Caltech Cyber Bootcamp
Get the Skills You Need to Fight Cybercrime
Through the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp powered by Fullstack Academy, you will gain the skills and experience to enter one of the world's fastest-growing industries–in as little as 12 weeks. Study full-time or part-time online.
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Program at a Glance
Why Learn Cybersecurity
Companies rely on cybersecurity professionals to protect their critical systems and sensitive data from cyberattacks. There are plenty of career and financial opportunities for cybersecurity professionals, thanks to the high demand for talent. Lightcast™ reports that the average entry-level Cybersecurity Analyst salary in Los Angeles is $80,700. Cybersecurity salaries can be increased by obtaining additional security clearances.
The Demand for Cyber Talent
There are many opportunities in California and across the United States. According to research from cyberseek.org, in the Los Angeles metro area alone, there are currently over 20,000 open cybersecurity roles and a very low supply of cybersecurity talent.
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 Amazon, Anthem Blue Cross, and Boeing, to name a few.
These companies are hiring for roles like IT Help Desk Specialist, Systems Support Specialist, and Cybersecurity Analyst. Grads studying the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp curriculum will be prepared for roles like these—and more.
Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most reputable bootcamps in the nation, with incredible 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.
Exclusive Partnerships and Student Experiences
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.
How the Caltech Cyber Bootcamp Works
The Caltech 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.
Multiple class times are offered so you can choose which option works best with your schedule.
Part-time and full-time bootcamp programs are available.
All classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- 6:30am-9:30am PT
- 3:30pm-6:30pm PT
- 4:30pm-7:30pm PT
- 5:30pm-8:30pm PT
All classes are held Monday-Friday.
Class time options vary by month and 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.
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.
Caltech 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 -
Tuition During Program - $13,396
Total Tuition - $13,495
*Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the non-refundable $99 deposit in full prior to the enrollment date.
$500 Community Scholarship
For Caltech alumni, current students, and employees.
$1,000 Military Scholarship**
For active-duty service members and military veterans.
**Valid ID required.
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.
|Role||Average Entry-Level Salary in Los Angeles Metro Area|
|IT Help Desk Specialist/Computer Support Specialist||$42,200|
|Network/Systems Support Specialist||$49,800|
|System Administrator/Network Administrator||$68,600|
|Network Engineer/Solutions Architect||$72,900|
*Los Angeles Metro Area Cybersecurity Salary Data via Lightcast™ . 2022
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).
- Networking Essentials
- Linux & Python
- Command Line Input (CLI)
- Pen Testing Methodology
- Vulnerability Discovery
- 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.
As part of the Caltech 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 interview coaching.
Fullstack Academy grads are highly sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.
Caltech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy NYC graduates.
Who Should Attend
Both the full- and part-time programs are specifically designed for beginners. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed.
Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:
If this sounds like you, apply today and join others just like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.
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.
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).
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+ 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.
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. We highly recommend Apple computers for our program, however, it is possible to use Windows with some modifications. 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.
For specific tech requirements for the cyber program, visit our Online Experience page.
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
- Fill out our online application form
- Take our nontechnical assessment
No cybersecurity experience required
Covers logical reasoning
Sent to you immediately upon submission
- Receive an entrance decision