Launch Your Cybersecurity Career from the Best College in Cybersecurity

SANS.edu is proud to be an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Prepare to win a high-paying cybersecurity job.

If you want to launch a career in cybersecurity, SANS.edu has the cybersecurity degree or certificate program that can get you hired. No prior technical knowledge is required.

Numbers at a Glance

We know the employment status of 99% of our upper division undergraduates — and the data you see here comes directly from student survey responses and is based on students getting employed specifically in cybersecurity roles.

$104K
Average starting salary of SANS.edu Applied Cybersecurity Certificate graduates
$110K
Average starting salary of SANS.edu cybersecurity bachelor's degree graduates
94%
Percentage of our job seeking bachelor’s degree graduates who gained employment in cybersecurity within 6 months.
56%
Percentage of our Applied Cybersecurity Certificate students who got their first new job before completing the program
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Join an Online Info Session for Undergraduate Cybersecurity Programs

Learn more about the SANS.edu undergraduate programs in cybersecurity at a free online info session. Our Applied Cybersecurity Certificate (ACS) graduates have an average starting salary of $104K and our bachelor's degree (BACS) graduates have an average starting salary of $110K. We'll discuss why they become so marketable and how our Career Center supports their job search — and we'll answer your questions.

Thu, July 11 at 11 am (ET)

The SANS.edu Advantage

Because cyber threats are constantly changing, our courses are continually updated for real-world relevance. But that's just the beginning. (Note that the SANS.edu Career Center works with students in the Applied Cybersecurity Certificate and bachelor's degree programs only.)
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GIAC Certifications

Earn professional cybersecurity certifications that employers recognize and respect.

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World-class Faculty

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

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Flexible Schedule

Our programs are designed to fit into your busy work and life schedule.

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100% Online Option

You have the option of completing the program through live or rewindable online courses.

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Expert Career Support

We'll guide your career search and connect you to our global cybersecurity network.

The Best Course to Start Your Cybersecurity Journey

Learn more about our cybersecurity Foundations course from the expert who built it.

James Lyne and a team of experts developed the lab-intensive SANS course SEC 275: Foundations: Computers, Technology, & Security so you could not only understand and discuss core cybersecurity concepts but actively put them into practice at your keyboard.

Together, SEC275 and the GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT) certification comprise the first course of our Applied Cybersecurity Certificate and bachelor’s degree programs, and the final course of the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate program.

Discover how you can start your cybersecurity journey on solid ground with SEC275 and GFACT certification.

“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

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Earn Top Ranked Cybersecurity Certifications

Cybersecurity professionals ranked GIAC certifications as the most valued certifications when selecting job candidates for interviews. (Source: cio.org)

Students in all of our undergraduate programs earn the GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT) certification, which validates your knowledge of essential foundational cybersecurity concepts.

Students in our upper division undergraduate programs earn multiple GIAC certifications, including GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), which were named among the Top Ten Cybersecurity Certifications by Datamation.

“After I passed my GCIH certification exam, I got a job offer for twice my current salary. I’m happy where I am, but it’s great to see recruiters going after GIAC certified professionals.”
- Agnel D’Silva, IT Administrator, City of Danville, IL

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Prepare for a high-paying cybersecurity career – and pay little or no tuition until you’re employed.

The SANS.edu Income Share Agreement (ISA) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents lets you earn a world-class cybersecurity bachelor's degree or Applied Cybersecurity Certificate now – and pay after you’re working.

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Unlock Your Cybersecurity Career Potential with the SANS.edu Career Center

The SANS.edu Career Center empowers upper division undergraduate students in our Applied Cybersecurity Certificate and cybersecurity bachelor’s degree programs to leverage their SANS experience, GIAC certifications, and total skillsets to launch or advance their cybersecurity career.

Every student is paired with a dedicated Career Specialist, providing personalized support at every stage of your career journey. Cybersecurity is our only focus — and your career success is a key measure of our success.

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Take Your Next Step

Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions. Join us for an info session, email info@sans.edu or call 301.241.7665.

Ready to apply? We look forward to learning about you and your cybersecurity career goals.

Success Stories

Our students come from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the varied paths to a cybersecurity career.

“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, Security Researcher, Synack Red Team

Our Grads Get Hired

Our graduates get hired by companies like Amazon, Deloitte, Dragos, Google, Northrup Grumman, Red Canary, Wells Fargo and Walmart. More than half of our cybersecurity certificate students received their first cybersecurity job offer before they finished the program.

Job Titles Earned

SOC Analyst

Cyber Threat Intel Associate

Information Security Analyst

Security Engineer

Security Consultant

Cyber Software Engineer

Penetration Tester

Detection & Response Analyst

Incident Handler

Cyber Risk Consultant

Intrusion Analyst

Cybersecurity Specialist

InfoSec Specialist

Security Administrator

Forensics Examiner

Vulnerability Management Engineer

Incident Response Team

“I credit the SANS.edu Career Center for jumpstarting my cyber career. I seriously believe I am on the best cybersecurity team I could have ever imagined. I certainly worked hard, but I never would have arrived here without the Career Center helping with my resume, prepping me for interviews and just encouraging me in general.” - Ricardo Vazquez, Senior Associate, KPMG Cyber Response Services

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What makes someone good at cybersecurity?

You don’t need a background with computers to succeed. In fact, some of our most successful students didn’t. As part of our admissions process, students interested in our Applied Cybersecurity Certificate and bachelor's degree programs take a 1-hour quiz that tests their natural ability to succeed in cybersecurity.

Applicants to our Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate program don't need to the assessment exam since that program starts at a more foundational level.

If you like solving puzzles and have a desire to learn about technology, cybersecurity could be a great fit for you.

Course Delivery Options

Your mind has no borders. Why should your college? Our online and in-person course options are designed to fit your life and how you like to learn. (Note that the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is a 100% online program.)

Join us for a free online info session to learn more.

“SANS.edu offers a level of support and resources that I have never seen. Support comes from the instructors, all active experts in the field; the behind-the-scenes staff; and members of the Career Center.” – Cathy Sowa, Chief Information Security Officer, Valdosta State University

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Questions?

We're happy to help. Email 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.