Admissions: Graduate Certificate Programs


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Sharpen your skills in a specific area of focus, finish in 18 to 24 months, learn from industry experts, and earn credits that can later apply toward a master's degree. Graduate Certificate programs at the SANS Technology Institute offer a hands-on, career-focused curriculum built on proven SANS courses and industry-recognized GIAC certifications — and can be completed online, at immersive live weeklong events throughout the country, or in combination.

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Have at least 12 months of professional work experience in information security or information technology
  • Be employed or have current access to an organizational environment that allows you to apply the concepts and hands-on technical skills learned in the graduate certificate programs
    • If you are currently unemployed or not employed in the field, we may be able to consider waiving this requirement on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our admissions team to discuss your situation.
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university, or equivalent international education, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.80
  • For more detailed information, please review the Application Overview and Instructions

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines fall on the 15th of each month and application review takes up to 30 days. Upcoming deadlines are as follows:

Application Due
Receive Admissions Decision On
Begin New Student Orientation
July 15
August 15
September 1
August 15
September 15
October 1
September 15
October 15
November 1

If admitted, students will be eligible to join the next available New Student Orientation (NSO), which begin the first of each month. Only after a student completes New Student Orientation will they be allowed to register for their first course.

Note: if you intend to take an in-person course, we require students to apply 90 days before the start of the in-person event, to allow for time to get registered at a live event.

Admissions Overview

To apply for admission to the SANS post-baccalaureate certificate programs, please follow the steps below:

  1. Determine that you meet the minimum program requirements listed above. If you are unsure, please contact us to determine if our program will be a good fit.

  2. Review the Application Overview and Instructions

  3. Apply Now! Submit a complete application, including:
    • Application Form
    • Résumé
    • Official Transcripts
    • Application Fee
    • Aptitude Assessment

Admissions Committee Review & Final Acceptance

Admissions decisions are issued within 30 days of each month's application deadline.

If admitted, you will receive a formal Offer of Admission, and instructions for how to access New Student Orientation (NSO).

Your enrollment in the SANS Technology Institute will be contingent upon completion of NSO, which includes registering for your first course.

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