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Get the Skills You Need to Join the Fight Against Cybercrime

Through the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack, you’ll find your purpose as you go from novice to cybersecurity professional and gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s highest-paying industries—and you can choose between full- and part-time programs, depending on your schedule.

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Through the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack, you’ll find your purpose as you go from novice to cybersecurity professional and gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s highest-paying industries—and you can choose between full- and part-time programs, depending on your schedule.

The Demand for Cyber Talent

The opportunity is massive in both California and across the United States. According to research from cyberseek.org, in California alone, there are currently over 72,123 open cybersecurity roles (with 21,957 in the Los Angeles metro area) and a very low supply of cybersecurity talent.

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Nationally, there are over half a million cyber jobs that employers are trying to fill. Businesses actively seeking cybersecurity professionals span across all industries and sizes, and they include local, high-tech employers like Boeing, the US Department of Energy, and Southern California Edison, to name a few.

These companies are hiring for roles like Cyber Security Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, and Cyber Security Consultant. Grads studying the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp curriculum have been hired for all these roles—and more.

Exclusive Partnerships and Student Experiences

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The Caltech Cyber Bootcamp has a pioneering partnership with the LA Cyber Lab, an organization that provides the greater Los Angeles business community and local government organizations with greater cybersecurity awareness and access to a trained and capable workforce.

Participants in the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp gain access to industry leaders and experts, in addition to exclusive events on campus and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech administers for NASA.

Caltech aligns with national efforts set by both CISA and NIST to understand and manage cyber and physical risk to our critical infrastructure, as well as prepare competent professionals.

Strengthen Your Resume With the Cyber Skills Leading Tech Companies Are Looking For

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

Program Type Application Deadline Class Dates Class Schedule Course Format
Full-Time

January 16th, 2022

(Early Enrollment ends December 19th, 2021)

January 24th, 2022
-April 15th, 2022
Weekdays,
8:30am PT–2:30pm PT
Live Online
Part-Time

January 17th, 2022

(Early Enrollment ends December 20th, 2021)

January 25th, 2022
-July 23rd, 2022
Tues/Thu:
6pm PT–9pm PT
Saturdays: 8:30am PT–12:30pm PT
Live Online
Program Type Full-Time
Application Deadline

January 16th, 2022

(Early Enrollment ends December 19th, 2021)

Class Dates January 24th, 2022
-April 15th, 2022
Class Schedule
Weekdays,
8:30am PT–2:30pm PT
Course Format Live Online
Program Type Part-Time
Application Deadline

January 17th, 2022

(Early Enrollment ends December 20th, 2021)

Class Dates January 25th, 2022
-July 23rd, 2022
Class Schedule
Tues/Thu:
6pm PT–9pm PT
Saturdays: 8:30am PT–12:30pm PT
Course Format Live Online

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

Now, it brings its hands-on learning approach to Caltech’s first cyber bootcamp to develop professionals to fight the global threat of cybercrime.

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How It Works

Overview

  • 12-week, full-time or 26-week, part-time cybersecurity training program

  • 15 hours of homework per week

  • You’ll learn 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

Class Schedule

Full-Time

  • Class Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am PT–3pm PT

  • Course Format: Live Online

Part-Time

  • Class Schedule

    • Two weeknights: 6:30pm PT–9:30pm PT (Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs)

    • Saturdays: 10am PT–2pm 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
$13,980 $500—$1,000

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.

For a limited time, the initial deposit to enroll is only $99* (normally $1,000) for 2021 cohorts. Get started on your journey this year before the deposit increases in 2022!

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

Current military personnel and veterans receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Tuition
$13,980

Students will need to make a $500 initial deposit at enrollment with the remaining balance due one week prior to the first day of the cohort.

Scholarships
$500—$1,000

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

Current military personnel and veterans receive a $1,000 scholarship.

*Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the $99 non-refundable deposit in full prior to the enrollment date or by December 3, 2021, whichever date comes first.

Big Return on Your Investment

Graduates of the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp will qualify for full-time cybersecurity positions that could earn them a starting salary that is +66% higher than the average salary in the Los Angeles metro area.

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What You’ll Learn

Students learn the offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills from industry experts, 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).

  • 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
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.

Who Should Attend

The Caltech Cyber Bootcamp looks for candidates who are eager to learn, are great at creative problem solving, and who are passionate about technology and its influence on the world around them.

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Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Teaching

Teaching

Finance

Finance

Engineering

Engineering

Media

Media

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.

Earn CEUs

Caltech CEU Example

Caltech Cyber Bootcamp grads will receive official Continuing Education Units (CEUs)—36 for studying full-time and 26 for part-time. 

Why is this important? 

An employee who earns CEUs demonstrates a commitment to ongoing learning and bringing value back to their employer. For this reason, many companies have policies that provide some paid time and tuition reimbursement for CEUs. Check with your HR team to learn about your company’s continuing education policies.

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 Caltech 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.

Yes, the Caltech 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.

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.

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. Mac or Windows is fine, but please note that the new Apple M1 processor is not yet fully supported.

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.

Ready to Start Learning?

Apply to the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp Today

  1. Fill out our online application form

  2. Take our nontechnical assessment

    • Timed — 30 minutes
    • No cybersecurity experience required
    • Covers logical reasoning
    • Complete at the best time for you
  3. Receive an entrance decision

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