Break into tech with

Java Development

Gain Java Development skills in 22 weeks. Pay $0 upfront and only pay after you're earning $50,000 or more.

  • 22 weeks
  • 30 hours/week
Vi, National Guard & Nail Technician     Software Engineer at Accenture
Why Java Development

Join our Java Development waitlist!

Our 2023 Java Development cohorts are now full. Please join our waitlist to be contacted with dates for our next Java Development cohort, currently anticipated to start in 2024.

Ready to start sooner? Consider joining one of our other programs, such as Data Analytics or IT Support, that will begin in 2023. Similar to Java Development, you’ll learn programming languages and work on technical problems.

Why Java Development

Java development is all about building things, ranging from informational websites to interactive web applications or mobile applications. Java developers are often responsible for giving input on design, implementing applications or requirements, and testing and debugging the code. These skills are in-demand across many industries. If you like building new things and have the patience and grit to work through challenges, then Java development could be the career for you.

Benefits of the field:

• High salaries

• Challenging and exciting work

• Growth potential

• Flexibility

Our alums work for the world’s top tech companies

$0 Upfront Tuition

Pay $0 upfront

Build a career based on your potential, not your bank account. We invest in your success upfront. Once you’re employed making $50,000 or more, you’ll pay $350 per month for 24 months.

  1. Learn in-demand skills
  2. Land a new job
  3. Pay only after you’re hired
  4. Support the next class
Flexible Schedule

Learn on your time, from anywhere, while keeping your day job

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 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 hundreds 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 specialist, Teresa.

    Also, something to look forward to: we will be sharing openings in our employer network at our Squad meeting this week.

How does Merit America Compare?

Merit AmericaTech BootcampCommunity College
Course Length22 weeks20-24 weeks50-100 weeks
In person/RemoteRemoteRemoteIn-person/Remote
Part-time? 30 hours Varies Varies
Maximum Payment/Tuition$8,400$16,000-$19,000$5,000-$10,000
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

Get the Java skills employers are looking for

  • Core concepts

Programming Fundamentals

Learn the skills needed to become a back-end software engineer. You’ll learn Algorithms, Data Structures, SQL, REST APIs, and Design Patterns to build a strong foundation in programming fundamentals.

  • Technical depth

Java Specialization

You’ll go deep into Java during your program – one of the most in-demand languages for software development positions. Java is widely used to create mobile and web applications, and work with data.

  • Professional Skills

Acing The Technical Interview

Building a career as a software developer goes far beyond technical skills. Standout in the interview process by developing a portfolio project with a small team, and learn the best way to answer common technical interview questions.


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