Cybersecurity Programs

Become a Cybersecurity professional at WSU Tri-Cities

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You may secure these opportunities and safeguard the world’s cyberspace with a cybersecurity focused Computer Science degree from Washington State University, in Tri-Cities’ School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. In this prestigious university, students enjoy learning in professionally ABET-accredited degree programs through hands-on projects, internships, study-abroad experiences in acclaimed universities, and small classes taught by renowned computer scientists, who are passionate about their students’ success.

Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available, based on WSU’s vibrant Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Computer Science and Master’s and Doctoral programs also in Computer Science.

As Cybersecurity is intimately connected to Computer Science, the cybersecurity focus in these programs is achieved through a selection of related courses that complete students’ computer science education. Looking forward to joining us? We welcome your inquiries!

Endless Professional Opportunities

With technology’s pervasive presence in virtually every aspect of our lives, in today’s world, Cybersecurity professionals counter security breaches and protect our personal information, business interests, and national security. According to the Washington roundtable, in the next five years Washington companies will hire approximately five thousands cybersecurity specialists, with salaries ranging between $60,000 and $250,000 / year.  There will thus exist enormous cybersecurity employment opportunities in high-paying WA jobs.

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Renowned Cybersecurity Scientists in your Classes

Already teaching in these WSU programs are cybersecurity scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Mission Support Alliance (MSA) in Richland, who involve students in forefront cybersecurity projects.

Owing to the growth of our programs, we are recruiting one more full-time faculty member, who would obtain a joint appointment at PNNL and whose research and teaching expertise include current cybersecurity subfields such as: cybersecurity of critical infrastructures, security of industrial control systems, and human factors in cybersecurity, and whose interests encompass resilience; “Secure by Design” methodologies; or foundational science of cybersecurity, including predictions and measurements in cyberspace.

Sample Classes

Cybersecurity builds upon a solid computer science foundation. Sample classes include:

  • Advanced Data Structures
  • Software Design
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • Introduction to Computer Networks
  • Computer Security
  • Advanced Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Security: The Emerging Smart Grid
  • Cybersecurity / Information Assurance
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Control System Cybersecurity
  • Scientific Methods for Cybersecurity Research

As professional opportunities in Cybersecurity abound, here is a representative set of resources on top job titles, U.S. job distribution, and internship opportunities.

Top Job Titles

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Auditor
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Information Analyst
  • Risk Manager




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As students in these Cybersecurity-focused programs, you will be empowered to develop advanced systems that protect people’s lives, foster national security, manage cyber intrusions, and fortify critical cybersecurity infrastructures in power grids, nuclear power plants, and air & space traffic control.

You will enjoy becoming a cybesecurity specialist through project-based hands-on learning. Students participate in laboratory experiences, work on industry-sponsored projects, and can even conduct research with their professors.

Cybersecurity Internships, Study Abroad

Through special partnerships, students also complete paid internships in real-world organizations with superior cybersecurity operations, such as PNNL and MSA.

You may even earn both a BS and an MS degree in 5 years, instead of 6, and study cybersecurity abroad for a semester at Switzerland’s Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

This is one of our overseas partners in cybersecurity and data science.

Accredited Programs for the World's Cyberspace

Our baccalaureate computer science degree programs are accredited by ABET, (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.) the esteemed U.S. organization that accredits computer science and engineering programs. This accreditation ensures that our graduates possess the preparation needed by the profession. With a WSU Computer Science baccalaureate degree, you will advance professionally in cybersecurity, secure high-paying positions in one of the numerous WA opportunities in this 21st century field, and also gain admission in prestigious graduate programs.

Would you like to safeguard the world’s cyberspace and protect societies?

It’s in the job description of Computer Science with cybersecurity focus!

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Graduates with Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Sciences degrees are eligible to apply. In WSU’s cybersecurity-focused Master’s and Ph.D. degree programs, you will receive advanced knowledge to protect the world’s cyberspace through graduate education and research at the forefront of global cybersecurity initiatives. You will be empowered to tackle the world’s grand challenges such as protecting national security, preventing cyber intrusions, securing mobile and network traffic, expanding cyber forensics, enhancing cyber resiliency, and fortifying critical cybersecuity infrastructures to enhance people’s lives.

Advanced Projects with PNNL

As a top-ranked research institution immersed in new discoveries in all of its campuses, Washington State University is an ideal institution for graduate students, who, upon completion of their program, become innovative researchers and practitioners and frequently rise to leadership positions in industry and academia.

You will elevate your cybersecurity abilities and professional skills by conducting leading-edge research based on theory and practice and collaborating with renowned WSU faculty and overseas researchers. Under a recently-established partnership between WSU and the nearby Pacific National Northwest Laboratory , you will also be working on advanced cybersecurity projects at PNNL a world-class research enterprise that advances the frontiers of science and engineering.

Research projects are jointly conducted by PNNL and WSU. This relationship between these two organizations is a natural outcome of the laboratory’s position as a global leader in cybersecurity and the university’s vibrant programs in computer science.

International Dimension

An International Double Master’s Degree program, the only one of its kind in WA, is also available in collaboration with Switzerland’s Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), offering a cybersecurity focus.

Graduating globally-educated professionals for leadership in multinational corporations and without any increase in the normal graduate tuition, this program engages students in Switzerland, for one year, and in the U.S. for another year, and awards two Master’s degrees, from WSU and ZHAW.

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