Because Pace online degree completion programs are conducted entirely online and are largely asynchronous, it is imperative that students meet all of the technical requirements below.


Basic Requirements

  • A computer with sufficient memory and storage to support required software programs
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Headset

Computer Specifications (Minimum Requirements)

The minimum recommended PC technical requirements are as follows:

  • Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7 or AMD Phenom 2 or higher
  • 8 GB Memory or more
  • 250+ GB hard drive
  • Ethernet card and cable (unless using only wireless routers)
  • WPA2 A/G/N compatible wireless card
  • Windows 7 or later
  • External Hard Drive or Online backup Account
  • Microsoft Office 2016 (available for no charge from Pace University)
  • Access to a printer and fax machine
  • Your own Internet Service Provider
  • Ability to check email at least once each day
  • Web Cam (needed for projects and proctoring), speakers or headset and microphone

The minimum recommended MAC technical requirements* are as follows:

  • Intel i3, i5, i7
  • 8 GB memory
  • 250+ GB hard drive
  • Ethernet card and cable (unless using only wireless routers)
  • WPA2 A/G/N compatible wireless card
  • Operating system 10.8 or higher
  • *Parallels or VM Ware (latest edition) virtual machine software to run windows installation when needed
  • External Hard Drive or Online backup Account
  • Access to a printer and fax machine
  • Your own Internet Service Provider
  • Ability to check email at least once each day
  • Web Cam (needed for projects and proctoring) speakers or headset and microphone

* Please note, all of your classes will be taken through your web browser, however, depending on your degree track, you will need access to a Windows machine to perform some of the homework assignments. You can run windows on a MAC using a virtual machine program.


Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or higher
    • Students are eligible for one copy of Microsoft Office and can access it here
  • Mozilla Firefox Version 12.0 or above
    • Blackboard can be accessed with most browsers, however, for full functionality, we recommend using Mozilla Firefox.
    • Chrome and Safari browsers are known to have compatibility issues with our internal systems and are not supported.
  • Visit our IT Supported Applications page for more information.

Technical Help

Technical assistance is available in-person, online, via phone, and email:

Phone: (914) 773-3333
Online Web Help Desk: Visit Website
Email: pacehelpdesk@pace.edu

ITS Help Desk Regular Hours

  • Monday–Thursday: 8:00am–7:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am–6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm–4:00pm

For more information on ITS support, visit the ITS Help Desk website.

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