Enterprise Architecture has become a critical discipline in a time when more holistic understanding of problems and associated requirements is needed for better decision making within a framework of budget constraints. EA provides “big picture” roadmaps and other visualization techniques linked to business transformation. It complements the work done by systems engineers and program managers on the most complex and high visibility initiatives.

The EA specialization is designed for non-degree students and working professionals (e.g., systems engineers in the government sector or private industry) who can take these courses for professional development, as well as degree-seeking individuals interested in pursuing this specialization as a part of Harrisburg University’s MS Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM). This specialization exposes the student to the technical as well as management aspects of enterprise architectures. The course options that make up the graduate specialization in EA provide the basic skills needed to architect, plan, integrate and manage modern enterprises. The following courses are required:

ISEM 500 Strategic Information Systems Planning, Engineering & Management (3)
ISEM 539 Enterprise Architecture for Systems Engineers (3)
ISEM 540 Architectures and Integration of Modern Enterprises (3)
MGMT 510 Business Strategy and Management Principles (3)*

 

* Students interested more in industrial knowledge of EA may substitute MGMT 510 with ISEM 581 Directed Study linked to at least one of the following concentrated professional development 5-day programs offered by Harrisburg University: TOGAF 9 Certification Training, DODAF 2.0 Certificate Program, and Enterprise & Solution Architecture Certification.

Multiple Locations

The EA specialization and EA professional development courses are available in Harrisburg, as well as at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

How to Apply for Enrollment

You can enroll in this program without applying for the full ISEM degree. Apply now, as a non-degree student. For admissions assistance contact Admissions by calling 717.901.5101 or emailing Admissions.

Application Information
You will need to fill in the following information in the online ‘non-degree’ application.

  • Program of Interest: Information Systems Engineering & Management
  • Specialization or Concentration: Enterprise Architecture
  • Term: select the semester in which you expect to start the course
  • Year: select the year in which you expect to start the course
  • Enrollment Status: The EA concentration is available on a part-time basis at this time.

Professional Development Options

Harrisburg University also has several non-credit professional development short-courses in Enterprise Architecture. The short courses provide a beneficial starting point for exploring non-degree or degree-seeking studies in enterprise architecture and in some cases can be applied toward elements of the program curriculum.

Courses in the Enterprise Architecture (EA) Graduate Specialization

ISEM 500 Strategic Information Systems Planning, Engineering and Management (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Description: This course introduces the basic principles (systems thinking and quantitative methods) of systems engineering and shows how these principles can be used to strategically plan, integrate, secure and administer the complex information systems that support and drive the current and future digital enterprises. Topics include: digital enterprises, aligning information technology strategy to business strategy, enterprise applications (customer relations management, procurement, supply chain management), ecommerce, decision support, knowledge management, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, cost/benefit analysis and information technology infrastructure. These topics are explained through case studies and examples by using a strategic planning methodology.

ISEM 539 Enterprise Architecture for Systems Engineers (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in ISEM or appropriate work experience
Description: This course introduces and compares (from a project perspective) the current, major Enterprise Architecture (EA) frameworks such as Zachman, DODAF, TOGAF, FEA and Gartner. Through individualized and realistic projects, students will apply and work with best practices within these frameworks to understand the synergies between EA and Systems Engineering, as well as its impact on challenges currently faced by systems engineers in the digital enterprise.

ISEM 540 Architectures and Integration of Modern Enterprises (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISEM 500 and ISEM 539
Description: Modern digital enterprises are characterized by increased automation, mobile services, extended B2B operations with global business partners, and on-demand business services. This course presents a ‘systems’ perspective based on service oriented architecture (SOA) that combines processes, people and technologies, and highlights the role of information and communication technologies, enterprise models, and emerging SOA standards to develop flexible and integrated business architectures.

MGMT 510 Business Strategy and Management Principles (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of business strategy and management principles of planning, organizing, staffing, developing, and monitoring/control. The context is global markets and theirimpact on business strategies and managerial processes. The course explores the best practices in global strategic management, organizational design, human resource processes, and organizational behavior.

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ISEM 581 Directed Study (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in ISEM or appropriate work experience
Description: This course is designed for the student who demonstrates an interest in an area of study not offered or who wishes to pursue a discipline in greater depth than possible through existing courses. A learning contract between the student and instructor defines the responsibilities of the parties and specifies the learning objectives and standards for successful completion of the project. A calendar of meetingtimes and deadlines shall be a part of the contract.

For more information on the degree and this concentration email Admissions or call 717.901.5101.

To apply for this program, click here.