Master of Science Degree Program

Master of Science Degree Program

Master of Science in
Information Security Engineering: MSISE

The Preeminent Degree in Cybersecurity

Program Highlights

Combines Technical Knowledge & Leadership Skills

Prepare to lead. The MSISE program is a rigorous, challenging, and rewarding experience that provides you with the rare combination of an elite technical mastery and the leadership capability to mobilize people, organizations, and resources.

SANS Technical Core

  • Layered, Defensive Techniques
  • Study of Hacker Techniques (Offense informs defense)
  • Intrusion Detection & Incident Response

Deep, Advanced Elective Catalog

  • Penetration Testing
  • Digital Forensics
  • Specialized Defense Practices

Integrated Real-world Learning

  • Advanced Labs & Real-life Simulations
  • NetWars Cyber Range Testing
  • Project Management / PMP®

Research Relevant to Your Job

  • Reviewed by Industry Experts
  • Present at SANS Conferences
  • Security Awareness Program


The pinnacle of SANS' education offering; an integrated, intensive immersion in technical excellence linked to leadership skill development. The Master of Science in Information Security Engineering program is a non-thesis program. Students must earn 36 credit hours by completing a series of technical, management, and communications courses and completing several projects, simulations and a capstone examination.

Coursework to meet real-world demands

70% focused on developing technical expertise with a strong emphasis on application

15% on the management and communications skills required to lead organization

15% devoted to "In-Practice Leading and Learning" to develop technical knowledge and leadership capacity in real-world settings

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View an example 3-year academic plan

Who Should Enroll?

IT or Infosec professionals who seek to advance their careers to become technically proficient leaders and managers in their organizations. Professionals who seek to simultaneously hold the requisite knowledge of underlying technologies and threat vectors, as well as the communication skills and organizational techniques to mobilize resources, create change, and get things done.