future funding needs

About the Professor

Philip R. Perry
Associate Professor
Finance Department

PhD, University of California at Berkeley
MBA, University of California at Berkeley
MS, California Institute of Technology
BS, Cornell University

Perry's interests are in the areas of corporate financial management, financial markets and financial institutions. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and he has participated in numerous activities to enhance the quality of teaching in the School of Management and the university.

Professional Associations
    American Finance Association
    American Economic Association
    American Association for the Advancement of Science

Other Experience
    1969-1973: Officer, United States Air Force

Payment Options

$795 includes cost of all materials used for class

Payment can be made as follows:

Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
Check made payable to UB Foundation Activities Inc. and mailed to:
Center for Executive Development
108 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260

A $50 discount is available for:
University at Buffalo Executive MBA alumni
University at Buffalo Professional MBA alumni
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program current student or alumni and
School of Management Alumni Association members



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