By Brittany Ballenstedt // December 4, 2013
Federal information security employees now have one additional option for pursuing a master’s degree in information security that could be funded in part through their agency’s tuition assistance program.
The SANS Technology Institute announced Tuesday that it is now accredited by The Middle States Commission of Higher Education, meaning the degree program meets all standards in the commission’s peer review. The accreditation also means that SANS Technology Institute students can receive tuition reimbursement if their employers offer that benefit.
William Lockhart, executive director of the SANS Technology Institute, said Tuesday that federal agencies typically offer $250 per credit hour and up to $4,000 or $5,000 per year for federal cybersecurity employees pursuing a Master’s in information security. If available, the tuition assistance would cover roughly one-third of the $45,000 total cost over the three-year program, Lockhart said.
The institute was established in 2005 as an independent subsidiary of the SANS Institute to offer Master of Science degree programs in information security engineering and information security management. The information security program offers a mix of online and in-person courses, with students spending more than half of the program online and the remaining time attending ...