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Admitted Stanford students may participate in the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP), which permits working professionals admitted to Stanford graduate degree programs to register for Stanford courses and obtain the degree on a part-time basis in 55 areas of concentration, including Civil and Environmental Engineering.

HCP students are not eligible for assistantships and fellowships from the university since they enroll part-time.

Through this program, many graduate courses offered by the School of Engineering on campus are made available through the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), which delivers more than 250 courses a year on television and online. For HCP students who are not part of a graduate degree program at Stanford, courses and certificates are also available through a non-degree option and a non-credit professional education program. Non-credit short courses may be customized to meet a company’s needs. For a full description of educational services provided by SCPD:


The Honors Cooperative Program (HCP) is the only part-time graduate program offered by Stanford University. It allows working professionals, who may be eligible for tuition support through their employer, an opportunity to earn a Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering on a part-time basis.

Prospective HCP students apply to CEE through the normal graduate admissions process and compete with all other applicants for admission to the program. Once admitted, HCP students arrange their part-time status and tuition payment options through the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). Courses are delivered online and broadcast locally. HCP students are also welcome to attend classes on campus, and some on-campus attendance may be required depending on the degree track.

Note that while some of the courses of this degree can be completed online, most courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department are offered only on campus. Specific online course offerings depend heavily on your program plan, area of focus, and the course offerings for any given academic quarter. You may find it helpful to compare the degree requirements with SCPD’s typical course offerings to see how much of this degree can be completed online.

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