Cybersecurity Graduate Program

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Secure Information in a World Full of Digital Threats

Advances in information technology help make our world a better place for everyone. However, along with sophisticated technological advances come great cybersecurity risks. Detroit Mercy’s M.S. in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity is a state-of-the-art program that provides students the training and expertise to counter all digital threats. 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 remains confidential, trustworthy and available.

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 (CAE/CD). Since 2004, our program has retained the designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance. As a result, students are mentored by faculty with almost two decades of nationally certified expertise into every class. You will receive the professional knowledge you need to help counteract cybersecurity threats in all industry sectors.

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 2022, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

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In-Demand, High Paying Careers

According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,000, which is almost three times the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analyst will be the 10th fastest growing job over the next decade.

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100% Online and Competitive Tuition

Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Information Assurance is available 100% online to offer convenience and flexibility to working professionals. Our tuition is very competitive. Pursued full time, the program can be completed in one academic year.

 

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Career Pathways

  • Management and Consulting
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Architecture and Strategy
  • Data Risk and Governance
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Threat Intelligence and Vulnerability Assessments

Master of Science in Information Assurance (Cybersecurity) Degree Program

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    Curriculum

    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. Tuition for this online program is very competitive.

    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.

    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. 

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    Learning Outcomes

    A graduate with an M.S. in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity will have the ability to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts, technologies, and challenges of ensuring network security.
    2. Make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of information security governance and risk management to include best practices in disaster recovery planning and business continuity.
    4. Analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.
    5. Apply security principles and practices to the organizational environment, hardware, software, and human aspects of a system.

Successful Careers

The Reputation of University Detroit Mercy

A Detroit Mercy degree is highly valued by organizations around the nation. The department consistently receives notices regarding career opportunities and our faculty enjoy unique partnerships with key organizations in Washington D.C. Some of the many successful graduates of this program include the following:

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

 

Careers

The 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:

  • Cybersecurity Threat Analyst and Cyber-Risk Assessment
  • Enterprise Network and Cyber-Operations Defense
  • Secure Acquisition and Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Security Compliance and Regulatory Audit
  • Software Assurance and Security Engineering
  • Strategic Cybersecurity Architecture Design and Control Design and Implementation
  • System Forensics and Cyber Investigation
  • IRS
  • Oakland Community College
  • Private contracting in Washington DC area
  • Private contracting in Germany
  • Professor, Community College
  •  Samsung
  • Silicon Valley Private CO
  •  TACOM
  • United States European Command (EUCOM)
  • United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC area

Testimonials

Tabice Ward
Tabice Ward '21,
Master of Science in Information Assurance

Director of Information Protection
and Security at DTE Energy

"Detroit Mercy's Cybersecurity program is an excellent program that covers all aspects of cybersecurity needed for both an experienced or newbie to the cyber field. You will be challenged and gain enough knowledge to hit the ground running on day one with confidence."

Troy Wissink
Troy Wissink '21,
Master of Science in Information Assurance

Director of Technology

"I have really enjoyed learning from Dr. Dan Shoemaker and the other knowledgeable and talented professors at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Shoemaker is an intelligent and kind professor who mentors his students, guiding us through the program and the field of Cybersecurity. I am the director of technology for a local K-12 school district and I’m already putting my knowledge to good use. This program creates leaders in the cybersecurity field which helps to make our world a safer place. I strongly recommend it to anyone in or considering joining the field."

Department Chair and Program Director

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Gregory Laidlaw
Lecturer
* Department Chair, Cybersecurity & Information Systems
313-993-3337
laidlags@udmercy.edu

Faculty

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William Bowen
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
bowenwe@udmercy.edu

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Anne Kohnke
Associate Professor of Cybersecurity
Director, Detroit Mercy Center of Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies
Principal Investigator, Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program
313-993-3338
kohnkean@udmercy.edu

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Iliana Martinez
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
martinil@udmercy.edu

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Daniel Shoemaker
Professor
Director of the Master of Science in Information Assurance Program
313-993-1053
shoemadp@udmercy.edu

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Chris Sorensen
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
sorensch@udmercy.edu

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Bradley Wilkerson
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
wilkerbr@udmercy.edu


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