Admissions: Transfer of Credit


Policies Regarding Waivers of Courses or Course Requirements and Transfers of Credit

The SANS Technology Institute does not accept transfers of credit for coursework completed at other regionally accredited higher education institutions. The SANS Technology Institute does waive requirements for course elements or courses within its program of studies as a reflection of a student's previous attainment of substantially similar intended learning outcomes. Transfer credit requests are coordinated through the Office of Admissions, with final decisions made by the Assistant Director of the SANS Technology Institute.

Waivers of Courses or Course Requirements

Guide to Waivers

Waivers may be granted for up to, but not more than, one-quarter of the total number of credit hours required by the program (the "25% limit"), and are subject to the requirements and fees as described below:

  • If prior work represents only part of the credits and requirements of a course, the incoming student will need to complete the remaining course requirements to receive full credit and a course grade.
  • All waivers are granted prior to a student's matriculation.
  • Course waivers receive no credit hours or grades awarded. Waivers are not figured into the calculation of a student's cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Previous SANS Institute Classes

SANS Institute training classes completed within the two years prior to matriculation can be granted a waiver subject to the requirement that the student completes any remaining SANS Technology Institute course requirements, such as the associated GIAC exam.

Current GIAC Certifications

GIAC exams passed within the past three years, will be granted a waiver for all course components of the associated SANS Technology Institute course.

GIAC provides students the option to renew their certification through exam or Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) at two years after the date that the exam was passed. Waivers are not granted for GIAC Certifications renewed with CPE credits. Renewal exams are $429 (same as CPEs) and can be purchased through a student's portal account. Once renewed, your GIAC certification will extend 4 years from its current expiration date, not from the date of renewal.

GIAC Gold Papers

GIAC Gold Papers completed prior to matriculation may be reviewed for waivers within the Research Practicum requirements. If approved, a waiver would be granted for all course components of RES 5500 or RES 5900.

PMP Certification

For students who hold a current PMP from the Project Management Institute, a waiver will be granted for all course components of ISE/ISM 5800.

CISSP Certification

For students who hold a current CISSP from the ISC2 organization, a waiver will be granted within ISE 5101 for the SANS Institute class SEC 401 or ISM 5101 for the SANS Institute class MGT 512. Students must still complete the associated GIAC exam.

CISA Certification

For MSISM students who hold a current CISA from ISACA, a waiver will be granted for all course components of ISM 6201.

Transfer of Credit

Approved programs based on the same course instruction and exam requirements, that are taught by SANS Technology Institute faculty, are eligible for credit towards the master's programs. This is considered a transfer of credit, not a waiver of credit.

Participants in Government or Military Educational and Training Programs
  • Transfer credit receives earned credit, but is not included in the cumulative GPA.
  • All eligible coursework can be applied to the anticipated master's program. This exception to the 25% limit does not extend to certificate programs.
  • Students can combine transfer credit and waiver credit. Waiver credit cannot exceed the 25% limit.