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John C. Turchek M.Ed., M.S.
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Computer and Information Systems
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Doctor of Science Program  
Dr. Sushma Mishra is the director of SCIS’ D.SC. program.

“My number one priority as the director is to highlight and communicate the value that this program provides to people seeking a terminal degree in an applied field such as information systems,” Dr. Mishra said.

“We have a unique program in terms of balancing rigor and relevance,” Dr. Mishra noted. “The rigor of the program comes from well-designed courses in areas of research design, methods and content that are taught by our dedicated faculty. The relevance of the research comes from the applied nature of problems that professionals seeks to investigate in this program.”

She added that the answers that develop from the research are transferred from the classroom and into the organizational settings where the students work.

“The program is designed for students to succeed,” Dr, Mishra said. “We have one of the highest rates of graduation in this program. Being able to complete course work and individual research in three years requires lot of dedication from students and faculty members. We are able to accomplish this as a team.”

Dr. Mishra said she often is asked by prospective students why a D.Sc. degree might be a better choice than a Ph.D degree.

“In my opinion, D.Sc. program is more applied in nature,” she stated. “Our students are investigating real organizational problems and taking the skills and solutions to their work place to address more relevant issues. This makes our program different as the applicability of knowledge is high and not just a theoretical exercise.”

Dr. Mishra continues to teach one D.Sc. course in the fall semester in her new administrative role. She also will teach one Master’s level course in the spring term.

“I have been teaching in this program for few years and have really enjoyed the enthusiasm of all the people involved in making it successful,” she noted.

“I am a firm believer of this program, and I hope all our students are proud of their experiences here and their degrees.”

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 the faculty:

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