Students have three opportunities to begin the online Master of Science in Software Development and Engineering program each year including one in the fall, one in the spring, and one in the summer.

Upcoming Start Date

The next start date is

September 4, 2024

The application deadline is

August 21, 2024

Admission Requirements

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee utilizing a holistic approach, which considers qualitative and quantitative factors to ensure that admitted students have the requisite background and ability to succeed in the program of their choice. This multifaceted process focuses on an evaluation of academic credentials from all prior colleges and universities attended as well as experience, service history, aspirations, and communication skills.

Students applying to the online Master of Science in Software Development and Engineering should have at least one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s in computer science or related undergraduate degree (3.0 GPA or above)
  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject plus substantial working experience in the computing field (over 7-10 years preferred)

Previous Experience Considerations

The online MS in Software Development and Engineering requires a strong background in computer science. Applicants should have some knowledge of programming and be comfortable learning new programming languages. Those who lack current programming skills (e.g., Java, C++, Python, object-oriented approach) may apply but will be required to take “SE 602 Fundamentals in Java” before beginning the core courses.

If you have any questions about whether your background qualifies you to apply for the MS in Software Development and Engineering, please contact an admission advisor at (866) 843-7205 (toll-free) or

Application Materials

Online application form Get started on the application process here. If you don’t have everything prepared right now, don’t fret, you can save and resume working on it at any time.
Resume The resume should call out any experience in the field, especially related to knowledge of computer science and fundamental issues of programming.
Two (2) letters of recommendation (optional) Two letters of recommendation are optional but strongly recommended. If you choose to submit letters of recommendation in support of your application, letters should be from academic or professional references who can knowledgeably comment on your ability to successfully complete graduate study. Please note that the Graduate Admission Committee reserves the right to require letters of recommendation on a case-by-case basis.
Transcripts Official transcripts are required upon acceptance. See below for submission instructions.
Personal statement The personal statement should be one page and no more than 750 words.
The personal statement should be directed to the Graduate Admission Committee and explain why you would like to pursue the MS in Software Development and Engineering.
You should include any additional information regarding your academic performance and/or professional experience that will help the committee gain a strong understanding of your qualifications and goals.

No GRE, GMAT, or other scores are required for domestic applicants. There is no application fee.


Pace prefers to receive transcripts electronically and participates in several electronic transcript networks: Credentials, Parchment Exchange, National Student ClearingHouse, and eSCRIP-SAFE. Confirm with your prior institution to determine if they participate in any of these networks.

Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to or mailed to:

Pace University
Graduate Admission Office
Graduate Application Processing Center
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

International Students

International students will need to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE academic scores. The Duolingo English Test may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Please visit our international students page for more information, including a list of countries whose citizens are waived from the English-proficiency requirement.

Note: International students will not receive a student visa for the online MS in Software Development and Engineering

Our admission advisors are available to answer your questions and walk you through the application process. Contact them at (866) 843-7205 (toll-free) or

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