About Online Learning

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) defines distance learning as “the acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction, encompassing all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance.” The USDLA goes on to cite that research studies have been consistent in finding that the results of distance learning programs are just as effective as traditional learning, and that student attitudes are generally positive about the experience.

Once offered largely via videotape and closed circuit television, the Internet is playing an important role in increasing both the availability and popularity of distance learning programs. There are many online providers offering courses to willing participants, but not all programs come with a stamp of approval like accreditation. Although students may be able to receive a quality education, degrees without reputable accreditation may not be as appealing to grad schools or employers. More than 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2008 term, a 17 percent increase from 2007, according to a Sloan Survey of Online Learning report.

But, how does online learning work?

Online or Classroom – What’s the Real Difference?

In many ways, taking one of Pace’s online courses is no different than taking a traditional class. Online courses have the same objectives  and academic credit as their on-campus counterparts. You’ll still have an instructor, textbooks, classmates, homework assignments and exams.

Online courses also offer the same rigorous workload you would expect in a more traditional setting. You should plan to spend the same amount of time with an online class as you would any campus-based course – typically about 12-16 hours each week for a four credit course.

There are benefits to choosing an online degree program. There is flexibility to take classes day or night, and location won’t hinder your chances to earn the degree.

Online Learning at Pace

Pace online courses run on a semester basis as do most traditional classes, with a specific starting and ending date. Most courses last about 12 – 15 weeks, and each week brings a new lecture and set of assignments.

Assignments might include readings, quizzes, review of Web sites, participation in discussion boards, problems, projects or papers among other activities. Some courses will have mid-terms and final exams while others will require a project (sometimes a group project) that will take place over several weeks.

NACTEL and Pace have been working hard to create an interactive program to help enhance your career.

Keys to Success

There are a few things to consider before joining the online education revolution.

Up to Date Software

First things first… you’ll need a computer that is fairly up-to-date with current software. Be sure to check out our Technical Requirements before applying.


To participate successfully, you should have some level of proficiency in using your computer. For example, can you:

create, save and manage files (on your computer)?
install software?
send and receive email messages with file attachments?
paste text from a word processor into an email message?

If that’s all Greek to you, no worries. Just know that you’ll have to learn how to use your computer as you’re going through your courses – which can make it a little more challenging and time consuming.

Learning Style

Online learning is not for everyone. It requires a certain amount of independence and self-discipline in order to be successful. Examine your personal learning style. Are you capable of:

staying on task without direct supervision?
prioritizing your workload?
allocating 12-16 hours per class each week?
taking direction via written instructions and textbooks?
learning new computer or technology skills?


Certain classes will also require a proctor, someone to administer select exams or assignments. 


A final consideration is communication. Pace encourages communication between students and with instructors via email and discussion boards. However, some students find these online means of interaction less satisfying than face-to-face meetings.










Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program of 120 credits designed for transfer and advanced students. Eligible applicants should have completed a minimum of 24 college credits.

Many of the people we see in the liberal studies program are eclectic learners who have been resistant to boxes and the academic timeline. We want to nurture those aspects of their learning experience. The standard path doesn’t work for everyone, and we do not want to exhaust anyone’s resilience or patience with a college experience. There is a lot of respect for someone who has chosen Pace as their last college stop.

Stephanie Hsu, Associate Professor

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program gives students the opportunity to create an individualized plan of study so they can focus on the courses that are most relevant to their interests and career goals. When choosing a concentration, the student works closely with advisers from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Studies, Marketing and Management Concentration

Earn this degree from the Lubin School of Business, which is dully-accredited in business and accounting from AACSB international, as elite distinction shared by fewer than 3% of institutions worldwide. Large and small businesses alike can benefit greatly from marketers who are adept at applying mathematics and data analytics to their strategic marketing efforts.

Pace University’s online BBA in Business Studies with a Marketing and Management concentration prepares students to become highly sought-after marketing professionals. Students will take an in-depth look into marketing techniques, organizational business structures, including cultural differences in multinational business operations. In addition to developing a modern marketing and managerial skillset, the program develops well-rounded business professionals who are able to work in teams and analyze challenges from varying business perspectives.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Studies, Finance Concentration


Our BBA in Business Studies with a Finance concentration prepares students for the corporate world by giving them an in-depth look into financial management. With the help of experienced practitioners, students learn to analyze a firm’s current and future financial condition, manage firm assets, identify sources of short and long-term financing, and time financial strategies.
Graduates from our program are well-versed in securities and investments, money and capital markets, and investment risk analysis, and can go on to pursue careers as financial advisors, bankers, accountants, and financial analysts.

    Degree Requirements


    Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Business Technology Leadership Concentration

    The need for technology experts with effective business leadership skills has increased as the field of Information Technology continues to advance. Students in the Business Technology Leadership degree will graduate with leadership skills and credentials to propel their career forward.

    • A strong foundation in technical aspects of technology leadership
    • Business skills necessary to be a dynamic leader in the organization
    • An understanding of effective communication between individuals from diverse domestic and international culture

    Since these courses are highly technical and offered only at the Bachelor’s level, you must meet ALL the prerequisite requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in order to participate.

    Degree Requirements

    Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration


    The online Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration prepares students for many intermediate and advanced positions in the telecommunications industry.

    The goal of this program is to prepare students for successful professions in a global economy, even in the midst of rapid technological change. The B.S. Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration provides:

    • A solid understanding of emerging telecommunications technologies, including Fiber Optics, Broadband, Voice Over IP and Wireless
    • A strong base in the fundamental industry concepts and practices
    • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills using computer technology
    • A keen awareness of telecom industry management and operations
      Teamwork, communications and career development skills and best practices

    Degree Requirements