Non-Degree Option

The Non-Degree Option (NDO) makes it possible for qualified working professionals to enroll in Stanford graduate-level classes on a course-by-course basis. NDO students may take individual courses, work toward a graduate certificate, or take courses that would later count toward a master's degree (if the student applies and is admitted to the MS program). This program is offered in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD).

The following graduate certificates are currently offered in Electrical Engineering:

Biomedical Engineering: Imaging, Devices and Systems
Communication Systems
Data, Models and Optimization
Electronic Circuits
Nanotechnology: Design and Manufacturing of Intelligent Systems

Application Timeline & Deadlines

Quarter of EnrollmentApplication PeriodFirst Day of Classes
Autumn 2016-2017August 1 - September 12, 2016September 26, 2016
Winter 2016-2017October 30 - December 5, 2016January 9, 2017
Spring 2016-2017February 12 - March 20, 2017April 3, 2017
Summer 2016-2017April 9 - June 12, 2017June 26, 2017

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, in the order in which they are received. As such, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible during the designated application period.

Did You Know?

  • To be eligible for NDO courses, applicants must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree (or international equivalent), earn an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate sufficient academic preparation for the desired course(s).

  • Due to classroom space limitations, students enrolled in courses through NDO are expected to complete courses entirely online.

  • Applications are accepted for autumn, winter, spring, and summer. See above for the dates when the application will open and close for each quarter.

  • Up to 18 units of coursework taken through NDO may be applied toward the master's degree requirements at Stanford, if the student later applies and is admitted to the Honors Cooperative Program or full-time MS program.

How to Apply

Click on the link below to apply through SCPD:

Click Here for Application Instructions
(SCPD Website)

Additional Resources

  • Online Course Offerings: Aut / Wtr / Spr / Sum | Explore the wide array of Stanford courses offered online through SCPD.

  • SCPD Tuition & Fees | Find out the cost of graduate study for NDO students.

  • SCPD Student Handbooks | Read about policies specific to NDO students.