A new Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) degree program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is intended to educate information and communication technology leaders who can manage, as well as engineer or re-engineer, the current, and next, generation of digital enterprises. The program's director, Amjad Umar, notes that the degree program can play a crucial role in transforming the region's economy. 'Central Pennsylvania needs to transform its current industrial base to a highly flexible IT enabled enterprise model and attract high tech companies to compete and succeed in this highly digital global economy,' said Umar. 'This transformation requires enterprise engineers and managers who can plan, integrate, secure and administer these digital enterprises 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.' The new Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) program can help students acquire the skills to plan for and integrate technologies with processes and people that are key to the success of an organization in today's complex, digital world. The 36-credit-hour degree program is the only one of its kind in the region, and it uniquely combines systems thinking, management expertise, and engineering with emphasis on digital enterprises.
The core courses of the program will provide the student with a strong background in the most recent thinking in systems engineering, strategic IS planning, business strategy and management, service science and management, systems analysis and design, and enterprise architectures and integration. The student can take elective courses that span topics such as project management, leadership, egovernment, mobile computing and wireless communications, ICT infrastructure, business simulations and games, multimedia systems and visualization, information security and governance, business process modeling, modern systems development, and others. Additionally, research-oriented students can pursue independent studies and master's thesis projects to investigate areas of individual or professional interest. This program is designed for managers and information technology professionals who recognize the personal and professional value of an advanced degree. And it can prepare graduates for positions such as systems engineer, architect and integrator, business systems analyst, management analyst, software engineer, IS manager, and security planner and manager. The ISEM degree program is intended to educate IT leaders in the digital age. At Harrisburg University, Umar also leads the Management and eBusiness program and his areas of specialization that span ebusiness, IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, and information security.