Accounting for Managers and Entrepreneurs


Stanford School of Engineering



Learn essential accounting concepts and operating characteristics of accounting systems in this introductory course. Focus will be on both financial and managerial accounting with emphasis on the basics of financial statements, how to interpret these statements, and how to make good decisions based on them. Use accounting information to identify and analyze alternative decisions that will help you take the course of action yielding the greatest benefit to your company. This course is designed for a user of accounting information, not as an introduction to a professional accounting career.


  • John Lord


  • 1 year of college level calculus (through calculus of several variables, such as CME100 or MATH51)
  • Background in statistics
  • An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent

Topics include

  • The principles of financial and cost accounting
  • Design of accounting systems
  • Techniques of analysis
  • Cost control

Note on Course Availability

This course is typically offered Winter quarter.

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate certificate homepage.