Admissions: Graduate Certificate Programs


Take Your Skills and Career to the Next Level. Apply Now.

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


  • 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
    May 15
    June 15
    July 1
    June 15
    July 15
    August 1
    July 15
    August 15
    September 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.

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, via our application portal, including:
    • Application Form
    • Résumé
    • Official Transcripts
    • Application Fee
    • Aptitude Assessment
    • Writing Sample (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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