Who can take courses?

Our courses are open to Rutgers students and alumni, students from another university or institution; elementary, middle and high school educators who are required to regularly complete continuing education units (CEUs), and members of the general public.

Matriculated and non-matriculated students may take courses through Rutgers Arts Online. Non-matriculated students must complete the Rutgers University application before registering for a course.

How do courses work?

All Rutgers Arts Online courses are asynchronous. With open online courses, students do not have to come to campus, nor are they required to be on their computers at any specific time. Professors make assignments, list quizzes, exams, etc. and students are given a deadline in which to complete said work.

Most courses are 3 credits and last for an entire semester. However, we offer some short form courses for 2 credits, which begin approximately 6 weeks after semester begins.

Rutgers currently uses the Canvas learning management system for online learning. Courses begin on the first day of classes for that particular semester. Students will receive an enrollment email from Canvas stating that they have enrolled in the course and where the course can be accessed when it begins. 

Option 2 for NJ High School Students

Option 2 provides students with the opportunity to earn credits in a more personalized and independent manner, rather than the traditional “in-the-seat” course enrollment option. Option 2 offers alternative paths to high school credits that meet or exceed the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and are based on student interest or career goals.


How to Register

Students register for an online course just like a traditional course. A separate list of online courses is available on the schedule of classes. Students can take online courses on all three campuses at any time during the year. You can register for any course, so long as you have taken the necessary pre-requisites for that course.

How to Search for Our Courses

  1. Choose a term (i.e. Fall 2021)
  2. Choose a location: This must be New Brunswick – Online and Remote Instruction Courses
  3. Choose a level (i.e. Undergraduate)
  4. Click “Continue”
  5. Search by School/Unit and select 07 – Mason Gross School of the Arts
  6. Under Date & Time, select Asynchronous.
  7. The remaining list should show all available Rutgers Arts Online courses for the selected term.
  8. Students who wish to enroll in a course section currently listed as closed must follow the guidelines for requesting Special Permission Numbers in the drop-down menu below.
Special Permission Numbers

Please read carefully before applying for a Special Permission Number:

  • What is an SPN? A Special Permission Number, or SPN, is a 6-digit code assigned solely at the discretion of the course/section instructor that allows students to register for a closed section. When entered into the online registration system, the SPN helps you gain access to closed courses. Please note that applying for an SPN does not mean that you are guaranteed to receive one.
  • When can I request an SPN? Students may only request an SPN for Rutgers Arts Online courses up to seven days prior to the start of the Rutgers–New Brunswick semester and ending on the last day to Add or Drop a course without receiving a “W” grade. Check the Academic Calendar on the New Brunswick Registrar’s Website for the appropriate dates. Students wishing to request an SPN must fill out this form, which will be sent directly to the course/section instructor.
  • When will I get my SPN? Instructors are asked to reply to all SPN requests within 48 hours. After 48 hours, students who have not received an SPN should consider their request denied and consider enrolling in a different Rutgers Arts Online course.
  • If I didn’t use my SPN, can I give it to another student to use? If you decide not to use your assigned SPN, please contact email Rutgers Arts Online immediately to let us know. We will re-assign the SPN to another student who did not previously receive one. Students who give their assigned SPNs to other students will be penalized and risk not being assigned any future SPNs.


Rutgers Arts Online Faculty
All courses are authored and taught by professional practitioners who are educators and industry experts. Students are provided access to their online courses on the first day of the semester. The syllabus will be listed in the course. Some instructors may email the students before the start of the course. For a copy of the syllabus or any other questions, please contact your instructor directly.

Transfer Students
Registration for courses at Rutgers University as a transfer student in no way guarantees admission to a degree program at the University. Subsequent transferability of courses to a degree program either at Rutgers or elsewhere is determined solely by the degree program from the home academic institution.  Students matriculated at other colleges should have their course selections approved by their home institution prior to registration to insure credit transfer.

Students must be accepted as a student of Rutgers University before registering for classes.

Tuition & Fees
For the most current tuition rates, please contact Student Account, Billing, and Cashier Services.

Students will be charged an additional $100 tech fee for each online course. This fee currently covers the cost of administrative support services of online education, 24×7 help desk services, and technology infrastructure, administrative hardware and software used to deliver online courses. This fee does not cover other course costs, such as any form of student authentication chosen by the instructor, additional instructional expenses such as textbooks, private tutoring services and supplemental technologies.

University Resources

Canvas: The designated online learning management system for Rutgers University

Rutgers University Application: All students must apply to and be accepted into Rutgers University before registering for a course.

Schedule of Classes: Search for available courses.

Student Account, Billing, and Cashier Services

Technical Resources for Students