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. 

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Applied Arts and Science BS

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Professional Studies MS

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Faculty members and advisors dedicated to your success


Global campuses where you can live, learn, and explore


Unique courses you can choose from to customize your degree

Latest News

  • August 29, 2019

    'Anika Aftab '

    Student Government president finds her path to help improve students’ lives

    Meet Anika Aftab, this year’s Student Government president. Aftab would like to see RIT students have more options to create their own minors. She’d also like to create more workshops for students to develop skills they haven’t had the opportunity to build and to continue the college’s sustainability efforts

  • August 26, 2019

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    Koster joins NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

    The Saratogian features Keith Koster ’09 (applied arts and sciences), a three-time cancer survivor who recently completed the Centennial Challenge, hiking all 46 Adirondack High Peaks while carrying an American Legion flag to celebrate the Legion’s 100th anniversary.

  • August 14, 2019

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    Program gives new pathway to RIT for students of area community colleges

    Under the new program, first-year students at Monroe, Finger Lakes or Genesee Community colleges can enroll to complete a bachelor’s degree from RIT. The students would attend RIT for their second year, and after completing that year, would receive their associate degree from their community college. They would then go on to finish their bachelor’s degree from RIT.