Executive education

To better serve the business community in Southeast Michigan and beyond, the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business has developed an executive education enterprise.

We offer open-enrollment "short courses" as well as custom programs developed in partnership with businesses, nonprofits and government entities.

At the same time, the Ilitch School executive education task force is also evaluating opportunities for developing executive-level degree programs, such as an EMBA program.

For more information, please inquire online or contact the Ilitch School dean's office at 313-577-4501.

The Board Member Accelerator Series℠

Better boards make better nonprofits. And better nonprofits make better communities. Join the next generation of leaders to serve your community by attending the Board Member Accelerator Series, hosted Nov. 10-11 by the Mike Ilitch School of Business in partnership with Aly Sterling Philanthropy.

Participation in this two-session workshop covers:

  • The board member's purpose, roles and responsibilities, including the fiduciary and legal responsibilities
  • Signs of a healthy board and organization, and ideas for how to handle some common challenges that could arise
  • Basic training on best practices in nonprofit fundraising, marketing, leadership, succession planning, strategic planning, conflict resolution, finances and how to be an ambassador for an organization

Register now

Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network (GAPSCN)

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business are collaborating on an innovative new initiative to develop talent in global automotive purchasing and supply chain management. Called the Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network (GAPSCN or "Gap-Scan"), the program helps provide community college, undergraduate, graduate and adult continuing education curricula with real-world lecture material, automotive case studies, best practices, knowledge assessments and standards.

Current and upcoming programs

Automotive Industry Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Leadership Seminar
Partnership with AIAG
September 25-29, 2017

The Mike Ilitch School of Business, in cooperation with AIAG, is offering a one-week Automotive Industry Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Leadership Seminar for leaders in purchasing/supply, logistics, planning and scheduling, and from other closely aligned functions such as sales, product development, manufacturing, finance and more. The seminar is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to influence and implement change in functional performance, cross-functional integration and across the extended supply chain to significantly improve contributions to cost, financial and overall performance in a changing environment. The seminar will be held at AIAG headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.


We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.