Pace Online programs enthusiastically embrace the University’s commitment to online learning excellence. We offer high-quality online education to students who desire or require the flexibility of distance learning. Pace is dedicated to providing the same exceptional educational experience for all Pace students, whether they study online or onsite.

What degree and certificate programs are available online?

Pace University offers a variety of online undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs. Explore your options with our online program finder tool.

What online learning platform will I use?

All Pace Online courses are taught using the Brightspace “Classes” platform. Students in these programs will access their online orientations and take all of their courses in Classes. To learn more about Brightspace, visit the Brightspace Community site where you can search videos or ask the community a question. For access, you’ll need to use your email address and create a password.

Are online courses the same quality as on-campus instruction?

Online students receive the same Pace University degree as all of our on-campus students. Here’s what distinguishes our online programs:

  • They are designed for busy adults who are working full-time or have other obligations that do not enable them the time to be in the classroom during the week or during typical business hours.
  • They are designed to give students full flexibility through independent work combined with collaborative sessions involving classmates and faculty.

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What kind of training and experience do my professors have to teach online?

As part of the University’s commitment to online learning excellence, our faculty undergo in-depth training to become expert online instructors. Faculty are certified in online education through the University’s Faculty Center for Innovative Learning and Professional Development and work with the Faculty Center staff to provide substantive, quality online coursework.

How long has Pace University offered online degree and certificate programs?

Pace has been offering online programs to our students since 1999.

What student services are available to me as a distance learner?

Pace University is committed to providing the same quality experience for all Pace students studying online and onsite. Students have access to services including:

How much will my online learning program cost?

Pace University is committed to providing students with an affordable, quality education. Use our online degree finder to locate your program of interest in order to view relevant tuition and financial aid information.

Who can I contact with questions about tuition?

Pace’s admission advisors are available to answer any tuition-related questions you may have at (800) 874-PACE or

Are payment plans available?

All students are eligible to take advantage of Pace University’s interest-free payment plans. These plans are available for the fall and spring terms in monthly installments, and there is a weekly plan option available for summer terms.

I’ve been accepted to an online program. How do I find my username and password?

In order to access Pace Online, you must first activate your account. Follow these steps to activate your credentials:

If you have any trouble activating your account, contact Information Technology Services at (914) 773-3333 or

How do I log into Classes?

Visit the Classes website to log in using your Pace Portal username and password.

Why don’t I see my course in Classes?

Courses are typically not made available in Classes until the first official day of the semester. If the semester has started, it’s possible that you may not be registered for the course or may have registered late.

How do I familiarize myself with the Classes online learning platform?

Classes offer a number of tutorial videos to help students acclimate to the platform. You can also contact Information Technology Services at (914) 773-3333 or for assistance.

How do I log in to my Pace email account?

Access your Pace email account on the Outlook Web App (Exchange).

Check your Pace Email Inbox at the top of your Pace Portal homepage for any emails from your instructors before classes begin. All official university communications will be sent to your email, so you are encouraged to check it at least once per day.

What computer hardware and software will I need?

Visit our Technology Requirements page for specifics related to what you’ll need to learn online.

Where can I get IT help?

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk is available to online students for phone or email consultations. Although we cannot provide 24/7 coverage, ITS is required to respond to student inquiries within 12 hours.

Additionally, many of the vendors supplying the software used in our online courses have 24/7 help desks. More information on ITS availability and hours can be found on the Technology Requirements page.