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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

Elliott to lead Gies' online programs and strategy

Jan 9, 2020, 11:59 AM by Aaron Bennett
W. Brooke Elliott has been named associate dean at Gies College of Business, a role in which she will oversee the strategy and programs in the online space, including the iMBA, iMSA, MOOCs, and the College’s new initiatives in lifelong learning and enterprise partnerships.

W. Brooke Elliott has been named associate dean at Gies College of Business, a role in which she will oversee the strategy and programs in the online space, including the iMBA, iMSA, MOOCs, and the College’s new initiatives in lifelong learning and enterprise partnerships. The move, which is effective February 3, comes as Assistant Dean of Online Programs Arshad Saiyed has accepted at new position at Northeastern University.

Brooke ElliottElliott joined the Gies College of Business faculty in 2003, and since 2017 she has served as head of the College’s top-ranked Department of Accountancy. She has been heavily involved with online programs since 2016, when she helped develop and launch the iMSA, the College’s fully online master’s in accounting. Elliott has also been a leader in shaping strategy and continuous improvement of the student experience in the iMBA and iMSA programs.

“I am extremely grateful to Arshad for being such a champion of our online programs,” said Dean Jeffrey R. Brown. “Under his leadership, online programs have delivered quality and growth beyond our expectations. Brooke is a proven leader. She has been an advocate for online programs, and she has been instrumental in helping establish strategic objectives for their continued growth. She exemplifies Gies’ student-centric approach to innovation.”

Gies’ online programs have disrupted the traditional business education model since they were launched in 2016. This spring, more than 3,200 students will be enrolled in the iMBA and iMSA. The programs are revolutionary in their delivery, concentrations, immersions, accessibility, and career-curated content. They combine material in ways that professionals use it in the real world, not in traditional academic silos. And it is all delivered at a price point well below what students will pay at other top-ranked universities.

“I look forward to the opportunity to guide these strong online programs to continued success and to help develop new programs that will enhance the reputation of our College and provide lasting benefit to our students, alumni, and the broader business community,” said Elliott. “It has been one of my greatest honors lead our incredible Department of Accountancy, and I know the future is bright for our department.”

As part of this transition, Brooke will step down as head of the Department of Accountancy. Associate head Theo Sougiannis will serve as interim department head through the summer of 2021. Sougiannis joined the Department of Accountancy in 1990 and has served in multiple capacities, including interim head in 2011-2012. A search for a permanent department head will be conducted during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

About Gies College of Business
For more than 100 years, Gies College of Business has intentionally designed its innovative programs, leading-edge curriculum, and experiential learning opportunities to empower and prepare students to turn big ideas into meaningful actions. Today, Gies faculty prepare more than 7,000 future business leaders, including 3,100 undergraduates, from around the world to put their purpose into practice and provide transformative leadership in a global economy.