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Master of Science in Information Security Engineering (MSISE)

Join the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Leaders
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Designed for Working Cybersecurity and IT 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: February 1 to start in April or May 2023

  • Join a free online info session for insider tips on Crafting a Strong Master's Degree Application on Thu, Dec 15 at 2 pm (ET). Register here.

                  The SANS.edu Advantage

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                  GIAC Certifications

                  Earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.

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                  World-class Faculty

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

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                  Powerful Network

                  Make connections with some of the most talented students and teachers in the industry.

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                  Flexible Schedule

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

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                  100% Online Option

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

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                  SANS.edu Academic Pricing

                  Get SANS.edu academic pricing on SANS courses and GIAC certifications.

                  Ed Skoudis, President, SANS Technology Institute

                  Virtual Open House with Ed Skoudis, SANS.edu President

                  Join our Virtual Open House to learn about the SANS.edu undergraduate and graduate programs, get a sneak preview of Holiday Hack Challenge 2022, and participate in a Q&A with Ed Skoudis, one of the most respected leaders and innovators in cybersecurity.

                  Wed, Dec 7 at 1 pm (ET)

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                  Learn more about the SANS.edu cyber security master's degree and graduate certificate programs. Have questions? We’ll answer them. Wed, Dec 21 at 1:30 pm (ET). Register here.


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                        “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

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                        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.

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                        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.

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                        “I receive compliments from senior leadership when I present — all directly related to feedback I received from my SANS faculty research advisors. When SANS.edu 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
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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 career goals.

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                        “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

                        Success Stories

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                        “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

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                        Join the Winning Team

                        Students from the SANS Technology Institute topped the leaderboard in every category of the spring 2022 National Cyber League (NCL) competition, earning top rankings for #1 Individual Player, #1 Team and #1 Cyber Power Ranking.

                        What’s more, 4 SANS.edu teams made the top 10. Eight teams made the top 100 out of more than 1,000 teams. Learn more about the SANS.edu teams that finished in first placethird placefifth place, and ninth place.

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                        Study with the best faculty in cyber security

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                        Tuition

                        Tuition: Approximately $49,500 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.



                          Funding Options

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                          Questions?

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

                          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.