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 deadlines: February 1 to start in April or May 2024; 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 Tue, Dec 19 at 12 pm (ET). Register here.
Join an Online Info Session for Graduate Cybersecurity Programs
Learn more about our cybersecurity master's degree and graduate certificate programs for working professionals. Have questions? We'll answer them. Tue, Dec 12, 1 pm (ET). Register here.
- Get tips on crafting a strong application to our cybersecurity master’s degree program and information on the next steps in the admissions process. Tue, Dec 19, 12 pm (ET). Register here.
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.
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.
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
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, SANS.edu 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.
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.
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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.