DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Information Systems Engineering & Management


  Doctorate Program

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Systems Engineering & Management Degree Program

The ISEM Program at Harrisburg University focuses on enabling students to make original contributions to their respective fields of study. The new Ph.D. in ISEM emphasizes a strong foundation in information systems engineering, innovative research, and applications of research. Doctoral candidates are required to complete six doctoral-level courses (700-level, 18 semester hours); six semester hours in a formal research seminar; and 12 semester hours of dissertation work. A total of 72 semester hours of coursework and research is required beyond the baccalaureate degree, including 36 semester hours at the master’s level.  

A conceptual overview of the Ph.D. Program is shown below.

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We are living in an increasingly digital world that is dominated by the Digital Enterprises (i.e., the organizations where nearly all significant business processes and relationships with customers, suppliers, and employees are digitally enabled and key corporate assets are managed through digital means). For example, in 2017, the top 5 companies on the Wall Street have been high tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, and General Electric. These digital enterprises are not one dimensional entities that are just exploiting mobile apps but in fact are simultaneously pushing the envelope in multiple dimensions that include Web, Outsourcing, Mobility, Security, Data, Globalization, AI, and Analytics

The Ph.D program in Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is designed to educate the leaders who can plan, engineer/re-engineer, and manage the next generation of digital enterprises. The Next Generation Enterprises (NGEs), as depicted in Figure1 in the outermost circle, compete and succeed in the marketplace by leveraging technology and evidence based decision making to anticipate and address customer needs in real time. For example, the large number of Smart Cities initiatives such as the United Nations New Urban Agenda are heavily relying on the aforementioned technologies to address urgent issues in health, education, public safety, public welfare, transportation, agriculture, energy and the environment. Thus, Smart Cities are becoming NGEs. Another significant development in NGEs is the emerging Industry4.0 that represents smart factories based on IIoTs (Industrial Internet of Things) and industrial robotics.

Similar developments in Smart Health, Smart Agriculture, Smart Energy Grids and other NGE models offer unprecedented opportunities for modern organizations to make strategic decisions based on latest business and strategic intelligence. However, these opportunities also raise serious technical, business and social challenges that could threaten our life styles if not managed properly. The graduate studies in ISEM at Master’s and Doctorate levels at HU are intended to prepare well rounded practitioners and scholars whose knowledge cuts across the following three areas:

  1. Information Systems: latest digital technologies and innovations as represented by the eight dimensions (e.g., web-based components, mobile computing and wireless communications, IoTs, secuity technologies, business analytics, and artificial intelligence).
  2. Systems Engineering: systems thinking and emphasis on systems instead of individual components so that the interactions and tradeoffs between people, processes and technologies are fully leveraged to build smart solutions based on solid business and strategic intelligence.
  3. Management: innovative business strategies, entrepreneurship, planning, integration, security, governance and project management to assure that the NGEs are well aligned to the user needs and well managed for long range growth.

ISEM at MS and Ph.D. levels are unique interdisciplinary programs that emphasize the entire Learn, Plan, Do, Check (LPDC) cycle instead of one narrow area of work. The Program Goals of the Ph.D. in ISEM are that our graduates should be able to:

  • Serve as thought leaders and visionaries in planning, engineering/re-engineering and management of the next generation of digital enterprises.
  • Conduct original research on the impact of digital innovations on the enterprises and work force of the future.
  • Push the envelope of interdisciplinary knowledge in three active areas of work (information systems, systems engineering, and management) towards a globally sustainable environment.

HU’s ISEM MS and Ph.D. graduates are uniquely equipped to ideate and lead the creation of NGEs as well as the transformation of existing enterprises and organizations into NGEs. They are well prepared to effectively manage NGEs and to respond to ever-changing environments.


You may apply online at http://www.HarrisburgU.edu/Apply. If you have not obtained an MS in ISEM from the University, you may wish to get that application by emailing Masters@HarrisburgU.edu. Students can send any questions and completed applications and all supporting documents materials to PHD@HarrisburgU.edu. Applications are not considered complete and are not evaluated unless all documents are present. International students may find answers to non-admissions related questions at http://global.harrisburgu.edu/iso/.