Masters of Cybersecurity and Leadership Frequently Asked Questions

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Application Procedures

What should I mail to Tacoma?

Nothing!  All of your materials are submitted online through MyGrad.  After you receive your admissions decision, you will send your official transcripts to Seattle.

When should I send in my official transcript?

We do not need your official copy to review your file for admission.

Please upload unofficial copies of all your transcripts in MyGrad. After you have enrolled at the University of Washington, the Graduate School will require an official transcript and/or degree statement.  Note:  If you are an international student and your degree was taught in English, you will need to submit official documents for TOEFL exemption prior to being admitted.

How do I convert my gpa to a 4.0 scale?

You may use the free, online gpa calculator provided by WES:

How can I get more information about the program?

Information Receptions are scheduled once a month on campus January through early June at - Prospective students can connect  and learn more by joining the University of Washington Cybersecurity and Leadership Networking Group on LinkedIn.

Is the GRE required?

Yes. We require the GRE. The institution code is; 4854. Department code: 5199 (any department). 

Can I waive the GRE requirement for this program?


Waivers of the GRE requirement will only be considered from those applicants who exceed basic admission requirements (including a 3.0 GPA or above, on a 4.0 scale; strong recommendation letters, and a completed application) and who meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • having a previously completed graduate or professional degree
  • at least 10 years of managerial experience in position(s) requiring supervisory decision-making and leadership

Applicants must submit their application (and pay the application fee). Include in your personal statement a written request asking for a waiver of GRE scores. The committee's decision on waiver of GRE is final.

My GRE or TOEFL scores are missing.  What should I do?

Did you have the scores sent to the UW Graduate School, code #4854?  If so, it may take several weeks for the scores to arrive.  If it has been more than a month since your request, please contact and request a score search.  If your name is spelled differently on your test scores, please notify the Graduate School, such as your first and last name are reversed.

My application is marked incomplete but I have submitted all of my materials.

Please be patient.  Sometimes it takes time for our advisors to double-check that all materials have been received.  If your official GRE or TOEFL scores have not been logged in by the Graduate School, your file will show an incomplete.  The incomplete code does not mean that your application hasn’t gone to the committee for review.

I sent in my official transcript over a month ago but it is not showing as received in MyGrad.

Don’t worry.  Your transcript is probably filed at the Graduate School.  Your file may not be updated until you have been accepted by the academic program and your degree has been verified, which happens close to the beginning of the quarter.  About a month prior to the start of the quarter, the Graduate School will notify students who are missing transcripts.

Can I mail in paper copies of my letters of recommendation?

We strongly prefer for you to use our online recommendation form.   If you wish to send paper copies, please send them to the Institute of Technology in Tacoma.  These letters should not go to the Graduate School in Seattle.

I have missed the priority deadline.  Can I still apply?

Yes.  If we have space available in the program, you may apply after the deadline.   Please email to find out if space is available prior to submitting your application.

Admitted Students

I have been notified via email that I have been admitted.  Now what should I do?
Congratulations!  Your offer email will soon by followed by additional information about your next steps, including funding opportunities.  In the meantime, you may request your official transcripts (after your final grades and degree are posted) to be sent to the Graduate School in Seattle, collect your measles immunization records and log into your admissions profile to accept the offer.

When do I need to decide if I am attending?
Please enter your decision in your online application for Autumn Quarter.  Your Enrollment Confirmation Fee is due by July 15th.  You will receive your Enrollment Confirmation letter via email or mail shortly after you have been admitted.

Important Details

When does Autumn Quarter begin?
Classes begin in late September.  The University of Washington follows the quarter system (Autumn, Winter, and Spring).

Can I live on campus?
Yes.  The University of Washington Tacoma doesn’t have traditional residence halls but students can choose to live in apartments in Court 17.  These modern, new apartments are across the street from campus.  The priority deadline to reserve housing for Fall is in April.  Here is more information: 

Campus Housing

Where can I find more information about faculty?
Please visit our faculty directory page at

Does the Masters of Cybersecurity & Leadership require a thesis?
No. Students complete a capstone project in lieu of a master’s thesis. Corporations and government agencies provide real world cybersecurity capstone projects giving students experience working on projects with significant impact to organizations; allowing them to apply their education and technical.

Can I continue my studies in Seattle with the PhD program?
The Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma is a terminal degree.  The program in Seattle is highly competitive and focuses primarily on research for those who wish to earn their PhD.  Our credits do not transfer at this time.  Our smaller program offers students the opportunity to combine technical principles from the Institute of Technology and hone business acumen through the Milgard School of Business to become cutting edge leaders in cybersecurity management.  Admission to the Seattle and Tacoma programs is separate, each with their own unique requirements.

We do have a partnership with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for direct admission into their PhD in Security program. For more details about the PhD pathway, please contact: Ali Langfels

How much is tuition?
The Master in Cybersecurity and Leadership if a fee based program. Consequently, in-state and out-of-state tuition structures and reduction to tuition rates do not apply to this program. Current fee structure information is available at:

Does the Masters of Cybersecurity & Leadership accept foreign students on an H-4, F-1, or other visas?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply. For non-native speakers of English, please note that the MCL program adheres to the UW Graduate School's policy on English Proficiency.

Is there funding available for graduate study?

Funding for graduate studies at the University of Washington Tacoma is competitive. The Masters of Cybersecurity & Leadership is a fee-based program and it is possible for students to qualify for private loans. The degree qualifies for student to receive FAFSA Federal Student Aid. Contact the Financial Aid office at UWT This degree also will qualify for the GI Bill, FTA for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members.  Students are encouraged to research additional funding opportunities independently.  Most funding is awarded in late spring and summer for students planning to start in the fall.  Our website includes more information:

Students in all fee-based programs and fee-based degrees are ineligible for the tuition exemption program, institutional tuition waivers and the Undergraduate/Graduate University Grant programs, including the Husky Promise program.

Where do your graduates work?
Click on “Institute of Technology” for facts and details. This is a short list of employers…our students are working for high tech companies across the Puget Sound region, though companies in California keep trying to recruit them. Boeing, Google, Avanade, Avue and many more interview regularly on campus.