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.

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, STI faculty, and staff.

Online Learning Options

  • OnDemand: Study at your own pace with content available 24/7. Revisit and rewind content anytime.
  • vLive: Live, interactive, scheduled webcast sessions are held two nights a week over a 6- to 8-week period.
  • Simulcast: Live broadcasts of our intensive weeklong daytime courses enable you to save on travel and lodging expenses.

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.

Proven Outcomes: Live and Online

As part of our accreditation process, the SANS Technology Institute was able prove something few other universities can: whether students take our courses live at SANS events or online, their scores on the standardized GIAC certification exams are insignificantly different, while student satisfaction ratings and likelihood to recommend the class to their peers remained comparably high.

Master’s Degree Program – Course Delivery Options

Most courses in the master’s degree program may be taken live or online, but there are 3 in-person course requirements.

Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate Programs – Course Delivery Options

Our certificate programs may be taken live, online, or in combination.  The only exception is the accelerated, 7-month option of the undergraduate certificate program, which must be taken entirely online.

GIAC Certification Exams

Most courses culminate in a GIAC certification exam assessment which is taken at proctored locations throughout the world. The primary method for taking a proctored exam is through GIAC’s testing partner Pearson VUE, an industry leader with more than 3,500 testing centers worldwide.