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Computer and Information Systems (MCI)


The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MCI) with a major in Software Management produces effective leaders for advanced technology organizations. It offers the most up-to-date, industry-based knowledge of best practices in IT process development, leadership, program management and software assurance. It provides a seamlessly integrated strategic understanding of the correct way to manage lifecycle processes, software assurance processes, security and privacy.

Graduates will be able to interact and function effectively in a multi-national, multi-tiered project environment. In addition, they will be able to ensure that their organizations will be able to compete successfully within today's global environment.

Specific knowledge areas include: IT portfolio and project management, system requirements elicitation and specification, comprehensive program construction concepts, assurance and business alignment processes and 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.

This degree program is also available as an online course of study.
See the list of authorized states for Detroit Mercy online programs. Contact your program advisor or the department chairperson for more information.


    Admission Requirements

    The MCI program is open to students of high academic promise who have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Of primary importance is the nature and quality of the applicant's prior academic record and work experience. No prior work in software management is necessary, since the curriculum encapsulates the entire body of knowledge. Incoming students with limited background in software development are given adequate foundation as part of their course of study.

    Admission Materials

    To apply for admission to this program, applicants should submit the following materials:

    1. A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form and application fee;
    2. Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    3. Any other information that the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Degree Requirements

    A student must complete 30-credit-hours, which are comprised of five core courses and five electives.


    • 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)

    Electives (choose 5 from the list below)

    • Any CYBE graduate-level course (3 credits)
    • MBA 5200 Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    • MBA 5335 Business Intelligence (3 credits)

    Master's Thesis Elective Option:

    Note: A student may write a thesis with the approval of his/her advisor and the director of Graduate Business Programs. In this case, students are required to take only four electives.

    • CIS 5990 Master's Thesis in Software Management (6 credits)

    Total: 30 credit hours

    Dual MBA/MCI Option

    A dual MBA/MCI 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.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Rita Barrios, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 211
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3338
Fax: 313-993-1166

Department Website

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