M.S. in Information Systems Engineering & Management

Blend business and technology skills with an M.S. in Information Systems Engineering and Management from Harrisburg University  Dubai Campus

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The M.S. in Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) degree program blends technology and business within a digital environment that focuses on next-generation technology. Learn everything from web-based components, mobile computing, and wireless communications to artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The M.S. in Information Systems Engineering and Management degree is a flexible and interdisciplinary program that emphasizes enterprise architecture, planning, and management issues at global levels.

Throughout the 36-semester-hours hybrid Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering and Management degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own Individualized concentration.



Within the Individualized concentration, you’ll be able to design a program that fits your needs and wants. An ISEM student may specialize in the following areas: artificial intelligence, business intelligence, digital government, digital health, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, information security, smart cities, software engineering, systems development, and technology management as part of their Individualized concentration.


Graduates of the Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering and Management degree program will be able to:

  • Formulate and implement business strategies;
  • Articulate knowledge of various system components associated with digital enterprises;
  • Recognize the interrelationship between various system components;
  • Formulate the design and planning processes involving information, engineering, and management systems;
  • Lead the management for primary operational functions within modern enterprises.


This course introduces the basic principles (systems thinking and quantitative methods) of systems engineering and shows how these principles can be used to strategically plan, integrate, secure, and administer the complex information systems that support and drive the current and future digital enterprises. Topics include: digital enterprises, aligning information technology strategy to business strategy, enterprise applications (customer relations management, procurement, supply chain management), ecommcerce, decision support, knowledge management, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, cost/benefit analysis, and information technology infrastructure. These topics are explained through case studies and examples by using a strategic planning methodology.

A high level of end-user and client involvement is absolutely critical in creating usable and effective software and technology that attracts audiences and/or generates revenue. User-centered design (UCD) describes an approach to business analysis and technology development that demands user interaction and user feedback in all stages of the development lifecycle. The UCD process involves a collection of activities and techniques that can be used to create the more usable, intuitive, and effective technology possible. This course covers the full range of UCD methods and demonstrates the importance of these techniques in designing and building interactive technology, focusing mostly on software applications.

Interdisciplinary presentation of artificial intelligence as a coherent body of knowledge to acquaint the student with the key concepts and applications in business, science, and engineering. The course covers models of intelligent behavior, including problem solving, knowledge representation, reason, planning, decision making, learning, perception, pattern recognition, action, communication, and interaction. Recent developments in knowledge management, expert systems, computer-aided consulting, and integrated intelligent systems are covered through a wide range of case studies, examples, and hands-on experiments.

This course prepares the student to analyze business information systems in the digital age and to build models and logical designs that can be later implemented. The emphasis is on the business processes and business requirements needed to build conceptual models that help in analysis of business requirements. This course prepares the student to design complex systems and to build applied designs and architectures.

This course emphasizes the practical aspects of the design and administration of modern Database Management Systems (DBMSs) that host enterprise data. Specific topics include the role of data in modern enterprises and the data life cycle that spans conceptual database design, database query languages such as SQL, database integrity rules, database administration, and data warehouses. This course utilizes commercially available relational DBMSs for hands-on experiments and explores how to create an entity-relationship data model, translate that model into relational schema, build and use a relational database that implements the schema, create SQL queries to retrieve and manipulate needed data, provide access to remote databases from web browsers, and experiment with DBA (Database Administration) capabilities. The student also investigates recent developments in database technologies (e.g. NoSQL). This course prepares the student for database design and administration positions and will also provide the necessary background for more specialized courses in database systems.

This course concentrates on the practical aspects of internet technologies, architectures, and administration. Topics include: IT infrastructure, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), communications network principles, Internet Protocols, IPv4, IPv6, TCP sockets, and Internet of Things (IoTs). Administrative topics are network management, website administration, introduction to network security, wireless technologies, and mobile computing. Classroom projects expose the student to network architectures for small to large enterprises. This course prepares the student for network planning administration positions and provides the necessary background for more specialized courses in communication networks.

Modern digital enterprises are characterized by increased automation, mobile services, extended B2B operations with global business partners, and on-demand business services. The main issue in such enterprises is to architect and integrate a very wide range of services quickly and effectively. This course presents a ‘systems’ perspective based on service oriented architecture (SOA) that combines processes, people, and technologies, and highlights the role of information and communication technologies, enterprise models, and emerging SOA standards in developing flexible and integrated business architectures.

This course covers the technical and administrative aspects of security, privacy, and control issues that are vital in IS management. A comprehensive overview of security and IT control principles and practices that are needed to satisfy the IS systems integrity, confidentiality, and availability requirements are addressed. Topics include security awareness, IS Security and Control Practices, IT audit principles and standards, risk analysis, and process flow analysis for auditing.

This course is an introduction to the area of Internet of Things (IoTs) with a special focus on embedded systems and their applications. The course addresses a wide breadth of technologies and standards used to support this rapidly evolving domain. This includes the embedded system hardware, software, and operating systems. It also goes through wireless connectivity systems used for IoTs, as well as the cloud support. The student will have an opportunity to explore current and future applications of IoTs and embedded systems in healthcare, energy, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and other vial sectors.

Modern “electronically enabled” enterprises rely increasingly on knowledge that needs to be managed and processed through a variety of intelligent tools. This course covers the vital issues of business intelligence and knowledge management in modern enterprises and discusses how the decision support and expert systems tools can be used for effective decision making in organizations.

This course addresses advances in research, technologies, systems, and applications as related to “strategic intelligence.” Strategic intelligence (SI) refers to the intersection of business intelligence, knowledge management, and competitive intelligence for improving the strategic decision making in smart cities. Instead of intelligence on one topic area, smart cities need strategic intelligence that covers multiple topic areas. This course discusses methodologies, trends, challenges, and applications as related to knowledge management, intelligent systems, automated planning and scheduling systems, analytics, and Big Data.

Blockchain technologies are believed to be a disruptive innovation that enables secure global business transactions. Blockchain was originally developed for the digital currency, Bitcoin, that is currently valued at more than 9 billion USD. Several new applications of blockchain “as a platform” are currently under investigation in several countries such as Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Dubai. Some applications include but are not limited to cybercurrency, insurance, and food safety. In this course, the student will study the concepts of blockchain, the type of applications that this platform will enabled and why this “digital gold” is expected to be similar to the coming of Internet in the late 90s.

This course introduces the basic concepts of business strategy and management principles of planning, organizing, staffing, developing, and monitoring/control. The focus is on global markets and their impact on business strategies and managerial processes. The course explores the best practices in global strategic management, organizational design, human resource processes, and organizational behavior.

Location and Format

Earn your Master’s degree from Harrisburg University at our beautiful Dubai campus! Located in Dubai Knowledge Park, our convenient location serves the MENA region and India — we’re just 3-4 hours from India’s major cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore — making it easy if you live elsewhere.

Our programs are offered in a hybrid format, so you can live where you want for the majority of your education and travel to Dubai for just 3 Saturdays every semester. You could also choose to spend your entire educational experience in Dubai. With a diverse culture and students from around the world congregating in one location, Dubai is a hub of activity and learning. 


Career possibilities

With a Master’s in Information Systems Engineering and Management, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the potential job options you’ll have once you graduate with your Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering and Management from Harrisburg University in Dubai:

  • Information Systems Manager: These individuals oversee the use of technology in their organization.

  • Information Systems Engineer: These individuals solve problems within specific information systems. They also sometimes build new systems.

  • IT Consultant: These individuals usually have a specific niche within IT that they focus on and work with organizations in order to help them solve problems within that niche.


At Harrisburg University Dubai Campus, we provide you with a STEM-based education from one of the leading STEM universities in the United States. We strive to provide you with an affordable education. Below are the costs associated with your degree:

  • Total Program Cost $32,880

    USD $65,760 before USD $32,880 in savings.

  • Semester Cost $5,480

    Six credits and includes $500 program fee (Price reflected after $4980 in savings)

  • Tuition Deposit $1,000

    Applied to the first semester; nonrefundable.

  • Administrative Fee $500

    1-time payment

  • Student Visa Fees Variable

    1-Year Visa: Outside UAE: 7,839 AED OR Inside UAE: 9,469 AED

  • Visa Maintenance Charge 2,500 AED

    This charge is a 1-time payment, which the University may use to meet visa-related expenses that occur)

  • Medical Insurance Fees 1,869 AED

program lead

Robert Pittman - Program Lead and Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Harrisburg University


Program Lead and Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering

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