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Single Doctoral-Level Business Courses

At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest

Choose any of the doctoral courses offered by the CalSouthern’s School of Business. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as leadership, technology management, statistics, organizational development, finance, consumer behavior and supply chain management.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Business Administration program, a master’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Doctoral Business Courses

ACT 87515 Financial Statement Analysis

Credits : 3

This course illustrates how accounting information can be used effectively and strategically. It provides a foundational understanding of generally accepted accounting principles with a traditional accounting model. Topics include using accounting information for analysis and decision-making by comparing ratios, short and long-term debt-paying ability, demand analysis and forecasting, capital budgeting, and profitability.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the economic characteristics of a particular industry and the strategies that a particular firm pursues to gain competitive advantage.
  • Comprehend the financial accounting/reporting principles underlying the financial statements (i.e., balance sheet, income statement, and the statement of cash flows and analyze the impact of GAAP on profitability and risk.
  • Analyze and interpret a company’s efficiency, financial condition, profitability, liquidity, solvency, and risk, etc., using vertical and horizontal common-size analysis, trend analysis, ration analysis, industry comparisons.
  • Examine how managers use financial information to guide decision making.
  • Apply general purpose financial statements and related data to derive estimates and develop inferences useful in business decisions.
  • Analyze a company’s financial statements and write-up a recommendation based on that analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
  • Analyze and evaluate your overall comprehension of the course relative to a broad-based evaluation of you understanding of the course concepts.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
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