Applied Arts and Sciences Diploma

A credential driven by real-time employer demand

Jobs requiring more than one type of area of expertise are 20-40% higher paying, are growing faster than the overall labor force, and are immune to the threat of automation.


Outcome rate of graduates


Up to 40% higher salary


Median first-year salary of graduates


Concentrations to choose from

Program Highlights

The online applied arts and sciences diploma at RIT is a customizable program for students who would like to combine different disciplines, or topic areas tailored to their goals and interests. This program is also ideal for students who may have prior college learning, and would like to change or expand their area of expertise. In this program, you will work closely with an advisor to design your plan of study.

While this diploma is a stand-alone credential valued by employers, the 12 credits may also be applied to the bachelor of science in applied arts and sciences at RIT.

Curriculum packed with high-demand skills

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Digital Tools and Technology

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Data and Analytics

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Business and Management

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Design Thinking and Creativity


Students may choose professional concentrations from among the following:

  • Business Studies
  • Communications
  • Computer Graphics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Leadership
  • Literature
  • Organizational Change and Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Technical Communications
  • Web Design and Development
  • Women & Gender Studies

Admission Requirements


  • If you have never attended college previously, we require a high school transcript or copy of your GED or other high school equivalency document
  • If you have earned more than 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits of college credit, you are need only to send college transcripts 
  • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. Applicants are exempt if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English.


The online Applied Arts and Sciences Diploma requires 36 credits and costs $1,126 per credit hour (Academic Year 2021 – 2022). 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Military tuition benefits
  • Support from employers
  • Private scholarships
  • Financing
  • Payment plans

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