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Through Stanford Online, the CEE Department offers courses online as well as professional education programs to provide students with a variety of credentials. These programs offer educational opportunities intended to help students meet their personal learning goals, wherever they are in their life or career.

Taking CEE Courses Online

There are two ways to take CEE classes online. The first is as a Non-Degree Option (NDO) student and the second is through our Honors Cooperative Program (HCP).

Non-Degree Option: Students may enroll in credit-bearing, graduate-level courses from CEE prior to starting one of our in-person graduate programs whether they have been admitted to an in-person program or not. Students may also enroll in one of CEE's graduate certificate programs

Note: If you are an admitted CEE graduate student who is taking classes in NDO status before starting your CEE program, you are may transfer up to 18 NDO units towards your CEE grad degree program after starting your first quarter in the CEE grad degree program. For the units to be eligible for transfer, the courses must meet the academic criteria for your specific program. 

Honors Cooperative Program: Students who have enrolled in one of CEE's Masters Programs and would like to go part-time (i.e., to participate in an internship or work full time during the academic year and still takes courses online) may change their status to HCP. See the Honors Cooperative Program Handbook for more information. HCP students are not eligible for assistantships and fellowships from the university since they enroll part-time. The CEE Department does not offer any Masters degrees that can be taken entirely online through the Honors Cooperative Program. PhD students and international students on a student visa are not eligible. There is a limit of 2 changes to your full time and part time status. 

Professional Education

The CEE Department offers non-credit bearing professional education in the form of both Professional Certificates as well as executive education programs.

Professional Certificates

Our two professional certificates are the Idea-to-Market Program, providing tools, techniques, and real-world expertise to make your idea a reality, and Product Management: Transforming Opportunities into Great Products, where students will learn to use the product lifecycle framework to successfully manage a product, from launch to growth.

Executive Education

In partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development and the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness, we occasionally offer programs including VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley to promote innovation and leadership for sustainable development. To learn more about our Executive Education programs, please contact SCPD at (650) 725-6627 or by email to: