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University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp

Join the fight against cybercrime

Learn how to become a cybersecurity professional in just 12 weeks with our expert-led live online curriculum. Get job search support to land a job in one of the world’s highest-paying industries.

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Program at a Glance

12-26

Weeks

8/16

Apply By

8/22

Next Start Date

$1,500

Potential Scholarships

Why Learn Cybersecurity

Technology enables us to be more productive and efficient than we ever have, but it's also a liability. U.S. businesses lose approximately $14.8 million per year to phishing scams (cybersecuritydive.com). Companies rely on cybersecurity professionals to defend their critical systems and sensitive information against hackers. 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 cyberattacks. Considering the high demand for cybersecurity professionals, the cybersecurity field offers a multitude of career and financial opportunities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analyst positions will grow 33% in the next 10 years.

Nationally, there are over half a million cyber jobs that employers are looking to fill. Businesses actively seeking cybersecurity professionals span across all industries and sizes, and they include local high-tech employers like Deloitte, Accenture, and Sony Electronics Inc., to name a few.

These companies are hiring for roles like Cybersecurity Specialist, Network Security Engineer, and Vulnerability Analyst. Grads studying the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp curriculum have been hired for all of these roles—and more.

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Bootcamp Application & Start Dates

ScheduleApply ByStart DateEnd DateStatusNext Steps
Full-TimeOct 04, 2022Oct 10, 2022Jan 13, 2023Open Apply
Part-TimeOct 04, 2022Oct 10, 2022Apr 13, 2023Open Apply

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.

How the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp Works

How the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp Works

The USD Cyber Bootcamp is designed for students to pursue high-quality tech education while continuing to balance work or other commitments. Our program provides you with the flexibility to fit career development into your life.

  • All bootcamp classes are instructor-led and taught 100% online.
  • Full-time and part-time schedules are offered so you can choose which option works best with your schedule.
  • July 2022 Cohort (Closing soon!)

    Classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

    • Tues/Thurs, 6:00-9:00pm PT

    • Saturday, 8:30am-12:30pm PT

    Future Cohort Schedule Options (August 2022 and beyond)

    Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

    You can choose which class time works best for you in the application process.

    • 6:30am-9:30am PT

    • 3:30-6:30pm PT

    • 4:30-7:30pm PT

    • 5:30-8:30pm PT

  • All classes are held Monday-Friday.

    You can choose which class time works best for you in the application process.

    • 6:30am-12:30pm PT
    • 8:30am-2:30pm PT

Tuition and Payment Options

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.

  • The University of San Diego is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000). Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

    Enrollment Deposit - $1,000 $99*
    Tuition During Program - $12,396
    Total Tuition - $12,495

  • $500

    For University of San Diego alums, current students, and employees.

    $1,000

    For active-duty service members and military veterans (valid ID required).

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



What You Will Learn

Students learn the offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills including Foundations (computing and networking basics, Linux, introduction to automation), Security Essentials (practical networking, bash scripting, Python for security), Security Analyst Training (NIST cybersecurity framework, tools, techniques, procedures for network and application protection), and Flight (projects, advanced certifications preparation, career coaching and guidance).

Phase
  • Networking Essentials
  • Linux & Python
  • Command Line Input (CLI)
  • Pen Testing Methodology
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Shells
  • Exploitation
  • Threat Modeling
  • Preventing Recon
  • Incident Response
  • Digital Forensics
  • Project Demo Day

Classes are mostly hands-on with the majority of students’ time spent learning how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications as well as how to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.


Cybersecurity Roles and Salaries

In the field of cybersecurity, there are many career paths to follow based on your skills and experience. Our Career Success Team is there to assist you throughout your career journey.

With cybersecurity professionals in high demand, the cybersecurity industry offers a multitude of career and financial opportunities after you enter the field. Companies across the nation are hiring for roles like IT Help Desk Specialist, Systems Support Specialist, and Cybersecurity Analyst.

RoleAverage Entry-Level Salary in San Diego
IT Help Desk Specialist/Computer Support Specialist$40,500
Network/Systems Support Specialist$51,500
System Administrator/Network Administrator$63,900
Network Engineer/Solutions Architect$81,700
Cybersecurity Analyst$78,000

*San Diego Cybersecurity Salary Data via Burning Glass


Career Support

As part of the University of San Diego Cyber Bootcamp, you’ll learn Python, Linux, and more. You’ll participate in workshops to strengthen your skills and develop a portfolio to show employers. Our Career Success Team will also give you career guidance every step of the way—from resume assistance to behavioral and technical interviews coaching.

Fullstack Academy grads are highly sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

*USD Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy NYC graduates.


Who Should Attend

The bootcamps are specifically designed for beginners. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed. Apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.

Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Teaching

Finance

Retail

Customer service

Graphic design

Admin

Biology

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 out-of-class 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 Cybersecurity 101.

  • The bootcamp helps prepare students to take the Security+ and 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.

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  1. Fill out our online application form
  2. Take our nontechnical assessment
    • No cyber experience required
    • Covers logical reasoning
    • Sent to you immediately upon submission of application
  3. Receive an entrance decision