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Leading-edge programs delivered online, in-person, or customized for your organization

Our commitment to developing and providing transformative educational experiences does not stop with a degree. The changing world of business requires leaders who continually evolve to meet new challenges. Professional and Executive Education at Gies College of Business provides continuing education that empowers senior executives, managers, and all lifelong learners to achieve their potential.

We offer certificates, noncredit workshops, digital badges, and custom solutions for enterprise partners. 

Online Courses, Certificates, and Badges

Not every learner wants to earn a degree. Some are looking to upskill or reskill; others want to pursue noncredit courses as a first step toward earning more advanced credentials. We have the online learning expertise and infrastructure to serve these lifelong learners with professional and executive education. Our stackable options provide direct access to Gies online content and allow all learners to choose their point of entry and their path on the continuum, from skill development to degrees. This flexible, stackable structure makes a Gies education accessible for all lifelong learners.

Certificate in Business Management and Administration

MBA Essentials Certificate Course
Starts August 6, 2020

Gain skills in strategic leadership and innovation, process improvement, marketing management, and managerial accounting.

Skills iCademies

Skills iCademy: Business Analytics
Open Enrollment

The Business Analytics iCademy provides foundational and advanced resources to help ease the burden you face when learning data analytics.

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals
Open Enrollment

This course is designed to help accounting professionals develop an analytical mindset and prepare them to use data analytic programming languages like Python and R.

Enterprise Partnership Programs

Our Enterprise Partners program offers employers the opportunity to advance their workforce through customized online and on-site educational experiences. For employees, the program helps accelerate their careers. For employers, it advances the organization. We invite you to partner with us to access customized, high-quality, and engaging content to cultivate your employees’ business skills. From information about the fundamentals of business to disruptive technologies, we provide the global workforce access to the highest quality, stackable, in-demand content.

"Developing the program with Gies as the partner was a very strong message of how serious we were about [internal promotion]."

Dr. James C. Leonard
MD President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Carle Foundation

Gies News and Events

Elliott to lead Gies' online programs and strategy

Jan 9, 2020, 11:59 AM by Aaron Bennett
W. Brooke Elliott has been named associate dean at Gies College of Business, a role in which she will oversee the strategy and programs in the online space, including the iMBA, iMSA, MOOCs, and the College’s new initiatives in lifelong learning and enterprise partnerships.

W. Brooke Elliott has been named associate dean at Gies College of Business, a role in which she will oversee the strategy and programs in the online space, including the iMBA, iMSA, MOOCs, and the College’s new initiatives in lifelong learning and enterprise partnerships. The move, which is effective February 3, comes as Assistant Dean of Online Programs Arshad Saiyed has accepted at new position at Northeastern University.

Brooke ElliottElliott joined the Gies College of Business faculty in 2003, and since 2017 she has served as head of the College’s top-ranked Department of Accountancy. She has been heavily involved with online programs since 2016, when she helped develop and launch the iMSA, the College’s fully online master’s in accounting. Elliott has also been a leader in shaping strategy and continuous improvement of the student experience in the iMBA and iMSA programs.

“I am extremely grateful to Arshad for being such a champion of our online programs,” said Dean Jeffrey R. Brown. “Under his leadership, online programs have delivered quality and growth beyond our expectations. Brooke is a proven leader. She has been an advocate for online programs, and she has been instrumental in helping establish strategic objectives for their continued growth. She exemplifies Gies’ student-centric approach to innovation.”

Gies’ online programs have disrupted the traditional business education model since they were launched in 2016. This spring, more than 3,200 students will be enrolled in the iMBA and iMSA. The programs are revolutionary in their delivery, concentrations, immersions, accessibility, and career-curated content. They combine material in ways that professionals use it in the real world, not in traditional academic silos. And it is all delivered at a price point well below what students will pay at other top-ranked universities.

“I look forward to the opportunity to guide these strong online programs to continued success and to help develop new programs that will enhance the reputation of our College and provide lasting benefit to our students, alumni, and the broader business community,” said Elliott. “It has been one of my greatest honors lead our incredible Department of Accountancy, and I know the future is bright for our department.”

As part of this transition, Brooke will step down as head of the Department of Accountancy. Associate head Theo Sougiannis will serve as interim department head through the summer of 2021. Sougiannis joined the Department of Accountancy in 1990 and has served in multiple capacities, including interim head in 2011-2012. A search for a permanent department head will be conducted during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

About Gies College of Business
For more than 100 years, Gies College of Business has intentionally designed its innovative programs, leading-edge curriculum, and experiential learning opportunities to empower and prepare students to turn big ideas into meaningful actions. Today, Gies faculty prepare more than 7,000 future business leaders, including 3,100 undergraduates, from around the world to put their purpose into practice and provide transformative leadership in a global economy. GiesBusiness.illinois.edu