RIT has had a focused mission to provide individualized study for more than 55 years.
In 1966, RIT established the College of Continuing Education to assist working professionals in expanding their skills and increase their knowledge of business, science, and the arts, while they continued with their careers. Later, degree programs were developed to address growing needs in this professional population. These needs included increased technical skills, interdisciplinary programs tailored around specific career aspirations, and employers who sought customized training for their employees. These programs were designed for students to customize personal plans of study using courses from all areas of RIT, and acknowledge and credit previous education and experience. Programs were offered in the evenings to accommodate the flexibility of working professionals.
In 1996, the College of Continuing Education was absorbed into the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies. The merger was in response to the changing needs of our local employers, who remained influential partners in our efforts to provide meaningful, individualized education to the local workforce. The center added undergraduate and graduate certificate programs and expanded to include program offerings at our global campuses at RIT Dubai and RIT Kosovo.