This course is developed based on Columbia Business School’s MBA Core Course B6300-001.

Every decision made by a business manager has financial implications. As businesses expand globally and markets become more volatile, it is essential that managers develop the financial acumen so that they can make astute financial decisions to deliver the greatest value to their stakeholders.

Not surprisingly, as managers rise up the corporate ladder, their performance is increasingly measured and rewarded based on the financial metrics they deliver. Managers have to invest the firm’s scarce resources wisely. To do so they need to have frameworks to evaluate multiple projects and select the best opportunities, balance the tension between growth and profits and optimize the risk-reward payoffs.

Emeritus and Columbia Business School Executive Education

Columbia Business School Executive Education is collaborating with online education provider Emeritus to offer a portfolio of high-impact online programs. These programs leverage Columbia’s thought leadership in management practice developed over years of research, teaching, and practice. By collaborating with Emeritus, we are able to broaden access beyond our on-campus offerings in a collaborative and engaging format that stays true to the quality of Columbia Business School Executive Education. You can read more about this relationship here.


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  • Duration

    2 Months, Online

    (2 - 4 hours per week)
  • Course Fees

    US$ 2,700*

Curriculum & Faculty


  • Pre-Work
  • a) Pre-Course Participant Survey
  • Framework
  • a) Valuation Basics
  • b) Rate of Return, Future Value & Compounding
  • c) Time Value of Money:
  • – Computronics Example
  • – Net Present Value
  • – Special Cash Flow Cases
  • d) Leveraged Buy Outs – Examples
  • Application
  • a) Individual Assignment – Problem Set
  • Pre-Work:
  • a) Read – The Chocolat Cordon Rouge Case (Columbia Caseworks)
  • Frameworks:
  • a) Capital Budgeting:
  • – NPV Rule
  • – The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) Rule
  • – The Payback Rule
  • b) Incremental Cash Flows
  • c) Chocolat Cordon Rouge – Case Debrief
  • Application:
  • a) Peer Learning Circle – Chocolat Cordon Case Discussion
  • Pre-Work
  • a) Read – Free Cash Flows
  • Framework
  • a) Corporate Valuation Methods: Example – Vandelay Industries
  • b) Equity Valuation Method
  • c) Firm Valuation Method – Using Free Cash Flows
  • d) Growth & Value
  • e) Market vs Book Values
  • Application
  • a) Real-World Assignment
  • – Calculate the Free Cash Flows for Apple
  • – Calculate Apple’s Cumulative Discounted Cash Flow
  • Pre-Work:
  • a) Read – Clarksons Lumber Case (Harvard Business School)
  • Frameworks:
  • a) Financial Ratios and Projections
  • b) Calculating Free Cash Flows
  • c) Residual Values
  • d) Non-Operating Assets
  • e) Value of Debt
  • f) Scenario Planning
  • Application:
  • a) Assignment: Project Free Cash Flow for Clarksons
  • Frameworks:
  • a) Risk & Return
  • b) Betas & Tiffany Example
  • c) Market Risk and Idiosyncratic Risk
  • d) Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • e) Discount Rate for Free Cash Flows
  • f) Valuation using Multiples
  • g) Commonly Used Multiples
  • Application:
  • a) Real World Assignment: Value Apple using Multiples
  • b) Peer Learning Circle:
  • – What are your key takeaways?
  • – Which concepts you can apply at your work?
  • – If you were to have a conversation with your CFO, what questions would you ask to get a sense of your company’s valuation?


Daniel Wolfenzon
Daniel Wolfenzon

Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics

Learning Experience

Emeritus follows a unique online model. This model has ensured that nearly 90 percent of our learners complete their course.

  • Orientation Week

    Orientation WeekThe first week is orientation week. During this week you will be introduced to the other participants in the class from across the world. You will also learn how to use the learning platform and other learning tools provided.

  • Weekly Goals

    Weekly GoalsOn other weeks, you have learning goals set for the week. The goals would include watching the video lectures and completing the assignments. All assignments have weekly deadlines.

  • Recorded Video Lectures

    Recorded Video LecturesThe recorded video lectures are by faculty from the collaborating university.

  • Live Webinars

    Live WebinarsEvery few weeks, there are live webinars conducted by Emeritus course leaders. Course leaders are highly-experienced industry practitioners who contextualize the video lectures and assist with questions you may have regarding your assignments. Live webinars are usually conducted between 1 pm and 3 pm UTC on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • Clarifying Doubts

    Clarifying DoubtsIn addition to the live webinars, for some courses, the course leaders conduct Office Hours, which are webinar sessions that are open to all learners. During Office Hours, learners ask questions and course leaders respond. These are usually conducted every alternate week to help participants clarify their doubts pertaining to the content.

  • Follow-Up

    Follow-UpThe Emeritus Program Support team members will follow up and assist over email and via phone calls with learners who are unable to submit their assignments on time.

  • Continued Course Access

    Continued Course AccessYou will continue to have access to the course videos and learning material for up to 12 months from the course start date.


Assignments/Application Projects

Assignments are given out weekly and they are based on the lectures or tutorials provided. They need to be completed and submitted as per the deadline for grading purposes. Extensions may be provided based on a request sent to the support team.

Discussion Boards

It is an open forum where participants pin their opinions or thoughts regarding the topic under discussion.

Case Studies

These are real world scenario-based assignments involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a subject of study, as well as its related contextual conditions.


Emeritus Program Support Team

If at any point in the course you need tech, content or academic support, you can email program support and you will typically receive a response within 24 working hours or less.


Device Support

You can access Emeritus courses on tablets, phones and laptops. You will require a high-speed internet connection.


Emeritus Network

On completing the course you join a global community of 5000+ learners on the Emeritus Network. The Network allows you to connect with Emeritus past participants across the world.

Program Highlights

Case Studies
4 Case Studies
12 Discussions
Real World Applications
3 Real World Applications
Video Lectures
39 Video Lectures

Benefits to the Learner

Career capital

Career capital

  • Professional acceleration through our enriched leadership toolkit
  • Learn while you earn
  • Get noticed. Get ahead.
Social Capital

Social Capital

  • Build new networks through peer interaction
  • Benefit from diverse class profiles
Brand Capital

Brand Capital

  • Certificate from Emeritus in collaboration with Columbia Business School Executive Education
Intellectual Capital

Intellectual Capital

  • Global Business Education
  • Rigorous and experiential curriculum
  • World-renowned faculty
  • Globally connected classroom: peer to peer learning circles
  • Action learning: learning by doing


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  • You can pay for the course either with an international debit or credit card (unfortunately we are unable to accept Diners credit cards), or through a bank wire transfer. On clicking the apply now button below, you will be directed to the application form and the payment page.
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