Considering a Master’s Degree Program? Look to the SANS Technology Institute for a Fully Accredited Program Focused Solely on Cybersecurity

Linda Musthaler
By | December 31, 2013

Posted in: Network Security Trends

If you are an IT security professional and you’ve been thinking about going back to school to earn a master’s degree, the SANS Technology Institute (STI) master degree program might now be a more attractive choice for you. The graduate institution is now fully accredited by The Middle States Commission of Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is not just a mark of quality, but importantly means that the SANS master's programs likely qualify for tuition reimbursement at your employer, if your company offers that benefit.

STI is an independent subsidiary of the SANS Institute. It was established in 2005 to offer Master of Science degree programs in Information Security Engineering and Information Security Management. SANS Technology Institute now offers the only master's degree program from an accredited graduate school focused solely on cybersecurity, built on SANS Institute material, granting a Master of Science degree in Information Security upon graduation and more than five widely respected GIAC certifications even before you graduate.

Over the years, the SANS master's degree program has graduated some of America's most impressive cybersecurity leaders who are now leading change at major corporations and government agencies. These graduates earned the premiere advanced degree in information security while working fulltime, in a program that enables a flexible mix of live classroom or online instruction taught by the industry's most respected practitioners and faculty. They acquired deep technical skills and the communications skillsets to make things happen in their organizations.

STI offers two degree programs, each of which requires the completion of 36 hours of course work that spans a variety of cybersecurity topics. Completion of a degree program typically takes about 3 years.

  • The Master of Science in Information Security Engineering (MSISE) degree program prepares student to be the architects, designers and lead builders of information security for an enterprise. Graduates typically take on enterprise security technical leadership roles with titles such as Technical Director for Information Security, Senior Security Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer, and Chief Information Security Officer. Graduates may also work as consultants who carry out the responsibilities of those positions, or who advise organizations on information security engineering issues. The MSISE program is designed to provide a sound theoretical framework delivered through a practitioner lens, but also to ensure that the graduate is capable of establishing adaptive security paradigms.
  • The Master of Science in Information Security Management (MSISM) program is designed to help a candidate prepare for responsibilities at the highest-ranking management level with IT security responsibilities in an organization. In the government, this is often called the Designated Approving Authority, Information Assurance Manager, or Chief Information Security Officer. In the private sector, titles such as Chief Security Officer or Chief Information Security Officer are often used. Graduates of this program will be able to assess the effectiveness of information security programs, see their strengths and weaknesses, and analyze the design of specific security enhancements. They will also have strong oral presentation and writing skills, knowledge of legal issues in security, and project management skills. Graduates will be able to develop and manage an enterprise-level information security program, including the ability to sponsor adaptive security paradigms that foster rapid detection and mitigation of new and existing attacks, and to measure response strategies to threats as they emerge.
  • To learn more about the programs and admissions process, please visit or New enrollments in the SANS Technology Institute's master's degree programs will be limited to 100 new students in 2014


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