M.S. Information Systems Engineering and Management

Information Systems Engineering & Management


Amjad Umar, Ph.D.
Corporate Faculty, Director of Management & eBusiness, Director of ISEM Program
Eric D. Darr, Ph.D.
University President
Mehdi Noorbaksh, Ph.D.
Corporate Faculty, Professor of International Affairs, Coordinator of General Education
Ronald McNamara, Ph.D.
Corporate Faculty
Edgar C. Harrell, Ph.D.
Corporate Faculty, Entrepreneur in Residence
Steve Else, Ph.D
Corporate Faculty



The 36-credit hour Information Systems Engineering & Management (ISEM) master’s degree program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is designed to provide you with both the technical and business skills you need to plan, engineer/re-engineer, and manage the systems to support modern digital enterprises. The program is available for full-time or part-time students.

The ISEM program cuts across the following three active areas of work:

Information Systems: latest technologies and approaches (e.g., web-based components, mobile computing and wireless communications, business intelligence, emerging technologies)
Systems Engineering: systems thinking and emphasis on systems instead of individual components; enterprise architectures consisting of people, processes and technologies
Management: business strategies, entrepreneurship, planning, integration, security, governance, global enterprises, agile enterprises

ISEM is a flexible and interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the enterprise architecture, planning and management issues at global levels. An ISEM student may specialize in the following areas:

  • Analytics
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Government
  • Digital Health
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Software Engineering and Development
  • No Specialization

Core Courses
The program’s five required core courses provide students with a strong, relevant and timely background in strategic planning, systems engineering, business strategy, global and digital enterprises, user-centered design, systems analysis and design, and enterprise architectures and integration. Students can then take elective courses in topics that span project management, multimedia management, entrepreneurship, digital governments, digital health, enterprise management, leadership, financial aspects of systems, learning technologies, business intelligence, Internet technologies, information security and governance, mobile computing, and others. Students can also pursue independent studies and master’s thesis projects to investigate areas of individual or professional interest. An experiential project course serves as the required capstone of the program.

Main Features of the ISEM Program
ISEM is a very flexible interdisciplinary program that can be customized for students with different backgrounds and educational/professional needs. A student can enter the ISEM program with the following backgrounds:
IS/IT background
Non-IS/IT background

All entering students take IS Planning (ISEM 500) that covers the core concepts of ISEM. Students with minimal or no training in IS/IT are required to take a bridge course on ICT Principles (ISEM 501) that covers the needed IS/IT concepts through hands-on experiments. Students then take two management courses and two IS/IT courses for a well-rounded background. Upon completion of the five required (15 credits), students can then take 15 credits in areas of their interest (management, IS/IT or mixture). Students can thus study more management, more technologies or a mixture as part of the ISEM program. If needed, the students can use the 15 elective credit hours to specialize in digital health, entrepreneurship, digital government, project management, information security or enterprise architectures. A student may also choose to build a customized program of study by taking different electives from different areas of study.

NEW Curricular Practical Training
To receive information on Curricular Practical Training offered in ISEM, please email your request.

Program Information

– Program Goals
– Program Requirements
– Program Sequence
– Program Courses
Sample Graduate Research/Applied Projects is ISEM

Graduate Admissions Requirements for Non-International Graduate Students

Each applicant’s candidacy will be evaluated once all admissions materials have been received.

The graduate admission process for non-international students requires the candidate to:

  • complete the application online at HarrisburgU.edu/Apply;
  • submit final official undergraduate transcript(s) from the college or university at which a baccalaureate degree was conferred, and any other institution of higher education attended (whether or not academic credit was earned);
  • submit a personal goal statement including:
  • future goals: identify career/professional goals; and,
  • leadership or group contributions: describe examples of leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  • submit a hard copy resume or by email to Admissions@HarrisburgU.edu.

International Graduate Student Admissions Requirements and Curricular Practical Training

To receive information on Curricular Practical Training offered in ISEM, Analytics, Computer Information Sciences, Learning Technologies or Project Management, please email your request to CPT@HarrisburgU.edu  Click here for requirements for admissions and CPT!

Click below for the weekend executive-style classes! Ideal for International Graduate Students seeking curricular practical training.

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