Information Systems Engineering & Management

  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, an initial learning phase that can include coursework, seminars, research, and fieldwork that contributes to the student’s knowledge in the program of study; and a second research phase that focuses on student’s original research culminating in his/her final dissertation defense. Upon a student’s defense of his/her dissertation as well as completion of all other milestones and graduate requirements, the student will be awarded the doctoral degree in his/her program of study.

Additional Requirements for Admission to the Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering and Management

The following are requirements in addition to those that are part of the general doctoral admissions requirements:

  • Minimum GPA:  3.30
  • GRE score in the 65th percentile or above in the Quantitative portion
  • For those students seeking financial support, priority consideration will be given to those applicants who have a Master’s GPA of 3.50 or higher and who also have a GRE (or GMAT equivalent) percentile ranking of 75 or higher.  In situations in which a limited number of financially supported openings are available, the ISEM Admissions Committee may use other documentation (such as the Master’s Thesis or educational or work background) to make the decision.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Harrisburg University Information Systems Engineering and Management Ph.D. Program is to create information systems thinkers and leaders with the ability to add to the body of knowledge and practice in today’s and tomorrow’s academic, public, and private organizations.

Program Goals

The Information Systems Engineering and Management program will produce Ph.D. graduates who:

  • Create original knowledge and understanding by contributing new theories, concepts, or new applications of existing theories to a discipline or area of professional practice;
  • Advance research efforts and disseminate results to peers and the community including conferences, journal outlets, and/or internal organizational formats; and,
  • Integrate theories and concepts through critical reflection, synthesis, and interpretation for solutions of private, public, national, or global problems.

This program requires that a student has completed a master of science degree in ISEM or a related field of study. For application materials, email   This program offers CPT.  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-admission related questions at