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Applications / Enrollment

  • What are my enrollment options?

  • Do I have to be employed at a member company in order to take part in any of programs or courses offered by Stanford Center for Professional Development?

    You do not need to be a part of a member company to apply/enroll in any of our courses or certificates (Professional Education, Graduate Certificates/Courses, or Honors Cooperative Program)

  • How do I apply for a professional education course or a professional certificate?

    You may register for professional education courses online by enrolling via the course webpage. Some professional development programs do require an application in order to register. Once the application is submitted, you will receive a response within 7 business days. Once accepted into a professional education certificate, you may enroll in courses at any time.

  • How do I apply for individual graduate courses or a graduate certificate?

    A first-time student would submit all transcripts from all universities attended (undergraduate and graduate) along with completion of the NDO application (see the admissions checklist here). The first time you submit an enrollment application, you must send in transcripts to ensure that you have the appropriate background.  For details of key academic and enrollment dates, please refer to the Academic Calendar

  • What are the admissions requirements for taking individual graduates courses?

    Each application is reviewed and admission is granted for each course individually. A first-time student would submit all transcripts from all universities attended (undergraduate and graduate) along with completion of the NDO application. Please check the prerequisites listed on the course or certificate page to assess your eligibility.

  • Where can I view the Stanford Center for Professional Development course offerings?

    You can view our professional education course offerings here. Please note that these courses are self-paced and can be started at any time.

    You can view our graduate course offerings here. Please note that the offerings vary by quarter; you can choose to look just at our upcoming quarter offerings by clicking the “Browse” link at the top of the page. Note also that each quarter has its own enrollment periods, as each course is occurs on the academic quarter schedule. You can view the enrollment periods here.

  • Where can I view the prerequisites for each certificate or course?

    The prerequisites are listed on each specific certificate or course’s webpage. Please review all the prerequisites for your certificate and course before applying/enrolling.

  • Is there someone I can talk to before I apply?

    You can always reach out to a member of our student and client services team to learn more about the logistics and application process for each of our process. For questions regarding course/program content for our graduate courses, feel free to reach out to our course advisors for the specific departments you are interested in.

  • Who can I talk to about course content and advice for course/program selection?

    For our professional certificate courses, you can always reach out to a member of our student and client services team to learn more about our programs and the enrollment process.

    For our graduate certificate courses and HCP part-time master’s program we have course advisors in each department that can advise you on course and program content. You can click on each department to find the course advisor’s email here.

  • I am not a U.S. citizen, do I need a visa to take courses?

    For individual graduate courses for credit, students who reside in the United States and who are not US citizens must have a current US visa to enroll in Stanford graduate courses. Required documentation includes: Permanent Resident Card, Notice of Action, US visa stamp or an official US document specifying the student’s status. Applicants to take courses under the Non Degree Option, please submit documentation via email to scpd-customerservice@stanford.edu.  International students not residing in the US are welcome to apply for courses and do not need to submit visa documentation.   For professional courses, no visa documentation is required.

  • Do I need to submit GRE/TOEFL scores to apply for a graduate course?

    No, the GRE/TOEFL is not required to apply for a graduate course through the non-degree option. It is however typically required for admission to a Master’s program at Stanford, if this is a path you wish to pursue in the future. You can see the full graduate certificate/course admissions checklist here.

  • Where do I send my transcripts to take individual graduate courses for credit?

    Please arrange for your transcripts (both graduate and undergraduate levels) to be submitted from ALL prior higher education institution(s) to SCPD Student and Client Services (transcripts must be in English - certified translated transcripts are acceptable).

    To begin the review process you may:

    • Email transcripts to scpd-customerservice@stanford.edu (preferred)
    • Fax transcripts to 650.723.5628
    • Mail transcripts to 496 Lomita Mall, Durand Bldg 3rd Floor, Stanford CA 94305

    To expedite the application review process, you may also email scanned unofficial copies of transcripts in pdf format to scpd-customerservice@stanford.edu or mail them to 496 Lomita Mall, Durand Bldg 3rd Floor, Stanford CA 94305.

     

  • When are the enrollment periods for each quarter?

    For our professional certificates, enrollment is ongoing. Once accepted into a professional certificate program, you may enroll at any time.

    For graduate certificate courses, you can view the enrollment deadlines for this academic year on the main graduate certificate page. You can also view them, along with other deadlines, on our Academic Calendar.

  • How do I apply to the HCP Program?

    To apply for the HCP program, a master's degree program at a distance and/or part-time basis, you will need to go through the regular graduate admissions process. Visit the graduate admissions webpage for more details.  Application deadlines vary by department.  In order to earn your master's degree, you are required to complete between 11 and 15 courses which must total to 45 units.

  • How do I enroll in courses as a HCP student?

    You will enroll as any other matriculated student through Axess, and then your enrollments will be added and billed to your mystanfordconnection account. Courses not offered through Stanford Center for Professional Development will be added and billed to your account after the Final Study List Deadline.

  • Can I apply to a PhD program through Stanford Center for Professional Development?

    No, Stanford Center for Professional Development does not currently support any PhD programs.

  • Can I enroll in multiple courses at one time?

    For professional education courses, you can enroll and pay for as many courses as you’d like and even put them on pause to complete later. A course that is paused will remain blocked and may show up in your mystanfordconnection profile as "expired" until you contact us to activate it again.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that the course will be available when you are ready to resume.  In the rare circumstance that the course is no longer available, we will offer you an alternate course from the existing portfolio.

    For NDO/graduate certificate courses, you must enroll in a minimum of 3 units, and can only enroll in a maximum of 3 courses per quarter. If you are a new NDO Computer Science student, then you can only enroll in one course your first quarter.

    For HCP/part-time master’s students, you must enroll in a minimum of 3 units each quarter, but are welcome to enroll in additional units/courses if desired/needed for your program plan.

  • How do I drop a course after the financial drop deadline? (NDO and HCP)

    Once the financial drop deadline has passed you are no longer able to drop/transfer your course. There are three options; we recommend you read each policy link thoroughly before making your choice. Please let us know which option you would like to choose.

    1)  Continue with the course

    2)  Withdraw from course

    • To withdraw from the course please submit an email request to the Stanford Center for Professional Development student and client services team at scpd-customerservice@stanford.edu prior to the university withdrawal deadline.
    • If you withdraw from a course you will not receive a tuition refund and the course will be graded as a “W” on your Stanford transcript.
    • If you are making up for an Incomplete you may not withdraw from the course, you must receive a letter grade (see below)
    • For further information please see the Office of the Registrar’s website.

    3)  Request an Incomplete

    • Contact the course teaching team directly and request an Incomplete in writing.
    • Notify Stanford Center for Professional Development of the result of your request for an Incomplete.
    • If your request for an Incomplete is granted you have one academic year within which to resume the course.
    • You must contact both Stanford Center for Professional Development and the course teaching team when you ready to resume the course.
    • Please note the approval of all incomplete requests are entirely at the discretion of the course teaching team and is solely based on the amount of work completed to date.
    • An Incomplete is not an opportunity to restart the course to earn a better grade.
    • If you are making up for an Incomplete you may not withdraw from the course, you must receive a letter grade
    • You have one academic year to complete your course and replace your “I” with a grade
    • For further information please see the Office of the Registrar’s website.

    Please keep any incomplete approval correspondence from the course teaching team for your records.

Courses / Degrees / Certificates

  • When do courses start?

    Start dates for courses depend on a number of variables. Online graduate courses follow the on campus academic quarterly calendar while professional courses can be taken anytime online.  The online course access starts on the first day of enrollment and the course access end date will be indicated in your mystanfordconnection. A select number of professional courses are held on-campus a few times a year.

  • How do I view my courses online?

    Courses may be viewed in mystanfordconnection. Simply login and you will be able to view your courses under the Current Courses section.

  • Can I earn two certificates by taking courses that overlap?

    No, you can only apply one course to one certificate.

  • How do I earn a professional certificate?

    To earn a professional certificate, determine which certificate you would like to earn, submit the application if required within mystanfordconnection, enroll and complete the required courses in the certificate. Click here to see the list of our current professional certificate offerings.

  • How many times can I take the exam (professional education courses)?

    You can take the exam as many times as  needed; there is no additional charge for retaking the exam.

  • How do I earn a graduate certificate?

    To earn a graduate certificate, determine which certificate you would like to earn which is indicated in the NDO application and complete the required coursework as stated on the Certificate webpage. Once you have completed and met the coursework requirements in a given area, you may apply for an earned certificate by completing the NDO Certificate Request Form. It typically takes 3-4 weeks to process and receive your certificate.

  • Who can I talk to about course content, advice for course/program selection, and general program planning?

    For our graduate certificate courses and HCP part-time master’s program we have course advisors in each department that can advise you on course and program content, as well as program planning. You can click on each department to find the course advisor’s email here.

  • Can I take all my courses to complete the graduate certificate online?

    Yes. All graduate certificate courses are held completely online and remotely; in fact, students taking graduate certificate courses are not allowed to take their courses on campus as they are non-matriculated students.

  • Can I take graduate courses for no credit?

    You may elect to take a course for the Credit/No Credit option, but note that courses taken for no credit/no grade will not count toward your graduate certificate or be transferrable to a master’s degree. This does not apply to individual courses for credit taken through the Computer Science Academic Department.

  • May I apply units (credits) from a graduate course and/or graduate certificate program to a degree program?

    If applicable, you may apply up to 18 qualifying units earned from individual graduate level courses taken through the Non-Degree option program.  Check with your advisor once you are accepted into a degree program, to be sure that the courses you have completed are applicable to the particular degree you are pursuing. Professional Certificate courses cannot be transferred to academic courses or academic programs.

  • Is a HCP degree the same as a full-time master’s degree?

    Yes, the degree you receive is exactly the same, as you must complete the exact same courses and requirements.

  • Do HCP students have the same rights and privileges as full-time students?

    Yes, as an HCP student you receive the same privileges, rights, and responsibilities as a full-time residential student, including access to the full Stanford curriculum. You are allowed to come to campus at any time to attend class, meet with instructors and classmates, and use Stanford libraries.

  • How long do I have to complete a master’s degree as a HCP student?

    You have 5 years to complete your degree (45 units).

  • Can I take all the courses for HCP/the part-time master’s degree online?

    While the majority of any degree can be completed online, certain programs may require some on campus attendance. This depends heavily on your program plan, area of focus, and the course offerings for any given academic quarter.

  • What is the time commitment for each program?

  • Can I attend on campus classes?

    Professional Courses: Courses and certificates may be completed online, and in some cases, at Stanford or at your work site. Please refer to the delivery method listed under the course name that you are interested in.

    NDO/Graduate Certificate Courses: Unfortunately, students who participate through our Non Degree Option (individual graduate courses or graduate certificates) are expected to access courses online only.  Classes are scheduled in classrooms with technical capability based on the estimated on-campus attendance and we simply can’t take the chance of displacing degree-seeking students by allowing unanticipated, non-degree students to attend in person.  In order to enjoy the privilege of on-campus attendance, you must be enrolled in a degree program.

    HCP/Part-time master’s students: Only matriculated students, which includes part-time master’s students through the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP) are eligible to take courses on campus.

  • Can I gain access to the Stanford libraries?

    Any individual or company can purchase a Stanford library card, with access privileges only, or with both access and borrowing privileges. Please see the following link for more information on Fee-based library memberships.

    Hours: check here for each library’s hours

    Phone: (650) 723-1492

    E-mail: sul-privileges@stanford.edu

    NDO/Graduate Certificate students have access to the Terman Engineering, Green, Lathrop, and Lane Libraries at Stanford. (The Lane Medical Library focuses on topics relevant to the Medical School and related fields such as biology or biochemistry.) Students will need to show their NDO enrollment receipt (which is sent to the preferred email address automatically when enrollment is completed) and valid personal identification. NDO students may use resources in the libraries, but may not check out books to take home. NDO students not in the Stanford area also have access to online library resources such as journals, etc.

    HCP/Part-time master’s students have full library rights and privileges as they are matriculated students.

  • Is it possible to contact the professor?

    Professional Courses: General engagement with the faculty and teaching team is done through the ask-the-professor list. Once you are enrolled in the course, you will have access to an ask-the-professor email address for exam and content questions. Direct mentorship and one-on-one discussions with the faculty members is not an included part of the professional certificate programs.

    NDO/Graduate Certificate Courses: You can only contact the professor when you are currently enrolled in a graduate course. As you are attending classes remotely you will be able to interact with the course teaching team via email, TA office hours (typically google/hang out/webex/piazza) or course portal.

    HCP/Part-time Master’s: If you are attending classes on campus you will have in person interaction with the course teaching team. If you are attending classes remotely you will be able to interact with the course teaching team via email, TA office hours (typically google/hang out/webex/piazza) or course portal.

  • Can I continue to have access to the courses after I have completed them?

    Professional Courses: Professional courses delivered online are self-paced and available on-demand during the course access period.  You will only have access to your course material/lecture videos during the course access period. Due to issues such as copyright and intellectual property, professional education lecture videos are not available for offline viewing.

    NDO/Graduate Certificate Courses: You will only have access to your course material/lecture videos through the end of finals week. After the quarter has ended you will no longer have access to course material/lecture videos.

  • What do I receive when I pass a professional certificate course?

    At the conclusion of a course, there is a multiple choice exam and a score of 85% is required to pass. Upon successful completion of all the curriculum, you will receive an official Record of Completion via email. This secure PDF contains your complete course history and has been certified by Stanford University.  You may use this PDF as proof of course completion and for tuition reimbursement. Learn more by visiting this link

  • How can I get a copy of my Stanford University Transcript (graduate courses)?

    To order a copy of your transcript, you will need to do so through Axess by following the instructions here.

    If you no longer have an active SUNet ID, you can order transcript following the instructions located at the bottom of this page.

Custom Programs

Tuition/Payment

  • What are the acceptable methods of payment?

    We accept credit cards (MasterCard, Visa and American Express), vouchers and letters of credit from approved companies, purchase orders, company checks, cashier’s checks, and wire transfers.

  • How much does it cost to complete a Professional Education certificate?

    Total cost is determined by a number of variables, such as the delivery format you choose (online, at your work site, or at Stanford University), the number of courses you choose to complete, and whether you enroll for courses before the early registration deadline.  For on campus courses, applying before the early registration deadline will reduce the cost of tuition. For more information on Tuition & Fees, click here.  

  • How much does it cost to take a graduate course?

    This will depend on how many units you are taking each course for. In general, the cost is $1,200/unit, plus some additional fees. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

  • How much does it cost to complete a graduate certificate?

    This will depend on the number of courses required for the certificate and how many units you are taking each course for. In general, the cost is $1,200/unit, plus some additional fees. Learn more about our tuition and fees to better estimate the cost for yourself.

  • How much does a Master’s Degree through HCP cost?

    This will depend on the number of courses you have left to complete (depending on if you came in with transfer credit) and how many units you are taking each course for. In general, the cost is $1,400/unit, plus some additional fees. Learn more about our tuition and fees to better estimate the cost for yourself.

  • What is the Document fee?

    A one-time document fee of $125 is applied to students enrolled in the Non Degree Option (NDO) or the HCP program.  This fee covers life-time access to your transcripts, which can be requested at any time, on an as-needed basis.  Click here to request a transcript

    A one-time $75 fee is assessed for your first enrollment in a course contributing to select professional certificate programs.  This fee covers life-time access to your record of completion (certified PDF), which can be requested at any time, on an as needed basis.

    ASSU Fees are assessed to local (residing within 50 miles of the Stanford campus) HCP students only.

  • How are fees calculated?

    Tuition is calculated by units earned and method of study (academic credit or degree-track students). Visit our Tuitions & Fees page for detailed information.

  • Can I arrange to split payment for a course?

    Yes, please call the SCPD Student and Client Services office at 650-204-3984.

  • Do I have to pay for my courses upfront before I can start or is there a payment plan?

    Once accepted into a professional certificate program you may enroll in the courses at any time. You are not required to pay for all of the courses upfront as the program is self-paced. Enrollment in the courses is on a rolling basis, meaning that you can begin a course at any time. All professional education courses must be paid for in full before you are granted access.

    For graduate certificate courses, all tuition and fees must be paid by the first day of instruction (see academic calendar).

    For both types of courses/programs there are no payment plans. All tuition and fees must be paid in full, though you may request a split payment (see above).

  • Do you offer scholarships or discounts?

    Stanford University and the Stanford Center for Professional Development do not currently offer scholarships for Graduate and Professional Certificate programs. Tuition discount pricing is available for some of our professional programs.

    Masters degree students may contact the Stanford University Financial Aid office for more information.  You also may qualify for tuition reimbursement from your company.

  • Do you offer tuition assistance for active or retired military personnel?

    We are an affiliated military school; information about programs for military students and tuition benefits is available here.

  • Will my company reimburse me for professional education courses if they only pay for degree-track courses?

    Reimbursement varies from company to company. You should check with your organization's human resources department or your manager to confirm your Employer’s policy.

  • Do you support "intent to pay" letter from my company for tuition?

    No. You or your organization must pay your tuition at the beginning of the quarter. Stanford University requires that we collect tuition funds before classes begin.

  • Do you offer group pricing for professional development courses?

    Group pricing for professional development courses is available and can be arranged by calling our SCPD Student and Client Services team at 650.204.3984.  We do offer a group tuition discount pricing when a Group of 5 or more enrolls in the same course at the same time.

  • How can I get my refund once I drop the course by the deadline?

    If you paid by credit card:
    Once your drop request is received and processed, your credit card account will be refunded in full amount (minus a $100 drop fee if dropping a NDO course); please allow approximately 3-5 working days for this to show up on your account. If no refund transaction appeared on your bank statement after this time, please submit your email to scpd-customerservice@stanford.edu or call the SCPD Student and Client Services office at 650-204-3984 and they will be able to provide you with the status of your refund.


    If you paid by Check or Wire Transfer:
    You will be refunded by check.  It will take approximately 2-3 weeks before you can get your refund check (minus a $100 drop fee if dropping a NDO course). Your refund will be mailed directly to your preferred home address. Please make sure to inform SCPD Student and Client Services if there is any change of address. Also, please make sure your profile in mystanfordconnection is up to date. If you don't receive your refund after this time, please contact our SCPD Student and Client Services team at 650.204.3984.

Homework / Exams

  • How are professional course exams administered?

    Online courses include a multi-choice final exam that must be completed with a passing grade of 85% in order to receive a record of completion.  Courses conducted at Stanford require active participation and full-time attendance in order to receive a record of completion.  All professional courses require the completion of an evaluation form.

  • What is the Stanford University Honor Code?

    All students undertaking homework and exams are bound by the Stanford Honor Code.

  • How is graduate course homework submitted to the Stanford Center for Professional Development?

    If the course teaching team requires that homework be submitted via SCPD, you may send the homework by email to scpd-distribution@lists.stanford.edu. The Distribution Department will record the date and time it was received and deliver it to the appropriate academic department. Please refer to our Homework page for more detailed instructions.

  • I’ve already submitted my homework to the course teaching team; do I also need to submit a copy to Stanford Center for Professional Development?

    No. Please continue to submit your homework directly to the teaching team.

  • When will I receive my graded homework or exam?

    Please refer all questions regarding receiving your graded homework or exam to your current course teaching team(s).

  • How are graded materials returned?

    All graded homework and exams will be returned to your preferred email on file.

  • How are graduate course exams administered?

    Exams are sent to your nominated Exam Monitor who then administers the exam on your behalf.  Your Exam Monitor returns the completed exam to Stanford Center for Professional Development distribution group for grading. Please review the policies and procedures for nominating an Exam Monitor (see below).

  • When am I expected to take an exam?

    The exam along with instructions  are sent to your monitor the night before the exam; depending on the receipt of the exam from the teaching team.  For questions regarding flexibility around the exam time or date please email the TA or instructor directly prior to the exam.

  • How do I appoint or select an exam monitor?

    Each graduate student and student taking individual graduate courses is required to have an Exam Monitor for midterms and finals.  You can nominate an exam monitor through the "My Exam Monitors" section of your mystanfordconnection account.  Please visit the Exam Monitor page for an explanation.

    Exam monitors may be:

    • Company or immediate supervisors
    • Company HR representatives
    • Company Education coordinators
    • Local College/School representatives
    • Local Librarians
    • Tutor club representative
    • Official proctoring service

    Exam monitors may not be:

    • Peers
    • Direct reports
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Former coworkers/supervisors
    • Fellow students
  • What is required of the exam monitor?

    The Exam Monitor process is as follows:

    1. Exams with instructions for administering including start time will be sent to your designated monitor.
    2. Completed exams must be signed and submitted by the exam monitor (not the student).
    3. Your exam monitor must email (scpd-distribution@lists.stanford.edu) or fax (650.736.1266) completed exams as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to the SCPD Distribution team.
    4. Exams are forwarded to and graded by the academic department in which you are enrolled.
    5. Graded exams are returned to the SCPD Distribution team by the academic department and receive a date stamp as proof of grading completion.
    6. Date-stamped graded exams are returned electronically to students at the email address indicated on the exam monitor form.
  • If I am located in the area may I take my exam on campus?

    If you are located nearby you may take the exam on campus, however you should confirm this with the teaching team ahead of time. If taking your exam on campus you must still appoint a back-up exam monitor.

  • Can I make up exams or coursework for graduate courses if I have a planned vacation during the quarter in which I am enrolled?

    It would be better for you to enroll for the course another quarter, unless you can keep abreast of coursework and tests while on vacation. The professor will likely not make an exception for a student on vacation.

  • May I take my exam at my company site?

    Local San Francisco Bay Area students may come to campus for exams. This is the preferred method in most cases. Otherwise, exams will be sent to your nominated Exam Monitor the day of the on-campus exam.  You can nominate an exam monitor through the "My Exam Monitors" section of your mystanfordconnection account.

    Exam monitors are:

    • Supervisors
    • HR representatives
    • Education coordinators
    • College representatives
    • Library officials


    Exam monitors are not:

    • Peers
    • Direct reports

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