Pathways to Credit
You may be able to apply your experience, traditional degree-based and/or non-traditional credentials toward select graduate-level degrees at RIT. We support flexible education pathways to meet the needs of 21st century global learners.
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Prepare a path for careers of the future

The World Economic Forum recommends that to prepare for the jobs of 2020 and beyond, workers must possess a broad, multidisciplinary skill set. Students may come to us with valuable skills, experience, and credentials providing a foundation for a degree path when combined with the diverse degree programs we offer.


Assemble your own 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. 


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.


Leverage your MicroMasters program certificate 

Learners who successfully complete a MicroMasters program 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.

RITx: Cybersecurity
Gain the essential knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics needed for cybersecurity in enterprise environments.
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.
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.
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.
MITx: Principles of Manufacturing
Learn the principles of manufacturing: process control, production flow, supply chain and basic finance.
MITx: Supply Chain Management
Gain expertise in supply chain analytics, design, technology, dynamics, and end-to-end supply chain management.
UCSDx: Algorithms and Data Structures
Master algorithmic programming techniques critical for success in top software engineering professions.
MITx: Statistics and Data Science
Gain the skills need to solve complex challenges with data, from probability and statistics to data analysis and machine learning.
MITx: Data, Economics, and Development Policy
Grapple with some of the world’s most pressing problems from a rigorous, data-driven perspective.
BerkeleyX: Marketing Analytics
Learn how to integrate analytics-based marketing and strategic concepts to improve business decisions and return on marketing investment.
UBCx: Software Development
Learn the design approaches to software engineering allowing you to work in any program language and build a project portfolio.


Let’s talk

Are you wondering if you’re eligible to assemble a pathway to credit at RIT? Are you interested in using an edX MicroMasters program as a foundation for a graduate degree? We’re available to answer your questions and discuss your options. Contact us today.