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Doctor of Science Program  

Dr. David Wood directs the Doctor of Science program in Information Systems and Communications at Robert Morris University. Because of that, he has a keen sense of what makes the program different from other doctoral programs in higher education.

“We are a step above the Ph.D.,” Dr. Wood said. “We not only honor the students’ previous academic work, but we account for their professional work as well.”

But Dr. Wood thinks there might be something else even more important about the RMU D.Sc. 

“We don’t re-emphasize a student’s Master’s degree courses,” he said. “Rather, we challenge students to conceptualize a research question and then attack it.”

The program includes 16 seminars and concludes with a dissertation. Through full-time study, students can complete the program in three academic years, which includes spending several weekends on the RMU campus during the academic year. 

So, why should YOU consider this program?

From the perspective of program students and graduates:

This has been a wonderful program beginning with my cohort to the professors. The care that was taken to pull a diverse group of individuals was nothing less than genius. "The Family" has made this process an even more wonderful experience as I have 17 sets of ears to bounce thoughts, topics, and ideas off, as well as men and women that I truly value and have built life-long friendships.

In understanding that we all lead busy and sometimes chaotic lives, the professors work with me and the cohort to make sure the concepts are not only understood, but that we also have the ability to perform homework and tasks with confidence.

The Information Systems and Communications degree is a terminal degree and was a selling point for where I want to grow in the future. For anyone looking to expand their field of experience, this program is challenging, but more so, rewarding.


Lisa Raymond (Cohort 18, anticipated degree conferral in 2019)

The design of the program, with its three-year length, executive style schedule, and broad, yet scholarly, coursework platform made it a wonderful and important educational experience for me.

The program coursework equipped me with tools to grow as a leader and educator.

I also teach part-time in the organizational leadership department at RMU. I am convinced that my doctoral education and overall experience in the program played a key role in my growth and career advancement.


-Sarah Arnold, D. Sc. (2012)

The program offered my cohort the flexibility to learn and grow while managing the other aspects of our personal and professional lives. This is critical because we did not have to reinvent ourselves for the sake of gaining the doctorate degree.

In addition, the professors provided us a balanced scholarly and practical learning experience that complimented our daily lives.

Finally, people will say a doctorate is a doctorate; but if there is one thing I will always remember, and as Dr. Fred Kohun would always say, a good dissertation is a done dissertation. That is what I cherished the most out of the program. People are respected not because of the letters behind their name but because of the contribution they provide to society at large.


-Chet Thompson, D.Sc. (2013)

From the perspective of two of the faculty:

RMU’s D.Sc. Program is uniquely positioned to provide opportunities to working professionals in a time bound manner that allows them to experience a perfect blend of rigor and relevance in doctoral education. This fast-paced program’s uniqueness lies in the commitment of faculty members to help students keep up with the expectations of doctoral work.

I enjoy teaching in this program because the challenges are different from a regular doctoral program. Our student cohorts bring diversity, specialized insights and energy into classrooms. I find teaching in the D.Sc. program very rewarding.


-Dr. Sushma Mishra

RMU’s D.Sc. is an interdisciplinary program fostering engaged scholarship and academic excellence. It is presented in the executive format, which allows students to balance their research endeavors with work and family life.

I enjoy teaching in this program because many students are advanced practitioners and thought leaders in government, industry and education. The faculty-student interactions are quite stimulating, which is very rewarding to me as an academic.

Students benefit from not only a rich, challenging academic environment but also a friendly, close-bonded cohort structure.


-Dr. Wenli Wang