Earn a U.S. degree that prepares you to win a high-paying cybersecurity job
The SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) offers a convenient and economical way to earn a bachelor's degree from the best college in cybersecurity. Earn 70 credits at a 4-year college or a community college, then bring those credits to SANS.edu where you'll complete 50 credits in hands-on cybersecurity courses and an internship to earn a bachelor's degree in Applied Cybersecurity. No prior technical experience is required.
Earn a bachelor's degree without the high cost of a 4-year college.
Available 100% Online
You can complete the bachelor's degree program entirely online, so you can earn a U.S. degree without leaving your home.
Start on Your Schedule
SANS.edu accepts applications monthly, so you can start on the schedule that works for you.
Earn 9 GIAC cybersecurity certifications that employers recognize and respect.
Learn the latest skills and techniques from the world's top cybersecurity practitioners.
Expert Career Support
The SANS.edu Career Center will guide your career search and connect you to our global cybersecurity network.
"I've been crazy impressed with the SANS.edu career services folks. After I reworked my resume per their recommendations, I got a hit from a recruiter for a job I hadn't even applied for."
Be Job-Ready from Day One
Many employers require a 4-year degree to qualify for entry-level cybersecurity jobs. The SANS.edu bachelor's programs provide both the certified hands-on skills employers want and the bachelor's degree their human resources policies demand.
Graduate with the Right Certifications
Cybersecurity employers send more than 40,000 of their employees to pursue SANS training and GIAC certifications each year, confirming the value they see in the up-to-date, real-world training SANS provides and in the skills validation of GIAC certifications.
By completing those same SANS courses at SANS.edu, you'll gain the cutting-edge skills employers are seeking. You'll earn 9 GIAC cybersecurity certifications relied on by U.S. law enforcement, intelligence services, and military organizations, large corporations, and contractors to validate the skills of their full-time cybersecurity staff.
“The instructors, materials and labs all worked together to provide a comprehensive study of where cyber technology is today. The GIAC certifications I earned allowed me to reenter the workforce in stride.”
How It Works
The SANS.edu curriculum is designed to make our graduates among the most job-ready candidates in cybersecurity. .
Earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Cybersecurity
Step 1. Begin your studies at any accredited 4-year college or community college.
You will need to bring a total of 70 credits into the BS degree at SANS.edu, but you can qualify to enter the program once you have earned 60 of those credits.
You are not required to bring in specific "major" courses, but 31 of the credits you earn outside of SANS.edu must meet these Maryland General Education Requirements.
General Education Requirements (31 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 of Science in Applied Cybersecurity at SANS.edu.
Gain in-demand, hands-on skills in immersive cybersecurity courses taught by industry leaders.
Earn 9 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.
Analyze and report on emerging threats in an internship with the Internet Storm Center, a global cybersecurity monitoring program.
Step 3. Get Expert Support for Your Career
SANS.edu will help you get hired.
The SANS.edu Career Center connects you to professional advice and resources to help you each step of the way in your career search.
SANS.edu will help you polish your resume and interview skills while connecting you to their exclusive cybersecurity network across the world.
"SANS made the difference between my being an unemployed college graduate and a well-compensated cyber professional."
Your Cybersecurity Internship
In your internship as an Apprentice Handler for the Internet Storm Center (ISC), the world’s leading global cyber threat detection network, you’ll observe emerging threats, analyse and report on those threats, and gain experience under the mentorship of a Handler or Senior Handler. Whether you are seeking your first role or advancing your career, this hands-on, real-world experience will accelerate your professional cybersecurity career in a way that few other programs can.
Here’s what you’ll gain in your internship:
Direct mentorship by a real-world expert
A deeper practical understanding of technical issues
Practice in effective writing and communicating about those issues
The opportunity to expand your professional network
Technical skills to launch or advance your career
"SANS.edu enables students to apply new knowledge by engaging them with hands-on exercises. It is not theoretical or too academic. It is real world."