Certain Grading & Recertification Policies
The following applies to students who are enrolled in versions 1.X and 2.X of the master's curricula:
- Effective August 8, 2008, the SANS Technology Institute no longer required master's students enrolled in versions 1.X or 2.X of the curricula to keep their GIAC certifications current through graduation, though many benefits exist to doing so.
- For master's students in curricula versions 1.X and 2.X, scores on all exams must be 80 (or average of 80 if it was a two-part exam) or higher.
- When a GIAC Gold Paper/Written Assignment is required, the student must also pass the GIAC Gold/Written Assignment before the grade can be assigned.
If a student fails to earn or exceed the grade of 80 on the exam, one of the following two situations will apply to the calculation of their GPA, depending on the date of their graduation:
- This paragraph applies to persons who graduated on or before July 21, 2011:
- The final course grade was based on the latest recertification score just before graduation.
- If the person had to do a special exam retake because the student scored less than 80 but higher than the GIAC passing point, then it would be calculated as described in this example: First score was 78, and the second score was 90 - the score that STI used was 90.
- This paragraph applies to persons in versions 1.X and 2.X of the master's curricula who graduate after July 21, 2011:
- The final course grade will be based on the score that first applied to the student in the Master's Program (rather than the latest re-certification exam score). If the student had done a special exam retake because the student scored less than 80 but higher than the GIAC passing point, then it would be calculated as described below:
- Example: First score was 78, and the second score was 90 - the score that STI will use will be the "minimal passing score" for STI. If the minimal passing score for STI is 80, then 80 would be the score used.
The changes described above mean simply that students are no longer required to have all their GIAC certifications held current as a condition to graduate from the master's programs.
These policies do NOT affect GIAC policies about recertification requirements. Students who are enrolled in the MSISE (Engineering) program (curriculum version 1.6 effective September 15, 2008, or later versions) are required to pass the GSE as part of their Community Project Requirements. In order to take the GSE, students may need to keep current certain certifications that are listed as prerequisites to taking the GSE. Please visit the GSE page on GIAC's website for more information regarding the GSE.