Earn the degree that prepares you to win a high-paying cybersecurity job.
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Join an Online Info Session for Undergraduate Cybersecurity Programs
Learn more about the SANS.edu undergraduate programs in cybersecurity at a free online info session. Our 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.
Thu, Oct 12 at 2 pm (ET)
The SANS.edu Advantage
Earn a bachelor's degree without the high cost of a 4-year college.
Earn 9 professional cybersecurity certifications that employers recognize and respect.
Learn the latest skills and techniques from the world's top cybersecurity practitioners.
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 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.
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
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 SANS.edu.
- Gain in-demand 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 a virtual internship with the Internet Storm Center, a global cybersecurity monitoring program.
- Complete advanced cybersecurity coursework in areas of greatest industry need.
Step 3. Get expert support for your job search from the SANS.edu Career Center.
- Our Career Center was designed specifically for job seekers in cybersecurity.
- We'll help you in your career search, from polishing your resume to landing and acing interviews.
- 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: cio.org)
Students in our 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
SANS.edu 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
Build a Strong Foundation for Your Future
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.
Course Delivery Options
Join the Winning Team
The SANS Technology Institute Sentinels earned the #1 Power Ranking and won the spring 2023 National Cyber League (NCL) team competition in the Experienced Student bracket, repeating their victory from spring 2022. Meet the winning team.
Congratulations to all the SANS.edu Sentinels teams, each of which made the Top 100 in their respective Standard Student or Experienced Student brackets.
Job Titles Earned
Cyber Threat Intel Associate
Information Security Analyst
Cyber Software Engineer
Detection & Response Analyst
Cyber Risk Consultant
Vulnerability Management Engineer
Incident Response Team
Total Program Tuition (for SANS.edu 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.
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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.