ISEM Doctorate Admission Requirements

The Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) area of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology would like to announce that it is accepting applications for a limited number of students in the Ph.D. program for Fall 2019 admission.  The program is seeking applicants that can add to the diverse backgrounds and research interests of its current students.  The Ph.D. program in ISEM was created to produce innovative and creative problem solvers and researchers for academic, corporate, government and non-profit organizations.

Harrisburg University is a STEM university offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a wide array of areas including business-related, science and technology programs and emphasizes interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts at learning and research.  Many of our students are currently employed in industry and enjoy the combined online and hybrid delivery of courses and degrees.  Harrisburg University is a growing and entrepreneur-minded university located in Pennsylvania’s state capital of Harrisburg.  Further information about the program and the University is at

A faculty admission committee will evaluate each applicant’s candidacy once all admissions materials have been received. The doctorate admission process requires the candidate to:

  • Complete the application online at
  • Write an essay (in English) on how this degree supports the candidate’s academic and career aspirations.
  • Submit final official transcript(s) from the college or university at which the highest degree earned was conferred.
  • Submission of an official record of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  A minimum Quantitative score in the 65th percentile.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (one from corporate).
  • Submit a resume or by email to
  • Interview with Faculty Admission Committee.


Preparing for Admission in the Ph.D. Program in ISEM

  • Ideal applicants should have a Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering, Information Systems, or a closely related field of study with prior coursework or a strong background in the following areas:
    • Business strategy and management
    • Information systems planning
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Systems analysis and design
    • Enterprise architecture and systems integration
    • Research and writing (leading to the production of a thesis or a scholarly publication)

Decide if you want to pursue the Ph.D part-time or full-time. A few scholarships are offered to exceptionally qualified full-time students. If you are pursuing a part-time Ph.D. then you must make sure that your work is related to your research topic (i.e., your work should complement and enrich your Ph.D. research).

You may apply online at If you have not obtained an MS in ISEM from the University, you may wish to get that application by emailing Students can send any questions and completed applications and all supporting documents materials to 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

International Students

In addition to the documents required above, an international student planning to attend the University on a student (F-1) visa must:

  • Include copies of Visa, passport, 1-20, bank statements showing $26,500 or an affidavit of financial support.
  • In addition to satisfying the appropriate admissions requirements and procedures, an international student must demonstrate proficiency in the English language if admitted as a non-resident candidate.
  • Academic records should include courses studied, grades earned, diplomas, certificates, and results of comprehensive national examinations.

Your complete application packet should be send via email to  

Domestic graduate tuition rate: is $800 per semester hour, part-time and full-time. For academic purposes, a graduate student taking 6 or more credits is considered full-time.