Admissions: Cyber Security Bachelor's Degree

Admissions:

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The SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) bachelor's degree program enables you to bring in 70 credits from any accredited community college or 4-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree after completing 50 credits at SANS.edu.


Minimum Program Requirements

You don't need prior cyber security experience, but before beginning your studies at SANS.edu, you must be at least 18 years old and complete these requirements:

  • Earn 60 transferrable college credits from an accredited college (or colleges), with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
    • For admission to the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program, earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) as part of your 60 credits. (An AAS degree is not required for the Bachelor of Science (BS) program.)

Provisional Admission: If you have not completed these requirements, you may apply and be admitted provisionally for up to 2 years (for example: if you are in the process of completing an associate degree or are a high school senior who plans to earn an associate degree before starting at SANS.edu).

For more detailed information, please review the Application Overview and Instructions.

SANS.edu Admissions Deadlines

Apply by the 15th of any month and you'll receive a decision the next month.

Application Due
Receive Admissions Decision On
Begin New Student Orientation
May 15
June 15
July 1
June 15
July 15
August 1
July 15
August 15
September 1

If admitted, you will be eligible to join the next available New Student Orientation (NSO), which begins on the first of each month.

Admissions Overview

To apply for admission or provisional admission to the SANS.edu bachelor's degree program, follow the steps below.

Click on the category that best matches your status.

  •     First-Year Student

    If you’re a high school student or a student who has never attended college, you can apply for provisional admission to SANS.edu. If you are granted provisional admission, you can start the SANS.edu bachelor’s program after you have completed 60 transferrable college credits. Applicants to the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program must earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) as part of those 60 credits.

    You can maintain provisional admissions to SANS.edu for up to 2 years. At the time you transfer to SANS.edu, any catalog updates or tuition rate changes will apply. 

    Earn your bachelor's degree following these steps:

    1. Begin your studies at an accredited community college or 4-year college.
    2. Apply for provisional admission to the SANS.edu bachelor’s program here
    3. Complete 60 transferrable college credits.
    4. Transfer to SANS.edu upon completion of transfer requirements.
    5. Complete your bachelor's degree at SANS.edu.
  •     Transfer Student

    Direct Admission
    You can apply for direct admission into the SANS.edu bachelor’s program if you have completed 60 transferrable college credits. Applicants to the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program must earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) as part of those 60 credits.

    Provisional Admission
    You can apply for provisional admission to the SANS.edu bachelor’s program if you have not yet met our admission requirements. If you are granted provisional admission, you can start the SANS.edu bachelor’s program after you have completed 60 transferrable college credits (which must include an AAS degree for the Bachelor of Professional Studies program).

    You can maintain provisional admissions to SANS.edu for up to 2 years. At the time you transfer to SANS.edu, any catalog updates or tuition rate changes will apply. 

    Earn your bachelor's degree following these steps:

    1. Apply for admissions or provisional admission to SANS.edu here
    2. Complete 60 transferrable college credits.
    3. Transfer to SANS.edu upon completion of transfer requirements.
    4. Complete your bachelor's degree at SANS.edu.
General Education Requirements

To be granted a bachelor’s degree from the SANS Technology Institute you’ll need to complete a total of 120 credits. Fifty (50) of these credits will be earned through the SANS.edu bachelor’s degree curriculum, including the required internship course, and seventy (70) credits must be approved by SANS.edu as transfer credits from another institution. 

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, any credits earned in that degree program cannot be counted for credit toward a second bachelor’s degree and will not be accepted as transfer credits by SANS.edu. We recommend that students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree pursue the SANS.edu undergraduate certificate program in Applied Cybersecurity, which also provides GIAC certifications and career resources.

Transfer Credit Requirements:

  • All transfer credits from an outside institution must be approved by the SANS.edu admissions team through the transcript review process.
  • Thirty-one (31) of the 70 credits you bring into the SANS.edu bachelor’s program must be considered general education courses (by meeting the Maryland General Education standard), and must include at least one 3-credit course in each of these five specific study areas:
    • Arts & Humanities
    • English Composition
    • Social & Behavioral Science
    • Math
    • Biological & Physical Science

We recommend using this information as a guide for choosing courses if you have not yet met the requirements to start the SANS.edu bachelor’s program. That will help ensure that you have met most, if not all, of your general education requirements when you begin at SANS.edu.

You can start the SANS.edu program once you have earned 60 of the 70 required credits and complete any remaining general education requirements after you enroll at SANS.edu, but all required credits must be earned before you can graduate.

If you are unsure if you meet the minimum program requirements or have questions, please schedule a call with one of our Admissions Specialists.

To complete your application, review the Application Overview and Instructions.

A complete SANS.edu application includes:

  1. Application Form
  2. Résumé
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Aptitude Assessment
  5. Application Fee

Next Steps for Admitted Students

If admitted or provisionally admitted, you will receive a formal Offer of Admission and be asked to confirm your enrollment in the SANS Technology Institute.

We'll also provide instructions for attending the mandatory New Student Orientation. You'll need to complete New Student Orientation before you can register for your first course.

Admissions Quick Links

  •     Transcript Submission

    Transcript Submission
    Have all official transcripts submitted directly to transcripts@sans.edu. If electronic delivery is not an option, please mail official, sealed copies to:

    SANS Technology Institute
    PO Box 184
    Pella, IA 50219

    We require all official transcripts from any school a student has attended so we can complete a thorough and accurate transfer evaluation upon admission to SANS.edu.

    To qualify as official transcripts, the transcripts need to come directly from your previous school to SANS.edu, with no student interaction.

  •     Aptitude Assessment

    Applicants to the SANS Technology Institute are required to complete a 2-hour online assessment which covers areas such as networking and operating systems, and measures general information security aptitude. A link to complete the aptitude assessment can be found in the application portal after submitting your application form.

    IMPORTANT: If you have previously completed an aptitude assessment with SANS, as part of a prior application to SANS.edu or to a SANS Immersion Academy, please notify us at info@sans.edu.

  •     Application Fee Submission

    In order to complete the application process, students must submit the non-refundable $35 application fee. The fee can be paid online through our payment suite.


Questions?

We're happy to help.
Email info@sans.edu or call (301) 241-7665.