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What is RUOnline?

RUOnline is Roosevelt University’s fully online learning program. Join students from around the globe in engaging, interactive and enriching learning experiences. Roosevelt University offers a number of online degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. RUOnline began in 2000 with a generous grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation. We launched our first fully online classes in 2001, and we've been growing ever since by placing students and faculty at the center of everything we do.

RUOnline offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as credentials and courses. We hold a full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Programs Offered

Are you looking for an academic home that will help you reach your educational goals? Join students from around the globe in engaging, interactive, and enriching learning experiences.

Our progressive mix of applied study, leadership development, and professional outreach equips graduates with the practical skills needed in today’s competitive job market.

Discover new ways of learning with these featured programs:

Master’s Degrees in:

Undergraduate and Graduate Credentials in E-Learning, and more:

Paralegal Studies Program-Post-baccalaureate certificate program in 8-week hybrid format.

Elective courses are individual courses that students might take to meet requirements for other programs.


How does it work?

Roosevelt University follows a semester schedule (hyperlink to important dates) and online courses fall into one of the categories listed below. Pay close attention to the Time or Location Requirements associated with each program or course before applying.

  • Asynchronous instructional activities allow students to complete coursework at their own schedule within the parameters of the instructor's syllabus. In most cases, this means that course activities and assignments can be completed at any time during a given week of the course, rather than at a specific class meeting time. Most Roosevelt University online courses are asynchronous.
  • Synchronous instructional activities require students to log on at a certain time and day for real-time discussions or lectures.
  • Hybrid courses require some face-to-face presence.

What is the time commitment?

You should expect to spend at least as much time on online courses as you would in a traditional classroom course. Instead of a traditional classroom, you will spend time interacting on the Blackboard Learning Management System through discussion boards, exploring web content, reading, and completing assignments.

How will I interact with my instructor and fellow students?


The instructor (who may teach the same course in face-to-face format) has full responsibility for the course. Faculty members ensure that course content and materials reflect current standards within the discipline and that grading is consistent. Faculty members create learning opportunities through:

  • explicit instruction on goals of the course
  • a schedule to follow in completing course activities
  • access to expertise in the content area
  • instruction organized into activities
  • guidance in completing activities and assignments

Instructors may hold office hours over the phone, virtually as a webinar or as a chat. Instructors also respond through threaded discussions or individual E-mail, and they make general announcements through the course website. Contact information is available in the syllabus or in the "contacts" area of the course site.


Other students in the course add value to the online experience. Contact with other students may be through group projects, discussion boards, chat rooms, or E-mail.

How can I pay for my online courses?

Payment for online courses can be arranged in the same manner as traditional courses at Roosevelt University. Payment options include financial aid, employer tuition reimbursement, deferred payment plans, or full payment.

How many courses can I take per semester?

Academic advisors help students determine the appropriate course load and whether the courses are online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Students should consider how many courses they can successfully complete given their commitments and constraints as well as the time they have available to be on the computer.

What equipment do I need to take a course online?

  • regular and frequent access to a computer that is less than 5 years old, speakers (or headphones) and printing capabilities
  • reliable Internet connectivity and a compatible browser
  • an RU Net ID
  • additional technological requirements as noted in course syllabi or via instructor communication. See the section on this page regarding System Requirements

How do I learn about and obtain my textbooks?

Textbook requirements are posted within your course site and are available at the bookstore or online through a retailer.
Student Support and Training

Blackboard Self-Paced Student Tutorial

The Blackboard Student Tutorial is a self-paced course that teaches students Blackboard's basic features, such as downloading a syllabus, participating in a discussion board, uploading assignments (including Turnitin Assignments), taking an online quiz and checking grades. When completed, students will be provided with a certificate of completion which can be printed and shown to instructors. Self-enroll by clicking on the link below.

  • Step 1 – Login to Blackboard
  • Step 2 – Click on the help tab and look for the Student Training Opportunities section
  • Step 3 – Select Enroll

Blackboard Help Tab

The Blackboard Help tab contains information on student resources for Blackboard, student training opportunities, contacting Blackboard help or the help desk, known issues, technical requirements and browser settings to ensure that your computer is properly configured to use Blackboard.

Blackboard Help

Students may email Academic Technology Solutions at with their request for help and state the issue/question specifically. Tickets will be processed as quickly as possible and a response will come from an Academic Technology Solutions staff member. This is the best method, as there is a team answering support tickets.

Academic Technology Solutions

Offers webinars and in-person training sessions for students. For more information about webinars please see the Blackboard Help tab. To schedule an in-person or virtual training please email

Before you begin your course
  1. Be Prepared to Begin on Day One

    If you purchase books online from the Bookstore or from another online retailer, be sure to place your order early so your books arrive before the first day of classes.

  2. Log in to the Course Site

    Your Blackboard course site will be available on or before the first day of the course. Your instructor will also contact you via RU email on or before the first day of the session with information about the course.

    To verify when your course is scheduled to begin, please see your class schedule on RU Course Finder.

    Log in to the online course site on the first day of the class and begin working on the first assignment or task the instructor has assigned.

  3. Be Aware of the Time Commitment

    Classes are intensive and require a significant time commitment.

    • Login to the course site each day
    • Set aside a minimum of 2-4 hours each day to complete coursework
    • Check your RU email frequently for messages from the instructor
    • Be prepared to read a lot of material in a very short amount of time
    • Be prepared for many deadlines and assignments
  4. Be Comfortable with Technology

    You are expected to know how to use Blackboard.

    If you’ve never taken an online course before, or are unfamiliar with Blackboard you can take the self-paced student tutorial within Blackboard. Since your instructor will not teach Blackboard as part of their course, the purpose of this introductory course is to help potential online students become familiar with Blackboard. Log onto Blackboard and self enroll for the student tutorial.

Ten Myths About Online Learning

Myth 1 - I can take as long as I want to complete my online course.

Fact: No. Like classroom-based courses, online courses have definite time frames for accomplishing assigned reading, writing, participating in discussions and other activities. Deadlines and due dates keep any course progressing and on track.

Myth 2 - Online courses are easy credits.

Fact: No. Online courses have the same rigor and expectations as face-to-face courses. They allow flexibility and convenience but online courses have definite time frames, deadlines and due dates for accomplishing assigned reading, writing, participating in discussions and other activities.

Myth 3 - You're on your own when you take an online course.

Fact: No. You have support from many sources when you take online courses at Roosevelt University. Your instructor is the first person to contact when you have any questions related to your course. Because of the frequent and profound communication made possible online, students report that they feel more connected to their professors and classmates.

Myth 4 - Online courses do not follow the regular semester.

Fact: The truth is, many classes at Roosevelt University follow the regular semester schedule and many do not. Whenever you enroll in an online course, be sure to clarify with your instructor when the course begins and ends.

Myth 5 - Broken computers are great excuses.

Fact: No. Most instructors will not accept excuses involving broken equipment. Computers with Internet access are available at public libraries, Internet cafes, retail outlets and on the Roosevelt University campus.

Myth 6 - You will be taught how to use a computer.

Fact: No. Students taking online courses must have basic computer skills. Some instructors provide training for the specific tools used in their courses. Contact the Roosevelt University Library if you need to learn basic computer and Internet skills.

Myth 7 - I can hide out and remain anonymous.

Fact: No. Online courses demand engagement and a high level of participation. Discussions require the exchange of ideas and provide opportunities for all students to contribute in an unthreatening environment. Students respond that the online environment helps them gain confidence in their ability to interact with others.

Myth 8 - Cramming your work into one log-on session is fine.

Fact: No. Most online classes require students to log-on several times a week. This ensures active participation and maximum learning. The nature of online learning requires more interaction to establish community and presence in the virtual environment of a course.

Myth 9 - It is okay to procrastinate.

Fact: No. Studies indicate that students who succeed in online courses are self-directed and independent learners who can take responsibility for completing assignments on time and meeting deadlines. Since there are no outside warnings or reminders, online students must have excellent time management skills and discipline to develop and adhere to schedules.

Myth 10 - Employers don't accept online degrees.

Fact: Not true. Twenty-five years of research tells us that online education is as good and, often better than other instructional modes. Online programs must meet the same accreditation standards as their traditional on-campus counterparts. Employers know this and don't distinguish degrees based on delivery mode. Furthermore, the ability to work in cyber teams is quickly becoming a required work skill, and students with this experience may have an advantage.

System Requirements

The following minimum hardware and software requirements are necessary in order to access an online class through Roosevelt University’s Blackboard Learning Management System. Individual instructors may have additional requirements for specific classes. Be sure to check your course syllabus and discuss technology needs with your instructor as early in the class as possible.

System Requirements

  Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows Vista, 7, or 8
Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
Windows 7 or 8
Mac OSX 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
Processor 1 GHz processor 2 GHz or faster processor
Memory 512 MB of RAM 2 GB of RAM or higher
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 or higher
Free Hard Disk Space 5 GB of free disk space 20 GB or higher of free space
Internet Connection Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher
Internet Browser** IE8, IE9, Safari 4+, Chrome or Firefox Firefox
Java Java is required to use Blackboard.
Macromedia Flash Player Flash is required to play videos within the Blackboard system. You can download Flash from the Adobe website.

Students are required to have regular, reliable access to a computer with a stable broadband Internet connection. Any system older than 4 years may not have the processing power to work with our current version of Blackboard and its components.

Operating System

Blackboard was designed to work on Windows and Macintosh based systems. At this time, Linux is not a supported operating system with Blackboard.

Please note, while the minimum allowed Windows operating system is Windows XP, students are strongly advised to use a newer operating system for Windows machines (i.e. Windows 7, 8 or 10).

Processor Speed

The processor (or CPU) is the brain of your computer. Much like a human brain, it tells the computer what to do and when to do it. The speed of your processor is determined by how many commands it can perform in a given second and is measured in hertz (Hz). The higher your processing speed, the faster your computer is able to execute commands.

Because the Blackboard environment is interactive and contains a mixture of media (videos, slideshows, exams, etc.), you need at least a 1 GHz (1 GHz = 1,000,000,000 Hz) processor to handle these operations. Most new computers come with at least 2 Ghz installed out of the box.


Your computer’s memory is the temporary storage place for commands and information. When your computer is processing information, part of that data is stored in the memory to be accessed later. This allows the computer to quickly retrieve that information which helps your computer run faster.

When your memory gets filled up, your computer will begin storing this temporary information in a file on your hard drive. When the computer has to access this temporary data from the hard drive, it can slow down your system because it is faster for your computer to read this information from memory than to read it from the hard drive. The more RAM (random-access memory) you have, the faster your computer can access this temporary information.

Internet Connection

To function properly, Blackboard requires a high-speed Internet connection (cable modem, DSL, satellite broadband, T1, etc.). The minimum Internet connection speed to access Blackboard is a consistent 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) or higher. You can check your speed settings using the speed test on this website.

Important Note:

Consistent means that your connection does not fall below 1.5 Mbps during regular usage. If your speed is slower than 1.5 Mbps, you may need to find an alternative way to access the Internet either by finding a different Internet service provider or using the wireless connection at a public facility.

Internet Browser

The first step to see if your computer is set up for Blackboard is to check your browser compatibility by clicking on the test browser button on the Help tab in Blackboard. We strongly recommend Blackboard students use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox for Windows or Mac because it is the most compatible with our Blackboard Learning Management system.

Browser Downloads PC Mac
Firefox Download Download
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Generally, it is a good idea to have multiple browsers installed on your system for a couple of reasons.First, you always want a plan B. If you are trying to perform time sensitive tasks in Blackboard, you don’t want to waste time troubleshooting your browser or downloading a new browser. Having multiple browsers already installed allows you to quickly switch to a different browser when you have a browser related issue.

Second, it helps to rule out browser related issues. If you are having problems in one browser and not another, then you know there is something going on with your browser or its settings. If you are having the same problem in multiple browsers, then you’ll know that it is either a system issue or something related to Blackboard.


Java is a programming language and software platform that is required for certain features of Blackboard to function properly. Some of the important features of Blackboard which use Java include assessments, surveys, discussions, file uploading, and downloading.

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Updating Java on Macintosh Systems

Apple supplies their own version of Java for all operating systems prior to OS X 10.7 Lion. For Macintosh operating systems prior to Lion, use the Software Update feature (available through the Apple menu) to check for Java updates. If you have problems with Java on your Macintosh system, please contact Apple Technical Support for further assistance.

For Mac users with the new Lion OS X 10.7, does not come with Java runtime installed by default. For now, Apple has made Java available for Lion users via their Java for OS X Lion website.


RUOnline began in 2000 with a generous grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation. We launched our first fully online classes in 2001, and we've been growing ever since by placing students and faculty at the center of everything we do.

"After being away from Roosevelt for a few years, I decided to return to finish my bachelor's degree. Due to the nontraditional hours that I work, an online course was the only option for me that would fit in with my schedule. I had never taken one before, but am happy to say that I had a wonderful experience and will take another online class again. The convenience of it as well as not having to commit to going to the class was great. It is also a good way to learn self-discipline and the online discussion board was just as helpful as being in the classroom." - Anita Hoskot, RU Online student

"Due to family and work issues, taking an online course was very important to me. Having taken on campus courses and now online courses, I prefer the online method. Compared to an on-campus class, I did not have to worry about office hours to communicate with my professor. I found that sending an email was much more effective, and I was able to save the responses for later reference. The tools available to me, such as the online grade book and discussion boards were extremely helpful. I did not have to worry about reading a physical blackboard and taking a bunch of notes, as the data I needed was always available." - Nichole Jones, RU Online student

"Designing and delivering online classes has made me a stronger teacher. Instead of relying on my platform skills to make a class exciting, I must instead rely on the design and virtual delivery. I must plan ahead, develop measurable objectives, create interesting course lectures and assignments, and most importantly, stay involved in the forums. As all who have taught online know, there is no room for coasting. " - Kathleen Iverson, Professor of Training and Development, RU Online faculty

Additional comments from RUOnline Students:

"With the constant feedback from my professor, I feel that I am actually getting more attention than in a traditional classroom."

"The quality of interaction was terrific because there was no pretense. Everyone seemed to feel free to express themselves. I've learned a lot not only from the instructor but from the students as well. I feel the discussion boards are great, they give everyone an opportunity to express themselves."

"I felt more comfortable conversing over the internet than I would in class. I am a very shy person and stress when having to talk in front of class. This made it easier to tell people exactly what they thought of their ideas and thesis statements."

"This internet course was a lot less stressful than conventional courses and allowed me sufficient time to learn and complete materials. There was no outside peer pressure with the internet. Also, it was a lot more convenient since I work full time and care for a family too. It made the learning process smoother."

"I like the fact that not only did you get an instructor's input you would also get input from your classmates (who possibly were currently in the field, life experience, knew someone, knew a link, or an example, etc.) Why settle with one answer/idea/suggestion when you could have several (now how often did you get this in a face-to-face course)?"

"Being able to take this class on-line allowed me to take the class I really wanted and to take the class I needed and not have to stay another two semesters to meet graduation requirements."

"I think the quality of the interactions were generally superior to most standard classrooms that deal with time constraints."

"Most of all, I believe the professor's obvious commitment to the class and thoughtful, responsive postings made the course successful. He set the tone and the high standards for these discussions."

Call toll free 866.885.3823 or email for more information. 
Consumer Protection Information

Each state has its own unique rules and laws that govern a higher education institution's ability to offer online degree programs to students residing within its borders. State authorization requirements generally serve to ensure that college students who opt for online learning receive a quality education comparable to traditional teaching delivery methods.

The Academic Technology Solutions department and Institutional Research are jointly responsible for ensuring that Roosevelt University’s online degree programs are appropriately authorized, exempt from authorization or otherwise in compliance with these various legal requirements.  

Roosevelt University is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to grant degree programs and is approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer online courses and fully online degree programs.  Roosevelt University is a participating member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement that includes 47 states and the District of Columbia as of January 17, 2017.

In addition to the university's obligations with respect to state authorization, Roosevelt University is further required by Federal law to provide students with state-specific contact information for filing complaints.

Student Complaint Procedure

Students enrolled in online courses and programs are able to follow the same procedure as on-campus students if a grievance with the University arises. The actual procedure will depend on the nature of the complaint. View more information about grievance procedures.  All complaints should first be brought to the attention of Roosevelt University for appropriate processing and resolution.

Process for resolving complaints:

  1. Complaints against an institution operating under SARA go first through the institution’s own procedures for resolution of grievances.
  2. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy and the laws of Illinois.
  3. If a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints, the complaint may be appealed within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to IBHE ( ). 

State of Illinois and HLC Complaint Procedure

Roosevelt University, as a participant in Title IV Federal Financial Aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, is required to direct students to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for assistance with unresolved complaints. Roosevelt University also must make available to students or prospective students, upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and state authorization. 

Students may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedure described above by accessing the IBHE online complaint system at

Students may also file a complaint with Roosevelt University’s accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, by following the HLC’s complaint procedure.  The HLC requires all of its accrediting institutions to track and resolve student complaints.

Complaint Resolution Process for SARA States

States operating under the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) have agreed to allow their SARA state portal agency investigate and resolve any complaints that have not been resolved through an institution's own procedures for resolution of grievances. The SARA Complaint Resolution Process is taken directly from Section 4.2 of the NC-SARA State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policies and Standards.

Participating SARA States:

  • Alabama 
  • Alaska 
  • Arizona 
  • Arkansas 
  • Colorado 
  • Connecticut 
  • Delaware 
  • Georgia 
  • Hawaii 
  • Idaho 
  • Illinois
  • Indiana 
  • Iowa 
  • Kansas 
  • Kentucky 
  • Louisiana 
  • Maine 
  • Maryland 
  • Michigan 
  • Minnesota 
  • Mississippi 
  • Missouri 
  • Montana
  • Nebraska 
  • Nevada 
  • New Hampshire 
  • New Jersey 
  • New Mexico 
  • New York 
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota 
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Oregon 
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island 
  • South Carolina 
  • South Dakota 
  • Tennessee 
  • Texas 
  • Utah 
  • Vermont 
  • Virginia 
  • Washington 
  • West Virginia 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Wyoming

Students from participating SARA states may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (the Illinois SARA portal agency) with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedure described above by accessing the IBHE online complaint system at

State Contact Information for Student Complaints

In addition to the above University procedures for addressing student grievances, the US Department of Education requires that each institution offering online programming provide contact information for students who wish to file complaints through their home state. States participating in SARA may file a complaint through the Complaint Resolution Process for SARA States listed above. Contact information for states not participating in the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) can be found below. 

*This list includes contact information for states not participating in the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and should not be construed as informative of the states in which Roosevelt University is licensed or required to be licensed. States, through the relevant agencies or Attorney Generals Offices, will accept complaints regardless of whether an institution is required to be licensed in that state.


California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
PO Box 980818
W. Sacramento, CA 95798-0818


Florida Commission on Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400


Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place
Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
PO Box 1900
San Juan, PR
Phone: 787.641.7100

Puerto Rico Department of Justice
PO 9020192
San Juan, PR