Roosevelt University: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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Roosevelt University

RU Online, Roosevelt's Fully Online Learning Program

Chicago; Schaumburg, Illinois; and Online


The aim of all programming at Roosevelt University is student-centeredness; programs exist for the students they serve. In addition, Roosevelt's mission has always been to extend educational opportunity to all qualified persons. Online education affords Roosevelt University the opportunity to extend its historic and noble mission to populations previously beyond Roosevelt's reach.

The technologies employed in Roosevelt University's online learning program are appropriate to the intended educational objectives, enhance programmatic quality, and unobtrusively help ensure the technological literacy of the University's graduates, better preparing them for the world of work and for graduate or professional education.

RU Online courses are academically rigorous, highly interactive, and scheduled during regular semester terms. Taught by distinguished Roosevelt University faculty members, the courses offer open and ready access to all University services including registration, library, career placement, and participation in student clubs and organizations.

RU Online was launched in August 2001 thanks to a generous grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation and currently serves more than 300 students. Part of the Evelyn T. Stone University College, RU Online embraces that college's mission of innovation, outreach, and student-centeredness. For more than thirty years, University College has been a leader in adult education; since 1966, it has been home to its flagship program, the Bachelor of General and Professional Studies, a time-shortened degree program for adults.


RU Online courses are available on the Internet at http://www.roosevelt. edu/ruonline.


The 36-semester-hour Master of Arts in Training and Development (M.A.T.D.) degree program includes eleven courses and either a thesis, based on formal study and experience, or a project, designing an original unit of training or applied research in a specialized area. Students prepare to enter any of the many facets of the training field by studying areas such as needs assessment, systematic instructional design, curriculum planning, and distance learning.

The design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training programs are critical to the success of today's organizations. Career opportunities abound for those who have the knowledge, skill, and ability to design and deliver high quality learning programs. The Graduate Certificate in Training and Development, delivered fully online at Roosevelt University, provides a strong foundation for professionals seeking to refresh or redirect their career through education and application. The certificate courses earn full graduate credit within the Master of Arts in Training and Development program.

As technological applications expand and requirements for continuous learning increase, professionals with expertise in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning are in great demand. Roosevelt University offers an online Graduate Certificate in E-Learning in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Training and Development degree. Certificate courses earn full graduate credit within the Master of Arts in Training and Development program.

Roosevelt University is a private, metropolitan, nonsectarian institution of higher learning committed to the fundamental values and purposes of higher education in the United States. The University was founded in 1945 with the mission to provide equal educational opportunity to students of all backgrounds. One of the distinctive characteristics of Roosevelt University continues to be the heterogeneity of its students in race and ethnic origin, income, educational program, age, and professional development. Based on this founding ideal, Roosevelt both provides access to higher education to a diverse student population and actively seeks out underserved populations.

Roosevelt University has two strategically located campuses—one in the heart of downtown Chicago, and the other in northwest suburban Schaumburg—in addition to online offerings. More than 7,300 students are enrolled at Roosevelt University in a wide array of certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs.

Roosevelt University is governed by a Board of Trustees and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

One of the most popular areas of the training and organization development industry is instructional design. Individuals equipped with sound instructional design theory and proven practice in this area are highly valuable in the workplace. Roosevelt University offers the online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design to prepare future instructional designers or to sharpen the skills of existing professionals. Graduate courses in instructional systems design, evaluation research, human performance technology, and more can be credited toward the Master of Arts in Training and Development degree.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership program is designed for students who want to be on the cutting edge of their organizations. This certificate provides a basic understanding of organizations and how they fit in society, the skills necessary to function within organizations, the communication skills vital to successful organizations, and exposure to new trends in organizational design and function. Through this program, students examine leadership in a changing business environment and their own leadership skills and potential. Adult students can apply this certificate to an academic major in organizational leadership through the time-shortened Bachelor of Professional Studies program.

Students and professionals who are interested in employment and career advancement in the field of meeting planning, convention, and exposition management should consider the Undergraduate Meeting Coordinator Certificate. This certificate program consists of three undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Meeting, Convention, and Exposition Management and Issues and Trends in Meeting and Conference Management.

Students can prepare for graduate study in psychology by taking introductory statistics, research methods, and child psychopathology.

Undergraduate students can prepare for teacher certification and practicing teachers can enhance their professional study through a series of education courses in special education, teacher leadership, and early childhood education.


All Roosevelt University services are available online, including advising and registration, the library, and career placement services.


Students can transfer academic credit from accredited institutions of higher education. CLEP credit is accepted in certain areas of study.


Through teaching, research, and professional service, Roosevelt University faculty members contribute to the creation of a more humane and equitable environment while also fulfilling a primary commitment to the individual learner's personal and intellectual growth. Many of Roosevelt's faculty members hold doctorates or terminal degrees. Small class size—no more than 20 in any online course—assures students of personal attention, ready access to faculty members, and a collegial spirit of learning.


Information on tuition and fees is available on the Web at


Information on financial aid options is available on the Web at


Roosevelt University
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1394
Telephone: 312-281-3139
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

Roosevelt University
1400 North Roosevelt Boulevard
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Telephone: 847-619-8600


Online students should submit an application to the Office of Admission. The application can be found on the Web at, or students can call 312-341-3515.

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