Effective Communication Starts Here.

  • Personalized attention
  • Career-driven curriculum
  • Generous transfer credit policy
  • Experienced faculty
  • No SAT/ACT required**

**Applicants who have graduated from high school within 4 years prior to applying will need to provide a copy of their SAT scores.

Program Overview

Employers value candidates who possess a strong, broad-based skill set that can be immediately applied to execute marketing and media strategies utilizing the most modern tactics. The 100% online Bachelor of Science in Professional Communication Studies from Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences incorporates coursework in English, history, and psychology with professional preparation to ensure our graduates are equipped for present and life-long career success.

The comprehensive curriculum for this communication degree is catered to the online learning environment and allows students to explore the vast field of professional communication while advancing research skills, the know-how to appropriately challenge ideas and assumptions, and the confidence to make independent, effective business decisions.

Our dedicated advisement team is adept at helping students to benefit from our generous transfer policy as well as the opportunity to apply to qualify for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits which can be awarded for life/work experience. No SAT or ACT is required for admission for this bachelor’s degree. Pace’s experienced faculty and advisement staff are eager to partner with students in reaching their academic and professional goals. Develop interpersonal skills, learn to prepare oral and written presentations and reports, and explore pragmatic communications strategies in a supportive learning environment where every student has an opportunity to stand out.

Our Students Aspire

The BS in Professional Communication Studies is geared toward individuals who understand that a successful, long-term career in the field requires not only effective marketing, public relations, and media skills, but also a confident understanding of organizational and cultural communications practices and strategies. Our students are looking to elevate their careers and earning potential by completing their undergraduate degree in a supportive, career-focused learning environment.

Our Program Delivers

  • Develop expertise of current trends in mass communications, including traditional and digital media outlets and distribution channels
  • Learn to prepare effective oral and written presentations and reports
  • Gain an understanding of how public relations and opinion research can support the success of any business
  • Study how to communicate effectively with people of different cultures and from different levels within a professional organization
"Communication is the most important skill for success, according to 90% of Americans surveyed."

— Pew Research Center


Dependent upon eligible credit, current and aspiring communications professionals can complete the BS in Professional Communications Studies part-time in three years, taking two courses per semester. 120 total credits are required to graduate. The curriculum below contains 60 credits. Students transferring in less than 60 credits can work with an advisor to determine additional arts and sciences credits at Pace and eligibility for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, which can be awarded for life/work experience.

Required Classes (44 Credits)
  • AIT 103 Online Seminar (1 Credit)
  • AIT 107 Computer Applications for Telecommunications (4 Credits)
  • CIT 231 Web Authoring and Digital Media (4 Credits)
  • COM 210 Introduction to Mass Media (4 Credits)
  • COM 260 Pragmatic Communications (4 Credits)
  • COM 300 Organizational Communication (4 Credits)
  • COM 361 Interpersonal Communication among Cultures (4 Credits)
  • ENG 201 Writing in the Disciplines (4 Credits)
  • MCA 185 Effective Public Relations (4 Credits)
  • MCA 221 Professional Communication (4 Credits)
  • PAA 101 Public Administration and its Environment (4 Credits)
Major Elective (3-4 Credits)
  • MCA Or COM Course to be Selected with Advisement
Electives (16 Credits)*
  • HIS 113 The American Experience: Wealth and American Culture (4 Credits)
  • PAA 102 Organizational Planning and Budget Process (4 Credits)
  • PSY 260 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (4 Credits)
  • PSY 201 Psychology of Business & Industry (4 Credits)

*Please note that these electives are not proscribed; others can be selected by the student with advisement.

Tuition and Fees

  • $555 per credit
  • Technology fee
    • $60 per semester (part-time students, fall and spring)
    • $100 per semester (students taking 12 credits or more)
  • $50 ProctorU fee

Some courses may require additional fees.

Note: Pace University reserves the right to change tuition and fees.

Admission Requirements

Upcoming Start Date
  • The next start date is January 16, 2020.
  • Completed applications must be submitted by December 23, 2019.
Application Submission and Review

Students have five opportunities to begin an online degree completion program each year including two in the Fall, two in the Spring, and one in the Summer.

Candidates will be notified of an admission decision via email within two weeks of completed application submission.

Accepted students will receive additional information on how to submit a deposit to secure their place in the program and how to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

In addition, the accepted student will be able to initiate a request to have transfer credits accepted and will receive instructions on how to complete their Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation.

Candidates can apply up to one month prior to their desired start date. We encourage prospective students, however, to submit their application well before the deadline if possible. This is especially important for those who plan to utilize federal financial aid

Candidates can also use the Applicant Portal to check the status of their application. Please wait for 24-hours after application submission to use this tool.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking their bachelor’s degree should have a minimum of 56 completed college credits eligible for transfer. Those candidates with fewer than 56 eligible college credits should apply for the AA in General Arts and Sciences degree. Once enrolled, students can also apply for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, which can be awarded for life/work experience.

Bachelor’s degree candidates should have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 except for BBA in Business Studies applicants who should have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Associate degree candidates should have a minimum high school GPA of 80 or 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Those whose GPA is lower than required can submit a one-page essay or personal statement that addresses why the program is a good fit, specifically considering the online learning environment, and provide any justification for the reported GPA.

Admission Materials
  • A completed online application
  • A current, professional resume
  • Associate degree applicants who have graduated from high school within four years prior to applying will need to provide a copy of their SAT scores.
  • Official college/university transcripts* from all previously attended institutions
  • Official high school transcript, diploma, or GED certification

Paper transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University Online
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland
  • 100 Summit Lake Drive
  • Valhalla, NY 10595

Digital transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland
  • paceonlineadm@pace.edu

International Students whose primary institution did not teach in English and reside out of the United States are required to submit one of the following English proficiency scores:

    • Paper-based version: 550
    • Computer-based version: 213
    • Internet-based version: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson PTE: 54

Please also become familiar with additional admission requirements as listed on our International Students page.

*Applicants should note that Pace is not currently accepting applications from prospective students that reside in California or Massachusetts.

Application Process for Former Pace Students

Individuals who have previously attended Pace University but not graduated are eligible for a modified admissions process should they wish to return to complete their degree. Individuals meeting this criterion will need to begin the process by completing the following forms:

  • A resumption of studies form
  • A change of major form

In addition, you will need to provide a current, professional resume, a one to two paragraphs personal essay addressing how you think the program will benefit you, and official transcripts from any institution attended after leaving Pace University.

Paper transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University Online
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland
  • 100 Summit Lake Drive
  • Valhalla, NY 10595

Digital transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland
  • paceonlineadm@pace.edu

All materials can be sent to the Pace Online Admissions Office at paceonlineadm@pace.edu or by fax at (914) 989-8681.

Please reach out to an admissions counselor at degreecompletion@pace.edu or (866) 815-5166 to begin the conversation about returning to Pace.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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