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Harrisburg University

Harrisburg University

Harrisburg & Philadelphia, PA

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Harrisburg University

Harrisburg University

Campus Locations:

326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

1500 Spring Garden Street, Suite 101, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Harrisburg University

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School Locations:

Harrisburg, PA & Philadelphia, PA

School Accreditations:

The Middle States Commission accredited Harrisburg University on Higher Education(MSCHE) in 2009.

It is the first non-profit university that independently focuses on science and technology in more than 100 years.

Day-1 CPT Master’s:

  • Analytics

  • Biotechnology

  • Computer Information Sciences

  • Healthcare Informatics

  • Human Centered Interaction Design

  • Pharmaceutical Science

  • Project Management, and 5 other Day 1 CPT programs

Estimated Tuition:

$33,000 per program total

$5,480 per semester

for international grad students


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| 1.About the School

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is a highly renowned STEM school, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It has been ranked the #1 STEM university in the US by CorporateLiveWire for four consecutive years. The graduate programs are designed in a hybrid format with mandatory on-campus weekend sessions each month, letting students apply classroom knowledge to professional training. Harrisburg’s programs meet all USCIS and SEVIS regulations, and 92% of students found a job within 6 months after graduation.

Harrisburg University was founded on December 12, 2001, and was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) on June 22, 2009. It is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. (Graduate programs eligible for H-1B advanced lottery)

The school covers an area of 380,000 square feet and its 16-story teaching building, costing $73 million, is a landmark in Harrisburg. The school is currently building a medical center building that costs nearly $100 million and is planned to be put into use in 2023.

The university has around 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 70% of whom are international students from 110 countries, with over 200 full-time faculty members.

About the School

| Accreditations

  • The Middle States Commission accredited Harrisburg University on Higher Education(MSCHE) in 2009. HU is the first non-profit university that independently focuses on science and technology in more than 100 years.

  • Harrisburg University was named the #1 STEM university in the U.S. by Corporate LiveWire, one of the Top 5 Pennsylvania universities for student diversity, and Top 25 project management programs in the country by

  • HU is the 2nd most popular college for Indian students in the U.S., by Higher Education Review.

  • The Computer Science program is named the best CS online program by


| School Locations

Harrisburg University has 2 campus locations: Harrisburg, PA & Philadelphia, PA


  • Flights to Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) which is 9 miles from HU

  • 3-hour drive from New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore; 2 hours from Philadelphia to Harrisburg

  • Trains and buses from Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and other nearby cities. The Amtrak and Greyhound stations are 1 block from campus.

Alhambra Campus

1000 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803

Harrisburg Campus

Also opening a location in Panama to offer an accessible, high-quality, high-demand STEM education

326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

| Academic Departments

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Admissions Tour

The school boasts a robust faculty base, including several professors who work as industry executives. Additionally, the curriculum emphasizes practical application of classroom learning through hands-on assignments and projects, which often require students to intern in relevant industries.

Click + to learn more about each program:

Undergraduate Programs

Applied Mathematics


Computer and Information Sciences

Cyber Security Operations and Management (Online)

E-sports Management, Production, and Performance

Environmental Science and Sustainability

Management, Entrepreneurship, and Business Administration (Online)

Geospatial Technology

Interactive Media

Master’s Programs



Computer Information Sciences

Healthcare Informatics

Information Systems Engineering and Management


Project Management


Human-Centered Interaction Design

Learning Technologies & Media Systems

Pharmaceutical Design

PhD Programs

Computational Sciences

Data Sciences

Information systems engineering and management

| 2.CPT Policies

CPT Policies

CPT is required for master's and doctoral programs at HU. Master's programs require at least 2 semesters of CPT to be eligible for graduation.

F-1 visa students are asked to start their CPT internships on the first day of the first semester (Day-1 CPT full-time job). Students who have submitted I-539 for status change or have B-1/B-2 or F-2 visas and are transferring to F-1 visas must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above in their first semester to apply for CPT for the later semesters.

CPT internships must be related to the course content. CPT can be full-time (working 21-40 hours/week) or part-time. (working 20 hours or less/week)

Regarding CPT employers, after the employer completes the CPT Verification Form and submits the Offer Letter to the international student department for approval, the school will issue an I-20 form containing the employer's information.

When registering for next semester's courses in advance, CPT will automatically be extended to the beginning of the next semester, covering the GAP between semesters, and allowing students to work legally continuously.

*Note that international students with F-1 visas are NOT allowed to enroll in two or more online courses per semester as per USCIS regulations. However, there is no online course limitation for students with H1-B or H-4 visas.

| 3.Day-1 CPT Programs

Harrisburg University graduate programs that offer full-time CPT opportunities:

  • MS Analytics

  • MS Biotechnology

  • MS Computer Information Sciences

  • MS Consumer Behavior and Decision Science

  • MS Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management

  • MS Healthcare Informatics

  • MS Human Centered Interaction Design

  • MS Information Systems Engineering & Management

  • MS Learning Technologies and Media Systems

  • MS Pharmaceutical Science

  • MS Project Management

  • MS Techpreneurship

Day-1 CPT Programs

Click below to explore program concentrations:

| Tuition and Scholarship

The total cost for the entire MBA program is $24,000, with $12,000 per academic year and $4,000 per semester. The tuition fee includes textbook and CPT fees. (There is no additional credit fee for CPT courses in each semester.) The deadline for tuition payment is 5 business days before the start of the semester. Late payment will incur a $50 late fee.

MS Analytics

Healthcare Informatics

Pharmaceutical Sciences (additional admission requirements)

MS Biotechnology

Biotechnology Business and Management


Medical Biotechnology

MS Computer Information Sciences

Scientific Computing

Software Engineering and Software Testing

Cyber Security

MS Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management

Cybersecurity and Cyber Warfare

MS Information Systems Engineering & Management


Quantum Information Sciences

MS Project Management

Agile Lean


Human-Centered Interaction Design

*In addition, HU's Ph.D. programs are only available for students with a related undergraduate degree in Data Analytics and Computer Information systems. Only 10 students are recruited each year. Admission rate’s around 10%-15%.

* Some master’s CPT programs offer Individualized concentrations

Day-1 CPT Programs

Harrisburg University Campus Building

| 4.Onsite Frequency

Onsite Frequency

Class Format:

For graduate students at Harrisburg University, completing 2 courses per semester is mandatory, with 1 course being online and the other being onsite.

The online course involves participating in team discussions, completing homework assignments, and passing exams.

Onsite courses are conducted at the main campus in Harrisburg on the first day of the semester, one day in the middle of the semester, and the last day. (3 times/semester) It takes about 6-8 hours per week to complete all the coursework.

Class Time:

Saturday: 8AM to noon, 1PM to 5PM

* It is imperative that students attend the monthly onsite class, failure to do so may result in not only the failure of the class but also in the voiding of their student visa status.

| 5.Tuition and Scholarship

  Per Credit Total Credits Tuition Total (CPT not included) Semester Tuition
All Graduate Degrees $830 36 $33,000 $5,480

Tuition: $5,480 USD per semester for international graduate students (*2023 updated)

*After receiving the acceptance letter, students must pay a $1,000 Non-refundable deposit which will be applied to the tuition for the first semester. 

*The tuition for each semester must be paid off at least 1 week before the first day of the class, or there will be a late fee of $250.

Non-Tuition Cost:

I-20 processing fee - $200

Program fee per semester - $500

| Application Guide

| Scholarships

Harrisburg University does not offer scholarship to international students at the moment.

| 6.Academic Calendar

Harrisburg University uses a trimester system (3 semesters per year), find the 2023 academic calendar below:

Term Start Date Onsite Weekends
Early Summer 2023 May 6, 2023 May 6, June 10, July 29
Late Summer 2023 July 8, 2023 July 8, August 12, September 23
Early Fall 2023 August 26, 2023 Aug 26-27, Oct 7-8, Nov 11-12
Late Fall 2023 Oct 28, 2023 Oct 28-29, Dec 9-10, Jan 27-28
Early Spring 2024 Jan 6, 2024 Jan 6-7, Feb 10-11, Mar 23-24
Late Spring 2024 Mar 9, 2024 Mar 9-10. Apr 20-21, May 18-19

*The Application Deadline for F-1 transfer students is normally around 2 weeks prior to the program start date, if you are planning to come to the US for the first time the application deadline is 3 months prior.

| 7.Application Guide

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The Application Process:

Once we connect you with an official school admissions officer, a personalized DocuSign application form will be provided to you.

Fill out the application form, upload supporting documents, and submit it for a final review.

Incomplete application packets cannot be reviewed.

There is no application fee.

Once your complete packet is received, you should expect a decision within 2 weeks.

*If you have an urgent request for enrollment, we can work with the school and expedite the process for you, to receive the admission letter within 3 days.

Application Deadline:

The university has set an application deadline of 2 weeks before the program start date for those already in the US with a valid student visa, and 3 months before the program start date for those who are not.

*Note that the university may close applications at any time should classes reach capacity, so it is recommended to submit your application as early as possible!

Application Document Requirement:

• Application Form Request your DocuSign application form Here

• Goal Statement (*Not required for US school graduates) The statement should be at least 1 page or 200+ words.

• Degree Certificates and Transcripts Include all university transcripts. Foreign transcripts should be evaluated by WES or ECE • Two Current Letters of Recommendation(*Not required for US school graduates) Letters should be from current or former employers or professors • Professional Resume • Proof of English Proficiency IELTS (6.0) or TOEFL (80) or DuoLingo (105). Not required if you have successfully completed one full semester of graduate studies from a regionally accredited US institution of higher education with a GPA of 3.0 or higher • Passport Individuals already in the USA must also include copies of their visa, most recent I-20 and I-94 • Bank Statement Bank statements of $27,040 in financial support and affidavit of support if applicable. Pay stubs cannot be used as proof of financial support. If you are using sponsor bank statements, you must also submit an affidavit of support.

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