Tuition By Program

Master's Degree Program

In the master's degree program, tuition is set at a flat rate of $1,500 USD per credit hour. Therefore, the 36-credit master’s program will cost approximately $54,000 USD to complete. Tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as mid-term or final exams for graduate courses. The cost of travel and lodging is in addition to the cost of tuition, for students who choose to attend in-person courses. Additional fees may also apply (e.g., application fees, exam retake fees).

Total tuition will be reduced by the full amount associated with any SANS course or GIAC certification that the student has already completed, up to the total amount allowed. See waivers.

Graduate Certificate Programs

In the graduate certificate programs, tuition is set at a flat rate of $5,700 USD per course. Tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as mid-term or final exams for graduate courses. In total, a graduate certificate program is $22,800 to $28,500 USD over two years.

Total tuition will be reduced by the full amount associated with any SANS course or GIAC certification that the student has already completed, up to the total amount allowed. See waivers.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

The cost for the portion of the bachelor’s degree program that students complete at the SANS Technology Institute is $40,500 USD over 2 years. Tuition includes the cost of the courses, textbooks, 6-credit internship, and certification tests that serve as mid-term or final exams for courses.

Total tuition will be reduced by the full amount associated with any SANS course or GIAC certification that the student has already completed, up to the total amount allowed. See waivers.

Undergraduate Certificate Program 

The undergraduate certificate program is $18,600 USD over 7 months to 1.5 years, depending on the speed that a student completes the program. Students pay per course and tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as mid-term or final exams for courses.

Total tuition will be reduced by the full amount associated with any SANS course or GIAC certification that the student has already completed, up to the total amount allowed. See waivers.

Single Courses / Non-degree Seeking Students

An individual may take up to two courses as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in a formal course of studies. Tuition for a single course is set at a flat rate of $6,500 USD per course. Tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as final exams for graduate courses.

Additional Fees

Several fees may apply. All undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificate programs, and single courses require a non-refundable application fee. 

Master's Degree Application Fee: $100 USD
Bachelor’s Degree Application Fee: $75 USD
Graduate Certificate, Undergraduate Certificate, and Single Course Application Fee: $35 USD

In the event of an exam failure, a student may be required to pay an exam retake fee. There are no other book or library fees.

Cancellation and Change Fees

SANS.edu students who wish to cancel and receive a refund for a course must submit a request by email to registrar@sans.edu. Requests must be received 45 days before the start of the course. Payments will be refunded by the method that they were submitted. Processing fees may apply.

Students who seek to change the venue, timing, or modality for a course should submit a change request to registrar@sans.edu. Requests must be received 45 days before the start of the course. Processing fees may apply. No transfers will be given once online course materials have been accessed, or additional course materials have been mailed to the student.

Cancellation Fee* = $300 USD processing fee + shipping charges

Course Change Fee* = $150 USD processing fee + shipping charges

*Fees may apply per SANS policy for each modality

Join us for a free online info session to learn more.

Net Price Calculator

Master's Degree Program

ProgramTotal Cost

MS in Information Security Engineering

$54,000 USD


Graduate Certificate Programs

ProgramTotal Cost

Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

$22,800 USD

Incident Response

$22,800 USD

Cloud Security

$22,800 USD

Cyber Defense Operations

$22,800 USD

Industrial Control Systems Security

$22,800 USD

Purple Team Operations

$22,800 USD

Software Supply Chain Security$22,800 USD

Cybersecurity Engineering (Core)

$24,700 USD

Cybersecurity Leadership

$28,500 USD


Bachelor’s Degree Programs

ProgramTotal Cost

Bachelor's Degrees in Applied Cybersecurity (BS and BPS)

$40,500 USD for SANS.edu coursework


Undergraduate Certificate Program

ProgramTotal Cost

Applied Cybersecurity (ACS)

$18,600 USD


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Prepare for a high-paying cybersecurity career – and pay little or no tuition until you’re employed.

The SANS.edu Income Share Agreement (ISA) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents lets you earn a world-class cybersecurity bachelor's degree or undergraduate certificate now – and pay after you’re working.

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Fund Your SANS.edu Program in Monthly Installments with No Interest

For students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents — and don’t use employer education benefits or veterans’ education benefits to fund their SANS.edu program — we offer a Tuition Payment Program (TPP) that enables eligible you to spread out the cost of your program in monthly installments with no interest.

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Finance your education, build new skills, and add value for your company — using your employer-sponsored education benefits.

If you want to get the best education in cybersecurity while you work, and your organization offers education benefits, let them help you take your next step. SANS.edu cybersecurity degree and certificate programs are designed for working professionals, and your employee benefits package may help cover the cost of pursing your goals.
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Explore Funding Options for Federal Employees to Get the Best Education in Cybersecurity

SANS.edu is proud of our students who serve in the DoD (including all branches of the Military), DoE, DoJ, DHS, and NSA, among other Federal agencies. If you're a US Federal Government employee, learn how you can use your Federal education benefits to pursue your cybersecurity education goals at the SANS Technology Institute.

Using US and Canadian Veterans Education Benefits at SANS.edu

Learn How Eligible Veterans Can Get Funds to Study Cybersecurity at SANS.edu

Explore how VA education benefits can help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members pay for tuition at SANS.edu. Our programs are also eligible for Canadian veterans education benefits. Get the benefits you've earned for your service.

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Funding Options for Canadian Students

All SANS.edu programs are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Alberta Student Aid, and Canadian veterans’ education benefits.

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Take Your Next Step

Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions. Join us for an info session, email info@sans.edu or call 301.241.7665.

Ready to apply? We look forward to learning about you and your cybersecurity career goals.

Funding Options

Pay Per Course

Students pay tuition per course which allows you the financial flexibility to pay smaller amounts as you go.

Employer-sponsored Education Benefits

Because the SANS Technology Institute is regionally accredited, tuition is eligible for most corporate tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement plans. The SANS Technology Institute works with many third-party tuition assistance administrators, including EdAssist/EdLink, on behalf of their corporate clients. Please refer to your company's benefits policy for more details.

Learn more about using employer-sponsored education benefits at SANS.edu.

VA Education Benefits

Most SANS Technology Institute degree and certificate programs are eligible for US and Canadian Veterans Education Benefits. For complete information on using your benefits at the SANS Technology Institute, please visit www.sans.edu/veterans.

Tuition Payment Program

The SANS Technology Institute Tuition Payment Program enables eligible students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to spread out the cost of their program in monthly installments of $850 USD (or $650 for the undergraduate certificate program). This program charges no interest.

Learn more about the Tuition Payment Program.

Income Share Agreement (ISA)

SANS.edu Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are offered to U.S. undergraduate students with financial need who demonstrate a high potential to succeed. ISA participants pay no tuition upfront. Instead, they agree to pay a fixed percentage of their income for a fixed period of time if they make at least $40,000 USD per year after graduation. All U.S. citizens who have been admitted to our undergraduate programs are considered for the ISA.

Learn more about the SANS.edu ISA.

Title IV Eligibility

The SANS Technology Institute is approved by the US Department of Education as an eligible Title IV institution. While we do not participate in Title IV funded student loan programs, eligibility status permits us to, from the date of eligibility forward, offer the following opportunities to our students:

  1. Provide a 1098-T to students who are funding part of their program cost in order for them to file for possible tax credit.
  2. Students may be eligible to utilize 529 educational funds where there is a state requirement for Title IV eligibility.
  3. Students may be eligible to utilize corporate or employer tuition reimbursement programs where Title IV eligibility is required.

Canadian Funding Options

All SANS.edu programs are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Alberta Student Aid, and Canadian veterans’ education benefits. Learn more about funding options for Canadian students.

SANS Voucher Program

Prospective students seeking to use a SANS Universal Voucher Account should:

  • Confirm with your voucher administrator that course tuition is an eligible expense.
  • Upon admission, be prepared to provide your voucher account ID to admissions staff.

Students must contact their student advisors prior to registering for a course using a voucher account. Learn more about SANS Vouchers.

Additional Restrictions:

  • Fixed vouchers may not be used towards college course tuition.

Questions?

We're happy to help. Email info@sans.edu or call 301.241.7665.