6 Courses Required

The Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program provides you 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).

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

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available:

You Will Learn

  • 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

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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

You have the flexibility of taking individual courses within the program or earning the Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate by completing the two required and four elective courses.

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 (PDUs) may be earned for each course taken as part of the Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®).

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Program requires an accepted application. Applications may be submitted online until October 14, 2016. Sample Application.



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


  • $3,025 per at Stanford course
  • $1,295 per online course
  • $75 one-time document fee ?

Time to Complete Certificate

You have until August 31, 2017 to enroll in courses.

The program’s online courses are self-paced and available on-demand for 60 days after the date of enrollment. This enables you to complete the program at your own pace. Each course takes roughly 20 hours to complete depending on your familiarity with the topic and experience with online learning. Each on campus course is two and a half days.

Our pacing recommendation for courses of this length is to complete each course within 60 days. To be on track, we recommend that you plan to spend approximately three hours per week on the course.



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Offered in Partnership With

Strategic Decisions Group (SDG)


Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate Program Application