Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics

The new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics expands on Highline's already strong Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Department. It gives you a chance to build on your technical degree with upper-division coursework in a high-tech, high-demand area. Earning an applied bachelor's degree may help you make higher wages and prepare you for higher-level specialized technical positions. The skill set may also prepare you to later move into a managerial position.


Top-Notch Faculty

One of the lead instructors in the program is Dr. Amelia Phillips, who is a nationally recognized expert in the field of computer forensics and the author of one of the standard textbooks in the field.

Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked for more than 30 years in government, private industry, and academics. She is Chair of the Pure and Applied Science Division at Highline, and a Fulbright Scholar.

Joining Highline as a faculty member in this program is Chun Yu, who has completed his degree work toward a Ph.D. and works with business leaders in the region. A graduate of Highline who immigrated to the U.S., Yu has more than 10 years of teaching experience and brings the perspective of an ESL student to the program. In addition to master's degree in Information Security, he is a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Networking Associate.

Phillips and Yu, along with the other outstanding instructors, will provide you with up-to-date curriculum that is modified to meet technological advances; coursework includes computer forensics, network intrusion detection, cloud computing and web application hacking.

Dr. Amelia Phillips

Chun Yu

Advanced CS/CIS Department

In Highline's Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Department, you can prepare for a variety of information technology–related careers. Offering advanced topics and training, the department offers you the opportunity to become a computer programmer, network specialist, website/database developer, or data recovery and computer forensics specialist.

Dedicated Computer Labs

With isolated labs in the Higher Education Building, you can do full installations of functional networks on real hardware, not just virtual machines. These dedicated computer labs give you hands-on experience in creating networks, securing networks and operating systems, practicing disaster recovery and more.

Did You Know?

Demand Is Growing

There's a growing need for professionals who protect computer systems from outside access by hackers, malware and viruses. Between 2012 and 2022, EMSI* estimates cybersecurity jobs will grow 28.8 percent, from 47,356 to 61,007, in King and Pierce Counties.

Highline Is Connected

Highline offers student internships and job shadowing with major international companies such as Cisco, Microsoft and Boeing.

Highline Is Leading

Highline is a leader in the cybersecurity field. Among its many high profile connections with local industry, Highline's program is a member of CyberWatch West and a perennial host of the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

*Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a subscription service that provides high-quality employment data, economic analysis and comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities. Cybersecurity jobs are those computer-related occupations where cybersecurity is an integral part of the job.

Get Started

The BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics program welcomes new students each fall and spring. Since application fees are not refundable, you should apply after confirming space is available in the program. Submit your application in person to Admissions (Building 6) by 4 p.m. Mailed submissions must be postmarked on or before the deadline. To be eligible, all requirements must be met by the deadline (see "Elements of a Complete Application" below). We highly recommend meeting with the Selective Admissions Adviser soon after submitting your application. Need financial aid? Learn more.

To Start Application Deadline Determination Sent By
Fall 2014 Open Until Filled August 31, 2014
Spring 2015 December 30, 2014 February 28, 2015

Elements of a Complete Application

  • Completed 2014–15 Cybersecurity and Forensics BAS Application for Admission. Fill out all blanks legibly in ink.
  • Paid Selective Admission [A2] application fee (a separate application fee is required for each program and each program cycle for which you apply).
  • Admission into Highline Community College (apply online, see Admissions' webpage).
  • Minimum college-level GPA of 2.50.
  • Evidence of an applicable degree from a regionally accredited college (for details, see the admissions guidelines that accompany the application). For degrees or coursework earned at other schools, submit an official transcript and a corresponding Request to Evaluate form to Registration & Records.
  • Indication of and, as required, documentation of tier eligibility (see "Candidate Selection/Tier Eligibility" section below).


Submissions become Highline records and will not be returned. Your evaluation request and transcript have to be submitted, not necessarily evaluated, by the deadline. Applications and application fees are valid for one application. Those that do not meet the requirements by the deadline will be considered ineligible. To be considered for any other deadline, a new application (and fee) is required. It can take up to 12 weeks to have a transcript evaluated. Submit your evaluation request to Registration & Records as soon as possible; it doesn't need to accompany your application.

Candidate Selection/Tier Eligibility

Preference will be given—in the following order—to applicants who have a/an:

  1. AAS degree from Highline in Data Recovery, Network Specialist or Web/Database Developer. Web/Database Developer AAS must include CIS 150, 160 and 161.
  2. CIS or IT-related AAS degree from the following community colleges: Peninsula, Spokane Falls or Whatcom.
  3. CIS or IT-related AAS degree from any school/college that is regionally accredited and the student preferably has program related work experience.


Program Curriculum:
Amelia Phillips
(206) 592-3497
ABD Programs:
Tanya Powers
(206) 592- 3662
Admissions Advisor:
Liz Rangel
(206) 592-4180