Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership

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The Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL) at the University of Washington Tacoma develops leaders who can effectively identify and promote solutions that protect an organization's cyber systems. It is designed for professionals and military personnel with a technical background and work experience. This is a master's degree that will enhance technical and leadership skills for career advancement in the field of cybersecurity. 


We leverage the resources of the School of Engineering & Technology and the Milgard School of Business to create one of the most innovative graduate programs at UW Tacoma. By identifying, addressing, and promoting solutions for issues of information assurance and cybersecurity, MCL serves as an educational foundation for invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the state of Washington, giving graduates the path to success in in the cybersecurity field. You can play an important role.

2021-22 TUITION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Total Program Cost: $19,968
Per Course: $2,496
Tech Fee:    $40
Two courses each quarter: $4,992


 April 15th:
Final deadline

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS                                                                                       

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
  • Professional Experience and/or Certification, e.g., (1 year)) and/or network certification

Technical proficiency in Programming can be demonstrated by providing documentation 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 professional 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.
  2. Application to the Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership (MCL).
    The MCL application is built into the UW Graduate School Application. This allows applicants to share additional information about their education, training and work experience.
  3. 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.
  4. Resume
    Please submit your current resume online.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

​   7. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The GRE general exam is required for a small number of applicants. See the MCL GRE Waiver Policy for more details.

      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.