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Java Development

Gain Java Development skills in 22 weeks.

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

2024 Java Development Program Update

Our limited number of spots for qualified Java Development participants in the Amazon Career Choice program for 2024 are now filled. Current or prospective Amazon employees eligible for Career Choice can reserve spots in our 2025 cohorts by visiting their Career Choice website for a direct link to the Merit America and Amazon application page. For non-Amazon employees, feel free to explore our other programs using the button below!

Join our waitlist to stay informed about potential openings, or explore our other career tracks currently accepting applications to kickstart your journey!

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.

  1. Learn in-demand skills
  2. Land a new job
  3. Pay only after you’re hired
  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 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 Java 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. Stand out in the interview process by developing a portfolio project with a small team, and learn the best way to answer common technical interview questions as you seek out Java programming jobs.


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