School of Individualized Study

Can you recognize problems and identify solutions? Are you a creative, out-of-the box-thinker? Do you have entrepreneurial pursuits? Are you a risk-taker? Will you shape the community around you?

Students in the School of Individualized Study (SOIS) are independent, mission-driven learners. They often have a range of interests that don’t fall into one convenient major. SOIS degrees allow students to explore the integration of multiple degree programs to create a customized program that meets specific career aspirations. 

Learn more about School of Individualized Study 

People studying in class

Applied Arts and Science BS

A person reading a book as they walk

Professional Studies MS

By the Numbers

200+

Degree options to choose from

16

Faculty members and advisors dedicated to your success

4

Global campuses where you can live, learn, and explore

1000+

Unique courses you can choose from to customize your degree

Latest News

  • December 12, 2019

    'three students and volunteer mentor standing with award.'

    Student project delivers solutions for Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

    Undergraduate students from RIT ROC-ed the Project during a local project management competition to increase awareness and volunteer services for Rochester’s M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Their solution, “The Common Source,” took top honors recently in the annual ROC the Project competition, a regional challenge for college students.

  • December 12, 2019

    'Graduting students wearing caps and gowns give thumbs-up.'

    RIT joins the nationwide college completion initiative Degrees When Due

    RIT is among the colleges and universities from 20 states that are participating in the Degrees When Due initiative, which aims to reach the nearly 4 million near-completers and uncredentialled completers in the United States who stopped college for financial reasons, family obligations or a variety of other reasons. By joining the initiative, RIT will learn best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused, or “stopped out,” their studies.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Three student from esports team stand facing three Public Safety officers.'

    RIT Esports takes on RIT Public Safety in friendly ‘Call of Duty’ match Nov. 23

    Members of RIT Esports and Public Safety are answering the “Call of Duty” to raise money for mental health awareness Nov. 23. The RIT Esports Call of Duty team will compete against members of RIT Public Safety in a two vs. two tournament of the video game. Ticket proceeds will support the office of Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Alumnus and President David Munson talk at table with others.'

    Fellowship allows students to be entrepreneurs and stay in school

    The Gap Year Entrepreneurial Fellowship allows SOIS students to take time off of school to focus on personal business ventures while still working toward their degrees. Students in the fellowship also receive a $15,000 award to create the time and space needed to build their businesses.