Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity (ACS)

Not just for undergrads, our cybersecurity certificate program is for anyone with 2 years of college credits who wants the hands-on experience and certifications needed to launch a cybersecurity career. No prior technical experience is required.

Launch your new career with the best college in cybersecurity.

Earn a cybersecurity certificate from the most recognized college in the cybersecurity industry. As you complete the program, you’ll earn certifications that prove you’ve got the skillset employers want right now.

93% of our graduates gained employment in cybersecurity within 6 months.
The average starting salary of our graduates is $91K.
More than 500,000 job openings in cybersecurity are unfilled. (Source: cyberseek.org)

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

New to the field? No problem.

Our undergraduate certificate program is for anyone with college credits who wants to join the growing cyber workforce — whether you're about to finish your associate degree, you’re in a 4-year college program or a theory-based master’s degree program, or you’re a mid-career professional who wants to transition into cybersecurity.


“If you're new to cyber security and looking for a way to break into the field, I highly recommend the SANS.edu undergraduate certificate program. You'll learn all the fundamentals and get hands-on experience that is so important when it's time to look for a job.” - Yukyung Jung, Cloud System Engineering Consultant, EPAM Systems, Inc

How It Works


Start when you want to.

We don’t have fixed semesters, so you can apply any month and start a few months later.


Take one class at a time.

The program consists of 4 courses you’ll take one at a time, with personalized support from a student advisor from start to finish.


Complete the certificate at your pace.

Earn your undergraduate cybersecurity certificate in 10 to 18 months while working full-time or pursuing a degree.


Earn 4 professional GIAC certifications.

As part of our program, you will earn 4 of the most highly regarded certifications in cybersecurity.


Get career services for life.

Our Career Center will help you choose a career path, build your resume, prepare for interviews, and land a job or advance your current 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

Success Stories

Our Grads Get Hired

Our graduates get hired for cybersecurity positions by companies like Amazon, Deloitte, Dragos, Google, Northrup Grumman, Red Canary, Wells Fargo and Walmart. More than half our 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


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, you’ll take a 2-hour quiz that tests your natural ability to succeed in cybersecurity. If you like solving puzzles and have a desire to learn about technology, cybersecurity could be a great fit for you.



Total Program Cost: $17,875

Tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as exams for courses.

If you’ve taken a SANS course and passed the corresponding GIAC certification, for example SANS SEC275 and the GFACT certification, you may be able to waive one course into this program. See our waiver policy.

Funding Options

A degree or certificate from SANS.edu is a great investment in your career. We offer a variety of tuition options to make that investment accessible.

Get More Info

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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 undergraduate and graduate 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.