SANS HBCU Cyber Academy

The SANS - HBCU Cyber Academy was founded to provide talented scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities with free access to industry-leading cybersecurity training and certifications. Through this program, SANS hopes to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cyber security workforce of today and the future.

The Application Process

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

  • Complete a web application form.
  • Your application will be reviewed, and an online assessment sent within three days.
  • Complete the online assessment within five days. (unless otherwise specified)
  • Submit supporting documents to complete your application.
  • Participate in a phone interview.
  • All candidates receive notification of acceptance or denial within four weeks of the application deadline.

The application window for the SANS + HBCU Academy will be open on January 17 and will close on March 1, 2022. The academy will start in April 2022 after all applications have been processed and scholarships have been awarded.


Eligibility Requirements

• Currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student at a Historically Black College & University, or an HBCU alumnus who wants to transition into cyber security • Not currently employed in cybersecurity or has not been employed more than 1 year in the field • Passionate about Information Security/Cybersecurity and wants to pursue a career in the field • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (Green Card holder) with work authorization and currently residing in the U.S.


Our cybersecurity courses are written and taught by the top experts in the field and focus on hands-on practical skills you will use in your new career. The GIAC certifications you’ll earn are ranked among the most valued certifications by cybersecurity professionals when selecting job candidates for interviews.


Time Commitment

The Academy is a fast-track, intensive program. All courses are taken online via SANS OnDemand and are self-paced. Students are required to complete each course and certification in twelve weeks. Students are expected to complete all coursework and certifications in eight to ten months, with around 10 hours of study per week. On average, it takes most SANS students 120 hours to prepare for one GIAC certification attempt.


"For a first-timer, the CyberWars competition truly tested my knowledge from what I learned in school, surprising me with our team's performance. SANS truly has given us an opportunity to learn on a whole other level."

– Amaia Nicole Saret

Current Student at UVI

Pursuing GSEC Certification


What if I'm not selected?