Online Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies

General

Program Description

Industry-Driven Innovation at Pace

  • Elite accreditation
  • Specialization options
  • Industry-driven curriculum
  • In-demand skills
  • 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

As one of only a few National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education in the nation, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems prepares highly sought-after technology professionals with a strong, broad-based knowledge of information technology (IT) to advance their careers and to fill high-paying jobs across sectors—private companies, non-profit organizations, and law enforcement and government agencies.

With a greater career focus than a BSIT degree, the 100% online Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies pairs practical theory with current, real-world problem-solving strategies that our dedicated faculty have first-hand experience applying in the workplace. The highly-qualified and dedicated faculty include cyber forensic investigators, expert witnesses in U.S. Federal Court, business technology owners, and telecommunications experts who are all adept at teaching in the online environment.

Our curriculum is continually developed to meet the standards set forth by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Benefit from the University’s close connections to these and other agencies, study global networking technologies and gain hands-on experience working in virtual labs.

Benefit from our generous transfer policy as well as the opportunity to apply life/work experience for college credit and choose between a concentration in Business Technology Leadership or Computer Forensics:

Business Technology Leadership Concentration

Become a valuable, confident and effective business technology leader who is adept at aligning technical projects with strategic objectives and communicating with employees at all levels of an organization.

Computer Forensics Concentration

Gain qualifications to become a highly sought-after computer forensics professional who has a working knowledge of the criminal justice system, cybercrime, and the best protection and defense practices used in cybersecurity industries.

BS in Professional Technology Studies: Business Technology Leadership Concentration

Guide Your Employer’s Technical Evolution

Strategic business goals are subject to constant growth and change in the IT field. A leader who has the skills to quickly align technical projects with their employer’s objectives while also effectively communicating with technology users at all levels of an organization will be uniquely positioned for success.

Elevate your credentials and prepare to become an effective manager through Pace University’s online BS in Professional Technology Studies with a Business Technology Leadership concentration. Our industry-driven curriculum aptly prepares students to assess, design and implement business technology solutions. Students gain confidence in their ability to use project management best practices to effectively manage high-level business plans and benefit from our close connections with professional organizations and government agencies including the Computing Accreditation Commission, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and CISCO.

Curriculum

Depending upon eligibility for transfer credit and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, which can be awarded for life/work experience, current and aspiring technical professionals can complete the BS in Professional Technology Studies with the Business Technology Leadership concentration part-time in three years, taking two courses per semester.

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credits
  • Transfer Credits: 56-64 Credits
  • Degree Completion Requirement: 56-64 Credits

BS In Professional Technology Studies: Computer Forensics Concentration

Behind-The-Screen Crime Solving

Cell phone vulnerabilities. Data breaches. Cyber jihadism. Domestic extremists on social media. As our technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, so do the digital crimes on computers and mobile devices. Technical forensic computing professionals are highly sought after by private companies, law enforcement, and government agencies.

The online BS in Professional Technology Studies with a Computer Forensics concentration provides students with a strong, broad-based knowledge of information technology and a working understanding of the criminal justice system and cybercrime. Students will gain hands-on experience solving cybercrime in virtual labs and have opportunities to develop security plans for computer networks. Our faculty bring their extensive experience to the online learning environment to give students insight into real-world problems and solutions that major companies develop and utilize.

Pace University’s Seidenberg School is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Curriculum

Depending upon eligibility for transfer credit and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, which can be awarded for life/work experience, current and aspiring business professionals can complete the BS in Professional Technology Studies with a concentration in Computer Forensics part-time in three years, taking two courses per semester.

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credits
  • Transfer Credits: 56-64 Credits
  • Degree Completion Requirement: 56-64 Credits

Our Students Aspire

The BS in Professional Technology Studies is geared toward individuals who understand that a successful, long-term career in this field requires not only the skills to implement business technology solutions or to perform technical forensic computing investigations but also the confidence to be able to understand the theories behind the problems they solve. 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

  • Hone an area of expertise through specialization options for current and aspiring computer forensic technicians and IT specialists and managers.
  • Study with highly-qualified faculty members with extensive industry experience and attentiveness to the unique aspects of adult learners in the online environment.
  • Develop in-demand technical skills and the ability to assess, design and implement business technology or cybercrime solutions.
  • Receive personalized career guidance every step of the way.
"Computer and information technology professionals earn over $45K more than the median annual wage for all occupations (2017)."

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

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:

  • TOEFL
    • 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.

Last updated September 2019

About the School

Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in t ... Read More

Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, the School of Education, the School of Law and the College of Health Professions. Read less