Policies Regarding a) Transfers of Credit and b) Waivers for Courses or Course Requirements
The SANS Technology Institute does not generally accept transfers of credit for coursework completed at other regionally accredited higher education institutions. Any decision to make an exception to this policy in a given individual instance would need to be approved by the Curriculum, Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee, after prior approval by the appropriate Program Director or the Provost.
The SANS Technology Institute may grant credit to students accepted to its master's programs who are, or had been, participants in government or military educational and training programs that are taught by SANS Technology Institute faculty and based on the same course instruction and exam requirements that are included in the master's program. In cases where this prior work represents only part of the credits and requirements of a course, the incoming student will need to complete the remaining course requirements in order to receive full credit and a course grade.
The SANS Technology Institute does in certain circumstances waive requirements for course elements or courses within its program of studies as a reflection of a student's previous attainment of substantially similar intended learning outcomes. Waivers may be granted for up to, but not more than, one-quarter of the total number of credit hours or credit-hour equivalents required by the program, and are subject to various limits, requirements, and fees as described below (the "25% Limit").
Waivers will not be granted when the requirements of the waiver are met after a student matriculates, regardless of any alternative arrangements or costs available to take such course elements outside of the credit hour program and fee structure. In the event a waiver is granted for an entire course, no credit hours or grade will be awarded, nor will the course figure into the calculation of a student's cumulative grade point average. In the event a waiver is granted for part of a course's components, the grade(s) received on the remaining components completed by the matriculated student will be used to determine the course grade, and full-course credit hours will be awarded.
Waivers of Courses or Course Requirements
SANS Institute Classes within SANS Technology Institute Courses
The SANS Technology Institute will grant a waiver to a student from the requirement within a SANS Technology Institute course to complete a specific SANS Institute class when the student has completed that class within the two years prior to matriculation, subject to the requirement that the student completes any remaining SANS Technology Institute course requirements associated with that course after matriculation but prior to taking additional courses. For example, a student who completed the SANS Institute class SEC 401 precisely two years prior to matriculation must, upon matriculation, complete the associated GIAC GSEC exam and Gold Paper required by ISE 5100 prior to enrolling in additional courses within the program.
The SANS Technology Institute will grant a waiver to a student from the requirements within a course to complete both a relevant SANS Institute class and GIAC exam if the student has taken and passed the relevant GIAC exam within the past three years. Waivers for GIAC certifications achieved without having taken the relevant SANS Institute class ("GIAC Challenges") will be subject to, and contribute to, the existing limit of two GIAC Challenges allowed. Similar to above, a student receiving such a waiver must complete any required associated Gold Papers prior to proceeding with additional courses within the program. For example, an MSISE student who within the past three years has taken the GIAC GSEC exam will be granted a waiver from the requirements of ISE 5100 from having to retake the SANS Institute's SEC 401 class and GIAC GSEC exam but, nevertheless, in this instance, such a student would still be required to complete and pass the required GSEC Gold Paper requirement in order to receive credit for ISE 5100.
GIAC Gold Papers
In the event a student prior to matriculation has successfully completed a GIAC Gold Paper required by a course in the program, the requirements of the entire course associated with said GIAC Gold Paper will be waived, subject to the requirement that a) the GIAC Gold Paper shall have been completed within the five years prior to the student's matriculation date, and b) that the student has both taken or renewed the associated GIAC exam within the prior three years. Waivers for entire courses where the GIAC certification was achieved without having taken the relevant SANS course ("GIAC Challenges") will be subject to, and contribute to, the existing limit of two GIAC Challenges allowed, regardless of the score achieved.
For students who hold a current PMP from the Project Management Institute, a waiver will be granted for the requirement to take ISE/ISM 5800 in its entirety (waiving both the component SANS MGT 525 course and the GIAC GCPM requirement).
For students who hold a current CISSP from the ISC2 organization, a waiver will be granted within ISE/ISM 5100 for the SANS Institute class SEC 401 or MGT 512, respectively. Achievement of the associated GIAC GSEC or GSLC certifications, respectively, and completion of the associated Gold Paper for either course will still be required for the award of credit.
For students who hold a current CISA from the ISACA, a waiver will be granted for the SANS AUD 507 and GIAC GSNA exam course components of ISM 6200. However, the student with such waiver is still required to complete the Gold/Written assignment prior to the award of credit. Students who have received a waiver but still must complete either or both an associated GIAC exam or Gold Paper, will be charged for these additional experiences in accordance with the tuition and fees in place at the time the student seeks to engage in these activities for credit.