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Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in cybersecurity
For the 2016-17 academic year, this degree program is only available online.

Where is this online program available?

The Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in cybersecurity is a multi-disciplinary 30-credit-hour graduate degree. It is designed to produce a comprehensively-educated information assurance professional. The aim is to produce rigorously and comprehensively-educated leaders to engage in the serious business of protecting the nation's information infrastructure.

Protection of America's critical infrastructure is an emerging national priority. Due to its implications for national security, the responsibility for this program has been placed jointly with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Universities who meet the rigorous criteria established by these two federal agencies are granted designations as Centers of Excellence in IA education. This is a highly competitive annual process involving rigorous review of the target curriculum by national experts.

Approximately 200 top colleges and universities across 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are designated CAEs for cyber-related degree programs. CAE graduates help protect national security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors. The curriculum of the University of Detroit Mercy received its Center of Excellence (CAE/IAE) designation in 2004 and has maintained it through 2016.  In 2016, our program received a new category for designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This is a four-year designation approved through 2021.

The Future of the Field
Information Assurance is a key defense against terrorist threats to homeland security and it is also of vital importance to businesses and organizations concerned about theft. According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, the official website of the Department of Homeland Security, approximately one in five Americans has been the victim of a cybercrime and the economic impact of these attacks can cost an average U.S. company more than $15 million annually.  Cybersecurity professionals are in great demand to defend our networks and infrastructure. According to the NICSS, cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,00, which is almost three times the national average.

Admission Materials
To apply for admission to the MSI Program, applicants should submit the following materials:

1. A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application form;

2. Official transcripts for all previous academic work; and

3. Any other information that the applicant feels is important to the admission decision (e.g., letters of recommendation).

Degree Requirements
A student must complete 30 credit hours, which is comprised of eight core courses and 2 electives.

This degree program is available online only for the 2016-17 academic year.

Online Only

8 Core Courses

CIS 5700* Principles of Cybersecurity 3 credits
CIS 5720 Incident Response 3 credits
CIS 5750* Cybersecurity Technologies 3 credits
CIS 5730 Cyberlaw 3 credits
CIS 5740 Secure Acquisition 3 credits
CIS 5770 Cyber Defense Operations 3 credits
CIS 5780 Risk Management Processes 3 credits
CIS 5790* Cybersecurity Management Processes 3 credits
Electives (2 required from the list below)
CIS 5580 System Forensics 3 credits
CIS 5590 Advanced Network Security 3 credits
CIS 5600 Homeland Security Studies 3 credits
CIS 5660 Access Technologies 3 credits
CIS 5710 Ethical Hacking 3 credits
CIS 5900 Certifications 3 credits
CIS 5910* Information Audit 3 credits
CNSS logo * Note: Courses with asterisks 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.

 Below is a sample course rotation to complete the classes in one calendar year.
Please note that elective availability is subject to change each semester.


  • CIS 5700: Principles of Cybersecurity
  • CIS 5580: System Forensics (Elective)
  • CIS 5730: Cyberlaw


  • CIS 5750: Cybersecurity Technologies
  • CIS 5770: Cyber Defense Operations
  • CIS 5790 Cybersecurity Management Processes

Summer I

  • CIS 5720: Incident Response
  • CIS 5910: Information Audit (Elective)

Summer II

  • CIS 5740: Secure Acquisition  
  • CIS 5780: Risk Management Processes

Total: 30 credit hours

Program Contact Information

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

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

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