The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is a private STEM-focused university that was founded in 2001 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There is also a satellite location in Philadelphia. The university provides students with a small student to faculty ratio, with 6,469 undergraduate and graduate students. With a diverse student body comprised of 60% minority students and higher ratio of female students compared to other science and technology schools—44% compared to the average of 18%—Harrisburg University promotes diversity and inclusion in the science and technology world. Harrisburg University prepares students for the competitive STEM field and gives them an advantage by studying at a top-ranked STEM school. In U.S. News 2020 report, Harrisburg University was ranked #21 for most innovative schools.
Master of Science Programs
Harrisburg University offers graduate programs for students seeking master of science degrees in Analytics, Biotechnology, Computer Information Sciences, Healthcare Informatics, Human-Centered Interaction Design, Information Systems Engineering and Management, Learning Technologies and Media Systems, Next Generation Disruptive Technologies, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Project Management, and Techpreneurship. These programs require 15-18 semester hours of core courses along with 6 semester hours of experiential courses, with the exception of Learning Technologies and Media Systems. The Learning Technologies and Media Systems requires 15 semester hours worth of core requirements along with a capstone project. The Project Management program is also an exception, requiring only 18 credits of core courses. Some programs also require additional elective courses. Experiential courses are in-depth studies in research, applied fieldwork through long-term projects, or thesis writing. Students are also able to form a specific concentration or concentrations within their degree.
Research and Career Opportunities
Master of Science programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology give students lab-based and fieldwork-based research opportunities and real-world experience to help students learn the skills needed to be successful in their careers. Harrisburg University prepares students for a wide range of science and technology fields in the public and private sectors. Students have the ability to specialize in specific areas and work in internships, labs, and research facilities before finding postgraduate, full-time employment.
Faculty members who teach at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are academically and professionally accomplished. Professors have real-world experience in the fields in which they teach, and include a mix of full-time faculty and corporate faculty. For example, Rand Ford, Ph.D. is a full-time Professor of Analytics who held C-level positions at six different companies throughout his career. On the other hand, Eduardo Rodríquez is a corporate faculty member at the Master of Science Information Systems Engineering and Management program but continues to work as the president and principle of IQAnalytics Inc. Professors continuously engage in research and offer research opportunities to students.
Harrisburg University has hosted many notable alumni. Nathanial Clarke, 2014 graduate, is now a full time Associate IT Analyst at Highmark Blue Shield. Jackie Turner, a 2012 graduate, is now a Supply Planner/Inventory Management Specialist for the U.S. Navy. Terrell Darden even landed an internship as an Information Technology infrastructure specialist in the Office of the Chief Information Officer Directorate NASA Langley. He is now pursuing his MBA degree at Harrisburg University on a full-scholarship.