Cyber Security Degrees in Washington

We found 9 cyber security programs in Washington.

Within the state of Washington, there are eight different institutions that have been accredited as one of the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE), and most of them are in the two-year education programs.

NSA CAE Designated Institutions for Cyber Security in Washington

The City University of Seattle and University of Washington have been designated within cyber defense, with UW also having cyber research. Various locations throughout Washington include Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Bellingham, Pasco, Lynnwood, Auburn, and Des Moines.

Both the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated specific programs that meet the high standards set by these organizations in cyber defense, cyber operations, and cyber research.

Online Cyber Security Programs in Washington

At the City University of Seattle, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. The program begins in each quarter and takes 180 total credit hours to complete. It is possible to complete the entire degree in as little as two years for full-time students.

The curriculum is split up into the following courses: preparation for the program, risk management and compliance, cyber security technology, 10 credits worth of electives, and a capstone project in bureaupathology. Graduates from the program have received jobs in data security, cybercrime, and corporate investigations.

Master's in Cyber Security Degrees in Washington

At the University of Washington in Bothell, the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics offers a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering. Students can select between full-time and part-time education, and those that will continue working are able to meet in the evening at a twice-per-week rate.

There are three principles within the curriculum: protection, detection, and correction. This means that the coursework will focus on being able to defend a company network from cyber attacks, being able to determine intrusions when they occur, and fending them off with reactionary activity and building preventative measures.

Working in Cyber Security in Washington

The majority of education opportunity falls in undergraduate degrees and certifications in Washington, but there are handful of Master’s degrees that are from NSA-designated institutions – the City University of Seattle and the Bothell and Tacoma campuses of the University of Washington.

Washington Cyber Security Careers

Among the western half of the United States, the only state that outdoes Washington in the tech industry is California. According to CompTIA, Washington is the sixth-fastest growing state in the nation for tech opportunities and around a good portion of jobs are based in cyber security and systems analysis. IT services is growing at a massive 4.8 percent year-over-year margin.

According to, cyber security analysts make between $74,352 to $104,216, and that number can get over $115,000 for more experienced professionals, making it one of the more higher-paying states for cyber security positions.

Top Cyber Security and Tech Employers and Organizations

Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle provides numerous opportunities in cyber security. The risk analyst role recommends having a Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least three years of experience in information security. Skills needed include an ability to communicate well with others to complete projects and present information, be able to manage multiple projects at one time, and understand regulations and policies that need to be followed.

Available Online Cyber Security Programs for Washington

University of California Berkeley
Utica College

List of Washington Cyber Security Programs

NSA/DHS Designation: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated certain institutions as a CAE, or Center of Academic Excellence. We have labeled each program based on their designation:
CAE-2Y: 2 Year Program CAE-CD: Cyber Defense CAE-CO: Cyber Operations CAE-R: Research Program
Campus-Based and Online Cyber Security Programs:
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
City University of Seattle
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Columbia Basin College
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
Edmonds Community College
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
Green River College
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
Highline College
Des Moines
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
Spokane Falls Community College
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
University of Washington
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-R
Whatcom Community College
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
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