Our Organization

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The Stanford Center for Professional Development has been a pioneer in online and extended education since our establishment in 1995. Located on the Stanford University campus, our robust portfolio of courses and programs is developed by Stanford faculty, departments, schools, and centers. Our offerings include credit-bearing courses, certificates and degrees; professional education; group and custom programs, and free and open access content.

We operate and manage Stanford Online, Stanford's online learning platform, offering learners access to Stanford’s catalog of extended education and lifelong learning opportunities both on campus and around the world. This includes a large portfolio of free and accessible content to engage learners across the globe, no matter their means.

We are housed within the Stanford School of Engineering, a longstanding leader in education and innovation, creating groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research and pivotal technologies that have transformed the world. We collaborate with all seven university schools to design and deliver educational content.

We work in close collaboration with the Stanford Center for Health Education, a part of Stanford Medicine, helping extend health education to a global community of health professionals and to communities around the world, creating a more informed public, and improving health outcomes in some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

SCPD by the Numbers

1.5M+    Enrollments in 190 countries

600K+     Visitors monthly to Stanford Online

200+     Credit-based courses extended online to thousands of qualified students, with those same instructional assets benefitting residential students

90+     Professional education programs designed and delivered annually to meet the learning needs of working professionals

30+     Custom and executive education programs designed and delivered to companies and organizations each year

25     Platform and partner distribution relationships to extend programs to qualified learners around the globe