Admissions: Certificates


Minimum Program Requirements

  • Have at least 12 months of professional work experience in information technology, security or audit
  • 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 master's degree program
  • 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


  • Application review takes 30 days and applications are due on the 15th of each month. Upcoming deadlines are as follows:
    Application Due
    Receive Admissions Decision On
    New Student Orientation*
    November 15
    December 15
    January 1
    December 15
    January 15
    February 1
    January 15
    February 15
    March 1

    *Includes registering for your first course

  • New Student Orientation (NSO) begins the first of each month

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. Submit a complete application including:
    • Application Form
    • Résumé
    • Official Transcripts
    • Application Fee
    • Goals and Outcomes Statement *Cybersecurity Engineering (Core) program only

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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