Cyber Workforce Academy Maryland

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

Apply for the Next Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland

The SANS Cyber Workforce Academy - EARN - MD 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, in just 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. 

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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. Not all applicants will receive invitations to progress to the next stage.

    • 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 notification of acceptance or denial, the notification timeframe is dependent on the volume of applications.

    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.

    Course Offerings


    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.

    Employer Partners

    Meet, interview, and potentially hire academy graduates

    Non-Profit Partners

    Engage in ways ranging from funding and executing their own academy, to helping expand the impact of existing SANS programs with additional resources.