Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Are you a non-financial manager who feels daunted by discussions with finance professionals, and wants to quickly grasp the important aspects of finance? Dr Arjen Mulder, senior lecturer in corporate finance, will provide you with the tools and insights you need to effectively deal with these challenges and help you turn them into a business advantage.

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RSM's Finance for Non-Financial Managers includes an individual assignment and a follow-up feedback session with your professor to discuss your progress.

Learning objectives

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • explain how the role of finance can influence the overall success of an organisation
  • understand the key tools used by financial specialists
  • assess the financial performance of your organisation
  • interpret and evaluate financial data with your newfound practical skills
  • understand how organisations have become global leaders by driving their operational excellence
  • utilise your new, practical skills to interpret and evaluate financial data.

Our virtual classroom

In the online version of Finance for non-Financial Managers you will join our virtual classroom, where you will learn the language of finance and gain the confidence to ask critical questions of the financial specialists in your organisation. During the online programme, you can ask the facilitator questions, and interact with your fellow participants via group assignments in virtual breakout rooms. For an optimal learning experience, the programme is split into four modules over two weeks. Each module lasts 3 to 3.5 hours (including breaks). Finally, you can opt to complete a post-programme assignment to train your new-found skills. The programme is led by Dr Arjen Mulder, who is a highly experienced and highly rated teacher in both the classroom and online environment. In order to make the most of these sessions, you will be asked to complete some pre-work assignments in advance.

The programme Finance for Non-Financial Managers is also a component of RSM's Diploma Programme in General Management.

  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers is a module of RSM’s Diploma Programme in General Management (DPGM), but can also be followed separately. The diploma programme is designed so you can tailor it to your personal and professional development needs.

  • This programme is suitable for all managers who wish to enhance their financial knowledge, including:

    • current and prospective non-financial managers
    • consultants with a non-financial background
    • lawyers exposed to finance in their legal practice.

    Most participants hold a bachelor or master degree, and some have a PhD in a field unrelated to finance.

  • * Based on a five points scale

  • Dr Arjen Mulder teaches the Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme. Faculty members are occasionally substituted to match the programme’s content and the lecturers’ availability.

    Dr Arjen Mulder
    Arjen Mulder is an Assistant Professor in Corporate Finance at RSM. He earned his doctorate in business at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research interests are corporate finance and government interventions in private sector decision-making, such as taxation and investment subsidies for otherwise uneconomic investments. Arjen worked at the Netherlands Economic Institute (now Ecorys) prior to obtaining his PhD. His teaching activities focus on corporate finance and value creation.

  • Most programmes will take place online until 1 May 2021. If you register for a programme that is scheduled to take place after 1 May 2021, we cannot guarantee a face-to-face delivery format.


    Virtual classroom Four sessions on 27, 28 May and 3, 4 June from 09:00-12:30 UTC+2 (including breaks) > Apply now
    2 - 3 September 2021 > Apply now
    18 - 19 November 2021 > Apply now


    € 2,500 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.
    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.

    General terms and conditions

    Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.


    The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

    Hotel accommodation

    We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

  • Most programmes will take place online until 1 May 2021. If you register for a programme that is scheduled to take place after 1 May 2021, we cannot guarantee a face-to-face delivery format.

    RSM’s Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you best to register: