Certificates & Degrees
The Stanford Center for Professional Development offers over 25 graduate and professional certificates and 51 master of science degree depths across 13 academic departments. Flexible course and delivery options are designed for professionals who want to take their career to the next level.
Earn a Stanford graduate certificate and accelerate your career without immediately committing to a master's degree program. If you already have all of the degrees you need, a graduate certificate is also a great way to keep your skills and knowledge current in your field. Complete 3 to 5 graduate courses in a guided curriculum of study and earn a graduate certificate as evidence of in-depth, subject-specific knowledge.
You may apply the graduate credit earned for a graduate certificate toward a degree program if you are admitted.
Complete 3 to 8 short, intensive courses and earn professional certification in areas such as advanced project management, advanced computer security, and sustainability. To accommodate your busy life, all courses required for a professional certificate are online and self-paced. Some courses are also held on the Stanford campus or can be delivered at your work site. Visit our professional certificates page to learn more.
Through the Honors Cooperative Program, you may pursue a master of science degree on a part-time basis. 16 degree depths may be completed entirely online. Pursue your degree from anywhere in the world and connect to the world-class community of Stanford University.
Application deadlines vary by department. Visit our master's degree page to access department Web sites, calendars, and application details.
By Special Arrangement
Degree of Engineer
You may extend your master's degree with additional study, including a research thesis, to earn a Degree of Engineer.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Mechanical Engineering department gives you the option of pursuing a PhD on a part-time basis. At some point during your studies, you will need to come to campus for advanced courses and research activities.
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD or a Degree of Engineer, please contact Student and Client Services for more information.