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Online Cybersecurity / Information Assurance Graduate Program

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Create Confidence and Secure Information in a World Full of Digital Threats

Cybersecurity ensures comprehensive protection against all forms of digital threat. Cybersecurity professionals identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the organization’s operation; then, they design and deploy effective security responses to each threat. Cybersecurity professionals also create and sustain the requisite organizational control and accountability architecture to ensure that cyber-technology assets remain secure and that information that is processed and transmitted will remain confidential, trustworthy and available.

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 (CAE-CD) for 2016-2021. Having held a designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance from 2004-2017, University of Detroit Mercy packs more than a decade of nationally certified expertise into every class. The preparation and depth of professional knowledge that this program provides will make you excellent in your field.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Cybersecurity is an exciting new profession; and qualified individuals with strong foundations in information assurance and cybersecurity are in high demand. It is estimated that the increase in jobs in this field will outpace supply well into the year 2020, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is This the Right Degree for You?

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in cybersecurity is applicable across a broad range of careers and interests. Below are some of the types of people who have taken this course and advanced their careers. If you have an interest in cybersecurity, please contact us to discuss how this degree may be right for you.

  • Bachelor's degree with an interest in employment in government or business security work
  • Management or technical position in cybersecurity with interest in developing their careers into more advanced managerial roles
  • Individuals who are currently employed in software or systems development with interest in transitioning to software assurance
  • Individuals who are currently employed in information systems or networking positions with interest in transitioning to enterprise network security
  • Individuals who are currently employed in compliance or physical security sectors with interest in transitioning to cybersecurity
  • Former military any MOS interested in transitioning to/entering field of cybersecurity
  • Law enforcement or first responder interested in transitioning to/entering field of cybersecurity
  • Individuals with a legal background who are interested in transitioning into specializations in cyber-law, or legal and regulatory compliance

Graduate Program

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    Information Assurance (Cybersecurity)

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

    Complete Your Degree in One Year Online

    The University of Detroit Mercy Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in cybersecurity consists of 30 credits and can be completed in one academic year. This program is currently only available online. Students who take their degree program online through our online campus realize a substantial savings in tuition.

    Students will earn the following CNSS certifications upon graduation: NSTISSI 4011- fundamentals CNSSI 4012 IA management These certifications signify that an individual has a demonstrated understanding of information assurance (IA), computer systems, information management and systems security.

    What You Will Learn

    University of Detroit Mercy's master's program in Information Assurance will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the entire field of cybersecurity. This holistic understanding will allow you to developing total protection solutions that will mitigate cyber-risks to acceptable levels in government, business and industry. You will learn all of the basic cybersecurity principles, technologies and processes.

    Specialty courses range from technical classes like ethical hacking, incident response and digital forensics to strategic and managerial knowledge in cybersecurity operations, software and system assurance, supply chain risk management, secure governance and controls and regulatory compliance.

    These courses are taught by experts in the field. Daniel Shoemaker, Ph.D., is one of the primary instructors. He is also one of the authors of the National Software Assurance Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) for the Department of Homeland Security. Shoemaker has written and lectured on cybersecurity and information assurance topics throughout the eastern United States and Canada. He founded the International Cybersecurity Education Coalition (ICSEC), which is an NSA-sponsored consortium of higher education institutions located in Michigan and Ohio.

    CNSS Certification

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    University of Detroit Mercy's Information Assurance program has been certified to meet all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Standard for Information Assurance Professional (CNSS 4011) and System Management (CNSS 4012), making Detroit Mercy part of an elite group of academic institutions certified by our government’s highest national security agency in offering educational programs in cybersecurity and information assurance.

    Resources

    Graduate Program Tuition & Fee Schedule (Note: At present, this program is only availabe online). 
    List of Authorized States for Online Programs (This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader to view this file.)

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    Successful Graduates

    Especially if you are looking for a career in Washington, D.C., a University of Detroit Mercy education will be looked at with respect. We regularly receive notices of available jobs and have skillful relationships with many key organizations in the Beltway. Look at our successful track record for graduates of our program:

    Nikki W. – Department of Defense in the United Kingdom

    Mary S. – Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

    Brent S.– Department of Defense,  Washington DC area

    Katie C. –  Private Contractor in Germany

    Shawn Cavanaugh after grad TACOM, EUCOM in Germany, NRC DC area

    Adam H. – Federal Government, Washington DC area

    Keith J. – Private Contractor in Washington DC area

    Jennifer M. – Private Contractor to Department of Defense in Washington DC area

    Ken S.- Professor & Chair Oakland Community College

    Tim R. – TACOM

    Jason J. – Professor Sinclair Community College

    Jason G. – GM book author on Secure Coding with McGraw-Hill

    Jacob J. -TACOM

    Habib A. –TACOM

    Moe S.- West Point after Grad, now FORD

    Janell M. – Department of Defense in Washington DC area

    Jeff W. – Department of Defense in Washington DC area

    Brad W. – Eastern Michigan University, DTE, adjunct at University of Detroit Mercy

    Amir J.- Silicon Valley Private CO

    Phyllis J. – Department of Defense Washington DC area

    Matt D.- U.S. Army stationed in IA at NSA, currently Samsung

    Tanisha R. – Department of Defense, Washington DC area

    Maya C.– Department of Defense, Washington DC area

    Charmaine G. – Department of Defense, Washington DC area

    Jason N. – Chrysler Information Assurance

    Paul G. – IRS

    LaShawn E– Department of Defense, Washington DC area

    Michael C. - TACOM

Partnership with the EC-Council

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    Online Certifications in Hacking

    Through a partnership with the EC-Council (International Council fo Electronic Commerce Consultants), University of Detroit Mercy students have a choice of three courses, including the Certified Ethical Hacker program. These iLearn self-paced packages include the exam and e-courseware at a discounted price of $1,599 through the University. Students must also register for an independent study at Detroit Mercy if they wish to receive class credit. Tuition will be assessed at the standard rate for a three-credit independent study course in addition to the EC-Council fees.

    Download a PDF of the flyer  to learn more. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader to view the flyer.

Careers

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in Cybersecurity prepares graduates for the workforce roles specified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework. There are 32 specialty areas within this framework; ranging from software assurance, through operating system and network security, forensics, intelligence and counter-intelligence and legal and regulatory compliance and strategic management careers. The foundations for work in any of these specialty areas is provided by the curriculum of this program. Below is a list of typical jobs for which the program will prepare you:

  • Cyber Security Threat Analyst and Cyber-Risk Assessment
  • Strategic cyber Security Architecture Design and Control Design and Implementation
  • Software Assurance and Security Engineering
  • Secure Acquisition and Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Enterprise Network and Cyber-Operations Defense
  • System Forensics and Cyber Investigation
  • Security Compliance and Regulatory Audit

Meet Our Faculty

Rita Barrios, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer & Information Systems & Department Chair

Nicholas Jupillat, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor

Greg Laidlaw, Ph.D.
Lecturer

Daniel Shoemaker, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of the Master of Science in Information Assurance Program & Principle Investigator for the Center for Academic Excellence Program with the National Security Agency


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