Master of Science in Cybercrime (MCY)


University of Detroit Mercy’s new Master of Science in Cybercrime combines criminal justice studies with focused aspects of cybersecurity to provide a deeper understanding of digital forensics, cyber defense operations and computer networking for those coming from law enforcement, legal and private sector operational security backgrounds. This fully online 30-credit-hour program can be completed in two years.

The Master of Science in Cybercrime is housed in Detroit Mercy’s Department of Criminal Justice. Instruction is delivered via synchronous and asynchronous courses and may include video lectures and presentations, practice-based exercises and teaching modules. Courses focus on criminal investigations, intelligence analysis, terror threats and cyber criminology to prepare students to professionally and ethically function in the operational areas of cybercrime prevention, detection, response and investigations across all impacted sectors.

Critical Need

Internet-based crime is one of the fastest-growing security threats in the United States. The proliferation of crime perpetuated using the Internet and technology requires individuals to have both knowledge and capabilities in criminal justice and the technical abilities of cybersecurity to identify, respond, and effectively handle data and countermeasures necessary to assist in the prosecution of cybercriminals.

Commitment to High Standards

The program is aligned with both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity strategies. In addition, to ensure the highest standards of quality, several sources were referenced for curriculum design including CSEC2017, Cybersecurity Curricula 2017, NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Unique Approach

Detroit Mercy’s Master of Science in Cybercrime utilizes a unique approach with interdisciplinary collaboration between the University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Department of Cybersecurity & Information Systems.

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    Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes will be assessed through use of hands-on, experiential learning technical lab assignments, exams, service-learning assignments, individual and group projects, written reports and a comprehensive research project that will require students to demonstrate the cumulative knowledge, skills and abilities learned throughout the program.

    1. Possess the capacity to evaluate, develop, and implement a legally sufficient and technology-based solution(s) to address cybercrime requirements in the context of the disciplinary standards of criminal justice, cybersecurity and digital forensics.
    2. Have the ability to identify an emerging cybercrime threat, then analyze, develop and implement an appropriate law enforcement response and technology-based solution, focused on prevention, response, mitigation and resolution.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to apply law enforcement and cybersecurity principles and practices in both the physical and cyberspace environments, while recognizing the human, social and economic impacts of the cybercrime threat.
    4. Demonstrate the capacity to analyze and evaluate cybercrime threats with respect to developing, implementing and maintaining best operational practices in order to address the presence of risks and threats.
    5. Develop critical thinking skills, analytic competencies, problem solving and professional abilities to be proficient in the arena related to prevention, mitigation, enforcement, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.

    Program Structure

    Students who enroll full-time can complete the program in two years by taking two courses in the fall and winter terms, and one course during both summer terms. Students can begin the program in the fall or winter terms.

    All course work will require students to learn tools of the disciplines and complete all course assignments and projects which will be graded by faculty with the express intent of ensuring high-quality work.


    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and must have demonstrated intellectual competence for graduate study. Selection is based on such factors as previous academic records (expected 3.0 GPA) and/or relevant experience. Acceptance on probationary status is allowed in some cases where academic standards are not fully met but competence has been indicated by the level of the applicant’s professional advancement.

    Applicants must:

    • Submit all transcripts from previous schools
    • Submit a statement of purpose
    • Submit three letters of recommendation
    • Submit a resume
    Note: Applicants do not need to submit GRE scores as part of the application requirements. If scores are submitted they will be reviewed as part of the admission review process.

    Degree Requirements

    Students enrolled in this program must successfully complete the required 10 courses representing 30 credit hours.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Erick Barnes
Briggs Building, Room 221
McNichols Campus
Telephone: 313-578-0363
Fax: 313-993-1166

Program Advisor: Charles Wilson
Briggs Building, Room 225
McNichols Campus
Telephone: 313-578-0364

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