You’re 4 courses away from a high-paying cybersecurity job.
Launch your new career from the best college in cybersecurity. As you complete the program, you’ll earn 4 certifications that prove you've got the skillset employers need right now.
100% online option available.
Applications are accepted monthly.
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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.
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 upper division undergraduate alumni have an average starting salary of $94K. We'll discuss why they become so marketable and how our Career Center supports their job search — and we'll answer your questions.
Thu, Feb 22 at 2 pm (ET)
New to the field? No problem.
Our cybersecurity certificate program is for anyone (age 18 to 60+) with at least 48 college credits who wants to join the cyber workforce. It provides the quickest route we offer to a cybersecurity career. No prior technical experience is required.
Who Should Apply
- Career changers from any field into cybersecurity
- Bachelor’s students at other colleges, who want a career-launching certificate
- Community college students or graduates
- Holders of a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Graduates of theory-based cybersecurity programs, who want practical hands-on experience
- Students who earned 48+ college credits at any time, even if a degree wasn’t completed
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 undergraduate certificate now – and pay after you’re working.
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 our 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
SANS.edu Is Designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the NSA
“The CAE-CD designation is a testament to the quality of our cybersecurity faculty and programs. Our graduates are helping to meet the urgent cybersecurity needs of the U.S. government, industry, academia, and research, and we are proud to be part of a select group of cyber programs to have received this important designation.”
- Ed Skoudis, SANS Technology Institute President
Our Grads Get Hired
Job Titles Earned
Cyber Threat Intel Associate
Information Security Analyst
Cyber Software Engineer
Detection & Response Analyst
Cyber Risk Consultant
Vulnerability Management Engineer
Incident Response Team
Join the Winning Team
The SANS Technology Institute Sentinels earned the #1 Power Ranking in the spring 2023 NCL team competition in the Experienced Student bracket and the #1 Power Ranking among NSA Centers of Academic Excellence at the fall 2023 NCL competition.
In fall 2023, SANS.edu was the only college — out of more than 500 participating colleges — to earn Top 5 power rankings in both the Standard Student and Experienced Student brackets.
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 1-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.
Course Delivery Options
Total Program Cost: $18,600
Tuition includes the cost of the courses, textbooks, and 4 GIAC 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.
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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
(1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 - 267.284.5000), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.