For many students who have had their academic plans disrupted due to the COVID-19 emergency, Distance Calculus may be the right program for you to keep your academic goals on track. During this COVID-19 emergency, Distance Calculus remains in full operation. You may enroll and start immediately with any course. Contact us to discuss how we can help. (Updated April 2020)

Academic Calculus Credits & MOOCs

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Calculus are awesome.

But beware: if you try to tell a graduate school or your home baccelaureate institution that you completed Multivariable Calculus via a MOOC and you want credit for that work, you will probably be disappointed with their answer.

To show academic achievement, the real Official Academic Transcript from an accredited university is what you need to show a potential graduate school or baccelaureate institution that you have actually completed a university-level calculus course.

Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University can help you get onto the "academic credit train" from a spot that makes sense from your academic background. If you have completed some MOOC courses, we will examine your academic record, and try to make the best recommendation for an accurate placement into one of our courses, so then start to earn academic credits on transferrable academic transcripts, rather than just saying you went through a MOOC course.

For more information, see this page: Distance Calculus & MOOCs

You may also see this page for other for-credit programs: Credit Earning Online Calculus Programs

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Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

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Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Review by: Anonymous
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: This course is amazing! I took it as a requirement for admission to an MBA program, and couldn't have been happier with the quality and rigor of the course. I previously took calculus two times (at a public high school and then a large public university commonly cited as a "public ivy"), this course was by far the best and *finally* made the concepts click. Previously I had no idea what was going on because terrible PhD students were teaching the course and saying stuff like "a derivative is the slope of a tangent line" - ??? but what does that mean ???, but the instructors in the Shorter University course explain everything in ways where it FINALLY made sense (e.g., "imagine a roller coaster hitting the top of a hill, there's a moment where it shifts momentum and you're not accelerating or decelerating, that's what a 0 rate of change is - that's when the derivative would be zero"). They explain everything in multiple ways and relate it to other concepts. It all made perfect sense when I finally had a good instructor. Really recommend this class
Transferred Credits to: The Wharton School, UPenn



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Date Posted: Jan 13, 2020
Review by: Daniel Marasco
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus
Review: This course was more affordable than many, and the flexible format was terrific for me, as I am inclined to work very diligently on tasks on my own. It could be dangerous for a person who requires external discipline more, but it works well for self-starters, allowing you to prioritize when you have other pressing work. I was a full time teacher adding a math certification, and this course allowed me to master the math while working around my teaching schedule and fitting work into moments here and there when I had time. I was able to transfer the credits to Montana State University, Bozeman for my teaching internship program without a hitch. The instructors were all very helpful and patient, even when I failed to see a ridiculously simple solution on one problem after 20 emails back and forth. Overall, I was more pleased with my experience in this class than I was with any of my other 9 courses.
Transferred Credits to: Montana State University, Bozeman



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Date Posted: Mar 16, 2020
Review by: Malia K.
Courses Completed: Applied Calculus
Review: Course was good and fast. I don't like math so I can't say it was fun or anything. Grader was very nice. Software was ok.
Transferred Credits to: University of Maine