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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

Samet: Gies was "at the top of my list"

Aug 8, 2019, 08:37 AM by System
Jordan Samet joins "one of the top programs in the country" as an instructor of accounting at Gies Business

Jordan Samet couldn’t be happier to join the impressive roster of talent already teaching at Gies College of Business.

Jordan Samet 02“It was at the top of my list going into the job market,” said the new accounting faculty member, who is soon to complete his PhD in management at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.

“I’ve had my eye on Illinois ever since I started my PhD program because it’s always been one of the top programs in the country,” said Samet. “Tremendous research -particularly experimental behavior-based research - has come out of here, from people like Brooke Elliott, Mark Peecher, and Kevin Jackson. And when I found out that Michael Williamson and Gary Hecht had joined the faculty - who also do research in my area of focus - it became by far the most attractive place that I wanted to be.”

As an undergraduate student, Samet’s direction wasn’t always so clear. “I started out in chemistry and realized fairly early on that it wasn’t what I expected,” he said.

It was only when a cousin referred to accounting as “the chemistry of business” that he realized his penchant for problem solving could be used in a different way. That’s when he switched gears, completing his bachelor’s in accounting at the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University, followed by a master's from Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. From there, it was on to Georgia Tech and a PhD in management with an accounting focus and a minor in psychology.

At Gies, Samet will teach decision-making for accountancy while continuing his research, which uses behavioral and economic theory to understand how organizational control systems influence managers, employees, and manager-employee interactions.

“Some of my research looks into accounting information,” he said. “But my primary area of interest is looking at how we can use control systems within organizations to influence employees’ behavior or facilitate their decision-making, whether that’s through formal controls, informal controls, or just subtle framing of information.”

One of his current working papers examines the impact of resource constraints on employee creativity. While the findings show that constraints lead people to be more efficient with limited resources, they can also have a detrimental effect, causing them to feel mentally depleted and thus less creative at secondary tasks. Research like this could help companies striving to find the right balance between motivating efficiency and productivity.

For Samet, that’s the attraction of managerial accounting. “I like digging into organizations, finding the problem they’re having, and figuring out how to solve that, whether it’s creating higher-quality information, creating better incentives, or improving the way we share information.”

As an instructor, his primary goal is to help students excel in their chosen field, but to also help them appreciate the importance of accounting. For Samet, that means more than simply getting through the course and understanding the material. “I think it’s understanding that accounting is not an exact science. It’s a fuzzy, peculiar field where individuals create and process information very differently from one another.”

“It’s also important to understand that, if you’re a certified public accountant, your duty isn’t just to the owner of an organization; you have a duty to your community, your society, etc.,” said Samet. “I think that’s something that we have to imprint to a greater degree on future generations of accountants.”