Through the Stanford Center for Professional Development you can partner with us to support your employees’ education. The Center connects professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for master of science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate certificates and professional certificates, take individual graduate courses and professional courses, participate in workshops, view free online seminars and more. 

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    • Certificate Students
    Skills Emphasized
    • Lab management
    • Communication and presentation
    • Professional networking
    • Research development
    • Project management and budget management
    • Leadership
    • Technology commercialization
    Services Offered
    • Courses
    • Certificates
    External Partners
    • No external partners identified.
    University Collaborations
    • Center for Professional Development


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.