SANS Cyber Immersion Academies

To help reduce the cybersecurity labor shortage, the SANS Institute launched the Cyber Immersion Academy programs. Accelerated, intensive, technical training and mentorship in cybersecurity prepares students to pass multiple industry-recognized certification exams in six months.

SANS Academy - Partner Programs

SANS partners with institutions with aligned missions so that together we can amplify outcomes. Students get access to the same top-notch SANS training and GIAC certifications, plus added support from our partners.

2022 Immersion Academy Schedule

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Cyber Workforce Academy Maryland

October 10, 2022November 18, 2022

Virginia Cyber Skills Academies


VetSuccess Academy 2022

November 7, 2022December 16, 2022

Diversity Cyber Academy 2022



Women's Immersion Academy 2022



HBCU Cyber Academy 2022ClosedClosed

Numbers at a Glance

Graduates land new jobs in cybersecurity with a 90% success rate within 6 months of program completion.
SANS Mission based program scholarships have funded internally and externally across the globe to bring more talent into the cybersecurity industry.
The average salary of program graduates is $90,000
Application and Academy Roadmap

Step by Step Information on the Application Process

Learn more about the application process and how the academy helps launch your new cybersecurity career in six months.

For questions about the SANS Cyber Immersion Academies, applications, or process please contact academies@sans.org.

Alumni Feedback

SANS Cyber Immersion Academy was the best way to accelerate my cyber career and get my foot in the door. The resources provided and personnel exceed my expectation. They were very professional and easy to work with.
Irving Rangel
Cyber Analyst - COLSA
SANS Academy allowed me to gain knowledge in a new career area I couldn't have afforded myself. Also, its (SANS Cyber Academy) receptions with employers landed me my first job in cyber security.
Amy Riley
Mid Cyber Security Engineer - Iron Vine Security
The Cyber Workforce MD program gave me added clout of having sought-after certifications that are highly respected in the industry. Also, they fulfill DoD benchmarks for highly desirable positions.
James Schultz
Cyber Engineer - CACI
I can say with absolute confidence that I couldn’t have made the career switch if I hadn’t taken SANS courses. Taking the courses provided me the knowledge necessary to land a job in cybersecurity.
Hanan Saleh
Detection and Response Analyst - Rapid7
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    "The opportunity to earn industry-recognized SANS/GIAC certification is an unparalleled benefit. Employers really take notice. And of course, the people. I made long-lasting friendships with wonderful women in my SANS Academy class. I still speak with many of them today. It was an unexpected but welcome outcome."

    - Carlota Bindner Security Associate at Rapid7

    Read About the Academy Program

    Learn more about our immersion academy scholarship partners, the graduates of our academies, and the jobs they've secured after graduation in this academy report.


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