Course Delivery Options

Course Delivery Options

Your mind has no borders. Why should your college?

Forget everything you picture when you think of a "traditional" college classroom. The SANS Technology Institute offers something completely different - designed with maximum flexibility for the way people like to learn today.

You can complete any of our cybersecurity degree or certificate programs by taking courses that are 100% online or that start with weeklong in-person events held across the country and around the world. Or you can do a mix of both.


Online Learning Options

  • OnDemand: Our most flexible option gives you 24/7 access to online courses recorded by top cybersecurity practitioners.
  • Live Online: Live, interactive, scheduled online courses enable you to save on travel and lodging expenses.

You have the option of completing any of our undergraduate or graduate cybersecurity programs 100% online.

Live In-person Classes

  • Immersive weeklong courses with hands-on labs are held around the country and across the globe throughout the year.
  • These events provide opportunities to attend special presentations and network with other security professionals, SANS.edu faculty, and staff.

Proven Results: Online and In-Person

With more than 10 years of experience as a leader in online education, the SANS Technology Institute has proven something few other universities can:

  • Whether students take our online or in-person courses, their scores on the GIAC certification exams have proven over time to be statistically equivalent.
  • Student satisfaction ratings and likelihood to recommend a course to their peers are comparably high for our online and in-person classes.

Your Course. Your Schedule.

At the SANS Technology Institute, a dedicated student advisor will guide you each step of the way as you plan a course of study around your schedule and the ways that you learn best.

Things to consider include where and when the live weeklong SANS events are held and how those fit into your personal and work schedule.  If you want to study online, would you prefer working at your own pace or attending regularly scheduled live online classes? Each option offers its own benefits — the choice depends on your preference.

Student Advisors

Student advisors at SANS.edu help mold each student’s experience through personalized support, check-ins, and resources. Advisors strive to provide a thoughtful student experience that includes access to our student Slack workspace, discussion boards, Career Services, Alumni Services, and more. Our commitment is to help each student meet their educational and professional goals by offering the following support:

Develop a tailored program experience

  • Provide in-depth discussions about program options, courses, and elective plans
  • Create a flexible program plan that works with the student's schedule
  • Assist with course registration, tuition, and funding questions

Connect with students regularly to support their success

  • Help with time management and work/life balance
  • Develop short- and long-term goals
  • Support for testing services
  • Review academic progress and standing
  • Connect students to academic resources

Communicate with students in multiple, flexible formats

  • Available for online advising appointments to meet 'face to face'
  • Timely responses to email questions (within 24 hours, M-F)
  • Connect students with faculty advisors to foster professional development
  • Promote community engagement with other students and alumni

GIAC Certification Exams

Most courses culminate in a GIAC certification exam assessment which is taken in a proctored environment. Click here for more information.