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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 and high performing managers to achieve their potential.

We offer courses for individual learners through our online courses and our traditional classroom-style residential courses. For corporations, faculty experts build custom learning experiences to meet the needs of employees. 

Online Courses for Individual Learners

Our collection of high-level online business courses addresses topics relevant to rising leaders, managers, and directors with an array of backgrounds. Complete these courses at your own pace. Learn in a fully-engaged online classroom, where collaboration with renowned faculty and eager colleagues returns leaders to their organization with a renewed sense of purpose. Each course lasts three weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and three live sessions per course. You can register for courses individually or the entire four-course collection.


Certificate in Business Management and Administration

MBA Essentials
April 29, 2020 Course Launch

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

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Principles of Managerial Accounting
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course is an executive-level introduction and exploration of managerial accounting principles and applications.

Highlights Process Management

Strategic Leadership & Innovation
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course builds skills in team leadership and adaptive organizational design to enhance leaders’ effectiveness in a fast-moving business world.

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Principles of Marketing
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course explores the principles of marketing management and how it complements other business disciplines to create value.

Process Improvement

Operations Management
2020 Dates Coming Soon

This course will prepare you to deploy process improvement strategies in alignment with other functions of your organization.

Residential Programs for Individual Learners

Learn the content that is driving innovation in today's business world in a traditional classroom setting. Our residential programs are available to all individual learners and held across the Midwest. If you are interested in a residential program, please view our list of upcoming courses

Customized programs for your organization

We specialize in custom engagement that addresses your specific business challenges. A program director works with you, your organization, and our renowned team to access course modules that meet your needs. Our team can even provide specialized content to enhance your existing in-house talent programs. These programs focus on a number of areas, including:

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Business Ethics

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Business Model Innovation 

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Innovation Management

Invest in your team with custom courses taught by faculty experts

Our courses are taught by the same Gies College of Business faculty who teach in our top-ranked degree programs. These faculty members represent a diverse collection of backgrounds that includes significant experience as practitioners, leading researchers, and renowned teachers. They have the knowledge and expertise relevant to today’s business leaders.

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Associate Professor of Accountancy & PwC Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Bruce and Anne Strohm Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor of Accountancy and Fred & Virginia Roedgers Faculty Fellow in Accountancy

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Professor of Business Administration and A Robert & Helen P Fellowship

Professor of Accountancy and Associate Head and A.C. Littleton Professor of Accountancy

Associate Professor of Business Administration

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Contact us today to learn about our online, in-person, and customized programs for professionals and executives.

Carlos Torelli

"Our innovation and expertise in the delivery of education via a high-engagement online classroom provides an ideal learning environment. This experience transcends geography and busy schedules, so professional learners gain knowledge to support their continued success."

Carlos Torelli, Executive Director, Professional and Executive Education

Gies News and Events

Cancelled summer internship? New fellowship supports students, Illinois small businesses

May 18, 2020, 08:26 AM by Aaron Bennett
Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two U of I alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois.

Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois.

Alex LittletonGies College of Business alumnus Alex Littleton (FIN ’18) and College of Media graduate Walker Post (JOUR ’18) have launched the COVID-19 Business Fellowship Program. It matches talented students throughout Illinois with restaurants, salons, and other small businesses that need help reimagining how to engage customers in the “new normal”. This summer’s goal is to help at least 50 businesses create innovative, digital-first marketing, advertising, and communication projects (June 8-Aug. 17).

Applications for student fellowships and businesses are open now through May 29. The program will prioritize rising sophomores through seniors and pro bono support for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Since its launch May 11, the program has received more than 150 applications for junior and senior mentors and fellows.

Littleton was struck by social media posts about cancelled internships from younger classmates in the Phi Gamma Nu professional business fraternity. A rising star at JPMorgan New York working on blockchain product solutions, Littleton had returned to Chicago for the quarantine. Post, who lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, is an editorial fellow at GreenHouse:Innovation and is also a social impact consultant at Prosper Strategies, an advisory for nonprofits. They both continue to work full-time remotely.

“We looked around and saw family businesses we’ve known all our lives closing down for good. We’re losing the soul of neighborhoods,” said Littleton. “This offers alumni a unique way to contribute to their communities with a strong return on investment. If I weren’t a Gies alumnus I don’t know where this project would be. We have a natural affinity for seeing each other succeed.”

Littleton is a living example of how Gies Business provides more than a great business education to find a career. Gies intentionally provides an environment and the resources that foster meaningful actions to empower students to follow their path and put their purpose into practice to make the world a better place.

Over a weekend in April, after a Zoom call where Littleton was brainstorming ways to give back with colleagues, he hatched the idea of a student fellowship. A few hours later and after a long phone call with Post, they knew what they had to do. Littleton, a Business Honors student and graduate of The Hoeft Technology and Management Program, reached out to several Gies College of Business faculty professors and alumni to help shape the idea – including Finance Professor Rob Metzger, who is the director of the Investment Banking Academy at Gies, and Alan Lev, a member of the Gies College of Business Alumni Board.

“Alex has a track record of pulling off entrepreneurial endeavors,” said Metzger. “He founded and successfully launched the Venture Capital Association while on campus and his passion for this kind of work is incredibly high.”

Before launching, Littleton and Post fielded a statewide survey to better understand the types of support small businesses need now. More than 80% were looking for help with their digital and social media presence.

“Digital-first, engaging remotely, is the new normal for the foreseeable future,” said Post.

The duo is seeking mentors willing to invest two to four hours a week coaching a team. They have also launched a GoFundMe page asking for donations so that each student receives financial support following the fellowship as a sign of appreciation. The goal is to raise $100,000 with all proceeds directly funding these fellowships.

Littleton and Post have underwritten the project’s start-up costs. Its 40-person organizing team includes 37 Illini students and graduates now working at Amazon, Apple, Boston Consulting, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Tesla, and West Monroe Partners.

“What started as a way to solve a short-term problem is quickly growing into something that can be meaningful to both students and businesses beyond this summer,” said Post. “We’re both very passionate about this sector and are having daily discussions about how our work in Illinois could potentially be translated into a larger initiative one day.”