Graduate Courses for Academic Credit

  • Each course is delivered online, according to Stanford’s quarterly academic schedule.
  • Every unit of credit represents 1 hour of class time plus approximately 2 additional hours of work per week for the average student. A 3-unit course, for example, requires a minimum time commitment of 9 hours per week. This is a general guide and the actual time commitment may vary depending on the course and the individual student.

Graduate Certificates

  • Complete the 3-5 courses required for your certificate in 3 years or less.
  • Most certificates can be earned within 1 to 2 years.
  • Courses are delivered online, according to Stanford's quarterly academic schedule.

Master's Degrees

  • Complete 45 quarter units of master's degree study in 5 years or less.
  • Most part-time students take an average of 3 years to complete.
  • Up to 15 units of Stanford academic credit earned prior to admission to a degree program may be applicable toward your degree.
  • Your 5-year time limit starts only when you take your first course as a degree candidate.