Stanford LEAD participants in a virtual team meeting

Stanford LEAD Certificate: Corporate Innovation


Eight in-depth courses. 200-plus hours of relevant content. One year of intense learning.

Start With the Fundamentals

The Stanford LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation begins with three foundation courses in finance, strategy, and critical analytical thinking to give you the strategic business tools and techniques to accelerate change and transformation in your organization.

Customize Your Experience With Electives

Deepen your knowledge with the courses you find most relevant. Select five electives to match your specific interests, goals, and business challenges — from design thinking and negotiating to building business models and overcoming resistance to change.

What to Expect

Each course is eight weeks in duration, and you can take up to two courses per quarter. If needed, you can take a quarter off. The workload is demanding, so expect to spend an average of four hours per week per course consuming the material and completing the assignments. While the eight-course curriculum is designed to be completed in one year, you’ll have up to 24 months to complete the program.

Earn Your Certificate

Demonstrate mastery of three foundation courses and five electives and you’ll receive a Stanford GSB certificate — a virtual badge to post on social media and a physical certificate to hang on your wall. Additionally, 24 continuing education units, or CEUs, will be awarded once you complete the program.

Because of both our selection criteria and the support provided in the program, we expect everyone who is accepted and puts in the work to receive the certificate and CEUs.