Program Details

Orientation, Online Learning Environment and Program Structure

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The online Master of Science in Information Technology–Cybersecurity Concentration begins with a required two-week orientation that earns high marks from students. Whether you are a recent graduate who has taken online courses or a mid-career professional who has not taken a college course—online or on-campus—in decades, the orientation prepares you to succeed in the online learning environment. Though this course is not for credit you will receive a Pass or Fail grade, which will appear on your transcript. You will learn how both Pace University and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems operate and gain proficiency with the myriad online tools and resources that are central to this degree program.

Online Learning Environment

The online learning platform used by students in the MSIT–Cybersecurity program is called Blackboard. It serves as a portal for course materials, external resources, email, discussion boards and streaming media.

Learning activities include:

  • Viewing video lectures and presentations
  • Reading a variety of course materials
  • Participating in labs using a range of virtual software
  • Participating in group projects
  • Completing assignments
  • Giving oral presentations
  • Taking quizzes, mid-terms and final exams
  • Participating in the discussion board

Though courses are largely asynchronous, faculty and students may decide that they want to work together in real time. In these instances, faculty post synchronous sessions to Blackboard so that all students can benefit.


The MSIT–Cybersecurity can be completed in as few as 16 months. Most students, however, attend the program part time and complete it in two years. Part-time students take from three to six credits per semester. Full-time students take 9 to 12 credits per semester. All semesters span 14 weeks.

The school week for the online MSIT–Cybersecurity runs from Thursday through Wednesday. Weekly course material is posted at 9 p.m. (ET) on Thursdays. Students complete coursework on their own schedule, but must meet assignment deadlines, which typically fall on Wednesdays.

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