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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

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Donohoe: ‘Investigator DNA’ key to evolution of accountancy

Professor Michael Donohoe believes the next generation of accountants will have “investigator DNA” and a strategic mindset. “With the growing emphasis on business analytics, our students are becoming investigators who ask big questions, use data, and state of the art statistical methods to investigate those questions in a meaningful way."

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Examining the role of trust in negotiations

Mingshuang Ji joined Gies this fall as an instructor of business administration. In addition to researching team dynamics, trust, and negotiation, Mingshuang is teaching Business Dynamics (B201) and Business in Action (B301).

Gies Homecoming Celebration

Homecoming is an important part of the storied history of the University of Illinois. The first homecoming was at Illinois. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, this time to celebrate tradition is particularly precious. We hope you will take time this year to join us in both celebrating Homecoming and renewing those lifelong connections you made with the College. 

We have a variety of events listed below that we hope you can join, highlighted by our signature event, the Gies Homecoming Business Bash at 4 pm on Friday, hosted by the Gies Business Alumni Association, that brings together alumni, faculty, and staff. We can’t wait to see you again. Go Illini!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
3-7 pm CT | Sixth Street Lawn 
Join Access and Multicultural Engagement in the Gies Undergraduate Affairs Office for their Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on the patio of the new Siebel Center for Design building and on the Sixth Street Lawn. Enjoy Latin Dance workshops, Latin Jazz Music, extended hours at the Krannert Art Museum, and delicious food from local Hispanic-owned food truck vendors! Join us for a wonderful celebration of our Hispanic and Latinx community!

Friday, October 8, 2021 

Illinois Business Consulting 25th Anniversary Reception 
2:30-4 pm CT | Business Instructional Facility 
Celebrate 25 years of Illinois Business Consulting! The program will include a short celebration of the history of IBC and an overview of the future of this vital program in Gies College of Business. Attendees will have plenty of time for networking – to meet with old teammates and friends and get to know current students and faculty in the program. 

Gies Homecoming Business Bash 
4-6 pm CT | Tent between Business Instructional Facility & Siebel Center for Design
Celebrate Homecoming with Gies College of Business and Gies Business Alumni Association at the Homecoming Business Bash! Please join us in the tent between BIF and the Siebel Center for Design along Sixth Street for a chance to connect with fellow alumni, GBAA members, and Gies faculty and staff. Go Illini! Go Gies! 

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program 25th Anniversary Reception 
7-8:30 pm CT | I Hotel and Conference Center
Join us during Homecoming 2021 for a special reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Hoeft Technology & Management Program. Throughout its history, this program has brought together students from Gies College of Business and The Grainger College of Engineering to learn and work together. We hope you can join us to connect with current students, fellow alumni, and College representatives. 

We look forward to returning to campus this fall and offering alumni and guests the safest in-person experience possible. Please visit covid19.illinois.edu/on-campus/visitors for the most current information regarding campus visits. At this time, all university students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status. A face covering does not have to be worn when eating or drinking. Current face covering guidelines can be found at covid19.illinois.edu/health-and-support/face-coverings. We will continue to provide updates as event dates approach. 

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Gies Business Office of Advancement at BusinessAlumni@illinois.edu or 217-244-6669. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.