Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems

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Designed for Those Changing Careers or Aspiring to Move Up

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems with a major in software management (MS CIS) is an opportunity for you to advance your career and shine as an information technology leader. This program is flexible and designed for professionals looking to advance their career. Detroit Mercy's MS CIS degree conveys comprehensive professional knowledge and best practices with regard to Information Technology (IT) work and principles of leadership. Upon graduation, you will be able to create and oversee productive and continuously improving management control infrastructures for large, complex and diverse businesses.

Real Projects for Real Organizations

Graduates will be able to interact and function effectively in a multi-national, multi-tiered project environment. In addition, students will be able to ensure their organizations are able to compete successfully in today's global environment. This program’s content is derived from the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

A background in computer programming is not a requirement; the program teaches students what they need to know. This program is ideal for individuals with technical and non-technical backgrounds. You will dive deep into artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, databases, programming languages, software engineering, systems and networks.

Specific Knowledge Areas Include:

  • IT portfolio and project management
  • System requirements elicitation and specification
  • Comprehensive program construction concepts
  • Assurance and business alignment processes and information assurance
  • Audit and control

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Industry-Based Knowledge

University of Detroit Mercy offers the most up-to-date, industry-based knowledge of best practices in IT process development, leadership, program management and software assurance.

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Variety of Classes

The MS CIS degree provides a seamless way for students and seasoned professionals to integrate strategy into life cycle processes, software assurance processes, security and privacy.

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Substantial Savings

Detroit Mercy is offering a 50% discount on this program when taken fully online. This option, especially for professionals managing families and careers, makes it considerably cheaper than others.

Online or On-Campus

All online classes are taught by Detroit Mercy’s faculty. You will also have access to a collaborative learning platform that features:

  • Screen-sharing and live chat
  • Small-group break-out rooms
  • Course content videos and recorded lectures
  • All five core classes available online

The remaining electives for this degree program focus on areas of interest such as data analytics or cyber security. This program is also offered with a dual degree option for a Master’s in Business Administration (not available for online).

Are You an International Student Looking for a STEM/OPT Program?

Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems is a qualified STEM program. By graduating from Detroit Mercy, students admitted to 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.

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Substantial savings

Detroit Mercy is offering a 50% discount on this program when taken fully online. This option, especially for professionals managing families and careers, makes it considerably cheaper than others. Take advantage of the convenience of remote online learning, the face-to-face interaction of the classroom, or a combination of both. 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.

Career Pathways

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Detroit Mercy’s Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems prepares you for high-paying jobs that typically have low unemployment rates. According to U.S. News & World Report, the following technology jobs are ranked in the top ten:

1. Software Developer
2. Data Scientist
3. IT Manager
4. Information Security Analyst
5. Computer Systems Analyst
6. Computer Network Architect
7. Database Administrator
8. Web Developer
9. Computer Systems Administrator
10. Computer Support Specialist

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.

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

Master of Science in Computer & Information System

Degree: Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
Major: Software Management
Credits: 30

Gain a Competitive Edge in a Digital, Global World

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems with a major in software management is an opportunity for you to advance your career and shine as an information technology leader.

The curriculum conveys comprehensive professional knowledge and best practices with regard to IT work. Its content is derived from and fully conforms with recommendations for programs of this type established by the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It offers the most up-to-date, industry based, knowledge of best practices in IT process development, leadership and program management.

Specific knowledge areas include: IT portfolio and project management, system requirements elicitation and specification, comprehensive program construction concepts, assurance and business alignment processes and information assurance, audit and control. Upon graduation, you will be able to create and oversee productive and continuously improving management control infrastructures for large, complex and diverse businesses. Upon graduation you will be able to create and oversee productive and continuously improving management control infrastructures for large, complex and diverse businesses.


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