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
Internet of Things
Nanotechnology: Design and Manufacturing of Intelligent Systems

 

Application Timeline & Deadlines

Quarter of EnrollmentApplication PeriodFirst Day of Classes
Autumn 2017-2018August 1 - September 11, 2017September 25, 2017
Winter 2017-2018October 30 - December 11, 2017January 8, 2018
Spring 2017-2018February 11 - March 18, 2018April 2, 2018
Summer 2017-2018April 8 - June 18, 2018June 25, 2018

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.