Rapid changes in technology and increasing technological sophistication needed to maintain global competitiveness are causing information technology industries to encourage their workforce to advance its knowledge, skills, and expertise through graduate-level education and training. For many engineers, this means education beyond the master's degree. More specifically, the kind of advanced knowledge needed in niche or specialized areas of emerging technologies can only be offered through doctoral programs that not only allow engineers to acquire and strengthen their own knowledge but also educate them to become technical leaders and technology developers in their own companies.
The Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering is designed to meet the need of engineers who want to be the technology leaders of the future. It is a 50 credit hour postgraduate program and can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The classes are held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. The areas of specialization available in the program include information management and knowledge engineering, computer networks and computer architecture, intelligent systems and human/computer interaction, graphics and visualization, supply chain informatics, web services and security.