You may enroll in individual courses or pursue a graduate certificate especially designed for students in industry. Tailor your education to meet your specific interests and needs and get all the advantages of having a Stanford University credential.  All courses contributing to graduate certificates are available online during the academic quarters they are held on campus.

Graduate Certificate Application

When you enroll for the first time in an individual course or one contributing to a graduate certificate through the Stanford Center for Professional Development, you will need to create a mystanfordconnection account and complete a Non Degree Option application and, if applicable, indicate which certificate you would like to pursue. Once you have submitted your application, you will need to enroll in a course to have your application reviewed by the relevant academic department. If you are approved and successfully complete your first course(s), you will need to enroll in each subsequent course for your certificate in the quarter in which it is available, assuming you meet the courses' specific requirements.

Graduate Certificate Admissions Checklist

  • Prerequisites - Each course and certificate has specific prerequisites and requirements. Review the details page for the certificate you have selected to confirm that you meet all requirements.
  • Application - Complete a Non Degree Option online application, which includes a Statement of Purpose (200-word minimum). Specify the certificate you plan to pursue, if applicable.
  • Course Selection & Enrollment - Enroll in a qualifying certificate course during the quarterly enrollment period in which the course is being offered. There are enrollment deadlines for each quarter. Your application cannot be reviewed until you have identified the first course you wish to undertake. If the department declines your application, your payment will be reimbursed. 
  • Transcripts - 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 (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

  • Visa Documentation
    • For non-US citizens residing in the US, please email the following visa documents to
      • Picture page from your passport
      • Visa stamp page from your passport with issue and expiration dates
      • Current visa document, such as "Notice of Action"
    • For international students not residing in the US, please email the following documents to :
      • Picture page from your passport

    • For US citizens, please email either of the following  documents to :
      • Picture page from your passport
      • Photo copy of your driver’s license or any government issued ID card





Technology Requirements

Applicants must have a reliable, high-speed Internet connection.

Detailed technical requirements

General Requirements

  • A conferred Bachelor’s degree
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better

Academic Credit

Academic credit earned for each course that you successfully complete will range between 3 to 5 quarter units of credit, depending upon the course. Graduate certificates require the completion of 3 to 5 graduate courses.

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