Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the MSIT–Cybersecurity degree recognized by the National Security Agency?

Pace University is one of just two institutions in metropolitan New York City and one of 145 institutions nationwide to be designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Its MSIT–Cybersecurity courses map to the rigorous standards established by these agencies. Learn more about this designation in our news release.

Does the MSIT–Cybersecurity program have an on-campus component?

No. Distance learners in the MSIT–Cybersecurity program are not required to visit the campus, but are always welcome.

How long has Pace University been offering online programs?

Pace University has been offering online programs to our students since 1999.

What student services are available to me as a distance learner?

Pace University is committed to providing the same quality experience for all Pace students studying online and onsite. MSIT–Cybersecurity students have access to services including:
Career Services
Pace University Library
Math & English tutoring: Additional tutoring and technical support may be available. Contact Gregg Ramsay, PhD, at gramsay@pace.edu for details.
IT Help Desk

Can I complete the MSIT–Cybersecurity degree part-time?

Yes, the majority of our MSIT–Cybersecurity students complete the degree part-time while maintaining a full-time work schedule.

How long does it take to complete the MSIT–Cybersecurity degree?

Part-time students typically complete the degree in two years, taking three to six credits per semester. Full-time students can take up to 12 credits per semester and may complete the degree in as few as 16 months.
Regardless of part- or full-time status, students are allowed up to 10 years to complete the degree.


Is there an average GPA for the program?

MSIT–Cybersecurity students are required to maintain a minimum average GPA of 3.0.

Is the MSIT–Cybersecurity program asynchronous or synchronous?

Though courses in the MSIT–Cybersecurity program are primarily asynchronous, faculty and students may decide to work together synchronously through Blackboard, our online learning platform.

Can I take an on-campus class as an online student?

Students are always welcome to visit the campus, but must complete all MSIT–Cybersecurity courses online.

How much time should I dedicate to coursework every week?

Each week, students typically devote four hours to coursework for every credit hour.

How quickly can I expect faculty to respond to my questions?

Students can expect to hear back from faculty within 24 hours, unless otherwise indicated.


Does the MSIT–Cybersecurity program accept international students?

Yes, if the applicant holds a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent.

International applicants who hold a three-year degree should carefully review the International Admission page.

How will I receive an admissions decision once I’ve submitted my application?

Applicants can expect to receive an admissions decision via email within five business days from when a completed application is submitted.

What are the technical requirements for the MSIT–Cybersecurity program?

Basic technical requirements for the MSIT–Cybersecurity program include a laptop, video camera, headphones with microphone capabilities, and reliable Internet access. Please visit our Technical Requirements page for further details related to processor and storage requirements.

Will transfer credits be accepted?

Transfer credits are not generally accepted at the graduate level. They may, however, be considered upon admission.


What types of financial aid or scholarships are available for the MSIT–Cybersecurity program?

Federal loans may be available for graduate students enrolled in the MSIT–Cybersecurity program. To determine your eligibility, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Financial Student Aid website. You can also visit the FAFSA website for more information on how to file.
In support of U.S. veterans, Pace University is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. For general information about veteran’s benefits, please contact Miguel Gonzalez at veteranaffairs@pace.edu or (914) 773-3173.

I have questions about financial aid. Who can I contact?

Please visit our Tuition page for more information about financial aid for the MSIT–Cybersecurity program.

Who can I contact to answer questions related to Veteran Affairs?

Questions related to Veteran Affairs can be directed to Peter Riley at priley@pace.edu or (212) 346-1115.

Leave of Absence Impact on Financial Aid

Students on a leave of absence pursuant to the Leave of Absence Policy are considered withdrawn from the University for purposes of financial aid. Consequently, loan repayment obligations may be triggered. Students should speak to a representative of the Financial Aid Office for more detailed information about the status of their financial aid during a leave of absence prior to submitting a Leave of Absence Application.

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