Information Systems and Communications Ph.D.

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Acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge and research skills to become a scholar and leader in the critical nexus of information systems and communications.

Information Systems and Communications (ISC) is a 3-year, executive-style Ph.D. program designed to meet the needs of working executives and professionals who wish to excel in leadership roles in industry, as well as of educators and researchers in information systems, technology, or communications fields who wish to pursue positions in academia.  

  • Interdisciplinary Program: The program prepares students with a deep understanding of the connections between information technology and human communication.  Students explore both technology-driven and communication-based problems, focusing on understanding the impacts of this interdisciplinary field on both the workplace and society.  
  • Faculty Scholars:  The program is taught by a supportive and engaged faculty who are active in research and experts in their fields of study.
  • Cohort Model: Students advance through the program as a cohort, taking courses together as a group and building professional and personal networks. 
  • High Success Rate: The cohort model and face-to-face residencies help to minimize isolation and enable success, with over 90% of students completing their degree within 3 years.

Blended Learning Format (Online + On-campus Residencies)

The blended learning format features online and immersive on-campus residencies that allow for flexibility and high levels of engagement with faculty and other students in the program.  Each course includes an online component which adds flexibility, reducing the travel time required for the program, and giving the freedom to complete some of the course requirements from anywhere anytime.

Online Component
Students will engage with faculty online, in a combination of synchronous online meetings (6 hours per course, scheduled over 3 Saturdays) and asynchronous online activities.  

Face-to-Face Residencies
5-day residencies (one in late August and one in early January)
3-day weekend residencies (one in October and one in March)

All courses in the fall and spring terms follow the blending learning format.  The two (2) courses that students take in the summer terms are fully online.

Program Overview

The ISC Ph.D. addresses the challenges and complexities of our increasingly technological, Internet-connected, and data-driven society by preparing leaders and educators to conduct research, make decisions, and solve problems through integrative perspectives drawn from the fields of information systems and communications.  

Curriculum

This accelerated program includes 60 credits of coursework:

  • 27 credits of interdisciplinary content courses in information systems and communications
  • 21 credits of research methodology courses
  • 12 credits of directed studies focused on dissertation writing

The program culminates in a dissertation representing original research in the field of information systems and/or communications.  The proposal and defense of this dissertation are primary requirements for the degree.

Year 1 - Fall

  • ISCM8110 Theories in Action in ISC
  • ISCM8120 ISC in Cybersociety
  • ISCM8130 Intro to Research Process for ISC

Year 1 - Spring

  • ISCM8140 Information Technology and Online Social Behavior
  • ISCM8150 Theory Development & Knowledge Management 
  • ISCM8160 Rhetorical, Semiotic, and Ethno-cultural Foundations for ISC
  • ISCM9100 Dissertation I – Research Topic Development

Year 1 - Summer

  • ISCM8180 Literature Review (fully online)

Year 2 - Fall

  • ISCM8220 Data Analytics: Managerial Perspectives
  • ISCM8230 Quantitative Research Methods I
  • ISCM8240 Qualitative Research Methods

Year 2 - Spring

  • ISCM8210 Advanced Research Design for ISC
  • ISCM8250 Quantitative Research Methods II
  • ISCM9200 Dissertation II – Proposal Completion & Defense

Year 2 - Summer

  • ISCM8280 Data Collection (fully online)

Year 3 - Fall

  • ISCM8310 Economics of Information Systems & Technology in the Digital Age
  • ISCM8320 Information Security and the Law
  • ISCM9300 Dissertation III – Analysis of Research Findings

Year 3 - Spring

  • ISCM8330 Contemporary Issues in ISC
  • ISCM9400 Dissertation IV – Dissertation Completion & Defense

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Program Milestones

The Ph.D. in Information Systems and Communications program includes several milestones:

  • At the end of the first year: A qualifying exam of study on critical thinking and proficiency in research writing. Upon passing the exam, the student is admitted into doctoral candidacy.
  • At the end of the second year: Dissertation proposal defense to the student’s doctoral committee.
  • At the end of the third year: Doctoral dissertation defense to the student’s doctoral committee 
Admissions Requirements

Minimum admission requirements:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Completed online application to the program (www.rmu.edu/apply) with required application materials
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
    • Three (3) letters of reference from individuals in professional or academic communities who are familiar with the applicant’s work;
    • A current resume that includes all education, professional work experience, certifications, and other relevant information;
    • A personal essay (1-3 pages) on career aspirations and the desire to earn the Ph.D.; and
    • A writing sample of professional or academic writing, or a 4-5-page current essay analyzing a major information systems and/or communications challenge observed or experienced by the applicant
  • Personal interview with the Doctoral Program Director and Doctoral Admissions Committee.
Research Areas

Our doctoral students take on a broad range of topics and problems related to information systems and communications.  Some of our key research areas include:

Faculty Bios

Staff PortraitStuart Allen is a Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership. He started his career as an industrial/organizational psychologist working in South Africa, before becoming a full-time academic focused on leadership. He has worked with organizational leaders from various industries and has consulted to organizations in the information technology, corporate, education, healthcare, nonprofit, and government sectors. His consulting experience includes executive coaching, leadership development, change management, human resource management, organizational development, and team development. Dr. Allen is an active researcher with interests in leadership, teaching with technology, inclusive classrooms and organizations, sustainability, and research methods.

Staff PortraitNatalya Bromall was born in Ivanovo, Russia, and received her BS and MS degrees in Mathematics from Ivanovo State University. She graduated from Utah State University with a Ph.D. in Business Information Systems and Education and held academic positions in multiple universities, prior to joining RMU in 2013. Dr. Bromall is currently an Associate Professor of CIS; her areas of interest include cloud services, quantitative methods, web programming, cyber security and database management. She has multiple publications in academic journals and conference proceedings, is a certified AWS Solutions Architect – Associate and a certified AWS Academy instructor.

Staff PortraitDonna Cellante is a Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University.  Dr. Cellante earned an Ed.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Administrative and Policy Studies (Curriculum and Supervision).  She is a certified Business, Computer, and Information Technology teacher.  Dr. Cellante has been at Robert Morris University in several capacities:  Professor of Computer & Information Systems, Professor of Education, Associate Dean, Department Head, Director, and Coordinator.  Her research interests include women in technology, STEM + C (computing), middle school girls and computing careers, security and privacy issues, and business teacher education.  She has published papers in journals such as Issues in Information Systems (IIS), Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Decision Sciences Institute (NEDIS), and Business Education Forum.

Staff PortraitA.J. Grant is a University Professor of Organizational Leadership at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. Grant’s research interests include historical and contemporary topics in rhetoric, ethics, popular culture, and leadership. Recent publications include “Ethos, Pathos and Logos: Rhetorical Fixes for an Old Problem: Fake News” and “Does G-d Lie: Dissembling in the Holy Books, both forthcoming from the Informing Science Institute. Grant has also published articles in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Leadership and the Humanities, The Journal of American Culture, and the Journal of Leadership Studies. Grant received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and English from Northern Illinois University, an MAT from Wheaton Graduate School and a BA in English Literature and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Staff PortraitPhilip Harold is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Informatics, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Robert Morris University (RMU). He previously served as Co-Director of the University Honors Program at RMU for ten years. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and is the author of Prophetic Politics from Ohio University Press.

Staff PortraitFrancis X. Hartle, D.Sc. is an Assistant Professor at RMU in the School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Science and Director for Criminal Justice Programs. His areas of research are cybercrime, cyber intelligence, threat intelligence, and the use of artificial intelligence, and augmented reality in law enforcement. At Robert Morris University, he led the design and implementation of the Master of Science in Cyber Investigation and Intelligence. Dr. Hartle has 30 years of experience in law enforcement and criminal justice to include the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police as an officer and detective. He serves as the Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement for DHS/TSA and prior as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge. Dr. Hartle was the Federal Air Marshal Service representative on the Pittsburgh FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Locally, he serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for his township. Dr. Hartle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Technology from Duquesne University, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Point Park University, and a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Systems at Robert Morris University.

Staff PortraitDiane Igoche is an Associate Professor of CIS with an educational background in Business, Information Systems and Instructional Technology. Her current research interests include data analytics and machine learning applications in limited resource settings, broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM+C, and curriculum development in computing. Dr. Igoche has taught both in the USA and Saudi Arabia. She has supervised undergraduate and graduate student research efforts both at RMU and abroad. She is also involved in various community efforts including co-leading the Pittsburgh Women in Machine Learning and Data Science group

Staff PortraitAnn Summerhall-Jabro, Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University) transitioned from an award-winning career in media to academe. An award-winning teacher, nationally recognized scholar and recipient of commendations for her approach to  engaged learning and service, Jabro serves as the first female president of the American Federation of Teachers Local #3412 where she implemented culture change strategies to promote the intellectual excellence of members and co-chairs for negotiations. Jabro's research interests include crisis response strategies using traditional and digital media during stages of crises, organizational sustainability and leadership across the spectrum, and stimulating mindfulness and self awareness during global educational excursions.

Staff PortraitEdward Karshner is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2005, Karshner researched T’ang Dynasty folklore and poetry. He has also researched and written on Ancient Egyptian magical practices. For ten years, he studies with Diné (Navajo) healers and story tellers and wrote about Diné Ceremony as a rhetorical system. Most recently, he researches and writes about Appalachian folklore, magic, and mysticism. Both his academic and creative writing explores the intersections of rhetoric, folk-metaphysics, and art as a means to communicate the foundational knowledge of cultural and individual agency. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio with his wife and their two children. But, his home will always be the Salt Creek Valley of the Appalachian Plateau in Southeastern Ohio. 

Staff PortraitFrederick G. Kohun, Ph.D., University Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has more than 35 years of experience as a professor and academic administrator (department head, associate dean, dean, and associate provost), and was the founding director of the doctoral program in Information Systems and Communication. He holds a bachelor degree in economics from Georgetown University, graduate degrees in economics and information science, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in applied history in technology from Carnegie Mellon University.   At Robert Morris University he led the design and implementation of eight technology based academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level (including a doctoral program) as well as the attainment of ABET-CAC accreditation. He is known both nationally and internationally from his numerous publications and presentations in economics, health informatics, decision support, knowledge management, technological impact, and culture—particularly with his research in the MUMPS programming language that began with his doctoral dissertation at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, he is active internationally as an accreditation evaluator and team leader having participated in more than 22 accreditation visits. In the recent past he was named the International Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association of Computer Information Systems. Also he was recently honored by his doctoral student with an endowed doctoral scholarship fund under his name. Furthermore, Dr. Kohun has been recognized and named a Fellow and Distinguished Scholar by the International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management,

Staff PortraitPaul Kovacs, Ph.D. is a University Professor of Computer and Information Systems. Dr. Kovacs has taught computer and information systems courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Neumann University, and Duquesne University. Industry experience includes Computer Systems and Analysis work in Pittsburgh at PNC Bank, Bank of NY Mellon, and the Equitable Gas Company. Kovacs received his doctorate and master’s degrees in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Education from California University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include pedagogy in higher education such as how students learn and interact with technology as well as topics concerning Big Data and Data Analytics. He has numerous publications in academic journals and conference proceedings and has received several awards for his publications.

Staff PortraitSushma Mishra is a Professor in Computer Information Systems department at Robert Morris University. Dr. Mishra received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has published multiple articles in information security governance, security effectiveness and health informatics. She was the director of the doctor in science (D.Sc.) program at RMU. Dr. Mishra’s research interests include organizational information security, security effectiveness, health informatics, gender issues in IT and cloud computing.

Staff PortraitBrian O’Roark is currently a University Professor of economics at Robert Morris University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Along with being the author of dozens of scholarly articles he is also the author of three books including Essentials of Economics, and Why Superman Doesn’t Take Over the World: What Superheroes Can Tell Us About Economics. O’Roark also serves as the editor for the Journal of Economics Teaching. He regularly presents at the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, hosting the series Economics Plus. His areas of research interest include the economics of information security, law and economics, the economics of pop culture, and economic education. 

Staff PortraitSun-A Park, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Robert Morris University. She received both M.A. and Ph.D. in Journalism (Emphasis in Strategic Communication) from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests include environmental risk, health, and crisis communication, such as consumer health crisis management, public health crisis communication, and corporate sustainability communication. Her research has appeared in Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Prism, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Studies in Communication Sciences, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, and The Handbook of Crisis Communication.

Staff PortraitKaren Paullet, D.Sc. has been a faculty member at Robert Morris University since May of 2009 where she teaches Cyber Security. She holds a BS in Information Systems, a MS in Communications and Information Systems, and a DSc. in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University. In addition Dr. Paullet has spent over 13 years working with law enforcement preparing cases using digital evidence for trial. She has spoken at over 200 engagements nationally and internationally to include agencies such as NASA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NIST, Department of Energy and the Federal Reserve on the Dangers of Social Network Sites, Mobile Security Threats, Privacy of Information, Information Sharing and the CSI Effect.  She has applied her research interests to educate students, organizations, law enforcement and government agencies. Her work has been published through various journals to include Issues in Information Systems, Journal of Information Systems (JISE) and the Journal of Information Systems of Applied Research (JISAR). Dr. Paullet has received numerous awards to include Distinguished Achievement Award for Service, Excellence in Teaching Award, and Academic Excellence Award.  She brings her professional experience in law enforcement and teaching to serve and educate others in the community. 

Staff PortraitJamie Pinchot is a Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. Dr. Pinchot earned a D.Sc. in Information Systems and Communications and an MS in Communications and Information Systems from Robert Morris University. She received her BA in Computer Science and AA in Management Information Systems from Thiel College. Her research interests include mobile technologies, information security and privacy, information design, social media, and the intersection of technology use and culture. Dr. Pinchot spent more than nine years working in IT in various capacities including web development, web interface design, web integration with legacy systems and most recently as a Senior IT Consultant specializing in enterprise online collaboration tools, social media, and mobile technologies. She has published papers in journals such as the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE), the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research (JISAR), Information Systems Education Journal (ISEDJ), and Issues in Information Systems (IIS).

Staff PortraitElizabeth Stork is Professor of Organizational Leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work – Social Administration from the University of Pittsburgh as well as her M.A. in Sociology in Gender, Race, and Class and M.S.W. Her B.A. in The Classics is from L.S.U. She has been teaching at RMU since 2005 and was the first faculty member for the graduate program in Organizational Studies, responsible for a great deal of course development. She also served as department head in the program. Stork conducts research in a variety of subjects related to the social construction of leadership, and of diversity, as well as the dynamics of teaching and learning, but her interests are strongly in the area of patriarchal effects on women and men leaders.  Currently she is studying women activists in authoritarian, patriarchal countries such as Jordan, Armenia, and Ethiopia, interviewing women who accomplish things under oppressive social traditions. Other areas of research are in leadership entitlement, using film to study gender stereotyping, and deconstructing leadership, and deconstructing diversity. Previous research has included cultural diversity, pedagogy, civility, behavioral decision making by women seeking shelter from violence, among other things. Stork has a history of working in philanthropy, sitting on nonprofit boards, board development, and evaluating programs and agencies. She has more than a dozen publications and three dozen conference presentations and has recently finished a book chapter on doing research in international settings. She currently teaches research methods, social movements, sex/gender and leadership, and the leadership and democracy capstone.

Staff PortraitPing Wang, Ph.D., CISSP, is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and the Point of Contact (POC) of RMU’s national Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation by NSA/DHS. He has taught and published research on various topics of IS/IT, Cybersecurity, and Communication, including computer networks, network security, Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity education and workforce development, business data breach communication, and cross-cultural communication. He has a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Computer Information Science (MCIS) from Cleveland State University as well as an MA and BA in Linguistics. Dr. Wang is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a senior consultant and leader of a private cybersecurity firm. He has received many awards for excellence in teaching, research, innovation, and mentoring. He has been an active member of the U.S. National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group since 2016 and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things (IJHIoT) since 2017. Dr. Wang is a certified diversity trainer and an active accreditation evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and ABET Computing Accreditation Commission.

Staff PortraitWenli Wang is a Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, and subsequently held academic posts at Emory University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Trident University. Her current research focuses on cybersecurity, health informatics, artificial intelligence, and rich media. She has 20+ journal and 40+ conference publications. She has published in Journal of Economic Theory, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Computer, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Information Technology Management, Technology in Society, etc. She has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Database Management and International Journal of E-business Research. Her other research interests are game theory, organizational behavior, leadership, ethics, mindfulness, control and assurance. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering & Telecommunications from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in 1994.

Staff PortraitDavid F. Wood, Ph.D. is Professor of Computer Information Systems at Robert Morris University. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Operations Research from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon. His areas of expertise are in Information Systems Curriculum and IS Program Accreditation. He helped to secure the most recent ABET re-accreditation, which is current until September 30, 2022.  He has been been a faculty member at Robert Morris since 1984.  He has taught programming, statistics, and the economics of information systems, as well as Management Information Systems at The Pennsylvania State University.  His research interests include the Economics of Information Systems, especially Data Breaches, and Data Analytics.

Staff PortraitChen Yang (Ph.D, M.S., M.A., B.A.) is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University. Dr. Yang has a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. Prior to completing his doctorate study, Dr. Yang has worked in multinational corporations in China and also earned two master’s degrees: one in Linguistics and one in Applied Statistics. Dr. Yang’s scholarship covers a variety of areas such as social media usage, intercultural communication, media effects, digital news, and more. His recent research topics include international students’ life in America and US media’s representation of China’s image. Dr. Yang has presented his research in multiple academic conferences including National Communication Association (NCA), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR). His research is published in book chapters and peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism, Electronic News, and Journal of Asian Communication. Dr. Yang has taught courses related to digital media, intercultural communication, advertising, and research methods.

Scholarships

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students in the Ph.D. in Information Systems and Communications program.  For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 800-762-0097 or graduateadmissions@rmu.edu.  

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the following scholarship application:

Scholarship Application

Our Alumni

As a graduate of our doctoral program, you will join more than 250 distinguished alumni. Of our alumni, approximately 40% work in the private sector, 35% in academic institutions, and 15% in think tanks, consulting firms, and government.

The following list is a sampling of organizations where our graduates work, research, and lead:

Private Sector:

  • IBM
  • Boeing
  • UPMC
  • CONSOL Energy, Inc.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Capital One
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • PNC
  • BNY Mellon
  • Highmark Health Solutions
  • Anthem
  • Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals LLC
  • Westinghouse Electric Co.
  • UPS
  • Fragomen
  • Bayer Crop Science LLC
  • Salesforce
  • DICK’s Sporting Goods
  • WESCO International, Inc.
  • General Electric Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Duquesne Light Company

Academic Institutions:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Penn State University
  • University of Maryland
  • National Defense University
  • Edinboro University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Clarion University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Carlow University
  • Grove City College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Geneva College
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Point Park University

Think Tanks, Consulting Firms, and Government:

  • The MITRE Corporation
  • Booz-Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence
  • Department of the Army
  • Department of the Navy
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • National Telecommunication and Information Administration
Alumni Testimonials

PhotoMichael Love, D.Sc. (Cohort 19, Class of 2020)
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Deputy Chief, Cybersecurity Operations Center
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

“The doctoral program at Robert Morris was a challenging and rewarding journey that supported my goals as a life-long learner.  The program helped me step into the world of academic research and opened doors to new opportunities that I would have never realized before this journey.  Thank you!”

PhotoStuart Williams, D.Sc. (Cohort 19, Class of 2020)
Chief Technologist
The MITRE Corporation

“The RMU information systems and communication doctoral program has been instrumental in adding the skills, credentials, and gravitas necessary to establish me as a capable thought leader among my peers and career engagements. The program allowed me to expand on my unique, existing area of expertise by applying core research and thought leadership principles, enabling me to contribute to knowledge in my field. The experience also allowed me to interact with other thought leaders from other domains, expanding my personal connections and network. 

Immediately after graduation, I was able to put my new credentials to use by using my research and thought leadership skills gained through the doctoral program to support several efforts related to COVID-19 pandemic research and response efforts in the United States. Having the credentials provided immediate, recognizable credibility backed up with the capabilities and tools the RMU program provided me. I urge doctoral candidates and prospects to consider the unique programming offered by RMU's focused doctoral program as a key benefit to a targeted approach to a high-quality credential for your future.”

PhotoBill Carney, D.Sc. (Cohort 18, Class of 2019)
Principle Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corporation

“Family. That’s what immediately comes to mind when I think about my time at RMU. The Cohort, the Professors, the Staff, all coming together for an extraordinary educational purpose. I certainly do miss those times, but the Family gained is everlasting. Cohort 18 ‘One Team, One Fight!’”

PhotoFred Hoffman, D.Sc. (Cohort 18, Class of 2019)
Interim Chairman, Intelligence Studies Department, Mercyhurst University
Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst University

“I am a big fan of the doctoral program at RMU! I successfully completed the program in May of 2019, and several months later was offered a teaching position at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, where I soon became the chairman of the Intelligence Studies department. One of my responsibilities is helping our Applied Intelligence graduate students develop, research, submit, and defend their master’s thesis – a task for which the RMU doctoral program prepared me well.  One of the most noteworthy things about the RMU doctoral program is its extremely high success rate: Whereas virtually all other doctoral programs have a less than 50% success rate, the RMU program has maintained a roughly 90% graduation rate for two decades. As my co-authors and I explained in a published article on the subject, one of the factors contributing to this success rate is RMU’s cohort model. Our doctoral cohort was a very closely-knit group; we still keep in close contact with one another.”

PhotoAlvi Lim, D.Sc. (Cohort 18, Class of 2019)
Lead Information Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corporation

“The RMU Information Systems and Communications Doctoral Program has widened my field of studies, taught me how research is conducted, and challenged me to view the world with multiple lenses. The program at RMU is compact but achievable, with an extraordinary group of professors who is always available to guide you to success.”

PhotoJay Wang, D.Sc. (Cohort 18, Class of 2019)
Principal Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corporation

“I very much enjoyed and greatly benefited from the program's balanced coverage of both technical and cultural factors applied with both quantitative and qualitative methods. It was a blessing to learn from the diverse and rich professional and life experiences of peer students throughout the entire three years - brainstorming and bonding without peer pressure but plenty of peer support. I am a better practitioner and researcher thanks to the caring and capable faculty and staff.”

PhotoMajed Afandi, D.Sc. (Cohort 17, Class of 2018)
Cybersecurity Risk Manager
Capital One

“The atmosphere, analytical and scientific knowledge, and research tactics I experienced through this program are forever remarkable. What I learned and achieved throughout the program helped me grow in my professional life. In fact, a number of fortune organizations were interested in my dissertation findings which resulted in me accepting a suitable career opportunity in one of them.  It is without a doubt, one of the best decisions I've ever made.”

PhotoAnne Shepherd, D.Sc. (Cohort 17, Class of 2018)
Associate Chief Information Officer
Internal Revenue Service

“The RMU doctoral program was a game changer for me, fueling my research interest in innovation strategy and culture.  The experience expanded my critical thinking and world view.  Few programs at this level have such an engaging and supportive faculty which makes the RMU journey quite special.”

PhotoDave Verret, D.Sc. (Cohort 15, Class of 2016)
Director, U.S. Army Signal School, Regional Signal Training Sites Division
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence

“I truly appreciated the doctoral program offered by RMU in Information Systems and Communications.  What stood out to me were the quality instruction, scheduling, cost, and the awesome classmates in my cohort. RMU is a wonderful school with a staff that encourages the executive-level students with unparalleled support and enthusiasm. I truly enjoyed the residencies and the camaraderie, too, even though I had to travel from Georgia to participate – it was worth it!”

PhotoGary King, D.Sc. (Cohort 14, Class of 2015)
Deputy Director, Cybersecurity
Office of Special Projects
Air Force Office of Special Investigations

“I stopped considering other doctorate programs after attending an RMU informational session in the Washington, DC region. I was looking for an in-residence program that would allow me to continue working, and use my Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. My interaction with the faculty, students in the area, and alumni provided me with a sense that RMU was the best academic institution for me to achieve the goal of earning a doctorate degree.
 
Robert Morris University provided others and me with an intellectual academic environment where students were encouraged to express and examine differing opinions, and allowed the application of out of box constructs to solve problems.  That nurturement bred meaningful contributions to the bodies of evidence in our respective areas of study.   
 
For me, from day one to post graduation, my continued interactions with faculty members, other students, and my cohort classmates has validated and reinforced that I made the correct decision in selecting RMU to pursue a Doctorate in Science in Information Systems and Communications.  Without the benefit of hindsight…I still, without hesitation, would choose RMU as my first choice to pursue a doctorate degree.”

PhotoQuinn Lanzendorfer, D.Sc. (Cohort 14, Class of 2015)
Technical & Acquisition Program Manager
U.S. Department of Defense

“The Information Systems & Communications doctoral program at Robert Morris University offers students the ability to take their knowledge to the next level. The program opens doors for publishing research and to be recognized as a subject matter expert.”

Contact Information

PinchotDr. Jamie Pinchot

Director, Ph.D. Information Systems and Communications Program
Professor of Computer and Information Systems

pinchot@rmu.edu
412-397-6050
Wheatley Center 327

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Theories in Action in Information Systems and Communication
Qualitative Research Methods for ISC
Economics of Information Systems in the Digital Age
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