Bachelor’s Degrees in Applied Cybersecurity (BACS)

Prepare to be one of the most job-ready candidates in cybersecurity. The SANS.edu bachelor's degree programs enable you to bring in 70 credits from any accredited community college or 4-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree after completing 50 credits at SANS.edu. No prior technical experience is required.

Earn the degree that prepares you to win a high-paying cybersecurity job.

Becoming a cybersecurity professional isn’t easy, but hard work and commitment at SANS.edu pays off.

Numbers at a Glance

93% of job seekers who completed our curriculum gained employment in cybersecurity within 6 months.
The median starting salary of students who complete our curriculum is $91K.
More than 500,000 job openings in cybersecurity are unfilled. (Source: cyberseek.org)

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Learn from the Best

SANS Technology Institute faculty members are rock stars of the cybersecurity field. Their up-to-date examples and deep knowledge ensure that what you learn in class will be useful immediately on the job.

Every member of the SANS.edu faculty is a highly skilled professional currently working in cybersecurity.
More than 150 open source cybersecurity tools have been created by SANS Faculty.
SANS faculty members have authored more than 40 books on information security.
SANS faculty members have produced more than 3,500 research papers and webcasts on information security topics.

“I was having a hard time getting a job in information security due to my lack of hands-on experience. SANS gave me extraordinary training and the opportunity to rise to the top of the resume pile.” - AJ Langlois, Cyber Analyst II, BB&T

The SANS.edu Advantage



Earn a bachelor's degree without the high cost of a 4-year college.


GIAC Certifications

Earn 9 professional cybersecurity certifications that employers recognize and respect.


World-class Faculty

Learn the latest skills and techniques from the world's top cybersecurity practitioners.


Flexible Schedule

Our programs are designed to fit into your busy work and life schedule.


100% Online Option

You have the option of completing the program through live or rewindable online courses.


Expert Career Support

We'll guide your career search and connect you to our global cybersecurity network.

How It Works

Step 1. Begin your studies at any accredited community college or 4-year college.

You'll need to bring in 70 transferrable college credits from an accredited college (or colleges).

Maryland General Education Requirements
You are not required to bring in specific “major” courses into the bachelor's program, but 31 of the 70 credits you earn outside of SANS.edu must meet these Maryland General Education Requirements.

General Education Requirements (31 credits)Credits

Arts and Humanities


English Composition


Social and Behavioral Sciences




Biological and Physical Sciences


Additional General Education Electives


Step 2. Complete your studies at the SANS Technology Institute.

Continue your studies (50 credits) and earn your bachelor’s degree from SANS.edu. 

  • Gain in-demand, hands-on skills in immersive cybersecurity courses with hands-on labs designed and taught by industry leaders.
  • Earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.
  • Analyze and report on emerging threats in an internship with the Internet Storm Center, a global cybersecurity monitoring program.
  • Complete advanced cybersecurity coursework in areas of greatest industry need.

“The instructors, materials and labs all worked together to provide a comprehensive study of where cyber technology is today. The GIAC certifications I earned allowed me to reenter the workforce in stride." - A. Riley, Technical Support Engineer, Threat Quotient

Build a Strong Foundation for Your Future

Course Delivery Options


“SANS.edu offers a level of support and resources that I have never seen. Support comes from the instructors, all active experts in the field; the behind-the-scenes staff; and members of the Career Center.” – Cathy Sowa, graduate



Total Program Tuition (for SANS.edu program): $35,750

Tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as exams for courses.

If you’ve taken SANS courses and passed the corresponding GIAC certification, for example SANS SEC275 and the GFACT certification, you may be able to waive 12-18 eligible credit hours (the equivalent of 3 courses) into this program. See our waiver policy.

Funding Options

A degree or certificate from SANS.edu is a great investment in your career. We offer a variety of tuition options to make that investment accessible.

Already have a bachelor’s degree?

If you want to launch a cybersecurity career and already have a bachelor’s degree or higher, our undergraduate certificate program in Applied Cybersecurity may be a good fit for you.

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About the SANS Technology Institute

Founded in 2005, the SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) is the independent, regionally-accredited, VA-approved subsidiary of SANS, the world's largest and most trusted provider of cybersecurity training, certification, and research. Offering graduate and undergraduate programs at the cutting edge of cybersecurity, SANS.edu is strengthening the cyber workforce through a career-focused curriculum built on proven SANS courses and industry-recognized GIAC certifications.

The SANS Technology Institute is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.