The University of Illinois Chicago Cyber Bootcamp

Get the Skills You Need to Join the Fight Against Cybercrime

Through the UIC 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—all in as few as 12 weeks full-time or 26 weeks part-time.

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Through the UIC 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—all in as few as 12 weeks full-time or 26 weeks part-time.

The Demand for Cyber Talent

The opportunity is massive in both Illinois and across the United States. According to research from cyberseek.org, in the Chicago area alone, there are currently over 15,836 open cybersecurity roles 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 Google, AT&T, and Amazon, to name a few.

Students who complete the UIC Cybersecurity Bootcamp curriculum will be prepared for entry-level jobs in cybersecurity.

Career Success with the UIC Cyber Bootcamp

The UIC 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 17th, 2022 January 24, 2022-April 15, 2022
Monday-Friday:
8:30am CT–2:30pm CT
Live Online
Part-Time January 18, 2022 January 25, 2022–July 23, 2022
Tue/Thu:
6:00pm CT–9:00pm CT
Sat: 8:30am CT–12:30pm CT
Live Online
Program Type Full-Time
Application Deadline January 17th, 2022
Class Dates January 24, 2022-April 15, 2022
Class Schedule
Monday-Friday:
8:30am CT–2:30pm CT
Course Format Live Online
Program Type Part-Time
Application Deadline January 18, 2022
Class Dates January 25, 2022–July 23, 2022
Class Schedule
Tue/Thu:
6:00pm CT–9:00pm CT
Sat: 8:30am CT–12:30pm CT
Course Format Live Online


Fullstack Academy is a top-ranked immersive school for web development and cybersecurity training. Fullstack offers comprehensive in-person and remote training opportunities across the U.S. and prepares students with the in-demand skills they need to launch fulfilling tech careers.

Graduates are assisted by a dedicated career service team and leave as members of the Fullstack–UIC community—a supportive alumni network that can help open doors to future jobs in Chicago and beyond.

Fullstack brings its learning method, reputation, and community to the UIC Cyber Bootcamp to make cybersecurity training more accessible to individuals outside of traditional tech hubs.

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How It Works

Overview

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

  • 15 hours of homework per week

  • You’ll learn in-demand offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills the world’s top tech companies are looking for

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

  • You’ll gain dedicated career support from our talented team of Career Coaches

  • Students receive a certificate from UIC Extended Campus upon completing the program.

Class Schedule

Full-Time

  • Class Schedule:

    • Weekdays: Monday to Friday 8:30am CT–2:30pm CT

  • Course Format:

    • 100% Live Online

Part-Time

  • Class Schedule:

    • Two weeknights: 6:00pm CT–9:00pm CT (Mon/Weds)

    • Saturdays: 8:30am CT–12:30pm CT

  • Course Format:

    • 100% Live Online

Tuition

We aim to ensure that every applicant, regardless of budget, has the opportunity to break into a career in cyber.
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 Discounts Scholarships
$12,910 $250 $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.

UIC Tech Bootcamps is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000) for Spring 2022 cohorts. Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

Students who apply and enroll before 12/20/21 for the Full-Time January cohort and 11/1/21 for the Part-Time December cohort will receive an automatic $250 discount on tuition.

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

$1,000

Military Scholarship for March 2021 cohort, $1,000 Military Scholarship for subsequent cohorts (Current military personnel or veterans)

Full Tuition
$12,910

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.

UIC Tech Bootcamps is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000) for Spring 2022 cohorts. Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

Discounts
$250

Students who apply and enroll before 12/20/21 for the Full-Time January cohort and 11/1/21 for the Part-Time December cohort will receive an automatic $250 discount on tuition.

Scholarships
$500

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

$1,000

Military Scholarship for March 2021 cohort, $1,000 Military Scholarship for subsequent cohorts (Current military personnel or veterans)

*Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the $99 non-refundable deposit in full prior to the enrollment date or by January 21, 2022, whichever date comes first.

Big Return on Your Investment

Graduates of the UIC Cyber Bootcamp will qualify for full-time cybersecurity positions that could earn them a starting salary that is +29% higher than the average salary in the Midwest.

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What You’ll 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).

  • 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
The majority of students’ time at the UIC Cyber Bootcamp is spent learning how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications as well as how to appropriately respond to cyber breaches.
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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.

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Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:

Teaching

Teaching

Finance

Finance

Retail

Retail

Customer Service

Customer Service

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 UIC 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 UIC 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.

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

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. 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.

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 UIC 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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