Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is continuing education?

Continuing education programs are educational opportunities offered to individuals throughout their lifecycle. These programs cover a range of experiences including courses, camps, conferences, and certificate programs.

If you already have a degree, you may take continuing education courses to upgrade your skills or expand your knowledge base. The university’s continuing education offerings provide flexible and innovative options, encompassing everything from intimate workshops in creative writing to intensive certificate programs for business leaders.

What is the difference between professional education and executive education?

Professional education addresses the educational needs of people in a broad range of jobs and career fields, usually through noncredit, nondegree programs. It may include formal coursework, conferences, or seminars taught on different platforms, including online or in the classroom. People may take advantage of professional education to remain current in their fields, learn new skills, change careers or enhance their marketability. 

Executive education usually includes programs aimed at executives, business leaders, and managers, to help them grow or improve their businesses and organizations. Executive education programs may be customized for companies.

Does receiving a certificate make me a “graduate of Rutgers University?”

No. You are only considered a “graduate” of Rutgers when you earn an academic degree from a degree granting unit. However, you can earn a certificate from Rutgers and have the benefit of an educational experience from a highly reputable institution.

Will I earn college credit toward a degree in a continuing education course?

You may be able to earn some college credit depending on the program and course. Courses offered through Summer Session and Winter Session carry college credits that may be applied toward a degree. Rutgers’ Off-Campus Programs offer the opportunity for individuals holding associate’s degrees to complete their bachelor’s  degrees at off-campus sites operated in partnerships with community colleges around the state. Credit courses are taught by Rutgers professors.

There are other courses that allow for you to earn academic credit. For example, The Executive Master’s in Public Administration programs are accelerated programs that are graduate degree programs. Mini-MBA™ programs offered by the Center for Management Development can qualify as three elective credits towards a full MBA. Teachers enrolled in the AP Summer Institute also have the opportunity to earn graduate credits. It is advisable to contact the program unit who is offering the course you are interested in and see if academic credit is an option.

What is the difference between a certificate program and a certification?

Certificate programs are generally nondegree, noncredit professional training or executive education programs that award certificates to participants upon successful completion of one or more modules.

Certification programs are designed to provide training to individuals, who are required to have and maintain specific levels of knowledge and skills in their job categories, often as a legal requirement to perform their duties. Certification programs may carry credits, and may be prerequisites for licensure.

What are endorsements?

Endorsements are credentials issued by the state Board of Examiners authorizing teachers to serve in particular subject areas upon completion of specific requirements. An endorsement becomes part of the teacher’s certificate that allows him or her to serve as a teaching staff member. The Graduate School of Education offers many endorsement and certificate programs that enable educators to earn these credentials through continuing education.

What is a CEU?

CEU stands for “Continuing Education Unit.” A CEU is a unit of credit equal to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions. Such professionals include engineers, financial advisers, accountants, and healthcare workers.

Enrollment and Payment

Do I have to be a college graduate to enroll in continuing education classes?

Generally, no. Some courses may require a certain level of education or prior training in order to enroll. Be sure to read the “pre requisites” that may be listed for a course.

Do I have to formally apply and submit transcripts or SAT scores to be accepted into a continuing education course or program?

Enrollment requirements for continuing education programs vary, so it is best to read the prerequisites for each. Generally, however, most do not require transcripts or SAT scores, though some certification programs may have particular requirements for credentials. An exception is the degree-completion programs offered by Off-Campus Programs at community college campuses around the state. Students in these programs must meet all Rutgers’ admissions requirements, which include formal applications and submission of transcripts and other required information.

How do I enroll in a course?

Students looking to enroll in a noncredit course at Rutgers first should explore the noncredit course catalog and also visit the website of the specific continuing education programs offering those programs.  Once you have selected a course or program, you may choose “add to cart.” The system will prompt you to enter a user name and password for a Rutgers University noncredit registration account. If you do not have an account, click on the “new account” button to create one. Once you have done so, you will be prompted to add the course to the cart again. See “How to Register” for complete instructions on registering for noncredit programs.

The enrollment procedure for credit-bearing courses offered in Summer and Winter Sessions and some executive education programs differs for current Rutgers students, visiting students and high school students. Registration for all other credit-bearing courses at Rutgers generally requires formal admission to the university.

Can I use financial aid to pay for my noncredit courses?

Rutgers does not offer financial aid and/or payment plans for noncredit courses. There are several options for loans from private banks.

Additional loan options are available for students registering for online courses (courses beginning with the prefix GAT) sponsored in conjunction with Gatlin Education.

Some companies offer employee reimbursement options. We will accept payment from employers willing to pay for all or portions of your tuition. An agreement may be worked out amongst the student, employer, and the continuing education program provider.

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is an annual scholarship worth $2,500 each granted by Destiny Solutions to help two qualified students achieve their continuing education goals.  For more information or to download the application form, please visit the website.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan for Noncredit Programs
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As part of the HEOA requirements, all lenders must provide schools with a Loan Application and Solicitation Disclosure each year to ensure you're aware of our current pricing. We're also including the Loan Application and Solicitation Disclosure that consumers will see when applying for the Smart Option Student Loan. As per federal guidelines, this version shows a 12-year term and a 10.125% interest rate across all repayment options; allowing consumers to compare private loans from different lenders with less confusion. For more information or to apply, please visit their website.

On your application, remember to provide our school name Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, along with the program provider’s department name and our school code of 002629-95.  This information will be required.

Available Programs

What types of noncredit programs are offered?

Literally, hundreds of noncredit programs are offered by continuing education programs at Rutgers. Whatever your background or interests – from engineering to music and business to social work – there are courses and programs that can meet your needs or desire for learning. Noncredit classes also are offered at off-campus sites for adults over 50 through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU). See a list of continuing education units at Rutgers to explore your options.

What type of credit bearing courses are offered?

You may be able to earn some college credit depending on the program and course. Courses offered through Summer Session and Winter Session carry college credits that may be applied toward a degree. Rutgers’ Off-Campus Programs offer the opportunity for individuals holding associate’s degrees to complete their bachelor’s  degrees at off-campus sites operated in partnerships with community colleges around the state. Credit courses are taught by Rutgers professors.

There are other courses that allow for you to earn academic credit. For example, The Executive Master’s in Public Administration programs are accelerated programs that are graduate degree programs. Mini-MBA™ programs offered by the Center for Management Development can qualify as three elective credits towards a full MBA. Teachers enrolled in the AP Summer Institute also have the opportunity to earn graduate credits. It is advisable to contact the program unit who is offering the course you are interested in and see if academic credit is an option.

How do I find programs that are offered online?

The searchable online noncredit course catalog system can help you identify noncredit courses that are offered online. To find credit courses offered online at the university, go to the University Schedule of Classes and choose “Rutgers Online Courses.”  Search by subject/department on the next screen.

How can I enroll in Alternate Route Training?

The Alternate Route to teacher certification is a way college graduates can become licensed teachers without completing a traditional teacher training program.

The NJ Department of Education has contracted with the Center for Effective School Practices, part of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, to provide the required 200 hours of Alternate Route Training for these non-traditional teacher candidates. Learn more on the CESP website or call 732-932-9100.

How do I enroll in a course through the Visiting Student Program

Rutgers Visiting Students can be working professionals, college graduates and non-graduates, high school students and current students at other institutions - anyone interested in academic enrichment. Visiting Students may enroll in undergraduate and graduate-level college courses online and in the classroom across multiple disciplines on all three main campuses and satellite facilities across the state. Visiting Students study in the college classroom or online with Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students. They enjoy access to University Resources, including libraries and computer centers. They complete all coursework and exams and are graded in accordance with the syllabus.

Students interested in registering for courses during the Fall or Spring semesters without any affiliation to any degree program may submit a Registration Inquiry Request (Registration Inquiry Form). The Registration Inquiry Request will be made available to the visiting students two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester.

Tuition Assistance

I am currently unemployed. Can I receive tuition assistance for continuing education courses or programs?

Yes, workforce training grants are available through all states, but may vary by each county. Be sure to check with your counties unemployment/one stop center for specific details. For a full listing of training grants available in New Jersey visit the Labor and Workforce Development website.

Are veterans or active military entitled to any tuition assistance for continuing education?

Yes, veteran and active military can use their GI Bill benefits for continuing education programs. Benefits and processes vary by funding available (Montgomery, Post 911 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program).  Getting started is easy!

Course Information

How do I know if classes are canceled due to weather?

There are a number of ways you can find out if there are delayed openings or class cancelations due to the weather:

Online, visit campusstatus.rutgers.edu
Call the program provider
Call Campus Information Services at 732-445-INFO
Tune in to the following local television and radio stations including: WKXW/New Jersey 101.5 FM, WCBS - 880AM, WINS - 1010AM, News 12 New Jersey - Channel 12

Please do not call the Rutgers University Police Department for closing or cancelation information.

What is the difference between an online course and a hybrid course?

When a course is listed as “online” or “web-based,” it generally means it is taught entirely online. Hybrid learning, sometimes called “blended learning,” mixes classroom and online instruction. The Executive Master’s in Public Administration offered through the Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government and Rutgers-Camden’s Department of Public Policy and Administration, for example, incorporates hybrid learning into an executive program with weekend-only classes.