Frequently Asked Questions

Q : How much time must I commit to the program each week?
A : We expect you to allocate 15-20 hours per week. This will include both individual learning and group collaboration time. Most of this time can be scheduled at your convenience as long as you access Blackboard and participate in activities and discussions.

Q : What happens during the face-to-face sessions?
A : Each course includes four hours of face-to-face classroom introduction and discussion at the beginning of the module and four hours at the end to discuss learning outcomes.

Q : How will I learn the knowledge I need to apply to my master’s project?
A : The faculty will help you define specific learning outcomes associated with each project. They will identify appropriate materials (book chapters, articles, CD ROMs, web sites, etc.) associated with each outcome for you to read and exercises for you to complete. If you have difficulty with any of this material, you will be able to e-mail faculty and they will help you overcome your difficulties. When necessary, you can discuss your problems with faculty by telephone.

Q : How many students do you plan to enroll in the next class?
A : We plan to enroll 25 in each cohort. You will stay with the cohort throughout your learning experience.

Q : What are the dates of the residencies?
A : The first residency will begin August 20, 2010.

Q : What happens if I cannot attend one of the sessions?
A : Participation in each session is an integral part of the master’s program. You should plan to attend all sessions. By missing a session, you will adversely affect the learning experience from getting to know your colleagues and risk delaying or preventing completion of the program. In case of a medical or similar emergency, the faculty may schedule a separate evaluation.

Q : Are Pace’s course credits transferable to other MA programs?
A : The institution to which you could want to transfer credits has the option to accept or reject any transfer request. Many schools will accept a limited number of transfer credits from another school.

Q : Can I transfer credits from another MA program?
A : The maximum number of transfer credits is six (6). Students must submit transcripts and course description/syllabi at the time of application in order to apply for transfer credit review.

Q : Where will sessions be conducted?
A :The sessions will be conducted at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

Q : What is the program tuition?
A : For tuition information visit the Pace University Admission page.

Q : What financial aid is available to students in the program?
A : Students are eligible for federally assisted student loans and from private sources. Pace University is a recognized Yellow Ribbon participant. More information is available on our Financial Aid site.

Q : Where can I get more information about Pace University?
A : The most convenient source of information is our Web site. You can also call the admissions office (212/346-1323) or external relations office (212/346-1996) to request literature about the university or any of its schools.

Q : What computer experience and capability must I have?
A : We expect students to be proficient with Microsoft Windows and a universal internet browser as well as with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Students must also have access to a webcam, speakers and microphone.

Q : What computer hardware and software does the program provide?
A : The University will provide a number of educational software products that will be required to complete the course of study.

Q : Do you have a help desk for technical questions?
A : Yes, we will have technical help available for phone and e-mail consultation. Although we do not expect to provide 24x7 coverage, we do expect to provide about 12-hour coverage and maximum 12-hour response times for students.

Q : What prerequisites are required for admission?
A : You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an appropriate institution. Concentrations in criminal justice or other social science degrees and experience in the field are preferred.

Q : Will you consider GMAT, GRE, LSAT scores if I submit them to the program?
A : We are willing to consider scores, but we do not require them of this Master program applicants. If submitted, they will not be the primary basis for determining admission.

Q : What computer experience and capability must I have?
A : We expect students to be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and PowerPoint. Users should be proficient using Internet browsers and navigating the web.

Q : What computer hardware and software will I need?
A : Students are required to have a computer with access to Microsoft Office, as well as internet accessibility. The computer should also be capable of supporting a web cam, pc microphone and web conferencing software, such as Skype, “Dim dim,” etc. Your computer should have sufficient memory and storage to support the program software required. You should also have reliable internet access through modem or other facilities. If you are uncertain as to the capacity of your computer, you can contact Mr. Joseph Seijo, at jseijo@pace.edu. Mr. Seijo will advise you accordingly.

Blackboard, a courseware system designed and distributed by Blackboard, Inc will be the major communication interface among students and faculty. Blackboard resides on a dedicated Pace University server and you will be able to access it with the Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers. For additional information on Blackboard, see www.blackboard.com.

Q : Do you have a help desk for technical questions?
A : Yes, we will have technical help available for phone and e-mail consultation. Although we do not expect to provide 24x7 coverage, we do expect to provide about 12-hour coverage and maximum 12-hour response times for students. Also, vendors supplying much of the software used in the program have 24x7 help desks.