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Leading-edge programs delivered online or in-person

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, and digital badges for individual learners as well as 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.

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Designed to help professionals develop an analytical mindset and prepare them to use data analytic programming languages like Python and R.

Skills iCademies

Skills iCademy: Business Analytics

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

Earn CPE Credits

CPE Credits

CPAs who are licensed in Illinois and any states who have reciprocal agreements are eligible to earn CPE credits with our courses.



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

Covalent bridges internship gaps, supports Illinois small businesses

Apr 7, 2021, 10:30 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies students and alumni are banding together this spring to simultaneously help small businesses and create digital marketing internships for undergraduates. Covalent grew out of a program launched last year as a way for students to gain experience after the pandemic shut down summer internships

Gies students and alumni are banding together this spring to simultaneously help small businesses and create digital marketing internships for undergraduates.

Covalent grew out of the COVID-19 Business Fellowship Program, launched last year as a way for students to gain experience after the pandemic shut down summer internships in 2020. That need continues, according to co-founders College of Media graduate Walker Post (JOUR ’18) and Alex Littleton (FIN ’18), who remains on its board of directors.

Applications for 2021 student fellowships, mentors, and businesses are open now through April 26. This year, Covalent is also seeking corporate sponsorships to underwrite stipends for the fellows.

“The Gies network prevails. I love having the opportunity to lift people up while trying to give back,” said mentor Haley Ehrlich (FIN, Marketing ’18), associate growth marketing manager at the National Basketball Assn. “I try to teach them how to apply the skills they learn in class to relevant topics like email cadence and how to present results. I also share how to improve their soft skills so they can convey they’re not just a smart kid, but someone who can drive impact really fast."

To date, the program has engaged 98 fellows and supported 69 small businesses; 139  professionals around the country have served as mentors. Covalent estimates Illinois small businesses saved an estimated $250k in digital marketing services.

Senior Doug Howard, a Gies marketing and information systems major, said the experience has improved his ability to pursue sales and marketing positions.

“A year ago, my internship in the marketing department of United Airlines was canceled. When Alex reached out, I knew I wanted to stay busy during the summer and actually learn something. I also wanted to make an impact on the community during COVID-19,” said Howard.

He and partner Advait Patel, a senior studying economics, were mentored by Gies alumna Rose LaBelle (Marketing & Business Process Management ‘18), a human capital consultant at Deloitte Consulting. They were paired with a Chicago-based start-up focused on robotic process automation, helping to set up A/B testing for email messaging and identify the best web design app to use.

“Going forward, we’re committed to creating a diverse pipeline of talent and helping our fellows land their dream jobs. We're pursuing partnerships with corporations that not only see the value Covalent brings to local communities and businesses, but also the value that our fellows could bring to their company," said Post.