ITAM—Cybersecurity Specialization

About the Cybersecurity Specialization

In a world where data is the new oil and cyber threats are the new warfare, our Cybersecurity specialization offers you both a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) to prepare with the skills needed to protect data assets and ensure the integrity of our digital infrastructure. From intensive coursework to real-world cybersecurity scenarios, we go beyond traditional education. We provide you with opportunities to work on actual cybersecurity cases, testing your skills, learning from your mistakes, and evolving as a cyber specialist. Together, let’s create a safer, more secure digital world.

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Why Study Cybersecurity at CWU?

The ITAM Department at CWU maintains strong connections with industry partners and organizations, offering you valuable networking opportunities, internships, and collaborative projects.

These connections can open doors to potential employment opportunities and help you establish yourself in the IT and cybersecurity field. We foster a supportive and inclusive community where you are encouraged to thrive, both academically and personally.

Where is this program offered?

How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog (BS) or CWU Academic Catalog (BAS) for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

This program accepts any applied/technical degree and complements the skills learned in the associate degree to help you become a leader in your knowledge area.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be accepted into this program:

  • A completed applied or technical degree
  • At least 40 credits in an applied area
  • Be accepted and matriculated at CWU

Bachelor of Science (BS)

If you are new to ITAM, apply for the BS.

We encourage you to apply for your ITAM major early, even as soon as your freshman year. Once enrolled in our program you will begin working with a knowledgeable ITAM advisor to design your academic course of study at CWU and make sure you are fulfilling all of the requirements for successful degree completion.

Careers and Opportunities

Whether you aspire to be a cybersecurity analyst, a network security engineer, or a chief information security officer, our ITAM degree opens the door to a myriad of exciting and high-demand opportunities.

  • Cybersecurity Analyst: Protect organizations from cyber threats by analyzing vulnerabilities, implementing security measures, and conducting risk assessments.
  • Network Administrator: Manage and maintain computer networks, including troubleshooting network issues, implementing security protocols, and optimizing network performance.
  • Data Security Specialist: Focus on securing sensitive data, implementing encryption protocols, and developing data protection strategies to safeguard information.
  • IT Auditor: Assess and evaluate an organization's IT systems and controls to identify potential risks, compliance issues, and recommend improvements. Washington state is home to a thriving technology sector, with major companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing having a significant presence in the region. This has led to a strong demand for skilled IT professionals across various industries.


Join the Conversation

Enhance your experience with CWU’s own Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking Club for competitive events, group discussions, and more.

Performance-Based Education

If you require a high level of flexibility in your schedule or want to accelerate your degree progress, FlexIT is ITAM's learning path solution designed just for you. With FlexIT, you have the freedom to learn at your own pace, capitalizing on your previous experience to quickly navigate through familiar subjects and dive into new material. Whether you need to balance your education with work, family, or other responsibilities, FlexIT offers a practical solution for you.

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