The time required to complete a professional course or program may vary depending on your familiarity with the topic, or experience with online learning.

Professional Courses

  • Courses range from 4 to 20 hours in length
  • Courses consist of videos or live lectures, readings, exercises, written answers, and an online exam for online courses
  • Readings vary by course and may increase or decrease the time commitment depending on your speed of review
  • Estimated time commitment for courses in each professional program:
Professional CertificateTime Commitment
  Stanford Advanced Computer Security6-13 hours/online course
  Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies3-4 hours/online course
  Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship10-12 hours/online course
  Stanford Genetics and Genomics6-12 hours/online course
  Innovation Masters Series2.5 days/course at Stanford

Professional Certificates

  • Most certificates can be earned within 6 months to 2 years
  • With self-paced online courses, you may complete a certificate on an accelerated timeline


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