Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland

Partially funded by EARN Maryland, this academy will train Maryland residents, with a focus on U.S. Military veterans and women, over the next two years in highly sought-after cybersecurity skills to provide them a pathway into the cybersecurity workforce. For more information, contact us at immersionacademy@sans.org.

Apply for the Next Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland

The SANS Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland is comprised of two separate tracks, both options are open to Maryland residents only. The academies provide job seekers with advanced technical training, industry-recognized GIAC certifications, and the in-demand, hands-on cybersecurity skills Maryland employers require.

Reskilling Academy provides accelerated cybersecurity training, across 6 months, to individuals not currently working in cybersecurity

Upskilling Academy for individuals with IT experience or limited cybersecurity skills to upskill into an in-demand position. 


  • Ongoing admissions — candidates considered for various cohorts based on when they apply
  • New cohorts launch every 45-90 days

"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 SANS Cyber Workforce Academy Alumni Cyber Engineer, CACI
How the Program Works

Interested candidates will follow the application process below, candidates must earn an invitation to progress to each stage of the process.

  • Complete a web application form.
  • The application will be reviewed and an online assessment sent within three days.
  • Complete the online assessment within five days. (unless otherwise specified)
  • Assessment results are reviewed once a week. 
  • Submit supporting documents to complete the application.
  • Phone interview.
  • All candidates receive an acceptance or denial notification within four weeks of the application deadline

Eligibility Requirements

- Passionate about info. sec. & want to pursue a career in the field - Maryland Resident, and U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident - Priority may be given to members of the following communities: underemployed, unemployed, BIPOC, women, veterans & milspouses - (active duty must be within 6 months of ETS/EAS) - See section(s) below to determine which academy you are eligible for.
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Reskilling Academy

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Upskilling Academy

Participants will be offered up to 2 courses, depending on their selected area of interest. Course offerings will vary based on assessed competencies in their area of interest and career goals 

Pathways include:

Cloud, Audit & Management, Offensive Security, Defensive Security, Forensics, and Industrial Control Systems


You are NOT eligible for either program if you:

  • Do not live in or have proof of permanent residency in the state of Maryland
  • Have been employed in a direct information security role for 3 or more years outside of your military service
  • Are currently pursuing or hold a master's degree or Ph.D. in information security

Time Commitment for Students

The Academy is a fast-track, intensive program, and students are expected to complete all coursework and certifications in up to six months. On average, it takes most SANS Cyber Academy students 100 hours to prepare for one GIAC certification attempt.

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Cybersecurity Industry Resource of the Year Award

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as a leading player in the Maryland cybersecurity community with the 2021 Cyber Industry Resource of the Year Award,” said Rob Lee, Chief Curriculum Director and Head of Faculty at SANS Institute. “Behind this recognition is our team’s determination to provide our customers with outstanding protection against cybersecurity threats. As security threats evolve, we pride ourselves on the ability to pivot and be on the forefront of innovation.”

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"GIAC certifications are the most sought after since they rely on a practitioner approach; where skills are truly measured by an understanding of real-world scenarios and how to apply those skills."

- Chris Edmundson SANS Cyber Immersion Academy Mentor