University of North Florida
Gain the Skills You Need to Fight Cybercrime
Learn how to become a cybersecurity professional with the University of North Florida Cyber Bootcamp and launch a career in one of the world's fastest-growing industries within 12 to 26 weeks! No prior experience is necessary to apply.
This program is offered through the UNF Division of Continuing Education, in partnership with Fullstack Academy.
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Why Learn Cybersecurity
The Demand for Cyber Talent
There are many opportunities in Florida and across the United States. According to research from cyberseek.org, in Jacksonville alone, there are currently over 3,000 open cybersecurity roles and a very low supply of cybersecurity talent.
Nationally, there are over half a million cyber jobs that employers are looking to fill. Companies seeking to hire cybersecurity professionals span across all industries and company sizes, and they include CSX Corporation, FIS, and Fidelity National Financial, to name a few.
These companies are hiring for roles like IT Help Desk Specialist, Systems Support Specialist, and Cybersecurity Analyst. Grads studying the University of North Florida Cyber Bootcamp curriculum have been hired for all of these infosecurity roles—and more.
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The University of North Florida Cyber Bootcamp provides individuals in the River City with career guidance every step of the way, from resume assistance to preparing students for successful physical and technical interviews
Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most reputable bootcamp providers 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 the University of North Florida’s cyber bootcamp to develop professionals to fight the global threat of cybercrime.
How the University of North Florida Cyber Bootcamp Works
The University of North Florida 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
You can choose which class time works best for you in the application process.
- 9:30am-12:30pm ET
- 6:30pm-9:30pm ET
- 7:30pm-10:30pm ET
- 8:30pm-11:30pm ET
All classes are held Monday-Friday.
You can choose which class time works best for you in the application process.
- 9:30am-3:30pm ET
- 11:30am-5:30pm ET
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.
The University of North Florida is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000). 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 University of North Florida 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 Jacksonville|
|IT Help Desk Specialist/Computer Support Specialist||$35,900|
|System Administrator/Network Administrator||$55,600|
|Network/Systems Support Specialist||$56,000|
|Network Engineer/Solutions Architect||$74,100|
*Jacksonville 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 University of North Florida 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.
This program is offered through the UNF Division of Continuing Education, in partnership with Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy NYC graduates.
Who Should Attend
The bootcamps are specifically designed for beginners. 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.
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.
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 Cyber Bootcamp at University of North Florida learn the skills they need to be qualified for entry-level roles.
For a syllabus on your program of interest, click here and fill out the form.
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 out-of-class homework per week.
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 your chosen program, visit our Online Experience page.
Yes, the Cyber Bootcamp at University of North Florida 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.
There's no preparation required to succeed in the course, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with the industry and working through Cybersecurity 101.
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.
Ready to Start Learning?
Once you’re ready to start your tech journey, here are the steps you can expect in the admissions process.
- Fill out our online application form
- Take our nontechnical assessment
- No cyber experience required
- Covers logical reasoning
- Sent to you immediately upon submission of application
- Receive an entrance decision