Which will you pick

Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems

  • cybersecurity major

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

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

Minor

  • Cybersecurity

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Information Assurance (cybersecurity major)
  • Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (major: software management)

Cybersecurity and
In-Demand Computer Careers

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 Computer & Information Systems program has degree options designed with you in mind.

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

As an undergraduate student, you could earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in cybersecurity, select from  from a range of plans that allow you to go from bachelor's to master's in only five years or even minor in cybersecurity. For graduate students, we offer a Master of Science in Information Assurance (major: cybersecurity) and a Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (major: software management). Both graduate programs are available online for added convenience and flexibility.

A National Center of Academic Excellence

University of Detroit Mercy's Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies is recognized by the National Security Administration 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.

 

Bachelor's | Accelerated  5-Year | Minor

Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems
with a Major in Cybersecurity

Your career in cybersecurity starts with your degree at University of Detroit Mercy. In a world of ever-evolving technology, we have never been more connected or more vulnerable. Corporations, governments and even your personal identity are at risk. Presently, there is more demand for cybersecurity professionals than there are people to fill the positions.

Technologies will always change, but once you have the theoretical and applied foundations, you will be positioned to adapt to a lifetime of career opportunities.

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 Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for 2016-2021.

Through Detroit Mercy's undergraduate curriculum, you will take courses that guide you along a journey from understanding the human factors of IT security to the legal world of digital forensics and the many destinations along the way including networks, software assurance, software sustainment and secure database programming.

Your career in cybersecurity starts with your degree at University of Detroit Mercy.

Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Requirements of the Major
42 Credit Hours

Required courses

CIS 4060* Software Requirements and Design 3 credits
CIS 4505* Software Project Management 3 credits
CIS 4570* Networks 3 credits
CIS 4840* Software Assurance 3 credits
CIS 4860* Software Testing and Methodologies 3 credits
8 electives as specified in the catalog 24 credits

One course from the following based on a placement exam:

CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers 3 credits
CIS 1020 Computers and Research 3 credits
CIS 1030 Introduction to Web Design
3 credits

*Courses have been designated by the United States National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as eligible for a certificate of completion.

For more information and requirements, please see the University of Detroit Mercy Catalog.


Accelerate your career as a freshman or as a transfer student

University of Detroit Mercy's accelerated program will take ambitiously driven, career-minded students from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree in only five years!

Want to learn more? Click on the "Accelerated" tab at the top of this page to learn more about our two options to supercharge your cybersecurity education.


Minor in 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 specifics of specific software or 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.

Degree Requirements (18 credits)

CIS 3870 Secure Database Programming 3 credits
CIS 4570* Networks 3 credits
CIS 4650 Information and Society 3 credits
CIS 4710 Ethical Hacking 3 credits
CIS 4840* Software Assurance 3 credits
CIS 4850 Information Assurance 3 credits

*Courses have been designated by the United States National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as eligible for a certificate of completion.

For more information and requirements, please see the University of Detroit Mercy Catalog.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program

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

Look at your next 5 years!
  First Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Second Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Third Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Fourth Year  
  First Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Second Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Fifth Year
  First Semester: 9-12 graduate credits
      Second Semester: 9-12 graduate credits including Capstone course, if required
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 UDM and transfer students may be admitted into the program with the permission of the department and Dean’s office.


 Admission into the Program

Qualifications for the accelerated programs for new freshmen are:
• Enter the accelerated/5-year option as a full-time incoming freshman;
• Have a high school ACT composite score of 24, with a minimum of 22 in each section;
• Have a high school grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale; and
• Place into appropriate-level freshmen math and writing courses at UDM.

Qualifications for the accelerated programs for juniors and transfer students are:
• Receive program and Dean's Office approval;
• Can transfer in up to first term as a junior;
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.25; and
• Have a minimum of 72 credits.

Program Requirements
• Must maintain full-time status throughout undergraduate and graduate segments
• All undergraduate and graduate requirements must be met
• May take up to four graduate classes in the senior year
• May experience different financial aid packages for onsite and online graduate programs

How it Works—Save Time and Money
The student pays full-time undergraduate tuition during the first four years and regular graduate tuition for the fifth year. One economic benefit to the student is that the cost of the first 12 graduate credits (2 courses in the Fall and 2 courses in the Winter) has been covered by the normal undergraduate tuition meaning that no additional costs are incurred in the fourth-year-full-time tuition rate. Since the graduate program will be reduced by the 4 graduate courses taken while an undergraduate student, the graduate program can be done faster and more economically. Certain financial aid benefits are also applied to the entire 5-year program usually resulting in more cost-savings.


The student MUST maintain full-time status during the first three years. Depending on the program and the student’s incoming record such as AP Credits, full-time status usually means 15-18 credit-hours per semester. This will result in the student having 102-108 credits entering the senior year. During the senior year, the student must remain full-time, finishing their undergraduate degree while taking up to 12 credits of graduate work. A maximum of 12 graduate credits are allowed in the undergraduate portion of the program (6 credits in fall and 6 in winter). For freshmen, this program MUST be completed in five years from start to finish. If the student does not finish within the five years, then the program reverts to the costs associated with earning a master's degree outside of the five-year program and other financial aid benefits may be lost. Students who transfer into the program MUST maintain full-time status until the completion of the program.

For more information and requirements, please see the University of Detroit Mercy Catalog.

Master of Science in Information Assurance
with a Major in Cybersecurity

Develop total-protection solutions to mitigate cybersecurity threats

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. 

Course Tuition & Fees*

For 2016/17, this program is only available online.

Please click here for the Detroit Mercy tuition and fee schedule for the McNichols campus graduate program. Students taking courses online realize a substantial cost savings. Please click here for the fee and tuition schedule for online programs.

Click to be taken to the Master of Science in Information Assurance page with much more detailed information.

Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a Major in Software Management

Gain a competitive edge in a digital, global world

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems (MCI) 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 students will be able to create and oversee productive and continuously improving management control infrastructures for large, complex and diverse businesses.

Upon graduation you will be able to create and oversee productive and continuously improving management control infrastructures for large, complex and diverse businesses.

Course Tuition & Fees*

*Note: Students who elect their course of study at the McNichols campus are not eligible to take classes online at the discounted rate. Online only students are not eligible to take classes at the McNichols Campus.

Program Requirements
30 Credit Hours

Required courses

CIS 5010 Introduction to Information Systems  3 credits
CIS 5100 Object Orientation Software Development 3 credits
CIS 5200* Specification 3 credits
CIS 5300* Software Assurance 3 credits
CIS 5400* Software Management 3 credits
Five electives from specified classes in the catalog 15 credits

For more information and requirements, please see the University of Detroit Mercy Catalog.


Dual MBA/MCI Degree Option

A dual MBA/MSCIS degree option is offered to those who wish to expand their knowledge of the business environment along with the rapidly changing world of information technology. Under this option, up to 15 credits from one degree may be applied to the other degree. Grades earned in those 15 credits will not be counted in the calculation of the grade point average for the second degree.

Students who desire this joint degree option should normally declare their intention during their first semester of enrollment. Students must contact their advisor to file the appropriate form with the Graduate Office. Students must meet the admission requirements for both programs, must fulfill all foundation requirements for both programs, and must successfully complete the coursework specified for the dual degree option.

Need more information BEFORE you apply?

Use the form below or contact the department chair: Rita Barrios, Ph.D., department chair at 313-993-3338 | rita.barrios@udmercy.edu

Are You Ready to Apply?

To apply for for any of our programs, please visit the University of Detroit Mercy Admissions page:

http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/online/index.htm

Because our apply page needs to accommodate all of our applicants in the disciplines that UDM offers, it may seem a bit confusing at first. To help you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to communicate with an admissions counselor by phone at 800-635-5020 or by email at admissions@udmercy.edu.