Stanford Graduate School of Business campus

Program Format

The Emerging COO program is now being offered in two formats to meet you where you are and help you fit the experience into your life. Both formats deliver the unique opportunity to develop, deepen, and apply your learning, while offering schedule and travel flexibility.

In-Person and Online Program

This hands-on program blends immersive online learning (self-paced online & live online sessions) with six experiential days on the Stanford University campus, in the heart of Silicon Valley. When you return to your company, you will put your learning into action by working on a specific business challenge for your organization.

Online Program

Our faculty and staff are excited to offer this program online via live online and self-paced online sessions, packed with the same engaging and interactive learning experiences offered in the in-person program. Through live sessions, group-based exercises, and application exercises, participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with faculty virtually in real-time.

Three Module Structure

This program is delivered in three distinct yet connected modules over the course of three months to provide both depth and breadth.

Module 1: Build the Foundation

Strengthen your financial and strategic acumen through immersive online content and hands-on assignments. Acquire new skills to help you interact and partner with other senior leaders in your organization.

Module 2: Explore and Engage

Building upon learnings from Module 1, learn how to become a more effective COO through a variety of faculty-led discussions, experiential sessions, and guest speakers to put learning into action.

Module 3: Apply and Innovate

Integrate online coursework in design thinking with strategies and insights learned in the first two modules, as you execute a business challenge specific to your organization.



Molly Patrick
Associate Director, Stanford Executive Program Executive Education