Retention and Graduation Data

Retention and Graduation Data

The SANS Technology Institute develops leaders to strengthen enterprise and global information security. Our graduates are highly valued because they design state-of-the-art, enterprise-level cyber defenses, champion the adoption of those defenses, and manage their implementation and ongoing operation.

The data presented here reflects the retention and graduation rates for our master's students and our graduate certificate students, by year, since accreditation. As our students enter into and engage with our rigorous programs, they must balance the demands of their jobs, their studies, and their personal lives. As a preeminent graduate institution translating contemporary information security practice and scholarship into effective educational experiences, our retention and graduation rates are in line with or exceed the national standards for graduate STEM programs (http://cgsnet.org/masters-completion-project).

Percentage of students retained or graduated (YTD)

Year Admitted
Master's Degree Program
Graduate Certificate Programs
2014
73%
73%
2015
65%
74%
2016
89%
86%
2017
98%
98%

Last updated October 2017