Computer and Information Systems (MSCIS)


The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems 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.*

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/Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in Software Management catalog page.

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    Degree Requirements - Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in Software Management (30 credits)

    A student must complete 30 credit hours, which are comprised of five core courses and five electives.

    Required (15 credits)

    • CIS 5010 Introduction to Information Systems (3 credits)
    • CIS 5100 Object Orientation Software Development (3 credits)
    • CIS 5200 Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
    • CIS 5300 Software Assurance (3 credits)
    • CIS 5400 Software Management (3 credits)

    Program Electives - Choose five from the list below (15 credits)

    • 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)

    Total: 30 credit hours


    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.

    Admission Materials

    Apply using Detroit Mercy's online portal at That will create your account to which you can upload all of your application materials. If you need to mail your documents, please send them to:

    Graduate Admissions Office
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 W. McNichols Road, FAC 100
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038

    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.


    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.

Program Contact Information

Gregory Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP
Lecturer and Chair
Department of Cybersecurity & Information Systems
Briggs Building, Room 213
McNichols Campus

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