Successful Online Students

Requirements for a major in LER are identical for both the online and in-person versions. Online learners will not be segregated into a separate cohort. Typical online learners:

  • Are self-directed, self-motivated, and organized in their approach to studying.

  • Utilize effective time management practices

  • Exhibit quality English language skills and are confident in communicating through the written word

  • Are comfortable when using a computer and the internet and competent in completing basic word processing and online communication tasks

  • Have regular access to a computer throughout the semester

  • Have taken a course prior to signing up for a full load of coursework

In order to complete the degree exclusively online, you must complete Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations' general education requirements first--including a course in statistics or research methods. An associate's degree will typically suffice, but consult Dean Betsy Feliciano Berrios for a pre-admission analysis. Online learners will have the ability to “mix and match” or switch online courses for traditional classes at any time.


  • Computer that is not older than 2–3 years. Students are responsible for the viability of their computer (PC or MAC) and the software used to complete assignments.
  • Broadband Connection
  • Reliable internet access
  • Cell Phone
  • Headphones with a microphone (USB is best)

Software & Plug-ins

  • Microsoft Word or a software program that can open and save documents in Microsoft Word.
  • Adobe Flash Player (to watch Flash graphics and Camtasia videos)
  • Adobe Reader (to open a PDF)
  • A media player
  • PowerPoint

Access To Pearson eCollege & Rutgers Online Courses

Rutgers University contracts with Pearson eCollege to provide a platform that is reliable, easy to learn, and easy to use. With the support of Pearson eCollege, RutgersOnline--the university's online unit--is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the semester. In addition, students can log onto RutgersOnline from anywhere there is a broadband internet connection. Technical assistance is available around the clock by contacting eCollege staff via email or phone at 1-877-778-8437.

Administrative Privileges (Computer settings must be controlled by you)

Students must be able to log into the course during regular blocks of time each week.  If your computer has a firewall, pop-up blocker, and/or antivirus software running, you will need to change the settings so that and are set as trusted sites.  In short, you should have administrative privileges. Using a computer lab or a worksite computer as one’s main source is not recommended. Contact the eCollege 24/7 Helpdesk for assistance or consult the help documentation area associated with your firewall, pop-up blocker, or anti-virus software.

Look for an Email from eCollege at Rutgers University

Prior to the beginning of the semester you will be sent an email from eCollege to your Rutgers email address confirming your enrollment. The contents will provide orientation information. The email will indicate how to locate and access your course.

The address to which this email will be sent is usually the email address that you set up when you became a Rutgers university student.  If you have not yet done so, please set up your Rutgers email account as soon as possible.

Log into the Course

On the first day of the semester, you are required to follow the instructions provided in the orientation email and log into your course. You will need to know your NetID.