1. Can I take any classes I want?
Yes and no. If you are missing any prerequisites you must take them first. There are four Major Core classes that are
required. In addition, you will need to take four Major Elective classes from the current offerings as well as a
Capstone selection. All students need to choose five
University Core (General Education) classes. For more information, please see the
2. How many classes can I take in a semester?
The Pace University/NACTEL program is a part-time program. Generally, this will mean two courses per semester. Students
can take a maximum of seven courses in a calendar year. For more information, please see the Program Timetable.
3. Where can I find the courses that are offered?
You can view the currently offered courses by semester.
4. How far in advance can I register?
We usually open the registration period about 12 weeks prior to
the start of the upcoming semester, and it is open for about 8 weeks.
You can register any time between that time and the registration
cut off which is about 4 weeks prior to the start of class. For
specific time frames, view the upcoming
semester offerings page.
5. How do I know what classes to take next?
Once accepted into the program, you will receive a Student Worksheet which will help guide you along the way. It
will list the course requirements needed to earn the degree. Anytime you need advisement, simply contact your Advisor
prior to registration. Your Advisor is happy to provide advisement, including some guidance on how many and
which classes to take.
6. How do I know when Pace has received
all my transcripts?
Once an offiical transcript has been received and uploaded, you will receive an automated email notifying you of receipt. Our Transcript Evaluator
will begin an evaluation of your transfer credits. When everything is accounted for
based on what you've told us you would be sending, your Advisor will provide you with an advisement via email.
7. When will I be considered matriculated?
You will be considered matriculated when:
- You have
received credit for English and Technical Math, either at Pace
or via transfer credit.
- Your Official
High School Transcripts or GED has been received, if required
- All official College
Transcripts have been received.
What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is the software Pace uses to deliver its online classes
for the Pace University/NACTEL Program.
9. How much time do online classes take?
Online classes take about the same amount of time as a traditional
class. A good guideline is to expect to spend 12-16 hours per week
for each four-credit course.
10. What times and days are classes held?
There are no formal meeting times for the Pace University/NACTEL Program
courses. Instead, new course documents, lectures and assignments are
posted every Thursday. All required work is due by midnight (EST)
on Wednesday of the following week unless otherwise noted by your
11. What is the duration of a course?
Most courses last about 12 instructional weeks, depending on when they fall during
the year and if there are any holiday breaks.
12. Which courses require proctoring?
Most courses will require proctoring for the Midterm and/or Final exams.
For specifics, review individual course descriptions.
13. Why do I have to take the Online
The Online Student Orientation is a two-week course required for all
new students. You must first successfully complete this course
before you will be eligible to start your first semester.
The purpose is to familiarize you both with the software and with
Once you register for the Online Student Orientation, you can visit the Bookstore
to purchase the required textbook. Simply enter the course number
14. What if I quit in the middle of a course?
Depending on when you withdraw, you will still be responsible for
all or part of the tuition for that course. For more detailed information,
please review our Add/Drop policies.
Most companies (but not all) do require that you complete a course
before tuition assistance is provided, so be sure to also review the
Tuition Assistance policies of your company to understand what they
15. Will I be able to study at my own pace?
In a sense, yes. While these are not truly self-paced courses because
there are weekly readings and assignments so that everyone is moving
through the material at the same time, you do have control over when
during the week you do the work. We've found that this blend of flexibility
with structure works best since many of our own students have told
us that the structure keeps them motivated.
16. Will I have a real instructor?
Yes. You will have one instructor for each course who will guide you
through the course work.
17. What if I need help?
If you need Technical help, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about course content, you should contact your
18. How do I receive my course materials?
Once you apply, you will receive a User ID and Password. You'll use
these to get into your classes in Blackboard, an online course delivery platform.
Here you'll have access to instructional materials, reading materials,
homework assignments, discussion boards and other course materials.
19. How do I submit homework?
In Blackboard, you have the ability to upload files directly into the course. Your instructor then accesses the files and
downloads them for review.
You can learn more about Blackboard by visiting Blackboard.
20. If tests are required to be taken online,
how do I know other students aren't cheating?
As with any class - online or traditional - there is an assumption
Academic Integrity Policy. This means that Pace University trusts
that all students are doing their own homework and assignments. To
help ensure that this is true, we've also instituted a proctoring
system that requires certain exams to be administered by a proctor.
This person will not only verify identification, but will also make
sure that all guidelines are followed.
21. Can I test out of a class if I think
I have enough prior knowledge?
No, you cannot test out of any classes. Since this is a completion degree, all courses must be taken with Pace.
22. Can I get credit based on my
prior training and experience?
No, you cannot earn credit. However, since we recognize that many students come to this degree program with a number of
years of experience and prior training,
we will evaluate any training documents you can provide for a possible waiver of courses. This will not change the total
for completion of the degree, but it may enable you to take other courses in place of those for which you receive a waiver.
23. How do I change my personal information,
like my email address, on Pace's database?
Simply log into the Student
Information Center, using your user id and password
and then click on the "Modify Personal Information" link to notify us of
24. How do I pay for classes?
How you pay for classes will depend on the Tuition Assistance policies of your company.
For information on paying by check, credit card or company voucher/letter of
credit, visit the Payment section of this site.
If you need more information on the
Tuition Assistance policies of your company, please complete the Tuition Request Form to receive
a detailed breakdown of tuition costs and contact information for Tuition Assistance
within your company.
25. I have other questions that are not answered here. How can I get the answers?
You can use the Search box in the upper right hand corner to search
for a particular word or topic. Or, you can visit the Contact
Us page, and select a topic or question and your email will be
directed to the appropriate person. Finally, you can access any one
of our other FAQs to answer questions about Program,
Admission or Student