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University of San Diego
Product Management Bootcamp

Learn Product Management Skills in 12 Weeks

Learn the skills to build or expand a career in the lucrative product management field with the part-time USD Product Management Bootcamp.

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Program at a Glance

12

Weeks

11/07

Apply By

11/14

Next Start Date

$1,000

Potential Scholarships

What is a Product Manager?

Product managers are integral to the growth and success of organizations. Using data to inform decisions, they guide a product’s lifecycle from initial concept to market and ensure consumer value creation.

In this collaborative, fast-paced role, no two days are the same. Key responsibilities of a product manager include research, process mapping, product design, and quality assurance.
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Is product management a good fit for you?

Are you organized and analytical? Or creative and communicative? You may be able to leverage your existing strengths into an exciting career with help from the University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp.

Find out today by exploring the industry, job responsibilities, career pathways, and more with our free Intro to Product Management course.

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Why Learn Product Management

Whether you’re looking to upskill or change careers, you can strengthen your resume with product management skills. Product managers are in high demand across nearly all industries nationwide. By learning product management, you can apply your creativity and organizational skills to build or advance your career.

Master the foundations of product management through the University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp. Over 12 weeks, you’ll develop a professional portfolio, learn in-demand tech skills, and gain hands-on experience.

Ready to get started?
Learn more about the program and apply today to jumpstart your product management career!

Bootcamp Application and Start Dates

    Part-Time Online Product Management Bootcamp
    Nov. 14, 2023 - Feb. 08, 2024
    Part-Time
    Open
    Apply by Nov. 07, 2023

Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most reputable tech bootcamps in the nation, with incredible student reviews, years of experience in education, and impressive graduate outcomes.

Through Fullstack Academy's active learning approach, the USD Product Management Bootcamp helps open doors to opportunities in California, remotely, and beyond!

How the University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp Works

The part-time University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp is designed for students to pursue high-quality tech education while continuing to balance work and other commitments. Our program provides you with the flexibility to fit career development into your life.

  • Bootcamp classes combine live online instruction with group and independent active learning challenges—all facilitated by industry-experienced professionals.

  • All classes are held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Class times:

    • 4:30pm-7:30pm PT

In addition to classroom lessons, students can anticipate spending about 5 hours studying and working on outside assignments each week.

Class time options are subject to change. To see available class times for your cohort of choice, complete your application or schedule a call with a student advisor.


Tuition & Payment Options

There are many ways to pay for your bootcamp experience including self-pay, employer-pay, local/state government assistance, scholarships and personal loans. Learn more about payment options.

  • University of San Diego 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!

    Enrollment Deposit - $1,000 $99*
    Tuition During Program - $6,651
    Total Tuition - $6,750

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

  • $500 Community Scholarship

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

    $500 Military Scholarship**

    For active-duty service members and military veterans.

    **Valid ID required.


Product Management Roles & Salaries

There are many product management career paths to follow based on your skills and experience. Some available roles include Product Manager, Product Owner, and Offering Manager. When you opt into career coaching services, you’ll receive the guidance you need to navigate the industry in search of specialized product management roles.

Entry-level Product Managers in San Diego earn an average salary of $76,769 (Glassdoor, May 2023), offering a potentially large return on investment for anyone pursuing a product management education.


The Demand for Product Managers

According to Lightcast™, product management employment in the U.S. is projected to grow 22% over the next decade. In California and remotely, companies and organizations are hiring product management specialists at all levels of experience.

Businesses of all industries are actively seeking product management professionals, including employers like Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Intuit, and LPL Financial.

These companies are hiring for roles like Product Manager, Product Owner, and Offering Manager. With an inclusive and rigorous active learning curriculum plus professional career coaching services, University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp students graduate well-prepared for these roles and many others.


What You Will Learn

University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp students acquire the skills and knowledge to navigate product management complexities. During the program, students will:

  • Identify basic functions of product management, the stages of the product development cycle, and typical product companies.

  • Learn how to use essential product management tools and software, including Jira, Balsamiq, Figma, Google Analytics, Strategyzer, and more.

  • Build key assets to drive product development and hypothesis validation.

  • Understand best practices for building a product strategy.

  • And much more!

Each course is facilitated by an instructor in a live online format. The curriculum teaches practical and technical skills using real-world scenarios, the latest technology, and hands-on projects.

Curriculum

Weeks
  • Intro to Product Management

  • Product Development Lifecycle Overview

  • Understanding Product Companies

  • Building Key Assets

  • Company and User Context

  • Organizational Decision-making

  • Product Strategy

  • KPIs and OKRs

  • Using and Writing PRDs

  • Roadmaps

  • Feature Prioritization and MVPs

  • Building and Managing Teams

  • Working with Engineering Teams

  • Managing Design Teams

  • Balancing Resources

  • Product-Market Fit

  • Solving Customer Problems

  • Product Hypothesis Creation and Validation

  • Lean and Agile Processes

  • Sprint Planning Using Atlassian Jira

  • Prototype Building and Feedback

  • Working with Figma

  • Google Analytics

  • Feature Popularity

  • User Engagement

  • Finance, Budgets, and Accounting

  • Operations and Security

  • Running Effective Meetings

  • Portfolio Presentation


Designed by Real Product Management Experts

The University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp curriculum focuses on real-world application. Dynamic product management professionals developed the material in accordance with industry best practices as well as the optimal student experience.

Meet our Curriculum Designers:

Sierra Calhoun Pollard
Sierra Calhoun-Pollard

CEO of Winnovation Agency, a consulting firm for innovation and marketing

  • For the last 10 years, Sierra Pollard has made innovation her passion in life.
  • Sierra has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Product Innovation at several universities, including the University of North Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Florida.
Mukesh Jain
Mukesh Jain

Science, Engineering, and Product Lead in Personalization at Amazon

  • Mukesh has served in leadership roles in product management for over 15 years and has been working in the field for almost 25 years.
Hitesh Parashar
Hitesh Parashar

Co-founder of Astellent, a consulting firm in product design, development, and launch

  • A leader in the product management field for almost 15 years, Hitesh Parashar has successfully conceptualized, built, and launched applications and business models for both consumers and enterprises, scaling to hundreds of millions of users and creating hundreds of millions of dollars in enterprise value.
Leigh Lawhon
Leigh Lawhon

Head of Product at Strategic Education, Inc. an education technology company

  • Leigh Lawhon has served in UX/UI and graphic design roles for almost 25 years.
  • Leigh has an extensive background in building SAAS and web-based solutions from the ground up, collaborating directly with clients to determine requirements, and developing concepts, budgets, and workflows.

Career Success

Students will gain valuable insight into how to build a successful career in product management from day one of the course. When you opt into career success services, you’ll receive guidance in:

  • Growing your professional network

  • Resume and LinkedIn profile optimization

  • Interview and assessment prep

  • Salary-negotiation workshops

  • And much more!

You’ll also graduate from the program with a portfolio of work that demonstrates your ability to solve real business problems for real companies.

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

University of San Diego Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy graduates.


Who Should Attend

The University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp is specifically designed for beginners. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed.

Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Healthcare

Finance

Retail

Customer service

Manufacturing

Admin

Marketing

And more...

Apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.


FAQs

  • With product managers in high demand, it's important to find a program that fits your needs. Until recently, prospective students interested in product management had fewer education options. As an alternative to a lengthy MBA program, we offer an immersive bootcamp to help learners at all levels upskill and reach their career goals.

    The University of San Diego Product Management Bootcamp gives you valuable experience and applicable skills to help you transform your career in only 12 weeks.

  • The program is designed to help students of all professional backgrounds upskill and acquire essential product management knowledge.

    The bootcamp curriculum focuses on the following foundational concepts:

    • The Product Development Lifecycle

    • Building Business Models

    • Business Fundamentals

    • Hypothesis Validation

    • Design Thinking

    • Product Planning

    • Product Analytics

    • Building a Product Strategy

    • Working With and Hiring Teams

    • Landing a Job as a Product Manager

    For a bootcamp syllabus, click here and fill out the form.

  • There's no preparation required to succeed in the course, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with the industry and working through our free prep course, Intro to Product Management.

  • You do need to provide your own computer for the bootcamp. It can be a laptop or desktop as long as it meets minimum tech specifications. You must have at least MacOS 10.15 or newer or Windows 10. Because the bootcamp is live online, you are required to have a webcam and microphone in order to participate in class.

    Learn more about bootcamp tech requirements on our Online Learning page.

  • Your time with our career success team will include everything from workshops to one-on-one office hours to phone chats before big interviews. Alumni will also have access to a job board and have the opportunity to be connected with companies and organizations in our Employer Partner Network who are actively seeking qualified candidates.


Ready to Start Learning?

Once you’re ready to start your product management journey, here are the steps you can expect in the admissions process.

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