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The Masters Degree in Computer and Information Systems 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 and program management. It provides seamlessly integrated strategic understanding of the correct way to manage lifecycle and information assurance processes.

Graduates will be able to interact and function effectively in a multi-national, multi-tiered project environment. They will be among the first people capable of bringing coherent understanding and direction to an industry that no-longer functions within the limits of borders, or cultures. In addition, they will be able to ensure that their organizations will be able to compete successfully within this new paradigm.

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.

Admissions Requirements

The MSCIS 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 the MSCIS 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 comprise of five core courses and five electives.

Pre-core (for students who do not have programming experience)
CIS 501 Introduction to Information Systems 3

Core (for all students)
CIS 510 Object Orientation 3
CIS 520 Specification and Design 3
CIS 530 Quality Assurance 3
CIS 540 Lifecycle Process Management 3
CIS 550 Practicum 3

Electives (5 required – all three credits)

CIS 502 Enterprise Systems Programming 3
CIS 505 Project Management 3
CIS 525 Software Construction 3
CIS 535 Metrics and Models for Software Management 3
CIS 543 Lifecycle Process Improvement 3
CIS 553 Human Factors in IT 3
CIS 554 Post-Release Management 3
CIS 555 Database Design 3
CIS 557 Networks 3
CIS 558 System Forensics 3
CIS 559 Electronic Data Integration- Architectures and Standards 3
CIS 560 Technologies for B2B 3
CIS 565 Information Ethics 3
CIS 566 Access Technologies 3
CIS 570 Information Assurance 3
CIS 575 Information Security Management 3
CIS 579 Assurance Processes 3
CIS 580 Advanced Topics 3
CIS 582 IT Portfolio Leadership 3
CIS 584 IT Performance Leadership 3
CIS 589 International Software Management 3
CIS 590 Lead Assessor Certification 3
CIS 591 Audit 3
CIS 595 Directed Research 3
CIS 599 Master's Thesis 3
MBA 520 Decision Analysis 3
MBA 526 Information Systems and Technology 3
MBA 562 Entrepreneurship 3

Master's Thesis 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 599 Master's Thesis 6

Total: 30 credit hours


Certifications will be offered in the following areas as a value added component of the CIS Masters Degree. These certifications are not dependent on graduation from the program. The student will receive a formal UDM certificate of achievement if they complete all of the courses in a concentration area. In addition the student may contact the various bodies listed to pursue professional certification. Please note that this service is not being offered in any programmatic way. Although they will be regularly offered, the student is fully responsible for taking these courses as they appear and they must notify the College once they have completed the certification requirement. Furthermore the College does not guarantee that an individual student will automatically qualify for credentialing from the professional bodies.

Certified IT Process Leader (satisfies education requirements of the PMP)
CIS 505 (CNSS certification)
CIS 582
CIS 584

Certified IT Security Manager (leading to the CIAP exam)
CIS 557 (CNSS certification)
CIS 558
CIS 570
CIS 575
CIS 579

Certified IT Auditor (leading to the CISA exam)
CIS 558
CIS 566
CIS 591 (CNSS certification)

Joint MBA/MSCIS Degree Option

A Joint 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 Joint Degree Option.

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