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Graduate Certificates

Do you want to earn a credential to advance your career without committing to a master's degree program? Do you already have all the degrees you need and want to explore a new area?

Our graduate certificates are specially designed for students in industry and offer the quality of Stanford graduate content and the flexibility to take courses in areas that meet your interests and requirements. Most can be earned within 1 to 2 years with the successful completion of 3 to 5 courses delivered online. A graduate certificate may only be earned under the Non Degree Option. A successfully completed graduate course may count toward only one graduate certificate.

  • Certificate programs consist of a guided curriculum of graduate courses taught by Stanford faculty
  • Courses are delivered online for study at a distance, according to Stanford's quarterly academic schedule
  • You earn Stanford graduate credit and may apply up to 18 units towards a Stanford master's degree if you are admitted

Featured Graduate Certificates


Gain the knowledge and skills essential for the development of new biomedical technologies.

International Security

Examine some of the world's security problems and policy-relevant solutions.

Management Science and Engineering

Design-your-own certificate along the intersection of policy, management, and technology.

Mining Massive Data Sets

Master efficient, powerful techniques and algorithms for extracting information from large datasets such as the web, social-network graphs, and large document repositories.

Molecular Engineering of Energy Technologies

Position yourself at the forefront of energy technology, processes and industry.

All Graduate Certificates