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The University of Illinois Chicago Product Management Bootcamp

Become a Professional Product Manager

Go from beginner to product manager in 25 weeks part-time–no prior experience required. The Product Management Bootcamp is designed to help you master in-demand skills like UI/UX, product design, marketing, software development and more to jumpstart your career.

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Why Learn Product Management

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The growing field of product management is uniquely versatile, lucrative, and in high demand across industries.

Ideal for process-oriented professionals, product management is the science of developing and streamlining goods and services for optimal user experience. Product managers combine research and critical thinking with creative innovation to inform a product’s lifecycle—from conceptualization through pricing, consumer strategy, marketing, and beyond. As a product manager, you’ll collect the relevant data needed to inform product decisions, conduct customer research, collaborate and coordinate with stakeholders, and design new product features. The University of Illinois Chicago Product Management Bootcamp equips you with the specialized training to master these skills and more–all in a convenient, live online format.

Is product management a good fit for you?

Find out for yourself! Explore the industry, career pathways and more with our free Intro to Product Management course.


The Demand for Product Managers

Product managers are needed nationwide across multiple industries. In Illinois, companies and organizations are hiring product management specialists at all levels of experience–for both local and remote jobs.

According to Lightcast™ . 2022, product management employment in the US is projected to grow 22% over the next decade.

Businesses are actively seeking product management professionals across all industries and sizes, including local high-tech employers like Capital One, Discover Bank, and JP Morgan Chase Co.

Hiring for roles like Product Manager, Product Owner, and Offering Manager, these companies are rapidly growing and building out their technical teams.

UIC Product Management Bootcamp grads are well prepared for these roles and many others.

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Strengthen Your Resume
With Product Management

Whether you’re looking to upskill or change careers entirely, you can master the foundations of product management through our Product Management Bootcamp. Over 25 weeks, you’ll develop a professional portfolio, gain valuable experience with product management tools, and practice sought-after tech skills like UX/UI development. Plus, you’ll receive networking and job search support to guide your career journey.

Learn more about the program, then submit your application to get started!

Why Choose The UIC Product Management Bootcamp

With product managers in high demand, it's now more important than ever to find a program that fits your needs. Until recently, prospective students interested in product management had fewer education options. Rather than choosing between a lengthy product management MBA program or a basics-only short course, we offer an immersive bootcamp approach designed to help learners at all levels reach their career goals.

Students of the UIC Product Management Bootcamp powered by Fullstack Academy graduate job-ready to build successful futures as product managers in tech, finance, construction, health care, and more.
    Part-Time Online Product Management Bootcamp
    Sep. 26, 2023 - Mar. 21, 2024
    Apply by Sep. 19, 2023

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

Students graduate with career support as members of the Fullstack Academy community—an alum network that can help open doors to future job opportunities in IL, online/remotely, and beyond!

Fullstack Academy brings its teaching methods, reputation, and community to the University of Illinois Chicago Product Management Bootcamp to make Product Manager training more accessible to individuals outside of the industry.

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How the UIC Product Management Bootcamp Works

The part-time UIC Product Management 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.

Weeks 1-12 Essentials*
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Weeks 14-16 UI/UX
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Weeks 17-19 Product Design
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Weeks 20-22 Product Marketing
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Weeks 23-25 Software Development
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Class times:

  • 6:30pm-9:30pm CT

*Break week after essentials.

In addition to official class times, students should plan for 1-4 hours per week for independent classwork and study time.

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.

Intro to Product Management

You could already possess countless strengths that can be leveraged into a successful product management career with help from the UIC Product Management Bootcamp.

Take our FREE self-paced Intro to Product Management: Skills to Career Pathway course to see which of your existing strengths translate into a career as a Product Manager. You’ll also learn about industry roles and job growth, explore pathways to a product management education, and much more.

Tuition and 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 Illinois Chicago 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 - $13,396
    Total Tuition - $13,495

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

  • $500 Community Scholarship*

    For UIC alumni, current students, and employees.

    $1,000 Military Scholarship**

    For active-duty service members and military veterans (for subsequent cohorts).

    *Only the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois system is eligible for the Community Scholarship.

    **Valid ID required.

Big Return On Your Investment

Boost your earning potential in 25 weeks by gaining the product management skills you need to take your career to the next level. Product managers in the U.S. earn an average salary of $102,470 (Lightcast™ . 2022), making now an exciting time to join the product management field.

What You Will Learn

Our teaching methods enable students at every level to thrive. We ensure our curriculum consists of the most current, in-demand technologies to jumpstart a successful product management career. Taught by industry experts, the bootcamp is designed to provide technical skill-building as well as hands-on experience.

  • The Product Development Lifecycle
  • Building Business Models
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Hypothesis Validation
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Planning, e.g., building product roadmaps, understanding MVPs
  • Product Analytics
  • Building a Product Strategy
  • Working with and Hiring Teams
  • Landing a Job as a Product Manager
  • 24 weeks of instruction, plus one break week = a 25-week program.
  • Learn and practice both quantitative and qualitative methods for gaining a deep understanding of users’ needs and interests.
  • Develop a strong foundation in key design concepts and prototyping products across a wide range of industries.
  • Leverage techniques for one of the most critical aspects of a Product Manager’s job. Some techniques you will learn include empathy mapping, product storytelling, and creating go-to-market plans.
  • Ground yourself in the world of product management in software development. Learn agile, technical concepts, like APIs and machine learning, and tech stack concepts.

Product Management Tools

While guiding a product from initial concept to market can be complex, the curriculum at the UIC Product Management Bootcamp teaches you the latest tools and software to master each relevant concept.

Our well-rounded curriculum covers essential product management tools for industry analysis, roadmapping, project tracking, management, marketing, and more. Here are just some of the tools and software you’ll learn in our program:

Designed by Real Product Management Experts

The Product Management Bootcamp curriculum is built on the foundation of practical industry immersion. Dynamic, working product management professionals from a vast array of industries built the program curriculum to give you the expertise and practical, real-world experience you need to succeed in the field.

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 Adjunct Professor of Product Innovation at 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 UIC Product Management Bootcamp. While you learn product management fundamentals from our online expert instructors, a team of career success coaches will also assist you with:

  • 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.

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

University of Illinois Chicago Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy NYC graduates.

How the UIC Product Management Bootcamp Compares

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Cost Per Hour of Curriculum ContentHours of ContentCareer Coaching
UIC Product Management Bootcamp$40.30 per hour300+ hours
Product Gymgreen check mark> $500 per hour12 hours
General Assembly$98.75 per hour40 hours
Product School$139.97 per hour30 hours

Who Should Attend

The UIC Product Management Bootcamp is designed for those looking to transition into product management or current product managers looking to grow and validate their skills by earning a certificate in the field. 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.




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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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