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Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MBA/MSCIS)

Description

The dual degree program is offered cooperatively between the College of Liberal Arts & Education and the College of Business Administration.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed to accommodate the career needs of professionals across a wide variety of work organizations: business, health care, industrial, educational, and governmental.

The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in Software Management (MSCIS) produces effective leaders for advanced technology organizations. It offers leading-edge, 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 lifecycle processes, software assurance processes, security and privacy.

The dual MBA/MSCIS degree option is offered for those who wish to combine their knowledge of the business environment with the rapidly changing world of information technology.

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    Accreditation

    The MBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. Detroit Mercy's MBA program is one of the oldest AACSB-accredited programs in the United States. In 2019, the MBA program celebrated 70 years of accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

    The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program is housed in Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts & Education in the Department of Cybersecurity & Information Systems. This department also is home to the Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies which is nationally recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Center for Academic Excellence in CyberDefense Education for 2017-2021.  Having held designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance from 2004-2016, University of Detroit Mercy has more than a decade of expertise behind each class that drives you as a professional to be the best in your field. 

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    Admission Requirements

    To begin the admission process, you only need to submit one application for the dual degree.

    The MBA program is open to students of high promise who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. No prior academic work in business is required. Admission decisions are based on undergraduate grade point average (GPA), work experience, post graduate studies, and recommendations, and GMAT (if needed).

    The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MSCIS) with a major in Software Management requires acceptance to program. Admission criteria to the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program differ from the MBA program admission criteria. See below for admission requirements for this program. For questions or assistance regarding the application process to the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems, contact Dr. Gregory Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP dual degree co-director, Cybersecurity & Information Systems Department chair and associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Education via telephone at (313) 993-3337 or via e-mail at laidlags@udmercy.edu.

    Admission Materials for the MBA

    • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
    • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    • An official report with the scores earned on the GMAT (if needed)
    • A resume;
    • Letter of recommendation; and
    • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Admission Materials for the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems

    The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems 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 foundational course(s) to ensure the student is prepared to meet the requirements of the degree. The foundational course is: CIS 1010 Foundations of Cybersecurity.

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

    1.    A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form and application fee;
    2.    Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    3.    Any other information that the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.
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    Degree Requirements

    MBA Degree Requirements

    Students who desire this dual degree option should normally declare their intention during their first semester of enrollment. Students must contact the Graduate Business Program director to file the appropriate form with the Graduate Business Programs Office. Students must meet the admission requirements for both programs, must fulfill all foundation requirements for both programs, and must successfully complete the coursework specified for the dual degree option.

    The basic requirements for University of Detroit Mercy's MBA program involve a 33 credit hour structure that includes the following set of core courses and a set of post-core courses. Core courses serve as the heart of a common educational experience for all students who seek the MBA degree. Post-core requirements include an integrated capstone course, MBA 5900.

    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • MBA 5200 Modeling, Analytics, and Operation Decisions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5220 Strategic Financial Management (3 credits)
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning (3 credits)
    • MBA 5250 Teamwork and Shared Leadership: Enhancing the Creative Process in Organizations (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 Systems and Technology (3 credits)

    Post Core Courses

    • MBA 5900 Strategic Management and Innovation in a Global Economy (3 credits)
    • Advanced Electives* (9 credits)

    * The nine-hours of advanced electives (beyond foundation and core) provide an elective route in Computer and Information Systems for the MBA degree.

    Under the dual MBA/MSCIS degree, a maximum of nine overlapping credit hours may be counted toward the two concurrent degrees if the overlapping credit hours are approved for both degrees.

    Graduate students should consult the chair of the Cybersecurity & Information Systems Department for advising in their Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program requirements and courses.

    Master of Science in Computer & Information System Degree Requirements

    Candidates for the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in Software Management (MS CIS) must complete 30 credit hours, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, which are comprised of five required courses and five electives. The shared MBA courses will be considered as electives.

    Required

    • 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 5 from the list below)

    • Any CIS graduate-level course not listed as required (3 credits)
    • Any CYBE graduate-level course (must have Cybersecurity & Information Systems department chair approval) (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 Operation Decisions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    • MBA 5335 Business Intelligence (3 credits)

    MBA Foundation Courses

    Foundation requirements include a set of courses designed for those applicants who have had no exposure or limited exposure to business courses in their academic background and/or limited work experience. These courses may be required to guarantee preparedness for the program's core and post-core requirements.

    • ACC 5100 Corporate Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • MBA 5100 Legal Issues in Organizational Strategy (3 credits)
    • MBA 5120 Data Analysis for Decision Making (3 credits)
    • MBA 5180 Fundamentals of Financial Management (3 credits)

    Each applicant's program requirements are determined immediately following the admission decision. Foundation requirements may be waived, in any number, depending upon the applicant's academic background. The mere fact that a student has completed coursework in one or more particular disciplines or had extensive work experience does not imply that any waiver will be granted. Prior academic work must be of sufficient quantity and quality as to satisfy the specific criteria established. Each student's specific requirements are determined individually with the objective of ensuring the overall quality of that student's degree program.

    Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems Foundation Courses

    While the complete body of knowledge is included in the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems Program, those students with limited background in software development may be required to complete a foundational course to ensure the student is prepared to meet the requirements of the degree. The foundational course is: CIS 1010 Foundations of Cybersecurity.

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    Degree Identifications

    Upon completion of the dual MBA/MSCIS program, graduates receive two diplomas: one for the MBA degree and one for the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems.

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    Graduate Assistantships


    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate assistantships are available to selected students enrolled in any graduate business program. A graduate assistantship is conferred upon a student with the understanding that the student will be assigned to a discipline or program to assist in research, tutoring or general activities. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available each semester. A graduate assistant works 7.5 hours per week in exchange for a 1-course tuition waiver. Application forms for a graduate assistantship are available in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

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    Program Contact Information

    Graduate Admissions Counselor: Theresa Carson

    Director of Graduate Business Programs: Dr. Omid Sabbaghi

    Cybersecurity & Information Systems Department Chair: Dr. Gregory Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP

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