Crushing the barriers to getting a graduate degree from RIT
Leverage your edX MicroMasters® program certificate toward a master of science in professional studies.
Earn an accelerated, customized graduate degree
How it Works
Learn on edX Successfully complete and earn an edX MicroMasters program certificate—earn a B or equivalent on all courses in the MicroMasters program.
Apply to RIT You can apply to RIT even before you’ve finished your MicroMasters program. In fact, the earlier you apply and get connected with an advisor, the better!
Pursue the MS degree in Professional Studies Once you’re accepted into the program, you will be awarded credit for your MicroMasters program certificate* toward the Professional Studies master’s degree.
Watch your career soar The depth and breadth of interdisciplinary skills you gain in this program will set you up for higher-paying and high-growth careers.
Upon successful completion of the MicroMasters program certificate and acceptance to RIT, you may be awarded up to 9* credits toward the Professional Studies MS degree.
* Credits awarded for MicroMasters program completion may vary by program.
You may apply credit from two MicroMasters programs toward this degree as long as one is an RITx MicroMasters program.
Connect with an advisor
You will work with an advisor to choose one or two additional areas of study.
Complete your courses
You need only complete the remaining courses you choose with your advisor, plus a capstone project to earn a more affordable and accelerated degree.
How to Get Started
When you are ready to apply, you will complete the online application and demonstrate these requirements:
Degree Hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Cumulative GPA Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
Official Transcripts Submit (in English) for all completed undergraduate, graduate study, and MicroMasters program certificate (requires a at least a B on all courses in the MicroMasters program).
English Language Aptitude TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exams required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English.
For questions about edX MicroMasters programs, you may contact edX directly. For questions about RIT’s MS degree in Professional Studies, you can schedule a virtual advising session, or contact us directly.
Earning this degree has launched me into research specific to my job. I have published papers, presented at conferences, and am working with other similar programs around the country.
I always wanted to go back to school to earn my master’s degree, but I was never exactly sure where to start. I followed a new pathway to get an RIT master’s degree through the RITx MicroMasters program on edX.
RIT’s master of science in professional studies will serve as the degree pathway for learners who successfully complete any edX MicroMasters program, limited to one MicroMasters program offered from another institution.
No, earning a MicroMasters program credential does not guarantee admission to a full master's degree program. If you apply and are accepted into the on-campus or online master of science in professional studies, the MicroMasters program credential will count toward the degree. To successfully earn a MicroMasters program credential you must finish all courses/exams/projects with a B or equivalent grade and earn verified certificates for each course. You must also have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and satisfy all other application requirements.
The number of credits offered varies across MicroMasters programs. RIT reviews the curriculum of each MicroMasters program to determine the number of credits to be counted toward the master of science in professional studies.
Your admissions advisor looks forward to working with you as you explore this graduate degree at RIT. If you have any questions about the application or admission process you may contact her at any time. You can start your application by visiting www.rit.edu/apply.