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University of New Mexico Continuing Education
Cyber Bootcamp

Get the Skills You Need to Fight Cybercrime

Learn cybersecurity and gain the tools to land a job in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries—all in as few as 12 weeks.

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Why Learn Cybersecurity

In cybersecurity, you'll be on the front lines of a company's digital defense, protecting their systems and sensitive data from cyber-attacks. The cybersecurity field offers robust career and financial opportunities and plenty of available jobs. The average entry-level Cybersecurity Analyst salary in Albuquerque is $74,400 (Lightcast™ . 2022). Obtaining additional security clearances may result in a pay raise in the cybersecurity field.

The Demand for Cyber Talent

There are many opportunities in Albuquerque and remotely across the United States. According to research from, in New Mexico alone, there are currently over 3,000 open cybersecurity roles.

As of late 2023, there were more than 600,000 cyber jobs available in the U.S., according to CyberSeek, with nearly 23,000 of them designated for entry-level professionals.

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 Sandia Corporation, Accenture, and Dell to name a few.

These companies are hiring for roles like IT Help Desk Specialist, Systems Support Specialist, and Cybersecurity Analyst. Grads studying the UNM Continuing Education Cyber Bootcamp curriculum have been hired for all of these roles—and more.

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Bootcamp Application and Start Dates

    Cybersecurity Bootcamp
    Jan. 08, 2024 - Mar. 29, 2024
    Apply by Jan. 03, 2024
    Part-Time Weekday
    Cybersecurity Bootcamp
    Jan. 29, 2024 - Jul. 25, 2024
    Apply by Jan. 23, 2024
    Weekend Cybersecurity Bootcamp
    Feb. 03, 2024 - Aug. 04, 2024
    Apply by Jan. 23, 2024

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

Now, Fullstack brings its hands-on learning approach to the UNM Continuing Education Cyber Bootcamp to develop professionals to fight the global threat of cybercrime.

How the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Cyber Bootcamp Works

The University of New Mexico Continuing Education 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.

  • Part-time and full-time bootcamp programs are available.

  • Bootcamp classes combine live online instruction taught by industry-experienced professionals with independent learning assignments.

  • All classes are held Monday-Friday.

    • 8:00am-4:00pm MT

  • Select one class schedule and time from the options below when you apply.

    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday Classes

    • 7:30am-10:30am MT

    • 4:30pm-7:30pm MT

    • 6:30pm-9:30pm MT

  • Saturday and Sunday Classes

    • 7:30am-12:00pm MT

In addition to classroom lessons, part-time students can anticipate spending 6-8 hours studying and working on outside assignments each week. Full-time students can expect to spend 12-15 hours each week on outside assignments.

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.

  • University of New Mexico Continuing Ed Tech 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 - $1,000 $99*
    Tuition During Program - $13,396
    Total Tuition - $13,495

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

  • $500 Community Scholarship

    For University of New Mexico Continuing Education 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.

RoleAverage Entry-Level Salary in Albuquerque
IT Help Desk Specialist/Computer Support Specialist$38,900
Network/Systems Support Specialist$51,100
System Administrator/Network Administrator$60,300
Network Engineer/Solutions Architect$62,000
Cybersecurity Analyst$75,000

*Albuquerque Cybersecurity Salary Data via Lightcast™ . 2022

What You Will Learn

Students learn cybersecurity fundamentals and the in-demand skills to fight cybercrime including:

  • Asset and inventory management like networking basics, Linux command line, and bash scripting;

  • Red Team (Offense) for fighting web vulnerabilities, penetration testing, OWASP Top 10, and social engineering;

  • Blue Team (Defense) for log analysis, security information and event management, digital forensics, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and incident response;

  • And more!

To prepare students for real-life work scenarios and environments, students also take part in career simulations alongside their cybersecurity training. Additionally, students are taught resume writing, salary negotiation, and other career preparation skills throughout the program to equip them for their job search after graduation.

  • Orientation

  • The security mindset

  • Confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) triad

  • Threats, vulnerabilities, and risks

  • Virtualization

  • Linux Command Line

  • File systems

  • Users and groups

  • Bash scripting

  • Networking

  • Wireshark

  • Encoding and encryption

  • Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model)

  • Firewalls

  • Variables, loops, and conditionals

  • String and list methods

  • Dictionaries

  • Regular expressions

  • Log parsing

  • Windows administration and management

  • Active directory

  • Group policy

  • Web vulnerabilities

  • Penetration testing

  • OWASP Top 10

  • Social engineering

  • Burp Suite

  • Cross-site Scripting

  • SQL injection

  • Metasploit

  • Logs/log analysis

  • Splunk and security information and event management (SIEMs)

  • Digital forensics

  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework

  • Incident response

  • Cloud Foundations

Classes are 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. Along with the classroom sessions, students can attend a weekly lab where they can review key concepts, catch up on homework, and work alongside peers.

The UNM Continuing Education Cyber Bootcamp can also help you prepare for industry-recognized certifications. With bootcamp preparation and additional studying, you’ll be equipped to take the exam for the:

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification: This certification helps organizations identify talent with critical knowledge related to implementing cloud initiatives and validates cloud fluency and foundational AWS knowledge.

The price of the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam is not included in the program tuition.

Cybersecurity Certifications

Train for Industry Certifications With the University of New Mexico Continuing Ed Cyber Bootcamp

Bootcamp can help you prepare for industry-recognized training and certifications from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). These training units and certifications are optional but highly recommended for career success, as they help demonstrate your job readiness to potential employers.

CompTIA Certification Exam

Through our curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to earn the following certification during bootcamp:

CompTIA Security+ Certification

This certification validates:

  • Understanding of security principles and elements of effective security policies

  • Ability to analyze strategies of cybercriminals and determine development and deployment methods to mitigate vulnerabilities

  • Understanding of how security is enforced for wireless and remote access

  • Ability to establish disaster recovery, business continuity, and fault tolerance strategies

Cost of exam included?

Yes, students will receive a voucher for one CompTIA Security+ exam.

Monetary Value?


AWS Certification Preparation

With bootcamp preparation and additional studying, you’ll be equipped to take the exams for the:

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner badge

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification*

This certification validates:

  • Understanding of cloud fluency and foundational AWS knowledge

Cost of exam not included.
AWS Certified Security Specialty badge

AWS Certified Security - Specialty Certification*

This certification validates:

  • Ability to create and implement security solutions in the AWS Cloud

  • Understanding of specialized data classifications and AWS data protection mechanisms; data-encryption methods and secure internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement them

Cost of exam not included.

*Additional study will vary based on the individual's background and experience.

AWS Certification Course

The bootcamp will also help prepare you for the following certification course:

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AWS Security Essentials

This fundamental course:

  • Serves as a step towards certification

  • Will help build your competence, confidence, and credibility as a cybersecurity professional

Cost of course included?

Yes, students will receive a voucher for the AWS Security Essentials course.

Monetary Value


Career Success

Students will gain valuable insight into how to build a successful career in cybersecurity from day one of the course. When you opt into career success services, you’ll receive guidance in:

  • 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.

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

University of New Mexico Continuing Ed Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy 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 in the bootcamp. Successful bootcamp students have backgrounds in:




Customer Service

Graphic Design



And more...

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 these areas:

    1. Cybersecurity Fundamentals

    2. Asset and Inventory Management

    3. Network Systems

    4. Programming with Python

    5. System Administration

    6. Red Team - Offense

    7. Blue Team - Defense

    Students also participate in career simulations throughout the program and interactive labs. With bootcamp preparation and additional studying, students will also be equipped to take exams for multiple industry-recognized certifications.

    For the Cybersecurity Bootcamp syllabus, click here and fill out the form.

  • Yes, the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Cyber Bootcamp is beginner-friendly. It’s specifically designed for professionals without 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.

  • Through bootcamp and additional studying, students can prepare to take several industry-recognized certification exams. The price of the exam 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. Alumni will also have access to a job board and have the opportunity to be connected with companies and organizations in our Employer Partner Network that are actively seeking qualified candidates.

  • You do need to provide your own computer for the bootcamp. It can be a laptop or desktop as long as it meets the tech specifications for your program. 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.

  • Many of our part-time students continue working full-time while completing their bootcamp. Each week, students can expect to spend 9 hours in class and another 6-8 hours studying and completing assignments outside of class.

    Full-time students should not continue working due to the immersive nature of our programs. By focusing solely on their training, they’re set up to thrive in our accelerated 12-week program.

  • No, University of New Mexico Continuing Ed Tech Bootcamps are not for credit and cannot be applied toward a degree or certificate program. Rather, they’re offered through {university-dept-name} and facilitated by Fullstack Academy instructors and staff to provide in-demand tech skills training for current or prospective tech professionals.

  • No, part-time bootcamp students cannot mix and match class dates or times. You must select one of the established schedule options for your cohort of choice during the application process.

Ready to Start Learning?

Once you’re ready to start your tech journey, here are the steps you can expect in the admissions process.

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  1. Fill out our online application form
  2. Take our nontechnical assessment
    • No cyber experience required
    • Covers logical reasoning
    • Sent to you immediately upon submission of application
  3. Receive an entrance decision

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