M.S Information Technology

Cybersecurity & Networking Concentrations

Program Summary

The demand for IT expertise continues to grow in our technology-driven business world. This innovative interdisciplinary 30 credit MS in Information Technology, completed online, provides students with a solid foundation in IT coupled with a specialization in Security and Information Assurance.

This degree program builds on the B.S. degree in Telecommunications provided through the NACTEL program at Pace University.

What You Will Learn

The online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is carefully crafted to provide you with the real-world blend of knowledge, skills and problem-solving aptitude that today’s employers seek. The comprehensive information technology curriculum, enhanced by specialized instruction in cybersecurity, combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience in exciting lab environments that incorporate the latest technology, tools and techniques.

Students can choose between two different concentrations; Cybersecurity or Networking. Most Pace master’s IT students are part-timers and can complete the coursework in two years, taking three to six credit hours per semester. Classes can be taken in real-time or asynchronously via our Learning Management System.

Cybersecurity Concentration

Specialized instruction in cybersecurity, combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience in exciting lab environments that incorporate the latest technology, tools and techniques.

You will have the opportunity to study subjects including:

  • Programming
  • Cyber Defense and Threats
  • Cryptology
  • Bio metrics
  • Security Design Principles
  • Web Security
  • Network and Device Forensics
  • Cybersecurity Policy (legal, ethics and compliance)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Mining

Designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), the Seidenberg School is a national leader in cybersecurity education, and our graduates enjoy exciting careers at agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the New York City Police Department.

Networking Concentration

In the Networking track, students will focus on obtaining an in-depth understanding of the foundational principles, algorithms, and protocols in networked systems. This track will help students develop leading-edge knowledge of networking technologies.

Networking technologies play a central role in shaping the future of telecommunication, information technology, and the Internet. This track will help you develop leading-edge knowledge of these technologies. In addition, Pace is designated as a Cisco Networking Academy and its NACTEL curriculum is guided by its industry partners including at&t, Century Link, Frontier, Verizon, CWA and IBEW.

Courses are offered in the following subjects:

  • Network Security
  • Cloud Computing Technology
  • Optical Communications
  • Telecommunications Networking
  • Telecommunications Management

The online MS in Information Technology provides students with the opportunity to customize their education to meet their specific needs and career goals. Academic advisors work closely with students to create a personalized academic plan. A broad array of electives enables students to bridge knowledge gaps, acquire specialized knowledge, gain broader exposure to the IT ecosystem, or get a leg up on emerging industry trends.

The program culminates with a Capstone Project, giving students the opportunity to delve into an area of interest with the enthusiastic support of one of our distinguished faculty members; Charles Tappert, PhD, professor of computer science, Fulbright scholar, and consultant to leading companies, teaches the Capstone Project course, which many students report is a highlight of their Seidenberg School education.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Technology comprises of 12 courses totaling 30 credits. NACTEL students enrolled in the B.S. in Telecom degree may take two capstone courses totaling 6 credits as part of that degree, which can then apply toward the M.S. degree. Students who choose this option will only need another 30 credits (10 courses) instead of 36 credits to complete the MS degree.

Core Courses 9 credits
Knowledge Area 12 credits
Capstone Project 3 credits
Elective Courses 6 credits
Total< 30 credits

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