Pathways to a Degree

We support flexible education pathways to meet the needs of 21st century global learners.

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Assemble your pathway to success 

You may be able to combine your traditional or alternative higher education and work experience to create a pathway to credit toward select master’s degrees at RIT. You may assemble a series of traditional degree-based and/or nontraditional credentials (certificates, certifications, licenses, badges, apprenticeships, and more) that recognize achievements and provide an accurate assessment of your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your work experience may also quality for credit toward select master’s degrees at RIT.

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Accelerate your master’s degree with edX 

We partner with edX, the leading nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT to offer RITx MicroMasters® programs. These career-focused, master’s-level online offerings result in an edX credential with a pathway to credit toward an accelerated master’s degree in select degree programs at RIT. We also accept credit from select partner-university edX MicroMasters programs.

Learners who successfully complete a verified MicroMasters program certificate and are accepted to RIT will be awarded 9–12 credits (depending upon the program) toward select graduate degree programs at RIT, resulting in a lower cost and accelerated master’s degree. 

MicroMasters program pathways to credit at RIT 

By using your MicroMasters certificate toward a graduate degree at RIT you will save both time and money. Your time to degree completion may be significantly accelerated since you can take many of the MicroMasters programs at the same time you are pursuing your graduate degree at RIT. You'll also benefit from the significant cost savings of the MicroMasters programs offered on edX. 

Here are just some of the MicroMasters programs
you may use toward select graduate degrees from RIT.

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RITx Cybersecurity

Gain the essential knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics needed for cybersecurity in enterprise environments.

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RITx Project Management

Launch your career and learn in-demand skills for any field in an industry that is adding 1.5 millions jobs globally each year.

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RITx Design Thinking

Learn to think like a designer to drive innovation, creativity, and strategic planning—sought-after competencies that employers in all fields are seeking.

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UCSDx Data Science

Gain the critical skills needed to become a data scientist, rated one of the best jobs in America and in demand globally.

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MITx Principles of Manufacturing

Learn the principles of manufacturing: process control, production flow, supply chain and basic finance.

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MITx Supply Chain Management

Gain expertise in supply chain analytics, design, technology, dynamics, and end-to-end supply chain management.

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UCSDx Algorithms and Data Structures

Master algorithmic programming techniques critical for success in top software engineering professions.

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MITx Statistics and Data Science

Gain the skills needed to solve complex challenges with data, from probability and statistics to data analysis and machine learning.

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MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy

Grapple with some of the world’s most pressing problems from a rigorous, data-driven perspective.

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BerkeleyX Marketing and Analytics

Learn how to integrate analytics-based marketing and strategic concepts to improve business decisions and return on marketing investment.

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UBCx Software Development

Learn the design approaches to software engineering allowing you to work in any program language and build a project portfolio.

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CurtinX Internet of Things

Learn how an idea can become a viable, workable IoT product and be able to generate your own IoT ideas and design and/or support their development.

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CurtinX Marketing in a Digital World

Learn the key concepts and practical skills to build a career in marketing in the digital age. 


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DelftX Solar Energy Engineering

Gain the technical knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in solar energy. 

Let’s talk

If you’re interested to learn how you may design your customized master’s degree and assemble a pathway to credit through stacked credentials, I’d be delighted to talk with you and discuss your options. 

Karen Palmer
Online Admissions Advisor