Bachelor's Degrees in Applied Cybersecurity

Bachelor's Degrees in Applied Cybersecurity
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Bachelor's Degrees in Applied Cybersecurity

The SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) offers a convenient and economical way to earn a bachelor's degree from the best college in cybersecurity. Attend a community college for the first two years to complete general education coursework — or earn 70 credits at a 4-year college — and then bring those credits to SANS.edu where you'll gain in-demand cybersecurity skills. No prior technical experience is required.

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Earn a bachelor's degree without the high cost of a 4-year college.

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You have the option of completing the bachelor's degree
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Earn 9 GIAC cybersecurity certifications that employers recognize and respect.

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

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  • "I was having a hard time getting a job in information security due to my lack of hands-on experience. SANS gave me extraordinary training and the opportunity to rise to the top of the resume pile."

    AJ Langlois
    Cyber Analyst II, BB&T

  • "The instructors, materials and labs all worked together to provide a comprehensive study of where cyber technology is today. The GIAC certifications I earned allowed me to reenter the workforce in stride."

    A. Riley
    Technical Support Engineer, Threat Quotient

  • "I've been crazy impressed with the SANS.edu career services folks. After I reworked my resume per their recommendations, I got a hit from a recruiter for a job I hadn't even applied for."

    Preston Fitzgerald


Be Job-Ready from Day One

Many employers require a 4-year degree to qualify for entry-level cybersecurity jobs. The SANS.edu bachelor's programs provide both the certified hands-on skills employers want and the bachelor's degree their human resources policies demand.


Graduate with the Right Certifications

Cybersecurity employers send more than 40,000 of their employees to pursue SANS training and GIAC certifications each year, confirming the value they see in the up-to-date, real-world training SANS provides and in the skills validation of GIAC certifications.

By completing those same SANS courses at SANS.edu, you'll gain the cutting-edge skills employers are seeking. You'll earn 9 GIAC cybersecurity certifications relied on by U.S. law enforcement, intelligence services, and military organizations, large corporations, and contractors to validate the skills of their full-time cybersecurity staff.

How It Works

The SANS.edu curriculum is designed to make our graduates among the most job-ready candidates in cybersecurity. Whether you choose the BS or BPS degree option, you'll benefit from the same high-quality, hands-on SANS.edu curriculum and gain a powerful advantage in the cybersecurity job market.

View the curriculum guide

Follow the steps below to pursue the bachelor's degree option that's best for you.

  •     Earn a BS in Applied Cybersecurity
    Step 1. Begin your studies at any accredited community college or 4-year college.

    You will need to bring a total of 70 credits into the BS degree at SANS.edu, but you can qualify to enter the BS program once you have earned 60 of those credits.

    • Most students entering from community colleges complete an AA or AS degree before pursuing the BS in Applied Cybersecurity, but students with any associate degree (except an AAS) are eligible for the BS program. AAS graduates can apply to our BPS program in Applied Cybersecurity.
    • You are not required to bring in specific "major" courses, but 31 of the credits you earn outside of SANS.edu must meet these General Education Requirements.
      General Education Requirements (31 credits)
      Arts and Humanities 3
      English Composition 3
      Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
      Mathematics 3
      Biological and Physical Sciences 3
      Additional General Education Electives 16
    Step 2. Complete your studies at the SANS Technology Institute.

    Continue your studies (50 credits) and earn your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Cybersecurity at SANS.edu.

    • Gain in-demand, hands-on skills in immersive cybersecurity courses taught by industry leaders.
    • Earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.
    • Analyze and report on emerging threats in an internship with the Internet Storm Center, a global cybersecurity monitoring program.

    View the curriculum guide

    Step 3. Get Expert Support for Your Career

    We will help you get hired.

    • The SANS.edu Career Center connects you to professional advice and resources to help you each step of the way in your career search.
    • We'll help you polish your resume and interview skills while connecting you to our exclusive cybersecurity network across the world.
  •     Earn a BPS in Applied Cybersecurity
    Step 1. Begin your studies at any accredited community college.

    Earn an AAS degree and complete general education requirements at any accredited community college (70 credits). You'll need to complete your AAS degree before entering the SANS.edu bachelor's program, but you can earn your required general education credits before or after starting at SANS.edu.

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    If you're a student at Montgomery College (MC) in Maryland or an MC graduate with an AAS degree, learn how you can earn a bachelor's degree.

    Step 2. Complete your studies at the SANS Technology Institute.

    Continue your studies (50 credits) and earn your Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Applied Cybersecurity from SANS.edu.

    • Gain in-demand, hands-on skills in immersive cybersecurity courses taught by industry leaders.
    • Earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.
    • Analyze and report on emerging threats in an internship with the Internet Storm Center, a large-scale cybersecurity monitoring program.

    View the curriculum guide

    Step 3. Get Expert Support for Your Career

    We will help you get hired.

    • The SANS.edu Career Center connects you to professional advice and resources to help you each step of the way in your career search.
    • We'll help you polish your resume and interview skills while connecting you to our exclusive cybersecurity network across the world.
Already have a bachelor's or master's degree?

The SANS.edu undergraduate certificate program in Applied Cybersecurity may be a good option for you if you would like to transition into a cybersecurity career. No prior cybersecurity experience is required.


Your Cybersecurity Internship

In your internship as an Apprentice Handler for the Internet Storm Center (ISC), the world’s leading global cyber threat detection network, you’ll observe emerging threats, analyze and report on those threats, and gain experience under the mentorship of a Handler or Senior Handler. Whether you are seeking your first role or advancing your career, this hands-on, real-world experience will accelerate your professional cybersecurity career in a way that few other programs can.

This is not a “get coffee” internship. Here’s what you’ll gain.

  • Direct mentorship by a real-world expert
  • A deeper practical understanding of technical issues
  • Practice in effectively writing and communicating about those issues
  • The opportunity to expand your professional network
  • Technical skills to launch or advance your career

Funding Option for High-Potential Students
with Financial Need

The SANS Technology Institute's income share agreement (ISA) was designed to make our undergraduate programs more accessible to U.S. applicants with financial need who demonstrate high potential to succeed.

How It Works

  • If you are offered and accept one of our ISA programs, most or all of your tuition payments will be deferred until after you've completed your program and are employed.
  • Once you land a job and are earning at least $40,000 annually, you'll start making monthly payments of 8% of your income.
  • You will never pay more than the payment cap and if you don't earn the monthly equivalent of at least $40,000 annually, your ISA will be forgiven after 4 years, even if you paid nothing at all.
  • For any month you're not earning income, your ISA payments are deferred. There's no interest.

Interested in Being Considered for the ISA?

  1. Schedule a call with an admissions specialist to discuss this option further.
  2. Apply to the undergraduate program that interests you to be considered for the ISA.

Learn more about the SANS.edu ISA.


Questions?

We're happy to help.
Email the SANS.edu Admissions team at info@sans.edu or call (301) 241-7665.

About the SANS Technology Institute

Founded in 2005, the SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) is the independent, regionally-accredited, VA-approved subsidiary of SANS, the world's largest and most trusted provider of cybersecurity training, certification, and research. Offering graduate and undergraduate programs at the cutting edge of cybersecurity, SANS.edu is strengthening the cyber workforce through a career-focused curriculum built on proven SANS courses and industry-recognized GIAC certifications.

The SANS Technology Institute is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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