Online Cybersecurity / Information Assurance Graduate Program


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Program Director
Daniel Shoemaker, Ph.D.

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 (CAE/CD). Having held a designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance since 2004, 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.

Learning Objectives

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.

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.

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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    Master of Science in 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.

    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.


    Graduate Program Tuition & Fee Schedule (Note: At present, this program is only available online). 

    University of Detroit Mercy welcomes online students from around the world. If you're English-fluent and you have a reliable internet connection, you can enroll in our online programs.

    As a potential student, it is your responsibility to confirm our program meets specific licensure requirements in your state or locale of residence.

    Health professions applicants should contact the applicable licensing board.

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.

Successful Graduates

The Reputation of University Detroit Mercy

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

Featured Students & Alumni

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."

Salman Choudhury
Salman Choudhury '21,
Master of Science in Information Assurance

"My overall experience in Professor Chris Sorensen’s class was very positive and engaging. Sorensen is among the several outstanding faculty who possess and share a wealth of knowledge and support to students in the Information Assurance-Cybersecurity program. I feel very prepared for my future career and am happy with everything thus far."

Jeff O
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeff O,
Master of Science in Information Assurance

“I’ve really enjoyed my time spent in Chris Sorensen’s Social Engineering online course. Since I can’t always make the online sessions due to time zone differences, I’m reliant on the recorded lectures to stay up to date in knowing when assignments are given and to make deadlines. This class has provided me maximum flexibility while earning my master’s degree in cybersecurity. I’m now halfway done and totally on target to finish the program with the goals I’ve set for myself and I would highly recommend this program to any working professional who is thinking about taking their education to the next level in the cybersecurity workforce.”


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

Department Chair and Program Director

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Gregory Laidlaw
* Department Chair, Cybersecurity & Information Systems


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William Bowen
Adjunct Faculty Instructor

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Anne Kohnke
Associate Professor of Cybersecurity
Principal Investigator, Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program

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Iliana Martinez
Adjunct Faculty Instructor

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Daniel Shoemaker
Director of the Master of Science in Information Assurance Program

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Chris Sorensen
Adjunct Faculty Instructor

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Bradley Wilkerson
Adjunct Faculty Instructor

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