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Your Career in Cybersecurity Starts at Detroit Mercy

If you love computers and technology but want to focus on the big picture of how technology is used in business and in protecting the national infrastructure, rather than on coding and programming, University of Detroit Mercy's Cybersecurity & Information Systems department has degree options designed with you in mind.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

As an undergraduate student, you could earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in cybersecurity, select from a range of plans that allow you to go from a bachelor's degree to master's degree in only five years or even opt to minor in cybersecurity as a great adjunct to a different major.

For graduate students, we offer a Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in cybersecurity and a Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in software management. Both graduate programs are available online for added convenience and flexibility.

A National Center of Academic Excellence in CyberDefense Education

University of Detroit Mercy is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for 2016-2021. Having held designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance from 2004-2016, University of Detroit Mercy has more than a decade of expertise behind each class that drives you as a professional to be the best in your field.

You will receive an outstanding and well-rounded education that will not only teach you the foundations of the field but also will hone your ability to think critically and analytically, adapt to change and communicate effectively.

Cutting-Edge Curriculum: The First in MetroDetroit to Meet the CSEC 2017 Guidelines for Post-Secondary Degree Programs

 In January 2018, the Joint Taskforce on Cybersecurity Education (CSEC2017) released the first framework of its kind to directly focus on cybersecurity. View a copy of the post-secondary guidelines and the K-12 guidelines. This framework is significant to the academic sector since the Joint Taskforce on Cybersecurity Education (CSEC2017) is represented by the following organizations which are the leading research organizations in Information & Technology systems:

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS)
  • Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS-SIGSEC)
  • International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8)

Detroit Mercy's undergraduate cybersecurity curriculum has steadily adapted to the emerging needs of the cybersecurity workforce. Beginning with the Fall 2018-2019 academic year, our curriculum is fully aligned with eight knowledge areas in the CSEC2017 guidelines that address the cross-cutting concepts within the disciplines of Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, as well as other technology-based disciplines.  These knowledge areas of Cybersecurity are Data, Software, Component, Connection, System, Human, Organizational and Societal.

To learn more about the undergraduate cybersecurity major, contact Greg Laidlaw, department chair and associate professor at 313-993-3337 or laidlags@udmercy.edu.

Undergraduate Programs

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    Major - Cybersecurity

    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems
    Major: Cybersecurity

    According to the CSEC 2017 report, there is a current and growing workforce shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals and practitioners. Government and nongovernment sources project nearly 1.5 million cybersecurity-related positions going unfilled by 2020. (CSEC2017) As can be seen in this report, the workforce demand is immediate and growing. 

    To fulfill this gap, in an effort to develop the required talent, academic departments across the spectrum of computing disciplines are launching initiatives to establish new cybersecurity programs or courses of study within existing programs.

    Detroit Mercy is one of the nation's academic institutions that pioneered curriculum in cybersecurity more than a decade ago. The University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for 2016-2021.

    Beginning with the Fall 2018-2019 Academic Year, Detroit Mercy's curriculum is the first in the Metro-Detroit area to comply with the newly established CSEC2017 guidelines for cybersecurity education.

    Detroit Mercy's cybersecurity major consists of 14 required classes (42 credits) and 2 electives (6 credits) for a total of 16 courses or 48 credits. To obtain this undergraduate degree, you must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the 48-credit-hour program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    A link to the curriculum will be active on this page once the 2018/2019 catalog is available.  Course topics will include:

    • Foundations of Cybersecurity
    • Enterprise Architecture
    • Human Factors in IT Security
    • Secured Database Programming or CIS 4560 Database Design
    • Software Requirements and Design
    • Software Testing and Quality Assurance
    • Intro to Digital Forensics
    • Software Project Management
    • Networks
    • Information and Society
    • Ethical Hacking
    • Introduction to Incident Response
    • IA Risk Management
    • Technical Writing

    To learn more about the undergraduate cybersecurity major, contact Greg Laidlaw, department chair 313-993-3337 or laidlags@udmercy.edu.

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    Accelerated 5-Year Bachelor's to Master's Programs

    Where could you be in 5 years?

    For ambitious, driven and career-minded incoming freshmen, University of Detroit Mercy offers two options to increase your knowledge and skills as a full-time student for 10 semesters (5 academic years) before entering the workforce:

    • Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems (major: cybersecurity); Master of Science in Information Assurance (major: cybersecurity)
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems (major: cybersecurity); Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis

    In order to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years, you must:

    • Be very well prepared as an incoming freshman or transfer student;
    • Satisfy all the admission criteria (see below); and
    • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy, in order to take graduate-level courses while still an undergraduate.

    This program allows incoming freshmen to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees by being a full-time student for 5 academic years (10 consecutive semesters). Juniors at Detroit Mercy and transfer students may be admitted into the program with the permission of the department and Dean’s Office.

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    Minor - Cybersecurity

    University of Detroit Mercy's 18-credit minor in cybersecurity is designed to provide you with a foundation in database, networking and cybersecurity principles. This minor focuses on theoretical principles rather than on specific software or particular network components. Topics covered include network security, software security and information security.  This minor is a strong addition to many majors including criminal justice, health information management, nursing, digital media and education.

Graduate Programs

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    Information Assurance (Cybersecurity)

    Degree: Master of Science in Information Assurance
    Major: Cybersecurity
    Credits: 30

    University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in cybersecurity will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the field.

    You will learn all of the basic cybersecurity principles, technologies and processes and then take seven elective classes tailored to your interests. These elective classes are designed to prepare you to step into specific roles in the cybersecurity workforce and are geared to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE 2.0), which is the commonly accepted definition of the various jobs in this arena.

    Our successful graduates work in government, private and corporate settings including the U.S. Department of Defense and major automotive companies.

    For more detailed information, please visit our Information Assurance/Cybersecurity program page.
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    Computer & Information Systems

    Degree: Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
    Major: Software Management
    Credits: 30

    Gain a Competitive Edge in a Digital, Global World

    University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems with a major in software management is an opportunity for you to advance your career and shine as an information technology leader.

    The curriculum conveys comprehensive professional knowledge and best practices with regard to IT work. Its content is derived from and fully conforms with recommendations for programs of this type established by the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It offers the most up-to-date, industry based, knowledge of best practices in IT process development, leadership and program management.

    Specific knowledge areas include: IT portfolio and project management, system requirements elicitation and specification, comprehensive program construction concepts, assurance and business alignment processes and information assurance, audit and control. Upon graduation, you will be able to create and oversee productive and continuously improving management control infrastructures for large, complex and diverse businesses.

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    Dual Degree: MBA/MS CIS

    Dual Degree: Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
    University of Detroit Mercy offers a dual degree option where students can earn a Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration. This degree option is designed to help business professionals expand their knowledge of the business environment along with the rapidly changing world of information technology. The dual degree option is not available as an online course of study.

Accreditation

University of Detroit Mercy received a new designation and recognition by the National Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for 2016-2021. Having held designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance (CAE/IA) from 2004-2016, University of Detroit Mercy has more than a decade of expertise in this field. The new recognition positions Detroit Mercy students well to excel in a competitive and growing field that impacts national security.

Faculty

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Rita Barrios
Adjunct Professor
Cybersecurity & Information Systems
313-993-3338
rita.barrios@udmercy.edu

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Greg Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP
Lecturer
*Department Chair, Cybersecurity & Information Systems

313-993-3337
laidlags@udmercy.edu

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Daniel Shoemaker
Professor
Director of the Master of Science in Information Assurance Program
PI for the CAE program with the NSA
313-993-1053
shoemadp@udmercy.edu


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