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 and Information Systems program has degree options designed with you in mind.
In-Demand Computer Careers
Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
As an undergraduate student, you could earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in cybersecurity or you could select from a range of plans that allow you to go from bachelor's to master's in only five years. For graduate students, we offer a Master of Science in Information Assurance (major: cybersecurity) and a Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with an emphasis on 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 Cybersecurity and Intelligence Studies is one of the top three Centers of Academic Excellence in secure software and supply chain assurance. In addition, several courses have been designated by the United States National Security Agency Critical Infrastructure Protection Board Committee on National Security Systems for Information Assurance Center of Excellence Certification.
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 of Science 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 Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as a national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.
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 UDM. This major will be available in the 2016/17 catalog.
42 Credit Hours
|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||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
*Courses have been designated by the United States National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security for Certification
The cybersecurity major will be available in the 2016/17 catalog.
Accelerate your career starting with your freshman year
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.
Accelerated 5-Year 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's in Computer & Information Systems (major: cybersecurity); Master's in Information Assurance (major: cybersecurity)
- Bachelor's in Computer & Information Systems (major: cybersecurity); Master's in Intelligence Analysis
How it works to save you time and money
- Enroll as a freshman.
- Pay full time undergraduate tuition during the first four years.
- Pay regular graduate tuition for the fifth year.
You realize a substantial savings because the first 12 credits of your graduate program are covered at the undergraduate tuition rate. In addition, the graduate program is reduced by the four courses taken while an undergraduate. This accelerates your schedule and completes both programs five years. this is a huge savings!
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.
- Satisfy all the admission criteria (see below).
- Maintain a 3.25 GPA at UDM, in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.
Admission into the Program
Incoming freshmen MUST:
- Have a high school ACT composite score of 25, 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.
- Place into appropriate-level math and writing courses at UDM.
Master of Science in Information Assurance (cybersecurity major)
Develop total-protection solutions to mitigate cybersecurity threats
UDM's master's degree in cybersecurity (information assurance) will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the entire field of cybersecurity.
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 the field.
Our successful graduates work in government, private and corporate settings including the U.S. Department of Defense and major automotive companies.
Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
Gain a competitive edge in a digital, global world
University of Detroit Mercy's master's degree in computer and information systems is an opportunity for you to advance your career and shine as an information technology leader.
The curriculum conveys the entire body of professional knowledge in best practice with regard to IT work. Its content is derived from and fully conformant 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. It provides seamlessly integrated strategic understanding of the correct way to manage lifecycle and information assurance processes.
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.
30 Credit Hours
|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|
Click here for courses and admissions requirements from the UDM catalog.
Dual MBA/MSCIS 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.
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