Stanford vs Cornell vs Harvard Certificates

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by ljt84, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. ljt84

    ljt84 New Member


    I previously posted a thread regarding the Harvard Strategic Management Certificate and have since discovered two others that I feel are worth discussing. The three I am considering are:

    1) Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate: Stanford University, Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management - Certificate Overview

    2) Cornell Business Strategy: Achieving Competitive Advantage: Business Strategy: Achieving Competitive Advantage

    3) Harvard Strategic Management Certificate: Strategic Management Certificate | Strategic Management Training at Harvard

    I recently graduated with an undergrad in Business Finance and am not looking to pursue a graduate degree at this time. I do however want to avoid repetition from what I already learned through my undergrad. I am more interested in enriching my knowledge and developing my critical thinking skills.

    Any thoughts on these programs and how they would align towards my goals would be greatly appreciated!


    I will be able to take one of these certificates and want to make the right choice.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    It is tough, but all of these certificates are not coming from their prestigious College of Business. Therefore, it is hard to determine the reputation; however, Harvard University is always standing out from the top 20 schools in the world.

    I would recommend you to choose Stanford University's program if you are allowed to put
    " Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California
    Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management"


    "Standford University - Center for Professional Development, Stanford, California"
    Certification in Strategic Decision and Risk Management
  3. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    I'm not sure about the others, but Stanford did not farm out their certificate programs to 3rd party vendors to teach, you still are taught by Stanford staff and university guests (albeit online video lectures if not attending on campus).
  4. Arch23

    Arch23 New Member

    Don't know if things have changed over the years, but IIRC, most eCornell certificates ARE from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management (and are expensive).
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    I would like to ask the op to tell us what he thinks the pros and cons of each cert might be. In the process you'll probably answer your own question.
  6. filippo

    filippo New Member

    Glad I found this thread. :) Following along.
  7. RichC.

    RichC. Member

    I honestly don't think you can go wrong with any of these. Not like we are comparing these 3 with UoP, Walden and pick any number of for-profits to list here.
  8. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    I forgot to mention, the Stanford certificates are issued by the university, not by a vendor. (It was implied but I did not outright say it)
  9. ljt84

    ljt84 New Member

    Here's what I have found about them:

    Harvard: Courses are graduate level and can be taken for graduate credit. Courses are normal in length and 5 are required to gain the cert. They are not however all taught by Harvard professors.

    Stanford: Courses are 20 hours in length (much shorter) and are taught by stanford professors (i believe). All courses are non credit, non graduate level.

    ECornell: Courses are only 2 weeks in length and the whole program can be finished in 3 - 6 months. All courses are non credit, non graduate level. Not sure about the professors
  10. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    This is true, but you get to select the 5 choose courses with Harvard Professors. There are numerous courses taught by various Harvard faculty including those that lecture at HBS. You can also avail yourself of the 3 week January semesters and pick up a face to face course or two over the12-18 months you'll be at HES. If after 3 courses your really digging the program you can just apply and continue on for a Masters.

    The 5 courses at HES equate to 20 credits, I bet you can later find a respectable State school that will let you bring at least 6 of those into a Masters to be determined later.

    E-Cornell, Stanford Con Ed and even the Notre dame offerings sound kinda cool....but they aren't really anything other than window dressing at the end of the day. I mean c'mon...a 20 hour class, a 2....and this is the norm for the program. I don't think this is an apples to apples comparison.
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