Welcome to the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems!
Introduction and Outlook
The Seidenberg School mission is to prepare men and women for professional work, research, and lifelong participation in a new and dynamic information age. We are committed to providing an education based in reality in order to prepare you for your future!
Located in the financial capital of the world, you will find no limits to your education here as we offer a wide variety of courses and exposure to internships and work with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities. Degrees and certificates are conveniently available to you at our NYC and Westchester County campuses as well as online and in special programs.
Our program offers a student-oriented environment, small classes, excellent teaching, advanced research, and innovative programs, projects, and partnerships. You will work closely with distinguished professors and established lecturers to ensure you master the latest technologies. With undergraduate and graduate programs spanning the computing disciplines, the School attracts a global and culturally diverse cross section of students. We firmly stand by equal opportunity for all.
We believe that information technologies are the tools for the empowerment of modern peoples. Stay ahead of the technology curve.
In 2005, Pace University trustees renamed the school the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, honoring Ivan G. Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc. Seidenberg, who earned his MBA from Pace in 1981 and serves as a university trustee, is recognized for transforming the telecommunications industry by pioneering uses of wireless technology. His generous donation represents a long-standing commitment to Pace’s mission—providing opportunity to a diverse student population.
A portion of the new gift has gone towards the creation of the Seidenberg Scholars program, making it possible to recruit and mentor the brightest students and finest researchers in the country. The Seidenberg Scholars are expected to propel the school to greater heights to a position of national leadership among its peers.
Despite economic turbulence, computing and IT professionals fare comparatively well when it comes to gaining and retaining employment. Organizations have come to view their IT employees as core assets and rely on them to implement and maintain the technologies that keep them competitive. The future looks bright for those preparing to enter the field as well as for those who continue to update their skills. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth through 2018 will be above average in all computing fields requiring a college degree. And as “Careers in Technology”, published by www.dice.com, points out, young IT professionals “can take advantage of countless points of entry and all sorts of interesting paths for career advancement as the world continues to become more digital, more mobile and more Internet-dependent.”
Over the years, Seidenberg School graduates have taken their expertise to such diverse industries as financial services, computer manufacturing and application development, telecommunications, consumer products, health care and pharmaceuticals, entertainment and communications, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Teaching philosophy and program offerings
Pace University’s Seidenberg School is one of the nation's few schools dedicated to college students' computer literacy. For over two decades, the School’s basic course, “Introduction to Computing,” has been part of the required Pace undergraduate Core Curriculum. Recently, additional courses satisfying general education requirements have been added that combine class work with service internships at nonprofit organizations. Also offered for general studies are courses taught in interdisciplinary learning communities webbing together such riveting topics as "Computers and the Environment."
The School’s approach reflects Pace University’s emphasis on balancing classroom instruction with practical experience. Many Seidenberg students gain practical, pre-professional experience through internships obtained through Pace’s outstanding internship and Career Services office. As a result, undergraduates become knowledgeable and self-confident professionals before they enter the workforce full time.
At the graduate level, the Seidenberg School offers six master’s level programs ranging from Information Systems to Software Design and Engineering to meet the varied needs of working and aspiring professionals. The School is credited with developing an innovative doctoral program, the Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS) in Computing designed for working IT and education professionals who already hold a master’s degree. It transforms the traditional doctoral experience by making it possible to complete the program in three years of part-time study, enhanced by online interaction combined with monthly weekend study on campus. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science is another distinguished degree offered by the School.
The School is partnered with many industries developing and offering programs like the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL). This collaborative program gives employees of companies like Verizon, Qwest, AT&T, and Frontier Communications, as well as members of major telecommunications unions, the chance to obtain a college-level degree in telecommunications, networking, video, and mobile technologies online, from anywhere in the country. The Seidenberg School offers courses to obtain degrees and advanced certificates in Software Development and Engineering or in Security and Information Assurance, the latter through courses on-site at the Bank of New York Mellon.
Additionally, opportunities exist for students who want to study, or initiate their studies, from abroad. Students in India are now able to take courses online along with counterparts in the USA and graduate students can begin their studies in China and complete them at the University's New York City Campus.
Research in the Seidenberg School is geared towards transforming significant sectors of the society through the design, development, implementation, testing, and deployment of practical computing applications. Paul Benjamin, PhD, heads a robotics lab that develops intelligent agents to perform operations that are considered to be dangerous to humans. He and others, including Li-Chiou Chen, PhD; Chienting Lin, PhD; and Dr Bel Raggad, PhD, work on security and intrusion detection as part of the School’s designation as one of a select group of institutions to be named as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance. Sung-Hyuk Cha, PhD, and Charles Tappert, PhD, direct the Pervasive Computing Lab, studying and applying human-computer interaction and machine learning techniques to a wide variety of wearable and handheld devices.
Students at all levels have the opportunity to pursue research independently or with faculty and often present their works and findings at professional conferences. The School encourages critical and creative thought process and is host to an annual Student-Faculty Research Day.