755,000 REASONS

Sign up for the non-credit, non-degree Penn State Behrend Cybersecurity Bootcamp to start or advance your professional journey in an industry with over 755,000 open cybersecurity jobs. *


In Partnership with ThriveDX, this Cybersecurity Bootcamp is offered through the continuing education services of Penn State Beaver, Penn State Behrend, Penn State Greater Allegheny, and Penn State New Kensington.

*Source: Statista


Providing the Competitive Career Edge You Need to Succeed

More than a bootcamp,
it’s an on-ramp to success

Expert-led, 36-week program with comprehensive hands-on cybersecurity lessons

We’re with you every step of the way with a Student Success Team and Career Outcomes Coaches

Free, virtual AI seminars for Complete Program learners, so you’re ready for cyber’s next big frontier

Elective certification prep and a voucher for the CompTIA® Security+ certification exam

Professional career development coaching, networking, and job placement assistance

No technology experience?
No problem.


Cybersecurity needs people from all backgrounds to help protect our digital world. We’ll teach you what you need to know.

A rewarding career 
is priceless.

But we understand that education is an investment. In addition to our payment plans, our skilled team can chat through any additional programs that may be available to you.

Our learners love
this program

Nate S.

“It was either I stick to the job I have now forever and make an ok living, or I can take a step forward and try to pursue something that is worthwhile. Make me valuable to a company, put some education towards myself, and actually move forward.”

Tou C.

“All the instructors that I’ve had so far were very professional. They’re great at teaching and just being there for us students.”

Randall N.

“I would absolutely recommend the program to others.”

We’re serious about
getting you a job


Our personalized career coaching will help you build your resume, create a professional digital presence, and develop essential interview skills.


Our Career Outcomes team has helped learners get jobs at these leading employers.

Become the person
employers are
looking for

The Penn State Behrend Cybersecurity Bootcamp follows
 the NICE/NIST Framework, the leading national standard for cybersecurity education. You’ll develop the skills
you need to qualify for five
specific cyber jobs.

  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Cyber Forensic Analyst
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Cyber Incident Responder
  • Cyber Infrastructure Support Specialist

You’re busy so our
program is flexible

The Penn State Behrend Cybersecurity Bootcamp fits your hectic schedule. With our mix of virtual and self-paced lessons, you can be ready for your certification exam in as little as 36 weeks. New cohorts start regularly.

Contact us now for details about upcoming start dates.


Program Structure

Introductory Course: 4 weeks

Get a glimpse into topics covered in more detail during the Complete Program

Complete Program: 32 weeks

In-depth learning on the essential skills and concepts of cybersecurity

Elective CompTIA® Security+ Certification Exam Prep Course: 8 weeks

Prepare for the CompTIA® Security+ exam and receive a free exam voucher

Ongoing Support:

Access our resources and career coaching for up to 6 months after program completion


Learning Format

60% virtual, 40% self-study


Class Times

Evenings on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday

Contact us now for details about upcoming start dates.



Having some experience with computers is always helpful, but we have designed the course so you don’t need any specific technology experience or prerequisites to succeed. If you’re 18 or older, you are welcome to enroll whether you’re a technology novice, an expert, or somewhere in between.

You need a laptop and internet access. We will provide all the other materials and software necessary.

Get a free copy of our course catalog here.

Yes. Our instructors are active cybersecurity professionals who help us continuously upgrade the curriculum with modern techniques, methodologies, and technologies. You can be sure you will gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for now. This includes free, monthly AI workshops available to all learners in the Complete Program.

We are committed to your success, so we pair you with Student Success Managers who act as your academic advisor throughout your learning journey. If you have questions or concerns about the materials, workload, or schedule, they’re there to help.

Our goal is to give you all the tools, materials, and support to ensure you need to complete the program successfully and thrive in a cybersecurity career.

If you are not yet sure a cybersecurity program is right for you, you can start by enrolling in the 4-week Introductory Course. In this course, you learn cybersecurity fundamentals while developing an understanding of the field and how you can contribute as a professional. It’s a great way to try it out before committing to the Complete Program.

Our Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a professional online, part-time program for learners of all skill levels. We focus on in-depth training with a mix of virtual classes led by industry experts and self-paced learning exercises. You will learn skills employers are looking for now, and receive personalized support to ensure you succeed in the program.

There are many more ways our program is different from other options:
• No technology experience or knowledge required
• Free, monthly AI workshops are part of the Complete Program
• You can try the introductory course before investing in the Complete Program
• Optional certification prep helps you prepare for the CompTIA® Security+ exam and comes with a free exam voucher
• You will learn the foundational skills required for other leading certification exams
• The program includes professional career coaching and support to help you find and land a job in cybersecurity (job placement not guaranteed)

The cost of the Complete Program, including the Introductory Course, monthly AI workshops, optional CompTIA® Security+ exam prep, and personalized academic and career support is $17,800 in total.

The Introductory Course is $180 in total.

New cohorts open on a rolling basis, year-round. For more information, please contact our team at 814-826-1323 or schedule a call at your convenience.

It might be immediately, and it might take a while. Our career coaches are experts at helping our learners find tech roles and will be there to support you for up to 6 months after you finish the program. However, because how quickly you land a job ultimately depends on a variety of factors—including the economy, your work history, your overall experience, and your location—we cannot guarantee job placement.


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About Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend is a top-ranked research university and Pennsylvania's sole land-grant institution, founded with a mission of high-quality teaching, expert research, and global service. Discover a community—more than 740,000 strong—driven to make a difference. This Cybersecurity Bootcamp is offered through the Continuing Education services of Penn State Beaver, Penn State Behrend, Penn State Greater Allegheny, and Penn State New Kensington.


Partnership with ThriveDX

This accelerated program is powered by our partner, ThriveDX, which helps to reskill and upskill students in today’s fast-growing digital economy. With over a decade of experience as the world's premier, digital skills and cybersecurity education provider, ThriveDX works with top-tier academic institutions, government organizations, and global enterprises to offer advanced workforce and professional development programs in digital technology.


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