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Take a test drive in online learning with RITx. Learn a new skill, earn a certificate to showcase your efforts. You may even take advantage of reduced-cost pathways to earn a master’s degree.
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Flexible and free to try

Developed and taught by RIT’s world-class faculty, RITx non-credit offerings—available on the edX nonprofit learning platform founded by MIT and Harvard—are an easy and low-cost way to experience university-level online learning from RIT. Choose from in-demand subjects like project management, business communication, cybersecurity, and more.

Try a sampling for free with the option to pay a small fee to upgrade, gaining access to the entire offering complete with extra reference materials, graded feedback, and a verified certificate of completion. Most offerings are self-paced, so you can take advantage of graduate and undergraduate education from RIT at your own speed, and at a fraction of the cost of typical higher education tuition.

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Career-focused offerings fueled by industry demand

RITx programs and offerings prepare learners to apply new skills to their job and advance their career. Choose from a wide variety of high-demand content and formats.

The XSeries Certificate program is a series of offerings that provide a deep understanding of an area of study and serves as a great career exploration tool.

The Professional Certificate program is a series of competency-focused offerings designed to enhance professional skills and boost your resume.

The MicroMasters® program is 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.

New! Single offerings provide a survey of trending, in-demand skills and topics and may also result in a pathway to credit at RIT.

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Explore RITx Programs

Design Thinking MicroMasters Program: Learn to think like a designer to help you develop new and innovative product and service solutions.

Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program: Gain the knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics needed for cybersecurity in enterprise environments.

Project Management MicroMasters Program: Learn essential tools to lead a comprehensive project to successful outcomes, from initiation through closing.

Soft Skills Professional Certificate: Learn essential soft skills employers’ value most, from communication fundamentals and teamwork to advanced critical thinking.

Video Game Design XSeries Program: Learn the history and process of video game design, including how the industry collaborate to produce, market, and distribute products.

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Trending Topics

RITx offerings are a flexible, lower-cost option to learn a new skill, enhance your resume, try out online learning, or even begin a pathway to a degree at RIT! Here are some of the offerings trending now.

Business Communication
Learn how to effectively communicate and build professional relationships through face-to-face, written, and non-verbal communication.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
The most successful professionals are able to assess the environment, analyze a situation, design a solution, and ultimately win in a competitive scenario.
Teamwork & Collaboration
Learn essential teamwork and collaboration skills to lead, build and motivate teams in the workplace.
Visual Presentation
Learn how impactful images can enhance your presentation, communication and messaging to impress your audience.
Best Practices for Project Management Success
Learn how to create an organizational environment that supports project success.
International Project Management
Learn what makes global projects uniquely challenging and how to successfully manage projects based in different industries and countries.
Cybersecurity Fundamentals
Learn cybersecurity fundamentals, including how to detect threats, protect systems and networks, and anticipate potential cyber attacks.
Computer Forensics
Learn the process, techniques and tools for performing a digital forensics investigation to obtain data related to computer crimes.
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Learn key principles of risk analysis, risk assessment and risk mitigation for information security using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Design Thinking Fundamentals
Learn how a user-centered approach and design thinking principles inspire innovative ideas to create desirable solutions.
Prototyping & User Testing
Learn the importance of prototyping and user testing solutions before going to market and how to assess and evaluate solutions post-launch.
Video Game Design History
Learn about the evolution of video games from experts at The Strong National Museum of Play, the world’s largest collection of video game materials.
Gameplay Programming for Video Game Designers
Learn how to create the best gameplay by understanding algorithmic thinking in simple programming problems and applying it to game design.
Video Game Asset Creation & Process
Learn about the tools, processes and platforms that allow video game assets to be created and assembled into a commercial game.
Data Analytics & Visualization in Health Care
Coming in summer of 2019.

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RIT online learning or RITx?

What’s the difference between any of the 35+ online degree programs and 550+ courses at RIT and the RITx programs and offerings?

RITx offerings are delivered on edX, a nonprofit, open-source online learning platform. While these offerings are developed and taught by RIT faculty, they are non-credit learning experiences.

RIT online degree programs confer the same distinguished degree upon completion as those of their on-campus counterparts, and are conducted by the same faculty who instruct the on-campus classes. RIT’s online classes are credit-bearing.

RIT vs RITx

RIT Online Degree Programs & Courses

  • College-credit learning
  • Small class size
  • One-on-one interaction with instructor
  • Graded assignments
  • Some courses may have prerequisites
  • Degree programs have admission requirements
  • Students may take courses without applying for admission
  • Matriculated students completing program receive an RIT degree

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RITx Programs and Offerings

  • Non-credit learning
  • No admission requirements or prerequisites
  • May be among thousands of global learners
  • Primarily automatic grading with peer feedback
  • Select programs and offerings provide pathway to credit at RIT
  • Learners may audit sampling of offerings

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Let’s talk

Interested in trying an RITx offering but not sure where to begin? Our concierge team would be delighted to discuss your options with you, and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today.