Master of Science in Information Security Engineering (MSISE)

Join the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Leaders

Cybersecurity Master's Degree Designed for Working Professionals

Our Master of Science in Information Security Engineering (MSISE) program is designed to be completed while you work full time, applying the cyber security concepts and technical skills you learn in class on the job. To help you balance work, school, and life, we offer a variety of course delivery options — including a 100% online option — and personalized support from a student advisor from start to finish.

Next application deadline: May 1 to start in July or August 2024

  • Join a free online info session for insider tips on Crafting a Strong Cybersecurity Master's Degree Application on Wednesday, April 24 at 12 pm (ET). Register here.
      InfoSec professional attends info session

      Join an Online Info Session for Graduate Cybersecurity Programs

      • Get tips on crafting a strong application to our cybersecurity master’s degree program and information on the next steps in the admissions process. Wed, April 24, 12 pm (ET). Register here.
      • Learn more about our cybersecurity master's degree and graduate certificate programs for working professionals. Have questions? We'll answer them. Tue, April 30, 11 am (ET). Register here.
      • Explore our 9 highly technical, job-specific graduate certificate programs for working professionals. Wed, May 8 at 12 pm (ET). Register here.

      “I pursued the master's degree out of delight in studying the technical side of things, but time and again the focus of the program on communication, presentation, and leadership has been on point and much needed." - Tim Collyer, Director of Information Security, Motorola Solutions


      Earn 9 GIAC Certifications

      As you complete the program, you’ll earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC certifications, and be set up to sit for the GIAC Security Expert (GSE) lab whenever you’re ready after graduation.


      Gain Depth of Knowledge

      Build your professional reputation by contributing to our collection of peer-reviewed graduate student research papers, considered for publication in the SANS Reading Room and industry journals.

      “I receive compliments from senior leadership when I present — all directly related to feedback I received from my SANS faculty research advisors. When advertises that the program changes careers, this is a concrete example — it's the best graduate program on the planet.” - Jim Horwath, Director of Security Engineering, Guardian Life

      Focus on Leadership

      Prepare to lead through a carefully designed curriculum that develops both technical expertise and management and communication skills.

      • Technical, hands-on coursework gives you skills you can apply immediately on the job.
      • Simulations like NetWars deepen your understanding of new and underlying technologies.
      • Management, policy development, and communications coursework and group projects simulate the organizational leadership roles you expect to take on.

      Career-focused Electives

      Customize your cyber security master's degree with an optional Special Focus Area.

      • Cloud Security
      • Cyber Defense Operations
      • Incident Response
      • Industrial Control Systems
      • Penetration Testing
      • Security Management

      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.

      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 career goals.

      “Nothing pays dividends like practical experience. Many programs attempt it, but the SANS Technology Institute helps students use the latest cyber techniques to pursue objectives commonly encountered on the operations floor." - Matthew Toussain, Founder, Open Security

      “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


      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.

      Study with the best faculty in cybersecurity



      Tuition: Approximately $54,000 in total

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

      Students who have taken SANS training classes and have active GIAC certifications can waive up to 9 credit hours toward the cyber security master’s degree.

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

        Get More Info

        Discover how the SANS Technology Institute can help you take your cybersecurity career to the highest levels. Complete this form and we'll send you additional information, invitations to online info sessions, and updates.


        We're happy to help. Email or call 301.241.7665.

        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.