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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 Business Essentials Series and our traditional classroom-style Residential Courses. For corporations, faculty experts build custom learning experiences to meet the needs of employees. 

Online Business Essentials Series for Individual Learners

This collection of high-level online business courses addresses topics relevant to rising leaders, managers, and directors with an array of backgrounds. Complete this series 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 four weeks with 10-15 hours of self-paced coursework and 2-3 live sessions per course. You can register for courses individually or the entire four-course series.


Certificate in Business Management and Administration

Certificate in Business Management and Administration
Course Starts December 5, 2019

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

Highlights Managerial Accounting

Managerial Accounting
Course Starts November 19, 2019

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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Marketing Management
2020 Dates Coming Soon

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

Process Improvement

Process Improvement
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 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

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

News and Events

Gies PhD student Alex Johanns wins $10,000 Ezzell Scholarship

Sep 10, 2019, 13:42 PM by Aaron Bennett
Gies College of Business doctoral student Alex Johanns has been announced as one of the winners of the first William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship.

Gies College of Business doctoral student Alex Johanns has been announced as one of the winners of the first William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship, awarded by the American Institute of CPAs Foundation. Johanns is one of just five recipients nationwide. The one-time award of $10,000 is given to top accounting PhD candidates who demonstrate “significant potential to become mentors for the next generation of CPAs.” The scholarship honors the late Bill Ezzell, a former chairman of the AICPA board of directors.

Alex Johanns 1“It’s a tremendous honor to win this award and honor Bill’s legacy,” said Johanns. “Bill was very passionate about bringing people with real-world experience into the classroom. I thought it would be a great fit for me to apply, and fortunately the AICPA Foundation thought so too.”

Johanns is starting his third year as a PhD student and focuses on the judgment and decision making of audit professionals in his research. After graduating with a master’s in professional accounting from the University of Texas-Austin, he spent nearly 10 years as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He says he’s always had an interest in teaching, and he has fallen in love with the research side during his time at Gies College of Business.

“If you want to do experimental accounting research, there really is no better place to be than Illinois and Gies Business,” he said. “My advisor, Mark Peecher, is one of the premiere audit researchers in the world, and the Illinois accounting faculty is incredibly diverse in regards to both methods and expertise. In addition, the weekly accountancy forums bring in valuable perspectives from top researchers at universities all over the world. It’s been an extremely positive experience here so far.”

Johanns is adding to the rich legacy of the Gies College of Business Department of Accountancy. Gies’ doctoral program is ranked #3 in the nation by Public Accounting Report. The first PhD in accountancy was issued at the University of Illinois in 1939, and for the last 80 years Gies Business has been the gold standard for serious scholars entering the accounting professoriate.

Accounting at Illinois is in Johanns’ genes. His father, Jeff, earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Gies Business in 1977. After a long career at PwC, Jeff joined the faculty at Texas. He’s served as a lecturer for future business students since 2012. While Alex notices his coincidental intersection with his father’s career path, he says his decision to enter the field has always been driven by his own passions.

“My dad has always been a positive influence and extremely supportive of my career,” Alex said. “I grew up in Texas, but I was always pro-Illini because my dad had such a great experience here. The bottom line is this is an elite accounting program, so it made a lot of sense as the place where I wanted to launch my career.”