Discover the Best Cybersecurity Degree and Certificate Programs

Whether you're just getting started in cybersecurity or you're a seasoned InfoSec professional, gives you the skills you need to advance and the GIAC certifications to prove it. Cybersecurity is all we teach — and nobody does it better. is proud to be an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
IR.jpg Named One of the Top 10 Innovators in Cybersecurity Education 

The SANS Technology Institute has been recognized as a global leader in cybersecurity education by Help Net Security, joining the ranks of top institutions like Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Oxford.

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Is Designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the NSA

“The CAE-CD designation is a testament to the quality of our cybersecurity faculty and programs. Our graduates are helping to meet the urgent cybersecurity needs of the U.S. government, industry, academia, and research, and we are proud to be part of a select group of cyber programs to have received this important designation.”

- Ed Skoudis, SANS Technology Institute President

Research Review Journal Volume 4

Explore Published Research by Graduate Students

View published research by master's degree students in the SANS Technology Institute Research Review Journal. Learn from the findings of students who are addressing the challenges they face as cybersecurity professionals.

Meet the Paller Scholars

The first cohort Paller Cybersecurity Scholarship winners exemplify the mission of our scholarship program to identify exceptionally talented international students (non-US citizens) who are committed to making the world a safer place through cybersecurity. Each of this year’s Paller Scholars has been awarded a full scholarship to a SANS Technology Institute graduate program.
Nattional Cyber League - Spring 2024 Sentinels Triumph at Spring 2024 National Cyber League Competition

At the spring 2024 National Cyber League (NCL) competition, demonstrated its cybersecurity prowess once again.  Among more than 500 participating colleges and universities, stood out as one of just three to achieve Top 10 power rankings in both the Standard Student and Experienced Student brackets.

  • #1 Power Ranking (Experienced Students)
  • #1, #2, #3, and #4 Individual Players (Experienced Students)
  • More than 30% of the Top 100 individual players in the Experienced bracket were Sentinels
NSA_Codebreaker_Challenge.jpg Sentinels Finish in the Top 3 in the NSA Codebreaker Challenge

Congratulations to the Sentinels for finishing in the Top 3 out of 448 schools in the National Security Agency’s 2023 Codebreaker Challenge. Through the challenge, our undergraduate and graduate students sharpen their technical skills in mission-centric scenarios similar to the work the NSA does every day.

Join us for a free online info session to learn more.

The Advantage

Because cyber threats are constantly changing, our courses are continually updated for real-world relevance. But that's just the beginning.

GIAC Certifications

Earn professional certifications employers recognize and respect in each of our programs.


World-class Faculty

Learn the latest skills and techniques from the world's top cybersecurity practitioners.


100% Online Option

You have the option of completing our programs through live or rewindable online courses.


Flexible Schedule

Our programs are designed to fit into your busy life and work schedule.


Powerful Network

Make connections with some of the most talented students and teachers in the industry.

Learn from the Best

SANS Technology Institute faculty members are rock stars of the cybersecurity field, with a broad base of expertise in government and industry. Their up-to-date examples and deep knowledge ensure that what you learn in class will be useful immediately on the job.

Every member of the faculty is a highly skilled professional currently working in cybersecurity.
More than 150 open source cybersecurity tools have been created by SANS Faculty.
SANS faculty members have authored more than 40 books on information security.
SANS faculty members have produced more than 3,500 research papers and webcasts on information security topics.

SANS Courses and GIAC Certifications

Cybersecurity employers send more than 40,000 of their employees to pursue SANS courses and GIAC certifications each year, confirming the value they see in up-to-date, real-world SANS courses and in the skills validation of GIAC certifications. These are the same courses and certifications you’ll complete at — with support from a student advisor, for college credit, at academic pricing.

Course Delivery Options

Your mind has no borders. Why should your college? Our online and in-person course options are designed to fit your life and how you like to learn. (Note that the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is a 100% online program.)

Success Stories

The SANS Technology Institute prepares some of the brightest minds in cybersecurity for lasting careers that make a meaningful difference. See why these students chose for their cybersecurity education and what they're up to now.
470x382_-_veteran.jpg Programs are DoD 8140 Approved

If you're a Department of Defense (DoD) employee or contractor who wants to earn a career-focused cybersecurity degree or certificate, our DoD 8140 approved college programs can open new doors of opportunity. All programs are DoD 8140 approved except for our graduate certificate program in Software Supply Chain Security, which is not yet approved.

US Department of Defense 8140 Cyber Workforce Qualification Program
DoD 8140 establishes baseline standards for qualifications that directly support operational needs and workforce readiness. All DoD personnel assigned to positions requiring the performance of cyberspace work are affected by DoD 8140.

  • Service members
  • DoD civilian employees (including non-appropriated fund employees)
  • Contractors
  • Foreign nationals

"SANS courses are fully aligned to what is happening in the industry. Course materials are continuously updated based on new developments in cybersecurity. It is rigorous, challenging, and relevant." - Karim Lalji, Senior Manager and North America Penetration Testing Lead, Accenture

cybersecurity student

Take Your Next Step

Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions. Join us for an info session, email or call 301.241.7665.

Ready to apply? We look forward to learning about you and your cybersecurity career goals.

Our Grads Get Hired

Our alumni work for organizations large and small, including Fortune 500 companies, military and government organizations, and leading cybersecurity firms. Here are just a few.
Discover Financial Services
Northrop Grumman
Alert Logic
Aon Cyber Solutions
Apple Inc
Red Canary
Artic Wolf Networks
Highmark Health
Rendition Infosec
Bank of America
Blizzard Entertainment
Jigsaw Google
Booz Allen Hamilton
JPMorgan Chase
Sandia National Laboratories
Capital One
Wells Fargo Bank

Student Reviews

The decision to choose a master's degree from was the best one I have ever made. This transformed me into a true cybersecurity professional.
Viswanath Srinivasan Chirravuri
Software Security Director - Thales DIS USA made the difference between my being an unemployed college graduate and a well-compensated cyber professional.
Cody Williams
Cyber and Strategic Risk Advisory Consultant - Deloitte
SANS gives you both the technical knowledge and the soft skills to persuade and convince an audience. It offers the highest quality technical security training on the planet.
Michael H. Matthee
Principal Application Security Engineer


    We're happy to help. Email or call 301.241.7665.