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Graduate Courses

Interested in expanding your skill set or deepening your knowledge in a specific topic area? Enroll in our individual graduate courses to get the information and the credential you need to meet your professional and personal goals.

  • Online delivery makes it possible for you to fit your education into your life
  • Graduate courses are delivered asynchronously via streaming video and are posted to the Internet at the conclusion of the live class at Stanford
  • Each lecture is accessible for the entire quarter, allowing students to review lectures as needed

The Non Degree Option

Enroll as a distance learner in regular Stanford University courses for credit on a course-by-course basis.

  • Take as many courses as you wish
  • Work toward a graduate certificate
  • Apply up to 18 units of graduate credit earned toward a degree program if you apply and are admitted

Due to classroom space limitations, students enrolled under the Non Degree Option are expected to complete courses entirely online.

Audit Courses

If you don't need academic credit, but still want to learn from the best, auditing a graduate course is a great option. No exams, no homework, no expensive text books.

As an audit student, you will view course lectures online with a video-only interface. You will not have access to course materials or interact with the faculty.

How to Apply and Enroll

Step 1: Select courses

Step 2: Prepare your application

If you are enrolling through the Stanford Center for Professional Development for the first time, you will need to complete the following steps prior to enrollment. Preparing the documents in advance will help you when you are ready to apply and enroll.

  • Verify whether you are employed at a member company

    If you are employed at a member company, you automatically qualify for a tuition discount. If you are not currently employed at a member company, ask your Human Resources or Employee Training division to apply for membership. Your company will be notified of its membership status 2-5 business days from the time the membership application has been submitted.

  • Submit official transcript(s)

    Arrange to have your sealed official transcript(s) from any prior institution(s) submitted to the Stanford Center for Professional Development c/o Student and Client Services, 496 Lomita Mall, Durand Building 3rd Floor, Stanford, CA 94305. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required. All transcripts will be kept on file, reducing the number of steps should you enroll with us again.

    You may fax unofficial version(s) to (650) 725-2868 along with your online application while you wait for final delivery of your official transcript(s).

  • Determine how you will pay

    Become familiar with your company's tuition reimbursement policy and determine your method of payment. Many companies are generous in their tuition support.

  • Draft your statement of purpose

    A 200-word statement of purpose is required to ensure your success. You will also need to identify your academic and professional experience on the application.

Step 3: Enroll and apply

  • My Cart

    Add the course in which you would like to enroll to My Cart. You must do this by pressing the "Enroll in this Section" button on the selected course webpage.

  • Log In

    Once you add course(s) to your cart, you'll be prompted to enter your username and password and select the appropriate enrollment option. Please note that there is an $80 document fee associated with your enrollment.

  • Account Information

    You will be prompted to create a mystanfordconnection account if you have not already done so. It is important to choose a username and password you will remember, because this is how you will view courses and update your information. If you work for a member company, be sure to enter your employer and mark your work email address as the preferred account. Following this process for membership will help ensure that your discount is applied correctly.

  • Apply

    Complete the Non Degree Option application form. Your application is not considered complete until you have enrolled in at least 1 course, and we have received 1 official, sealed transcript from each institution listed on your application.

  • Payment

    Payment is required prior to enrollment. We accept credit card, company check, or cashier's check.

  • Receipt

    When finished with the application and enrollment process, you will be provided with a receipt. Retain a copy of the receipt for your records. You may also log into mystanfordconnection to review your account information, application status, and more.

Step 4: Application review

  • Departmental Review

    Once your application and enrollment have been completed and submitted, the department offering the course(s) will review your file to ensure you have the background to be admitted into the course(s) for which you are enrolled.

  • Notification of Enrollment Status

    The department to which you have applied will approve or deny your application. You will be notified of a decision through mystanfordconnection.

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Graduate Student Handbooks

Handbooks are available which outline your rights and responsiblities as a Non Degree Option or Audit student. They have been designed as references to guide you in the distance-learning experience.

View graduate courses by subject

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Biomedical Informatics
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computational and Mathematical Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
General Engineering
International Studies
Management Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

View graduate courses by quarter

Autumn 2013-14
Winter 2013-14
Spring 2013-14
Summer 2013-14

View all courses by quarter

Autumn 2013-14
Winter 2013-14
Spring 2013-14
Summer 2013-14


Get in touch with Customer Service for questions on logistics and how to get started. Our course advisors are equipped to handle questions about course content, prerequisites, and your education path.