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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
August 6, 2020 Course Launch

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

Highlights Managerial Accounting

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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Finance 

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Operations 

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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.

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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

Molitor, Reif win NIHCM Foundation Research Award for workplace wellness study

Jun 30, 2020, 10:23 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies professors David Molitor and Julian Reif have been named winners of the 2019 National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Research award, given each year for outstanding published work in health economics.

Gies College of Business professors David Molitor and Julian Reif have been named winners of the 2020 National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Research award, given each year for outstanding published work in health economics. Molitor and Reif, along with their co-author Damon Jones of the University of Chicago, won the award for their paper “What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study,” which was published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study, which has garnered international attention in publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, and Scientific American, is a large, randomized controlled trial of a wellness program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study examines the effects of financial incentives on participation; investigates who benefits from the programs; estimates the causal effect of workplace wellness on employee health care costs, health behaviors, well-being, and productivity; and tests for peer effects in wellness program participation.

WATCH: David Molitor accepts award on behalf of co-authors Julian Reif and Damon Jones.

The randomized controlled trial showed that financial incentives increased participation in the wellness program, but the program had no effects on health care costs, health behaviors, and productivity. The researchers also found that healthier employees were more likely to participate when offered the program. This finding indicates that evaluating a wellness program by comparing employees who choose to participate to those who don’t can lead to the wrong conclusions.

julian reif“We hope that the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study demonstrates the value of using randomized controlled trials to answer important health care policy questions,” said Reif (right).

“The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study was a team effort with exceptional support from campus leadership and our funding partners,” said Molitor. “It is great to have an esteemed panel of experts recognize our study as an outstanding contribution to our understanding of health care delivery.”

This is the second major research award hauled in by Molitor and Reif this year. Along with co-authors and fellow Gies Professors Nolan Miller and Tatyana Deryugina, they won the 28th annual Arrow Award, given by the International Health Economics Association for the best health economics paper published in 2019. Their award-winning paper “The Mortality and Medical Costs of Air Pollution: Evidence from Changes in Wind Direction" was published in American Economic Review.

Molitor_DavidThe NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery, and organization or the implementation of health care policy. The award carries a $20,000 prize and is judged by an independent panel of experts from leading universities like Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and NYU. This year, two winners were selected. In addition to Professors Reif and Molitor (left), Harvard’s Zirui Song and the University of Chicago’s Katherine Baicker were named co-winners for their paper, “Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Winners are selected based on three criteria: originality and creativity of the research; impact that the research may have in advancing the public policy debate or improving health care delivery and management; and relevance to one or more of the subject areas (health care financing, delivery and organization and/or the implementation of health care policy). The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the health of all Americans by spurring workable and creative solutions to pressing health care problems.