Information Systems and Communications D.Sc.
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Earn a doctorate in three years without quitting your job. The D.Sc. at RMU is an executive-style, part-time degree program that features supportive expert faculty, a high success rate, a collaborative cohort model that builds professional networks, and an interdisciplinary approach to communications and technology that strengthens your credentials. 

The D.Sc. in Information Systems and Communications is the only one of its kind in the Pittsburgh region designed for technology and communication professionals who manage information resources:

  • Chief information officers, chief knowledge officers, network administrators, in-house consultants, training specialists, and other managers of information technology in corporate and professional organizations
  • Educators, academic administrators, and information managers in educational institutions
  • Professionals in accounting, finance, MIS, management, marketing, health care administration, telecommunications, and corporate communications whose qualifications will be enhanced by a doctoral degree.

Curriculum consists of eight integrated inquiry seminars that develop applications of theory in a range of information and communication contexts, including researching field-based problems and developing proposals, methodology, and quality assurance. The 63-credit program culminates in a dissertation that analyzes and solves an information management problem chosen by the doctoral candidate.

The executive format assures student success and minimizes isolation by scheduling 7-day residencies in late August and early January, with three additional weekend residencies scheduled in both fall and spring for each of the three years. Campus in Moon Township is conveniently located just two miles from Pittsburgh International Airport. During their on-campus residency, D.Sc. students enjoy networking with their fellow cohort members, building relationships with faculty, and personal attention from their advisor. This collaborative environment is why 90% of students graduate within three years, whereas most doctoral programs take more than twice as long to complete.

A limited number of one time, needs-based, partial scholarships are available for newly admitted D.Sc students.  Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information and a scholarship application. Call 800-762-0097 or email

Contact Information

David Wood
412-397-6465 phone
Wheatley Center 308

Karen Paullet
Wheatley Center 229

Sample Courses:

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

The Ethnography of Information Systems
The Information Age Organization
Systems Usability Studies, Testing & Design

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