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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.

 

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Process Improvement
Course Starts October 15, 2019

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

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.

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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.

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 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

Miller invested as Daniel and Cynthia Mah Helle Professor in Finance

Oct 9, 2019, 11:29 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies College of Business celebrated the investiture of Nolan Miller as the Daniel and Cynthia Mah Helle Professor in Finance.

To acknowledge his expertise and experience in business and public policy, Gies College of Business celebrated the investiture of Nolan Miller as the Daniel and Cynthia Mah Helle Professor in Finance on October 4, 2019. Miller has served a professor of finance at Gies College of Business since 2009. He is also the director of the University of Illinois’ Center for Business and Public Policy and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Nolan investiture 3 final“We are proud to recognize Nolan’s pursuit of developing and applying cutting-edge economic theory to important public policy problems,” said Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef & Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean of Gies College of Business. “We also celebrate the passion he brings to teaching our students.”

Most recently, Miller’s research has focused on a five-year project funded by the National Institute on Aging to study the impact of environmental factors such as temperature and pollution on health outcomes using Medicare data. Prior to joining Gies College of Business in 2009, he was an associate professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He earned his PhD in managerial economics and decision sciences from Northwestern University in 1999 and bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.

Miller has regularly appeared on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.” He received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Illinois Student Government in 2016 and the Arnold O. Beckman Award from the Campus Research Board in 2014.

“I’m honored to be part of a College that promotes rigorous research about how market forces and public policy shape one another,” said Miller. “How society chooses to address today’s major public policy challenges will fundamentally shape the future of the US economy.”

This professorship is made possible through a generous donation to Gies Business from the Helle Family Foundation. It enables the College to fulfill its mission of pursuing excellence, innovation and accessibility in higher education.

Daniel and Cynthia Mah Helle both graduated from the University of Illinois in 1984. Cynthia earned a BS in Finance, and Daniel received an MS in Finance. He worked at Continental Bank and Citibank before joining CIVC Partners LP, a Chicago-based private equity firm, in 1989. He has shared overall strategic and operating responsibility for the firm since 1994. Cynthia worked at ad agency Leo Burnett Worldwide and now leads the Helle Family Foundation’s efforts to make impactful investments in education and wellness.