Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership Admissions

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Applicants must provide evidence of the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.

A degree in computer science or information technology is not required; however, applicants who can demonstrate knowledge of computer network technologies and computer programming language(s) are preferred. 

Technical proficiency in Networking can be demonstrated by providing documentation in at least one of the following areas.

  • Education: An Introduction to Computer Networking course
  • Job-Related Experience and/or Certification, e.g., (1 year of working with, managing, maintaining information networks) and/or network certification

Master in Cybersecurity and Leadership Admissions Process

Technical proficiency in Programming can be demonstrated by providing documentation in at least one of the following areas:

  • Education: Intro to programming course in Java, C#, C++, or C
  • Relevant work experience in programming

Candidates with a minimum of four years of work experience are also preferred.


Application to the UW Graduate School must be completed online at: A credit or debit card (or electronic check with U.S. bank account) is required for the application fee.

Application for admission to UW Tacoma's Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership is processed through the UW Graduate School.

  1. UW Graduate School Application

Complete the Application for Admission to the UW Graduate School is online and submit the $75 fee using a credit card. Once the fee is submitted, you will not have access to make any changes.

  1. Application to the Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership (MCL).

The MCL application allows applicants to share additional information about their education, training and work experience.

  1. Personal Statement

Your personal statement should discuss your interest in the cybersecurity and leadership. Here are five steps to follow when writing a personal statement.

  1. Resume

Please submit your current resume online.

  1. Transcripts
    • Upload one transcript from each post-secondary school you have attended. The Graduate School in Seattle will require an official transcript for degree verification after you have accepted an offer of admission.
  2. Coding Language & Networking Skills

        Please describe where you acquired your knowledge of computer networking and programming. It might be from a college course, from work experience, or self-taught.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    The GRE general exam is required for all applicants. The test must have been taken within the last five years. Request that ETS send your scores directly to the University of Washington at code 4854.

    Visit the GRE website to learn more about the test and to find a testing center near you. Please notify the Graduate School at if your scores are missing and you took the test under an alternate spelling of your name (ie last and first name are switched). Competitive applicants score in the top percentiles for quantitative and mid-percentiles or better for verbal.



Students who need to complete the prerequisites may opt to begin with a post-baccalaureate application, since all of the prerequisite courses are offered at the undergraduate level. After successfully completing the majority of these courses, students will apply for graduate admission.