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Professional Courses

Stanford faculty and industry experts come together to offer these short, intensive learning opportunities where you acquire tools and techniques that have immediate applications. Take these courses online, on the Stanford campus, and at your work site.

  • Courses are intensive and condensed - ranging in time from a few hours online to a few days on campus
  • In addition to Stanford faculty, courses are taught by industry experts and offer insight into industry trends and best practices
  • Online study is self-paced and can be scheduled during times that are most convenient for you and your employer
  • You may earn Professional Development Units and Continuing Education Units
  • The Stanford Center for Professional Development is a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute

Leadership, Strategy, Decision-Making, Innovation, and Execution

Which of these core competencies are important to you? This model maps our professional courses to these key concepts so that you can find the courses that are right for you.

How to Enroll

  • Step 1: Select Courses

    Explore available professional courses listed by subject to the right.

    Decide which course(s) are right for you.

    Ensure you meet any applicable prerequisites.

  • Step 2: Enroll and Apply

    Add the selected course(s) to your cart and continue checkout.

    You will be prompted to create an account. It is important to choose a username and password you will remember, because this is how you will view courses and update your information.

    After filling in your account information, you may need to complete an application form, depending on the course you have selected.

    Your application is not considered complete until you have enrolled in at least 1 course.

  • Step 3: Application Review (when applicable)

    Once a required application is complete, it will be reviewed to ensure you have the background to be successful in the course(s) for which you are enrolled. You will be notified of a decision through mystanfordconnection within 7-10 business days.

Student Spotlight

Xander Uyleman

"Stanford opened my mind to a new way of thinking that made a significant impact on me personally."

Xander Uyleman
Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems

Stanford University credentials earned through the Stanford Center for Professional Development:

  • Stanford Certified Project Manager
  • Professional Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management
  • Graduate courses in management science and engineering

Meet Xander Uyleman

View professional courses by subject

Advanced Project Management
Computer Science
Computer Security
Decision and Risk Analysis
Energy and the Environment
Management Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

View professional 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.