Professional Development and Continuing Education

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Through the Stanford Center for Professional Development you can partner with us to support your employees’ education. The Center connects professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for master of science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate certificates and professional certificates, take individual graduate courses and professional courses, participate in workshops, view free online seminars and more. 

Graduate Certificates

Earn a Stanford graduate certificate and accelerate your career without immediately committing to a master's degree program. If you already have all of the degrees you need, a graduate certificate is also a great way to keep your skills and knowledge current in your field. Complete 3 to 5 graduate courses in a guided curriculum of study and earn a graduate certificate as evidence of in-depth, subject-specific knowledge.

Professional Certificates

Complete 3-6 short, intensive courses and earn professional certification in areas such as advanced project management, advanced computer security or sustainability. To accommodate your busy life, all courses required for a professional certificate are online and self-paced. Some courses are also held on the Stanford campus or can be delivered at your work site. Visit our professional certificates page to learn more.

Master's Degrees

Pursue a Stanford University MS degree on a part-time basis through the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP). As an Honors Coop student, you will be a fully matriculated graduate student of Stanford University. Complete 45 quarter units of master's degree study in five years or less. Pursue your degree from anywhere in the world and connect to the world-class community of Stanford University. 

Application deadlines vary by department. Visit our master's degree page for application information.

Lifelong Learning

Staying in the forefront of engineering requires a program of lifelong learning. Stanford Engineering offers numerous opportunities for alumni and others to stay on top of their careers, ranging from free online classes open to the general public to part-time degree programs through the Stanford Center for Professional Development. The school has a long history of using online and distance education to extend the reach of on-campus learning.

Stanford Engineering on YouTube

A selection of recent videos from the School of Engineering that includes highlights professors discussing their work and talks by Stanford Enginering Heroes Vint Cerf and Donald Knuth.

Stanford on YouTube

The Stanford Channel on YouTube is an archive of videos from the School of Engineering and other schools across the university highlighting faculty lectures, events, news and more. 

Stanford eCorner

Stanford’s Entrepreneurship corner offers 2,000 free videos and podcasts featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.