Master of Science in Information Security Engineering (MSISE)

Join the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Leaders
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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 deadlines:

  • May 1 to start this summer
  • August 1 to start this fall

The Advantage


GIAC Certifications

Earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.


World-class Faculty

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


Powerful Network

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


Flexible Schedule

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


100% Online Option

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

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Get academic pricing on SANS courses and GIAC certifications.

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Join Us for an Online Info Session

  • The next application deadline for our master's degree program is August 1 to start this fall. Get tips on crafting a strong master's degree application at the info session on Tue, July 12 at 1 pm (ET)Register here.

  • Learn more about the graduate programs at an online info session. Have questions? We’ll answer them. Thu, July 21 at 11 am (ET). Register here.

  • Discover the Graduate Certificate Program in Cloud Security at a special info session featuring cloud experts Frank Kim and Ryan Nicholson. Sat, July 23 at 2 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

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

Success Stories


“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

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


Study with the best faculty in cyber security



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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    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.