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Gain skills and a Google Certificate in 21 weeks without quitting your day job. Pay $0 upfront.

  • 21 weeks
  • 20~25 hrs/week

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Cybersecurity cohort

Secure your place in our upcoming cohorts while there’s still time. This is your opportunity to ignite a career transformation. Don’t wait, apply today!

Why Cybersecurity

Why Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity analysts play a pivotal role in safeguarding the digital infrastructure of organizations across various industries. With the ever-evolving landscape of cyberattacks and the increasing reliance on digital systems, the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high. This course will get you on the path toward a career in cybersecurity by equipping you with entry-level skills—from programming for cybersecurity tasks to mastering security frameworks, utilizing cutting-edge SIEM tools, detecting and responding to incidents with intrusion detection systems, and conducting packet capture and analysis. With these skills, you will be prepared to enter the cybersecurity field through a variety of pathways, including: Cybersecurity Operations (incident responder, security operation center technician, junior cybersecurity analyst); IT Infrastructure & Systems (network technician, junior systems administrator, IT support specialist); Governance, Risk, & Compliance (threat analyst, penetration tester, junior vulnerability analyst); and more.

Benefits of the field:

• High salaries

• Growth Potential

• Flexibility

• Engaging, challenging, and rewarding work

• Multiple career paths

• Ongoing skill development and specialization

• Cutting-edge technologies

Our alums work for the world’s top tech companies

$0 Upfront Tuition

Get started with $0 upfront

Build a career based on your potential, not your bank account.

  1. Learn in-demand skills
  2. Land a great job
  3. Pay only after the program
  4. Support the next class
Flexible Schedule

Work Life Balance

Your third-party coursework and Merit America career coaching services are online. Live meetings are only 3-5 hours per week. You can complete the coursework in-between work shifts, on weekends – whatever works for your life.

My Calendar

Monday, January 10

Merit America Program

  • At Work  8am – 3pm
  • Online Coursework  3pm – 5pm
  • Daycare pick-up  5:15pm
  • Family Dinner  6pm
  • 1:1 Career Coaching  8pm
Supported Learning

Work with a team dedicated to your success

Meet regularly with a career coach and squad of your peers to keep you on track. After you finish, you’ll join a network of thousands of Merit America alumni.


  • Michael, Career Coach

    How’s your coursework going this week?

  • Cora

    I’m really struggling with my resume…

  • Michael, Career Coach

    You’ve got this! Let me connect you with our job success coach, Teresa.

    Also, something to look forward to: you’re only one week away from completing your Google Certificate!

How does Merit America Compare?

Merit AmericaTech BootcampCommunity College
Course Length21 weeks20-24 weeks50-100 weeks
In person/RemoteRemoteRemoteIn-person/Remote
Part-time? 20-25 hours/week Varies Varies
Maximum Payment/Tuition$5,700$16,000-$19,000$5,000-$10,000
Certificate Google Cybersecurity Professional CertificateVaries
Organization TypeNon-profit (Merit America collaborates with for-profits)For-profitFor-profit or Non-profit
Coaching and Job Search Support Yes Yes Varies
Downside Protection Yes Varies No

Earn a Google Certificate to get the skills employers are looking for

  • Cybersecurity Foundations

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

With a deep dive into the core principles of cybersecurity, you’ll acquire a comprehensive understanding of how to safeguard critical assets, identify potential threats, and address vulnerabilities effectively. This course equips you with practical insights and hands-on experience to navigate the dynamic cybersecurity terrain confidently, ultimately empowering you to thrive in this critical and ever-evolving domain.

  • Technical Specialization

Learn Cybersecurity Tools

You will be introduced to industry-standard tools and technologies, including Python, Linux, SQL, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools, and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). With a strong focus on practical skills, you’ll be well-prepared to secure digital landscapes and safeguard critical data. 

  • Professional Skills

Mastering the job search

Engage in hands-on cybersecurity projects that mirror real-world scenarios, encompassing incident detection, threat assessment, and collaboration with stakeholders. Compile these practical experiences in a resume tailored to showcase your expertise. Then standout in the interview process by working with your Merit America coaching team to create an effective resume and cover letter, and learn the best way to answer common cybersecurity interview questions.


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