Cybersecurity FAQ's

Who do I contact for more information about the Cybersecurity Degree?

Bellingham Campus Cybersecurity Program Advisor: Laura Ghan –

Poulsbo Campus Cybersecurity Program Advisors:  Lauren Kemper and Heather Purcell –

What are the requirements to transfer to Western’s Cybersecurity program?

While not a guarantee of acceptance into the program, students must:

  1. Complete an AAS-T, AAS, or ATA in the following degree programs with the corresponding Washington State Community College partnerships:
  • Bellingham Technical College: AAS-T in Computer Networking- Computer Programming Track
  • Edmonds College: ATA in Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics
  • Green River College: AAS-T in Information Technology-Systems and Security
  • Highline College: AAS in Network Security Engineer or AAS in Digital Forensics & Investigations
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology: AAS in Computer Security and Network Technology
  • Olympic College: AAS-T in Information Technology-Security
  • Peninsula College:  AAS-T in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics
  • Whatcom Community College: AAS-T Degree in Cybersecurity
  1. Achieve a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  2. Complete CSCI 141, CSCI 145, and MATH 124, or recognized equivalents

Can I complete all 4 years of the program at Western?

No, we do not offer the first 2 years of cybersecurity curriculum at Western.  You must first obtain the cybersecurity-specific Associate's Degree from one of our eight partner colleges.

I already graduated from one of the Washington State Community College’s listed with a similar degree. Can I apply to Western’s Cybersecurity program?

While other similar degrees such as an AAS in Computer Science, Information Technology or Computer Information Systems may have courses in common with our partner colleges’ Associates degree programs, the specific approved Associates Degree must be earned in order to be eligible to transfer into Western’s Bachelor of Science Cybersecurity degree program.

For additional information on how to proceed, contact the corresponding cybersecurity program advisor:
Poulsbo Campus: Lauren Kemper – 360-650-4390,
Bellingham Campus: Laura Ghan – 360-650-2863,

When can I apply to the Cybersecurity program?

The Western program is targeted to enroll a cohort of new students each Fall quarter. Applications for a fall start are due by March 1st.  Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

Starting winter, spring or summer quarter is also possible and sometimes preferable.  Contact a Cybersecurity Program Advisor to discuss your specific situation.

How do I apply to the Cybersecurity program?

You will need to apply for both Admission to Western and to the Cybersecurity Program as outlined on the Application Process page.

How will I know if I have been accepted into the Cybersecurity program?

Applicants will be notified via email of the Cybersecurity Program admissions decision. The majority of decisions are made within six weeks after the application deadline.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, students in the Cybersecurity program are eligible for financial aid. We strongly encourage all applicants to submit a FAFSA application:  Western’s priority application deadline is January 31.  For additional questions about financial aid, please visit the financial aid website, call 360-650-3470, or email

I can earn a good living with just the AAS-T degree from my college. What is the benefit of continuing on to complete the BS in Cybersecurity degree?

True, with successful completion of an AAS-T in Cybersecurity, you may be eligible for employment in mid-level positions with wages that start at $26.60/hour and up, or $55,328/year. However, with the Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science degree, you are more likely to be eligible for advanced positions that pay $40.81/hour and up, or $84,885/year. That’s a difference of almost $30,000 in earning potential per year!