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MicroMasters edX RIT

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.

How it Works


Learn on edX
Successfully complete and earn an edX MicroMasters program credential --earn at least a B 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 MS degree at RIT
Once you’re accepted into the eligible program, you will be awarded credit for your MicroMasters program credential* toward a select master’s degree at RIT.


Watch your career soar
Your master’s degree from RIT will set you up for higher-paying and high-growth careers.

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

* Credits awarded for MicroMasters program completion may vary by program.

MicroMasters program pathways to credit at RIT

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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.

  • RITx Design Thinking
  • NYUx Integrated Digital Media
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  • RITx Project Management
  • RITx Design Thinking
  • MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy
  • BerkeleyX Marketing and Analytics
  • CurtinX Marketing in a Digital World
  • MITx Supply Chain Management
  • GTx Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods
  • WageningenX Business and Economics for a Circular Bio-Economy
  • IIMBx Business Management
  • BUx Digital Leadership
  • BUx Digital Product Management
  • WageningenX Economics and Policies for a Circular Economy
  • IIMBx Entrepreneurship
  • ASUx Global Business Leadership and Management
  • TecdeMonterreyX Habilidades profesionales: negociación y liderazgo
  • DoaneX Healthcare Administration
  • TecdeMonterreyX Innovación y emprendimiento
  • HKPolyUx International Hospitality Management
  • TecDeMonterryX Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • RITx Cybersecurity
  • RITx Design Thinking
  • UBCx Software Development
  • CurtinX Internet of Things
  • NYUx Integrated Digital Media
  • RITx Design Thinking
  • DelftX Solar Energy Engineering
  • MITx Principles of Manufacturing
  • ChalmersX Emerging Automotive Technologies
  • RITx Design Thinking
  • MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy
  • DelftX Solar Energy Engineering
  • WageningenX Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability
  • QueensX Water and Global Human Health
  • RITx Design Thinking
  • NYUx Integrated Digital Media
  • DOaneX Certified Lifestyle Medicine Executive
  • DoaneX Healthcare Administration
  • QueensX Water and Global Human Health
  • RITx Design Thinking
  • MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy
  • GalileoX e-Learning: crea actividades y contenidos para la enseñanza virtual
  • TecdeMonterreyX Humanities & Soft Skills
  • RITx Design Thinking
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  • UCSDx Data Science
  • UCSDx Algorithms and Data Structures
  • MITx Statistics and Data Science
  • MITx Data, Economics, and Development Policy
  • AdelaideX Big Data
  • WageningenX Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability

Let’s Talk

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

You may apply credit from two MicroMasters programs as long as one is an RITx MicroMasters program.

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.

The application is fairly easy to work through, and you can share your edX program record with RIT so we can add that to your application, which will speed up your application process.