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Women's Immersion Academy 2021

A United States Cyber Academy program

To help fill the skills gap, the SANS Institute created the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy, an intensive, accelerated training program that provides SANS world class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity. SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academies are 100% scholarship-based and no cost to participants.

Women's Immersion Academy

All applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Senior in college; preferably pursuing a degree in a Computer/IT-related field or technical STEM discipline.
  • College graduate and career changers currently not working in the information security field or with prior work experience from the information security field.
  • Must be a U.S. citizens or a permanent legal resident (Green card holder) currently residing in the U.S.
  • Graduates currently pursuing or having achieved a Master's or PhD in information security are not eligible to apply.
  • If you are currently working in the information security field, or with prior work experience from the information security field, including risk & compliance, auditing, security governance, security awareness, information security program/ project management and similar, you are not eligible to apply.

"Participating in the SANS Academy has been nothing short of life changing."

- Xena Olsen, Cyber Threat Intel Analyst, Fortune 500 Financial Services Firm

Note: Transitioning military service members, active members of the reserves forces, US Coast Guard members, and military veterans less than 10 years out of the military service cannot apply. Applicants in these categories are encouraged to apply to the VetSuccess Immersion Academy instead.

If you meet the requirements, please follow the steps below to apply for admission.

Interested candidates will follow the application process below:

  • Candidate completes a web application form
  • The application will be reviewed and an assessment test sent within five days.
  • Candidates must complete the assessment test within five days, unless otherwise specified
  • Test results are reviewed once a week and candidates will receive an invitation to submit supporting documents including a resume and formal transcripts to complete their application
  • Qualified candidates will be invited to a phone interview
  • Following the interview, and if the Admissions Committee approves your application, you will receive a formal "Offer of Admission".
  • Applicants accepted into the program commits to the program scheduled, its targeted dates for course completion as outlined on the website under the program section, and the verbiage in the MOU.
  • All candidates will be informed of their application status within four weeks of the application deadline
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Students will complete up to three SANS courses (two core courses and one elective) and industry-leading certifications.


  • Applications open: March 1, 2021
  • Deadline to apply: June 30, 2021
  • Training begins: August 2021
  • Graduation: February 2022

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