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Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate

Professional Certificate

6 Courses Required: View Course Selections


The Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program provides participants the advanced skills needed to execute business strategies effectively. The program consists of a curriculum of noncredit short courses and combines Stanford University's academic and research depth with the decision and risk management expertise and track record of Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) .

For more information, please check out our minisite: Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate

Decisions that matter

The strategic decisions that you participate in shape the direction and success of your organization. The ability to make effective critical decisions is a valuable and crucial skill that helps make managers, executives, and corporate leaders indispensable. Quality decisions that result in cost, time, and resource savings will benefit the company and your career.

Leading the way

The Stanford Certificate Program in Strategic Decision and Risk Management teaches participants to establish clear value metrics to untangle conflicting goals, embrace risk and uncertainty, and avoid common behavioral and analytical decision mistakes.

You Will Learn to

  • Make good decisions under pressure
  • Understand enterprise risk from the shareholder value perspective
  • Use design innovation principles to generate better alternatives
  • Gain true commitment to effective execution from the key players in implementation

Who Should Apply

Designed for decision-makers and those who support strategic decision-making and risk management. The program serves diverse functional areas, including finance, risk management, planning, engineering, marketing, R&D, design, supply chain, business development, and HR.

Earning the Certificate

Participants have the flexibility of taking individual courses within the program or earning the Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate by completing the 2 required courses and 4 electives.

Courses may be taken in any order and any method of instruction - online, at Stanford, or at work.

Professional Development Units

The Stanford Center for Professional Development is a registered education provider of the Project Management Institute .

Professional Development Units (PDU's) may be earned for each course taken as part of the Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management (SDRM) certificate program to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®).


Requires an accepted application. Applications may be submitted online at anytime.   Sample Application



  • 3 years work experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent


  • $2750 per at Stanford course
  • $1095 per online course
  • $75 one-time document fee ?

Time to Complete Certificate

On average, students complete the certificate within 1-2 years. Each course is 2.5 days on campus or approximately 20 hours online.


Please contact
Patty Harris or Kevin Howard

Offered in Partnership With

Strategic Decisions Group

Course Selection

Course Course # Next Offered Deliv. Options Prereqs Avail
Required Courses :
  Decision Quality XSDR120 Now At Stanford, Online N Y
  Decision Analysis XSDR122 Now At Stanford, Online N Y
Elective Courses :
  Managing Risk in Healthcare Organizations XSDR123 Now Online N Y
  Biases in Decision-Making XSDR220 Now At Stanford, Online N Y
  Strategic Innovation and Design Thinking XSDR221 Now Online N Y
  Value-Driven Enterprise Risk Management XSDR222 Now Online N Y
  Ethical Decision-Making XSDR223 Now Online N Y
  Strategic Portfolio Decisions XSDR224 Now At Stanford, Online N Y
  Collaborative Decision-Making and Negotiation XSDR225 Autumn 2013-14 At Stanford N N
  Advanced Decision Analysis XSDR320 Now At Stanford, Online Y Y
  Modeling for Strategic Insight XSDR321 Now Online N Y
  Leading Strategic Decision-Making XSDR322 Now Online Y Y
  Converting Strategy into Action XAPM110 Now At Stanford, Online N Y
  Decision Quality Practicum XSDR420 Winter 2013-14 At Stanford Y N
  Scenarios and Effective Forecasting XSDR226 Autumn 2014-15 At Stanford N Y