Information Assurance (MS IA)


Master of Science in Information Assurance with a major in Cybersecurity

For the 2019-2020 academic year, this degree program is only available online.

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 comprehensively knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals by creating capable and rigorously 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 Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). 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. University of Detroit Mercy received its CAE/IAE designation in 2004 and has maintained it through 2016. In 2017, 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.

Where is this program available?

University of Detroit Mercy welcomes online students from around the world. If you are 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 that our program meets specific licensure requirements in your state or location of residence.

Health professions applicants should contact the applicable licensing board.

The Future of the Field

The title of our degree reflects University of Detroit Mercy's early involvement with the field. It was termed "Information Assurance" back in 2003. As the profession evolved, the term "information assurance" is now more commonly referred to as "cybersecurity," but the content and purpose of our degree remains the same. Information assurance is the key means of defense against terrorist threats to homeland security, and it is also of vital importance to businesses and organizations concerned about protecting their cyber assets. 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 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.

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    Admission Materials

    To apply for admission to the MS IA 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 two electives.

    This degree program is available online only for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Eight Core Courses

    • CYBE 5700 Principles of Cybersecurity (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5730 Cyberlaw (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5740 Secure Acquisition (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5750 Cybersecurity Technologies (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5770 Cyber Defense Operations (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5780 Risk Management Processes (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5790 Cybersecurity Control Processes (3 credits)
    • CYBE 5910 Information Audit (3 credits)

    Electives (Choose two - 6 credits)

    Catalog Year Course Rotation

    Please note that elective availability is subject to change each semester.



    Summer I

    Summer II

    Total: 30 credit hours

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Daniel Shoemaker, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 215
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1053
Fax: 313-993-1166
Program Website