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Cyber Bootcamp

Get the in-demand skills you need to join the fight against cybercrime

Go from novice to cybersecurity professional through our expert-led live online curriculum in just 26 weeks part-time.

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Through the USD Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack, you’ll go from novice to cybersecurity professional and gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s highest paying industries in 26 weeks part-time.

Why cybersecurity?

Technology today is more accessible than it’s ever been—but it’s also more of a liability.

Bots
Government-sponsored bots disrupted an election.
Hacked data
Hackers continue to obtain sensitive consumer information.
Phishing
Run-of-the-mill phishing scams can cost U.S. businesses nearly $1.6 billion in a single year.
So it’s no surprise that businesses are spending more on cybersecurity now than ever before.
$250 billion Projected value of U.S. cybersecurity industry by 2023
But who’s earning that money?

Right now, companies aren’t able to find enough qualified entry-level cybersecurity professionals to hire, leaving the U.S. government, countless businesses, and many individuals exposed to cyber attacks.

Money

Strengthen your resume with the cyber skills leading tech companies are looking for

The USD Cyber Bootcamp provides individuals with career guidance every step of the way, from resume assistance to preparing students for successful physical and technical interviews

Part-Time

Cohort Application Deadline Class Dates Class Schedule Course Format Options
March 2022

March 8th, 2022

March 15th, 2022 – September 10th, 2022 T/Th: 6:00pm PT–9:00pm PT
Saturdays: 8:30am PT–12:30pm PT
Live Online
Cohort March 2022
Application Deadline

March 8th, 2022

Class Dates March 15th, 2022 – September 10th, 2022
Class Schedule T/Th: 6:00pm PT–9:00pm PT
Saturdays: 8:30am PT–12:30pm PT
Course Format Options Live Online

Full-Time

Cohort Application Deadline Class Dates Class Schedule Course Format Options
May 2022 April 25th, 2022 May 2nd, 2022 - July 22nd, 2022 Monday - Friday
8:30am PT - 2:30pm PT
Live Online
Cohort May 2022
Application Deadline April 25th, 2022
Class Dates May 2nd, 2022 - July 22nd, 2022
Class Schedule Monday - Friday
8:30am PT - 2:30pm PT
Course Format Options Live Online
Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most successful coding bootcamps in the nation, with incredible student reviews, years of experience in education, and impressive graduate outcomes.

Now, it brings its expert-led live online learning approach to USD’s first cyber bootcamp to develop professionals to fight the global threat of cybercrime.
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How it works

Overview

  • 26-week, part-time training program requiring no previous experience or knowledge in cybersecurity

  • 15 hours of homework per week

  • Learn live online by expert instructors

  • Gain the offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills the world’s top tech companies are looking for

  • Receive professional development assistance — resume, networking, and interview guidance to jump-start a lucrative career in cybersecurity

Course Format

Part-Time

  • Class Schedule: 2 weeknights 6:00pm PT–9:00pm PT (Tues/Thurs) and Saturday mornings 8:30am PT–12:30pm PT

  • Course Format: Live online

Full-Time

  • Class Schedule: Weekdays 8:30am PT–2:30pm PT

  • Course Format: Live online

Tuition

We aim to ensure that every applicant, regardless of budget, has the opportunity to break into a career in cybersecurity.
There are many ways to pay for your bootcamp experience including self-pay, employer-pay, government assistance, scholarships and personal loans. Learn more about payment options.
Full Tuition Scholarships
$11,995 $500

Students will need to make an initial deposit at enrollment with the remaining balance due one week prior to the first day of the cohort.

USD Tech Bootcamps is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000) for a limited time. Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

USD current students, alumni and employees receive a $500 scholarship.

$1,000


$1,000 Military Scholarship for current military personnel or veterans.

Full Tuition
$11,995

Students will need to make an initial deposit at enrollment with the remaining balance due one week prior to the first day of the cohort.

USD Tech Bootcamps is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000) for a limited time. Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

Scholarships
$500

USD current students, alumni and employees receive a $500 scholarship.

$1,000


$1,000 Military Scholarship for current military personnel or veterans.

*Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the $99 deposit in full prior to the enrollment date.

Big Return on Your Investment

Graduates of the USD Cyber Bootcamp will qualify for full-time cybersecurity positions that could earn them a salary that is +70% higher than the average San Diego salary.

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What you will learn

Students will delve into the exciting world of cybersecurity throughout four program phases. You’ll receive hands-on, real-world experience in multiple facets of computing, networking, security, and programming in offensive and defensive security techniques, tools, and procedures.

When you’ve successfully completed the learning phases, you’ll get the career guidance you need to jump into an exciting and lucrative career in cybersecurity, joining thousands of like-minded professionals throughout the world in the global fight against cybercrime.

  • Foundations & Security Essentials

    Phase 1
    Networking Essentials
    Linux & Python
    Command Line Input (CLI)
  • Offense—Red Team

    Phase 2
    Pen Testing Methodology
    Vulnerability Discovery
    Shells
    Exploitation
  • Defense—Blue Team

    Phase 3
    Threat Modeling
    Preventing Recon
    Incident Response
    Digital Forensics
    Project Demo Day

Who should attend

The USD Cyber Bootcamp looks for candidates who are eager to learn, great at creative problem solving, and passionate about technology and its influence on the world around them. If this sounds like you, apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.

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Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Teaching

Teaching

Finance

Finance

Retail

Retail

Music

Music

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Admin

Admin

Biology

Biology

And more...

And more...

If this sounds like you, apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.

FAQs

The cyber curriculum is broken down into four main areas: 1. Foundations (Computing and Networking Basics, Linux, Introduction to Automation); 2. Security Essentials (Practical Networking, Bash Scripting, Python for Security); 3. Security Analyst Training (NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Tools, Techniques, Procedures for Network and Application Protection); and 4. Flight (Projects, Advanced Certifications Preparation). Grads of the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp learn the skills they need to be qualified for entry-level roles like Cybersecurity Analyst.

For a syllabus on your program of interest, click here and fill out the form.

Many of our part time students are working full time while taking the program. Keep in mind that there are 10 hours in class and 15-20 hours worth of homework per week.

All students must have their own laptop (or desktop for 100% online classes). We recommend having 16 GB RAM and ~50-100 GB storage. Netbooks, thin clients and tablets are not permitted. Students can use Mac or Windows.

Please note that the Apple M1 processor is only supported for the Coding bootcamp at this time.

For students pursuing the Cyber bootcamp, the Apple M1 processor is not supported.

Yes, the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp is beginner-friendly. It’s specifically designed for professionals who have no previous experience in cybersecurity. While some background knowledge is helpful, the only expectation is that students have general computer literacy skills in basics like efficiently using the internet/cloud and Windows.

There's no preparation required to succeed in the course, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with the industry and working through Breaking Into Cyber and Cybersecurity 101.

The bootcamp helps prepare students to take the Security+, CySA exams. Students can expect to spend another ~15 hours studying before taking either exam. The price of taking these exams is not included in tuition.

Your time with our career success team will include everything from workshops to one-on-one office hours to phone chats before big interviews. And on top of all that, the team will be working behind the scenes to find openings that are right for you and staying up-to-date on the latest recruiting trends to make sure they prepare you for everything.

Ready to start learning?

Apply to the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp today.

  1. Fill out our online application form

  2. Take our non-technical assessment

  3. Receive an entrance decision

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