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The Applied Arts and Science degrees are designed for individuals who have decided that a conventional associate or bachelors degree program will not meet their career goals or work well with their current lifestyles. Applied Arts and Science degrees allow students the chance to combine one to four areas of professional concentrations into their degree.
Yes. All programs through CMS are accredited. RIT is charted by the legislature of the State of New York and accredited by The Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-2680, 215-662-5606) and the New York State Education Department, Office of College and University Evaluation (5Eb North Mezzanine, Albany, NY 12234, (518-474-2593).
A concentration is a professional area of study in which a minimum of 20 credit hours must be earned in a related area of focus.
You should have a minimum of one concentration for an associates degree and two concentrations for a bachelors degree. However, you can have up to two concentrations for an associates degree and four concentrations total towards a bachelors degree.
Please note: upper and lower level credit requirements must be met.
Lower level credits are usually indicative of coursework done in the first two years of a student's program, while upper level credits are typically third and fourth year coursework. At RIT, courses numbered 100-300 are usually lower level in nature, where 400-500 level courses are considered upper level. You may earn no more than 110 lower level credits in your bachelors degree program. previous next top
Yes. Credits and concentrations can be transferred in from regionally accredited colleges and universities. previous next top
Yes, subject to RIT and departmental approval.
Degree programs in CMS are structured to permit transfer of credit from other accredited institutions. When a student matriculates into a specific program, a complete evaluation is made of prior academic work. The student will know immediately how much transfer credit is awarded and what courses will be needed to earn a specific degree.
Associate applicants will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Applied Arts and Science (AAS). Bachelor applicants will receive a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Science (BS).
Prices vary based on your student status. For a complete, up-to-date list of current tuition rates, please visit: http://finweb.rit.edu/sfs/billing/
Matriculation is when you are formally accepted by RIT into a degree program. Matriculation allows you the ability to receive financial aid.
Yes. However, if you plan to pursue a degree, we recommend that you consult with an advisor prior to taking more than 12 credit hours to ensure that your courses will fit into a matriculated plan of study.
The first step is to make an appointment to speak with an advisor by calling 585-475-2234 or 475-7256 (TTY). You will also have to formally apply through RIT Admissions.
Fall quarter runs from early September to mid-November. Winter quarter begins in early December and runs through the end of February. Spring quarter starts in early March and ends in early May. Summer quarter also runs from early June through mid-August. Registration dates vary but registration for a particular quarter usually starts about five to six weeks before the quarter begins.
You must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours for your associate and 180 credit hours for your bachelors. A minimum of 45 credit hours, called the "residency requirement" must be completed through RIT in order to receive your degree from RIT. previous next top
It is recommended to start with one if you have not taken a class in a while, but you can take up to four under our AAS/BS or certificate programs and still pay only the part time rate. Full-time day students must take between 12-18 credits each quarter. Anything over 18 credits requires departmental approval.
Talk to your advisor about your background and specifically what classes you may be interested in earning credit for. Usually only classes provided through CMS are eligible for prior learning experience. If the classes come from a different department, you will have to speak with the professor or department head of that area and see if they will allow you to test out/earn prior learning experience/exam.
Prior learning experience costs $150 per credit hour. Credit application will not be evaluated until the student is matriculated into CMS.
A certificate is a predetermined grouping of courses designed to get you started on a career or enhance your marketability if you are already working in the field. A professional concentration is a sequence of courses designed by you and your advisor and can encompass many of the certificate programs on campus.
CMS provides academic advising regarding educational and career goals. This service is available at no charge to all students who are interested in CMS degree, diploma and certificate programs and to all students who are enrolled in one or more of the center’s courses. The faculty and academic advisors are experienced and trained across academic disciplines. They will help match educational and career goals with an appropriate plan of study. The advising process ensures that the courses will lead to a certificate, diploma or degree in the quickest, most direct manner.
Most courses are taught by instructors currently in the workforce. They bring their industry knowledge and experience with them to the classroom.
There are several professional concentrations available to CMS Applied Arts and Science Students. Some examples are Health Systems Administration, Management, Public Relations, Quality Management, Technical Communications, International Logistics & Transportation, Organizational Change & Leadership and many others. For a complete listing please contact our main office at (585) 475-2234 to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our academic advisors.
CLEP is a nation wide system of credit by examination offered by the College Board. Any person entering college, presently attending college or out of college may take CLEP examinations and seek credit by submitting the test results to RIT for evaluation. Credit recommendations for CLEP vary depending on the subject and examination results. For more information on CLEP please download the College of Liberal Arts pdf version of the CLEP brochure by clicking here.
New York State and RIT require that all students (on campus, online, part-time, full-time) submit up-to-date Immunization Records to the RIT Student Health Center upon acceptance into an RIT program via a “health history” form. This form can be found at: http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth/documents/HHF.pdf
If this form is not submitted to the Student Health Center, a hold could be placed on your account which will prohibit you from registering for future class and may also require RIT to drop you from any current courses you are registered for without a tuition refund. If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 or 585-475-5515 (TTY) and/or visit their website at www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth
These forms are available for download. Just click on the link, print the Adobe PDF and mail, fax, or bring it into our office. The CMS fax number is (585) 475-6292.
Add/Drop forms are used to add or remove courses from a student's schedule during the add/drop period (usually the first week of classes). Courses dropped during this period will not appear on a student's transcript.
A student must fill out an Application for Graduation with their home department before being officially certified for any diploma, certificate, or degree offered by RIT.
The Certificate Enrollment application is used when a student is applying for entry into a certificate program.
The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies offeres a number of merit and need based scholarships every year. See the financial aid section for more details.
These forms have carbonless copies attached that must go to various departments. For this reason, they are not available for download but please feel free to come pick one up or use our information request feature or call our office at (585) 475-2234 (or toll free at 1-800-CALL-RIT extension 2234) to request that a copy be mailed to you.
A student may "audit" a course with the instructor's permission. This means that they attend classes, but receive no credit for the course and are not required to complete assignments.
Change of Name
If a student's name changes for any reason, he or she should fill out a Change of Name form and submit it to the Registrar's office.
Change of Program
To change from one major to another, a student must fill out a Change of Program form and have it authorized by their current department head and the head of the department they are switching to.
Credit by Examination/Experience
If a student wishes to opt out of a course requirement, he or she must fill out this form and either take the required examination or provide documentation of prior experience with and knowledge of the material.
Dual Degree Authorization
Students who wish to earn more than one undergraduate degree at the same time must fill out this form.
Leave of Absence/Institute Withdrawal
If a student wishes to take a leave of absence from RIT or withdraw from the institute, he or she must fill out this form.
This form must be filled out for an undergraduate student to declare a liberal arts minor. (This form is not necessary for declaring a concentration.)
New Curriculum Agreement
Students who wish to change to RIT's recently revised curriculum rather than stay with their old plan of study must fill out this form.
Student Rematriculation Form
This form is filled out by students who have previously left RIT and wish to be rematriculated into their degree program.
Repeat of Grade
An undergraduate student may re-take a class to replace a prior low grade. For the new grade to take effect, this form must be filled out with the student's home department.