Online Education Admission

Options for Balancing Work, Family and College Studies to Help You Move Forward

A degree or certificate from RIT comes with certain perks. Greater earning potential in growing fields, the support and experience of accomplished professionals with real-world connections, and a world-class reputation that earns immediate respect from employers around the world. Whether you are studying on campus or online, RIT offers options and support to help you reach your education goals.

Learning Online with RIT

Leveraging decades of experience, RIT's online education captures the world-class quality of RIT and customize it for online learning. RIT’s reputable faculty instruct over 30 degree and certificate programs, with hundreds of individual course offerings available each term. Students enrolled in select online degree programs benefit from reduced tuition.

Graduate Degrees and Advanced Certificates

With graduate degrees and advanced certificate programs spanning design, science, engineering, computing, and the social sciences, RIT can help you advance to the next level of your career.

View Graduate Degrees and Advanced Certificates

Bachelor's and Associate's Degrees

Our online and part-time undergraduate programs are designed for adult learners seeking a bachelor's or associate's degree. Our advisors can help you apply undergraduate credits from another university to complete your degree through our Applied Arts and Sciences programs.

View Bachelor's and Associate's Degrees

Professional Training and Certification

Professional training and certifications allow you to gain, apply, and demonstrate the in-demand professional skills you need to find your next job, move forward in your career, or take your life in a new direction. These are non-credit-bearing certificates that help you level up in the most in-demand fields:

Advising and Counseling

Our team of admissions counselors and academic advisors is ready to help you explore education options, guide you through the admission process, and assist with course registration. Contact us to learn more or register for an advisement session.

Upcoming Advisement Sessions

Information Sessions

Join us for a live interactive information session about online learning at RIT or view a past recording. Connect with admissions counselors, career advisors, and faculty members to learn about how an online graduate degree from RIT can propel your career forward. 

Register for an Upcoming Webinar Browse Past Recordings

Online Study Resources for Accepted Students

Once you are admitted to an online degree program, be sure to visit our online resources webpage for a checklist of next steps. Here you will get information on how to activate your RIT account, access your courses, and connect to other valuable RIT resources.

Online Student Resources

Register for an Individual Course

Not ready for a degree program? If you are looking to sharpen your skills with an individual course or earn a few credits, we offer a direct registration process. Note that seats are often reserved for degree-seeking students, and space may be limited. Follow the instructions below to find a class and request enrollment.

Register for a Course

  1. Browse undergraduate course descriptions or graduate course descriptions.  
  2. Visit the Student Information System, select Public Class Search, then SIS Class Search to view the schedule for classes for your desired term. Choose "online" in the Mode of Instruction filter to view only online classes.
  3. Complete the Non-Degree Enrollment Request Form and submit it to the Registrar using the instructions in the form.
  4. Once your request has been received by the Registrar, it typically takes 1-3 business days to be processed. Note that some classes require faculty approval and/or are only available to matriculated students. You will receive an email notification once you are enrolled.

For questions, email the Office of the Registrar or submit a ticket.

Cost and Financial Aid

Tuition Rates

The RIT online tuition rate is intended for students pursuing designated online degree programs. View online degree tuition

Individual courses are billed the standard RIT tuition rate, whether studying online or in person. View standard tuition rates

Funding Your Online Education

A combination of sources can help fund your online education including financial aid, loans, other outside aid sources. Learn more about financial aid

Corporate-Sponsored Learning

RIT has a long history of partnership with business and industry and has earned an outstanding reputation for excellence. We offer both evening and online courses and our academic portfolio addresses the current and future requirements of business and industry. We welcome the opportunity to work with you as you assist employees interested in continuing their education at RIT. Click on any section below for more information on available services.

Bank of America

Contact us for partnership details.

Boeing

Contact us for partnership details.

Rochester Regional Health

The RIT & Rochester Regional Health Alliance is dedicated to innovation in medical care, education, and research for the betterment of individuals in our institutions and the greater community. Qualified Rochester Regional Health employees and their dependents are eligible to receive a tuition discount from RIT. To apply or for more information, visit the Rochester Regional benefit website.

Rochester Regional Health benefits-eligible employees enrolled in an online degree program or course are eligible to receive 50% off the published standard RIT tuition rate. The Rochester Regional tuition discount cannot be applied to the RIT Online tuition rate, or any other discounted rate at RIT, nor can it be combined with any other RIT discounts or scholarships.

Corporate Education = Knowledge - on your terms

Your company is unique - we can help you build a customized program tailored to meet the needs of your company. Our short-term program can help your employees acquire the skills & education needed in as little as nine months. We offer a fully customizable program that includes:

  • 4+ courses
  • Fully online or on-campus course options

Classes from 2 to 3 areas of emphasis, including:

  • Engineering (Systems, Lean, Manufacturing, Microelectronics)
  • Business (Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Supply Chain)
  • Innovation Management
  • Statistics / Quality
  • Environmental, Health, & Safety Management (EHS)
  • Imaging Science
  • Telecommunications
  • Computing (Computer Science, Computing Security, Information Technology, Networking Systems Administration)
  • Management
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Service Leadership
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Product Development

Choose the area of concentration that you feel best meets your company’s educational needs, and we will help you with the course selection process.

EXAMPLES: A worldwide manufacturing company cross-training their engineering workforce chose the following course package:

  • 2 Project Management courses
  • 2 Environmental Management courses
  • 2 Manufacturing Leadership courses

A leading aerospace company sought cross-functional skills for technical managers. Their program looked like this:

  • 1 Networking course
  • 2 Business courses
  • 3 Systems Engineering courses
Career Fairs

RIT hosts semi-annual career fairs that draw hundreds of employers and students alike.  This is a must-attend event if you are looking to hire our students for co-op and/or full time positions.
 

Campus Recruiting

To complement our career fair calendar, we offer a number of dates for campus recruiting.  From career fair wraparound dates to individual interview/presentation days, look to RIT to help you achieve your workforce development goals.
 

Experiential Education

At RIT the connection between brilliance in the classroom and professional excellence at the work site begins through experiential education. RIT has a host of programs that connect students with business and industry including co-op assignments, internships, field placements, and special class projects.   Approximately 3,500 students complete at least one co-op assignment each year and are employed by more than 1,900 employers coast to coast and overseas.  RIT is one of the largest and best-recognized co-op schools, recently ranking in Princeton Review’s Top 20 colleges nationwide for experiential education.
 

Full Time Hire

Our annual graduating class boasts several thousand students available for full time hire.  Often, employers will invite a co-op student aboard for a full time position upon graduation because a positive working relationship has already been established.
 

Alumni Career Counseling

RIT’s career services are available for life for our alumni. Recently, we have assisted many of our alumni who have been displaced for economic reasons by hosting sessions geared toward refreshing their job search skills and resources in the current marketplace. 

RIT also has a number of training centers on campus offering workshops, industry-specific seminars, and training. Check out the many ways that RIT can meet your needs.

OSHA

Interested in OSHA training? RIT offers hands-on programs that are designed to promote safety in the workplace and reduce the cost to society associated with accidents and unhealthy work environments. Learn more.

Lean Six Sigma and Performance Improvement

Is your company looking to improve quality and productivity? The Center for Quality and Applied Statistics offers consulting, seminars and training, classes and certificates to help you and your organization apply statistical methods and decision sciences to product and process improvement. RIT provides training programs to help your company move towards these goals. Learn more.

Sustainable Manufacturing

Are you looking for innovative solutions to help your organization meet manufacturing objectives and leverage sustainability? RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing (CIMS) offers training programs, applied research, and consulting to help industry develop and deploy new technologies to support more efficient and sustainable products and processes. Learn more.

Printing Applications Laboratory

Whether you want to enhance your production skills, get up to speed with the latest technologies, or prepare your company for success in today's emerging markets, RIT’s experts in the Printing Applications Laboratory offer you and your organization solutions for the printing and imaging industries. Learn more.

Business Management

If you lead a small business or are seeking acquisition of a specific business skill in under three months, RIT’s E. Saunders College of Business offers training on several focused topics. Learn more.

Are you initiating a Leadership Development Program within your company, or revamping your current program?

Investing in the future leaders of your company will not only aid in organization growth, but adds to the personal and professional development of your employees. RIT’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed for team members who stand out above the rest; individuals with the ability to lead and manage who want to enhance their skills with specialized education. We can help you build a customized program that combines leadership topics along with content specific to your company’s needs.

Our short-term program consists of 6 courses and can be completed in as little as nine months on campus, online or a combination of delivery methods. Course selection will vary per company. Options include the following:

Leadership Course Examples
  • Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Human Performance Management Practices
  • Strategic Management of Technology Innovation
  • Human Resources Management
Concentration Areas
  • Statistics / Quality
  • Environmental, Health, & Safety Management (EHS)
  • Facility Management
  • Imaging Science
  • Engineering (Systems, Manufacturing, Lean, Microelectronics)
  • Business / Management
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Telecommunications
  • Service Leadership
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Computing (Networking Systems Administration, Information Security)
  • Product Development
Customize Your LDP
  • 4 business courses + 2 concentration courses, or
  • 3 business courses + 3 concentration courses, or
  • 6 business courses

Course selection, schedule and delivery methods may vary. Contact us for more information.

Firms offering $5,250 or more in annual tuition assistance may qualify for the Employer Sponsored Tuition Plan. RIT extends a full-semester deferment to students from participating firms. Students must obtain official verification of their eligibility from their Tuition Aid Administrator, and must be in good financial standing from previous semesters.

List of RIT ESTP companies and their codes.

Contact Us

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer
Graduate and Online Program Coordinator
585-475-5656
kbpges@rit.edu