Doctorate education focuses on enabling students to make original contributions to their respective fields of study.


Overall Structure of the ISEM Ph.D. Program
isem phd overall structure

  • The qualified students may come with backgrounds in computer science/IT, engineering, sciences, business and other disciplines such as pharmacy, law and agriculture.
  • The students conduct research by using behavioral, design science or mixture of experimental design techniques propose and verify theories and/or create innovative artifacts.
  • A wide range of sources, shown in Figure3, are used by the students to select “PhD Hard” problems for their research topics
  • Sample research questions may include a wide range of people, processes, and technologies issues facing the next generation of digital enterprises

ISEM PhD students are required to complete six (6) courses from the following upper-level courses – 18 semester hours:

  • ISEM 700: Smart Enterprises and Strategic Intelligence
  • ISEM 725: Advanced Business Process Modeling and Simulation
  • ISEM 730: Advanced Systems Engineering
  • ISEM 760: Advances in Operations Management or a 700 level course in Analytics
  • MGMT 731: Advances in Entrepreneurship and Innovation or a 700 level course in Analytics
  • ISEM 770: Advanced Topics in ISEM

Students then complete six hours in the Doctoral Research Seminar:

  • ISEM 780 Doctoral Research SeminarI
  • ISEM 781 Doctoral Research SeminarII

Students must also complete the dissertation process by taking 12 semester hours of ISEM 799 Doctoral Studies.


The ISEM Ph.D Courses at a Glance

isem phd courses


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/.