Transfer to the Best Bachelor's Degree Program in Cybersecurity

Prepare to be one of the most job-ready candidates in cybersecurity. Bring in 70 credits from any accredited community college or 4-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree in Applied Cybersecurity after completing 50 credits at No prior technical experience is required. is proud to be an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

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

Earn a world-class cybersecurity bachelor's degree for less by transferring your college credits to 100% online option available. Applications are accepted monthly.

Numbers at a Glance

93% of job seekers who completed our curriculum gained employment in cybersecurity within 6 months.
The average starting salary of students who complete our curriculum is $94K.
More than 700,000 job openings in cybersecurity are unfilled. (Source:
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Join an Online Info Session for Undergraduate Cybersecurity Programs

Learn more about the undergraduate programs in cybersecurity at a free online info session. Our upper division undergraduate alumni have an average starting salary of $94K. We'll discuss why they become so marketable and how our Career Center supports their job search — and we'll answer your questions.

Tue, April 23 at 1 pm (ET)

The Advantage

Because cyber threats are constantly changing, our courses are continually updated for real-world relevance. But that's just the beginning.

GIAC Certifications

Earn 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.


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

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

“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

How It Works

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

Transfer Credit Requirements: 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 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 in applied cybersecurity from 

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

Step 3. Get expert support for your job search from the Career Center.

  • Tailored Support Services: Our Career Center was designed specifically for job seekers in cybersecurity.
  • Comprehensive Career Guidance: We'll help you in your career search, from polishing your resume to landing and acing interviews. 
  • Global Employer Network: You'll gain access to our exclusive network of employers across the world.

Earn Top Ranked Cybersecurity Certifications

Cybersecurity professionals ranked GIAC certifications as the most valued certifications when selecting job candidates for interviews. (Source:

Students in all of our undergraduate programs earn the GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT) certification, which validates your knowledge of essential foundational cybersecurity concepts.

Students in our upper division undergraduate programs earn multiple GIAC certifications, including GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), which were named among the Top Ten Cybersecurity Certifications by Datamation.

“After I passed my GCIH certification exam, I got a job offer for twice my current salary. I’m happy where I am, but it’s great to see recruiters going after GIAC certified professionals.”
- Agnel D’Silva, IT Administrator, City of Danville, IL

“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

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Is Designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the NSA

“The CAE-CD designation is a testament to the quality of our cybersecurity faculty and programs. Our graduates are helping to meet the urgent cybersecurity needs of the U.S. government, industry, academia, and research, and we are proud to be part of a select group of cyber programs to have received this important designation.”

- Ed Skoudis, SANS Technology Institute President

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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 or call 301.241.7665.

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

“I credit the Career Center for jumpstarting my cyber career. I seriously believe I am on the best cybersecurity team I could have ever imagined. I certainly worked hard, but I never would have arrived here without the Career Center helping with my resume, prepping me for interviews and just encouraging me in general.” - Ricardo Vazquez, Senior Associate, KPMG Cyber Response Services

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 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.

Course Delivery Options

Your mind has no borders. Why should your college? Our online and in-person course options are designed to fit your life and how you like to learn.

Join the Winning Team

The SANS Technology Institute Sentinels earned the #1 Power Ranking in the spring 2023 NCL team competition in the Experienced Student bracket and the #1 Power Ranking among NSA Centers of Academic Excellence at the fall 2023 NCL competition.

In fall 2023, was the only college — out of more than 500 participating colleges — to earn Top 5 power rankings in both the Standard Student and Experienced Student brackets.

“I've been crazy impressed with the career services folks. After I reworked my resume per their recommendations, I got a hit from a recruiter for a job I hadn't even applied for." - Preston Fitzgerald

Job Titles Earned

SOC Analyst

Cyber Threat Intel Associate

Information Security Analyst

Security Engineer

Security Consultant

Cyber Software Engineer

Penetration Tester

Detection & Response Analyst

Incident Handler

Cyber Risk Consultant

Intrusion Analyst

Cybersecurity Specialist

InfoSec Specialist

Security Administrator

Forensics Examiner

Vulnerability Management Engineer

Incident Response Team

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

“ 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 program): $40,500

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.

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 ( 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, 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.