RITx Professional Programs and Offerings

Open-scale programs and courses providing accessible, affordable, and  high-quality education designed to meet employer demand. 

Why RITx?

RIT offers free and reduced-cost education as part of our partnership with edX, the leading nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. Fueled by industry demand and available around the globe, RITx programs and offerings provide critical, career-advancing skills. 

RITx offerings are massive open online courses (MOOCs), containing high-quality curriculum developed by RIT faculty and instructors. Any given offering may have hundreds or even thousands of students in it at one time from around the globe. RIT has implemented pedagogical and technological innovations to allow learners to engage in rich dialogue with one another and with instructors among a global and diverse population. Many of the courses are self-paced, and while there is not one-to-one interaction between instructors and students, these innovations enable a quality learning experience with rigor and assessment. Why it matters

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Try before you buy

If you’re thinking about pursuing an online degree program but have never taken an online course, RITx offerings are a great way to experience online learning for free to make sure it’s for you. You may audit any offering for free, or, once you’ve begun, you have the option to pay a fee to upgrade and earn a verified certificate of completion. 

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Pursue pathway to credit

Upon successful completion of the MicroMasters® program, you will be prepared to advance in the workforce, or build on your work by applying to RIT. Upon successful completion of the MicroMasters program certificate and acceptance to RIT, you may be awarded credit toward the select master’s degree programs at RIT, resulting in an accelerated graduate degree.

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Making a global impact

With RITx, we are providing education to a diverse, global, and often underserved audience, impacting lives by developing ways of making college more affordable for people worldwide. We are experimenting with new teaching technologies to enhance teaching across all modalities at the university. We are providing alternative pathways to credit, reaching a unique audience of learners and prospective students.

Explore RITx

RITx MicroMasters® Certificate Programs 

A series of career-focused, master’s-level online offerings recognized by employers and higher education institutions resulting in an edX certificate with a pathway to credit at RIT.


Cybersecurity

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


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.


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.

RITx Professional Certificates

A series of competency-focused offerings designed to enhance professional skills and boost your resume.


Communication Skills 

Learn effective business communication skills employers value most, from crafting a powerful story to creating impactful presentations and using tools for public speaking.


Data Analysis for Decision-Making 

Learn how to make data-driven decisions with confidence.


Leadership Essentials 

Gain the critical skills needed to successfully lead teams.


Unreal Engine Foundations 

Build in-demand interactive 3-D skills.

RITx Single Offerings

With RITx, you may audit any offering for free just to learn something new. Or, once you’ve started an offering, you have the option to pay a fee to upgrade to earn a verified certificate of completion to showcase your efforts. Whether you are looking to test out a single offering or pursue a program, RITx has a variety of options to choose from.

Communication

Build confidence as a speaker by learning how to use simple tools and skills to prepare and deliver memorable presentations.

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Learn how to craft messages and narratives that will resonate with your target audience to create your desired outcome. 

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Learn how impactful images can enhance your presentation, communication and messaging to impress your audience.

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Cybersecurity

Learn the process, techniques and tools for performing a digital forensics investigation to obtain data related to computer crimes.

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Demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program.

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Learn key principles of risk analysis, risk assessment and risk mitigation for information security using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

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Learn cybersecurity fundamentals, including how to detect threats, protect systems and networks, and anticipate potential cyber attacks. 

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Learn the process of network security, including intrusion detection, evidence collection, network auditing, and contingency planning against attacks.

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Data Analysis

Learn best practices in data analytics, informatics, and visualization to gain literacy in data-driven, strategic imperatives that affect all facets of health care.

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Take the first step to becoming a leader in data-driven decision-making.

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Learn to use Excel to organize and clean data so it can be manipulated and analyzed.

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Use Tableau to explore data and discover insights to innovate data-driven decision-making.

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Design Thinking

Learn how to identify and understand product or business problems through active listening, empathy and user-focused research.

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Learn how a user-centered approach and design thinking principles inspire innovative ideas to create desirable solutions.

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Learn how ideas transform into solutions through iteration and validation along with best practices for communicating your solution to stakeholders. 

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Learn the importance of prototyping and user testing solutions before going to market and how to assess and evaluate solutions post-launch.

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Demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained during the Design Thinking MicroMasters program.

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Leadership

Learn how to effectively communicate and build professional relationships through face-to-face, written, and non-verbal communication.

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The most successful professionals are able to assess the environment, analyze a situation, design a solution, and ultimately win in a competitive scenario.

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Learn essential teamwork and collaboration skills to lead, build and motivate teams in the workplace.

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Project Management

Learn how to create an organizational environment that supports project success.

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Learn what makes global projects uniquely challenging and how to successfully manage projects based in different industries and countries.

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Learn how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing.

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Demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Project Management MicroMasters program, and prepare for graduate level program options at RIT.

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Unreal Engine

Learn about Unreal Engine, made by Epic Games --world leaders in VR/AR and the makers of international hit Fortnite.

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Expand your interactive Unreal Engine 3D skills with Blueprints, Landscapes, Audio and AI.

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Learn techniques in cinematography, Interface design, visual effects, collaboration and organization, basic optimization and publishing, as well as exciting emerging connections.

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Contact

For questions about pathways to credit, you may contact your online admissions advisor at RIT. For questions about RITx offerings and programs, you may contact edX directly.