Cybersecurity Education Across the UW



Degree programs

Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering at UW Bothell prepares students to protect today’s and tomorrow’s cyber systems with the necessary technical and leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with faculty in a myriad of research areas such as penetration testing, emerging technologies, vulnerability analysis, network security, human-computer interaction, wireless security, and cryptography. View program website.


Master of Cybersecurity Leadership

The MCL is designed for professionals with a minimum of three year's work experience, IT managers, and military personnel with an accredited bachelor's degree. Applicants are seeking a competitive advantage for advancement in the military, in government agencies, and in the private sector for leadership positions in the growth area of cybersecurity operations. The MCL program provides graduates with the managerial skills and technical competencies necessary for leading technology professionals and organizations in the 21st century. View program website.  MCL success stories.


Master of Science in Information Management with Information Security Specialization

The MSIM curriculum builds foundational skills across the breadth of the information management field, and provides opportunities for specializations in a variety of areas, including Business Intelligence, Data Science, User Experience, Information Consulting, Information Architecture, and Information Security

View program website. View program specializations.

Bachelor of Science in CSSE, Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Option

The Information Assurance & Cybersecurity option allows students to focus their CSSE electives on information assurance policy, secure coding, or networking and systems security.  Students will be equipped with the knowledge to create, deploy, use, and manage systems that preserve individual and organizational privacy and security. The option is spans all three campuses, so students are encouraged to speak with their advisor for details. See program details. 


Bachelor of Science in Informatics
Focus: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Option

The Informatics major was designed to be conceptual and practical, academic and professional, and focused on the human and humanistic dimensions of the design and use of information systems.

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (IAC) is the practice of creating and managing safe and secure systems. It is crucial for organizations public and private, large and small. In the IAC option, you will be equipped with the knowledge to create, deploy, use, and manage systems that preserve individual and organizational privacy and security. See program details. IA&CS option details



Professional development: certificates and courses

Information Security and Risk Management

This three-course certificate program examines key concepts in this rapidly evolving field. Topics include how to survey the major types of threats and how they can be mitigated, and evaluate the costs and benefits of various security approaches. Projects include developing the ability to create and implement comprehensive risk management programs for organizations of all sizes.  This class is designed for IT professionals and those who work in data security and risk management.  View program website.

Classes include:
  1. IMT 551: Information Security & Risk Management in Context/ Foundations of Organizational Information Assurance
  2. IMT 552: Building an Information Risk Management Toolkit/ Information Assurance Risk Assessment and Management
  3. IMT 553: Designing and Executing Information Security Strategies/ Establishing and Managing Information Assurance Strategies
This program is offered in four different options:
  1. Certificate: The Information School, partnering with UW Professional and Continuing Education, offers a Certificate in Information Security & Risk Management. Coursework is graded on a pass/fail bases, and academic credit is not received. Finished coursework is displayed on the students PCE transcript, and not on their academic transcript.
  2. Part of the MSIM: matriculated students enrolled in the Master of Science in Information Management can take the three hybrid classes (IMT 551, 552, 553) for academic credit toward their master's degree. Graduates are industry leaders in the Puget Sound area and around the globe turning today’s information and technology resources into tomorrow’s sources of change, growth, and innovation. View MSIM program website.
  3. As an elective path of the MIPM: Matriculated students enrolled in the Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management can take the three hybrid classes (IMT 551, 552, 553) to apply for academic credit toward their master's degree. This program prepares students to lead efforts to protect vital infrastructure systems from natural and manmade threats. Students in this program gain a broad understanding of the complex and interconnected nature of our infrastructure systems. View MIPM program website.
  4. Non-matriculated for credit classes: Students have the option to take the three classes for academic credit, while not enrolled in a master's program. Students have several years to apply the academic credits toward a masters when they decide to apply to their school of choice.


Certificate in Cybersecurity

This certificate program provides a thorough technical review of information security issues and gives the student a hands-on experience in combating common threats. Students investigate different types of attacks and learn how to apply protective measures to all aspects of a company’s IT operations. The three-quarter program includes: (1) Foundations of Information Security, (2) Security Tools and Technologies, and (3) Applied Security Solutions and Emerging Trends. View program website.


Certificate in Ethical Hacking

The role of the ethical hacker and penetration tester has emerged as one of the most important in the information security industry. Discovering system vulnerabilities internally before the bad guys exploit them can save companies millions of dollars and prevent the exposure of highly sensitive information.

In this three-course certificate program, students cover the foundations of ethical hacking, including reconnaissance, exploitation and the rules of engagement. Students discover how to perform password, wireless, Web, mobile and cloud application attacks. View program website.


Certificate in Internet of Things 

Technology experts predict that by 2020 there will be billions of devices connected wirelessly to the internet, generating vast amounts of data in real time and transforming the way we live, work and play. This phenomenon — known as the internet of things — will enable everything from smart homes to life-saving medical technologies. The job market for tech professionals who can engineer these connections is growing exponentially.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain the foundational skills to manage and administer networked control systems. We’ll explore the most popular platforms and languages used to develop for connected devices. And you’ll learn the tools and technologies needed to build cutting-edge solutions that make possible the internet of things. View program website.




Cyber classes taught throughout UW


  • CSS110: Introduction to Cybersecurity, UW Bothell. Introduces cyber security topics including hacking, social networking, privacy, cryptography, legal aspects, social implications, password management, digital forensics, computer networking, wireless security, and ethical issues. Focuses on various methods and techniques to address cyber security threats. No technical experience needed.




Cyber/tech labs at UW


 Video above: students prepare for a cyber-competition. 


View list of cyber and policy labs at the UW

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