Admissions: Taking Single Courses


Taking Single Courses as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

Individuals may take up to two courses without being enrolled in a certificate or degree program. Single course students must satisfy all of the course requirements, including the GIAC exam, within a three-month course term.  Successfully completed courses can be applied for credit towards a certificate or degree program.

Download our Single Course Guide for step-by-step instructions for taking a single course at

Pathway to a Certificate or Degree

Successfully completed courses can receive credit towards a certificate or degree program should you consider joining one of our programs in the future.


Tuition for a single course taken as a non-degree seeking student can be found on our Tuition and Funding page. The rate includes the SANS training, books & materials, and the associated GIAC exam. Corporate tuition assistance plans may cover courses because the SANS Technology Institute is regionally accredited. We strongly suggest reviewing your employer's tuition reimbursement requirements prior to enrolling.

Enrolling in a Single Graduate Course

To enroll in a course as a non-degree student, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Choose the course you would like to take from this list.
  2. Complete an online application and confirm your admission if accepted. Admissions decisions are issued on the 15th of the month for all requests that are submitted by the 13th of that month. If you submit an application on the 14th of the month or later, you will receive a decision the following month on the 15th.

Note: If you intend to take an in-person course, please apply 90 days before the start of the in-person event to reserve your seat.

  1. Complete new student orientation and meet with your student advisor. Your student advisor will confirm the course you wish to take, discuss instructions for registration, and tuition payment for the course.
  2. Register and pay using the specific link that your student advisor sends you via email. Failure to register at this link may disqualify the course for your employer’s tuition reimbursement.