Data Sciences

  Doctorate Program

Doctorate education focuses on enabling the student to make original contributions to their respective fields of study. There are two phases of the doctoral program at HU: (1) a learning phase that includes coursework, seminars, research, and fieldwork that contributes to the student’s knowledge in the program of study; and, (2) a research phase that focuses on student’s original research culminating in his/her final examination. Upon a student’s successful completion of all required course work, defense of the dissertation, and completion of all milestones, the student is awarded the doctoral degree in the program of study.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Harrisburg University Data Science Program is to create scientifically minded and technically proficient professionals with a comprehensive background in the methodological diversity of the data sciences and the intellectual depth to offer influential perspectives to analytical teams across disciplines.

Program Goals

The Data Sciences Program will produce Ph.D. graduates who:

  • Will have applied diverse data science methodologies using a scientific process individually or in teams to provide impactful insights from large sets of data;
  • Will have used effective communications to explain insights from analytical processes on data to diverse audiences; and,
  • Will have grown professionally through self-study, continuing education, and professional development.


The Ph.D. in Data Science at Harrisburg University is a four to five-year program.    The Harrisburg Master’s in Analytics program is technically considered to be the first two years of the Ph.D. program. The proper time, however, for applying to the Ph.D. program (the last two years of the program ) is in the last semester of HU’s Master’s program.

Prior education at the Master’s level and above in related fields, such as computer science, can lead to some transfer credit.  But in no way can a Master’s in another field at Harrisburg University, or a Master’s Degree in Data Analytics from another institution serve as a substitute for the first two years of the Ph.D. Program.  The educational track that is provided here in the first two years is specific to HU’s Ph.D. program as a whole.

To receive an application & catalog for the program,  email at