Admissions: Taking Single Courses


Taking Single Courses as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

The SANS Technology Institute allows individuals to take up to two graduate courses without being enrolled in a certificate or master's degree program. The student experience of the course is precisely the same as that of a degree-seeking student. Non-degree students must satisfy all of the course requirements, including any exams or simulations, within the course term (typically three months for three credit course). Successfully completed courses can be applied for credit towards a certificate or master's program should the individual apply and matriculate within 5 years of the course completion date.


Tuition for a single graduate course taken as a non-degree seeking student can be found on our Tuition and Funding page. The tuition rate of a single course includes the SANS training, books & materials, and the associated GIAC certification exam. Corporate tuition reimbursement 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 at the SANS Technology Institute as a non-degree student, students must complete the following steps:

  1. After you determine which graduate course you would like to take (using our Graduate Course Catalog), consider whether you wish to take the SANS Institute class at a live event or via an online modality (OnDemand, vLive, or Simulcast). Options for taking the class at a live event are located here.
  2. Complete the application at In this application, you will indicate the graduate course you seek to take, and provide contact and demographic information.
    • a. 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.

Once we receive the documents outlined above, we will contact you to finalize the process and provide you with instructions for registration and paying the tuition for the course.

Application Decision & Admissions Committee Review

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 a request on the 14th of the month or later, you will receive a decision the following month on the 15th.

For example, if you submit your request on November 13th, you will receive a decision on November 15th. If you submit your request on November 14th, you will receive a decision on December 15th.

If you intend to take an in-person course, we require students to apply 90 days before the start of the in-person event.

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.

More Information

Guide for Taking a Single Course as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.

To review courses offered through SANS Technology Institute, please see the Graduate Course Catalog.

IMPORTANT: Graduate courses begin with "ISE" or "ISM" and have four digits, while training classes never use "ISE" or "ISM" and have only three digits. As an example, students would apply to take ISE 5101, not SEC 401, even though ISE 5101 incorporates SEC 401 class material and the GIAC exam.