Computer and Information Systems (MS CIS)

Computer and Information Systems (MS CIS)


The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MS CIS) 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 life cycle 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.

The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program is also available as an online course of study.*

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.

Applicants from the health professions should contact the applicable licensing board.

*Note: The online option is not available to students in the dual degree MBA/MS CIS program.

Dual Degree Option

University of Detroit Mercy offers a dual degree option where students can earn a Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration. This degree option is designed to help business professionals expand their knowledge of the business environment along with the rapidly changing world of information technology. The dual degree option is not available as an online course of study. For specific requirements, please visit the dual degree MBA/MS CIS program page.

Open All | Close All


    Admission Requirements

    The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in Software Management 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 are 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 may be required to complete the foundational course to ensure the student is prepared to meet the requirements of the degree: CIS 1010 Foundations of Cybersecurity.

    Admission Materials

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

    1. Official transcripts for all previous academic work; and
    2. 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 five from the list below.)

    • Any CIS graduate-level course not listed above (3 credits)
    • Any CYBE graduate-level course (with approval from the department chair) (3 credits)
    • DATA 5001 Science and Data (3 credits)
    • DATA 5150 Quantitative Foundations of Economic Analysis (3 credits)
    • DATA 5310 Introduction to Data Mining (3 credits)
    • MBA 5200 Modeling, Analytics, and Operations Decisions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 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. 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


    STEM/OPT Program – International Students

    Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems is a qualified STEM program by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. By graduating from Detroit Mercy, students admitted starting fall 2020 and completing the program will be eligible for paid temporary work authorization in the United States via the OPT program.

    The STEM/OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an opportunity for students studying in the United States with an F-1 visa to apply what they’ve learned in the real-world and count it towards valuable work experience. Certain F-1 students who receive STEM degrees may apply for up to a 24-month extension of their OPT. All F and M students that study in the United States need a Form I-20.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Gregory Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP
Briggs Building, Room 213
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3337
Fax: 313-993-1166

Department Website