Become a Digital Defender

Rice University Cybersecurity Boot Camp | Learn Cybersecurity in 24 Weeks

  • Global Network: Gain access to a network of 250+
    employers looking to hire.
  • CompTIA Partnership: Get a head start on
    certification test prep.
  • Student Success: Stay on track with personalized
    academic support.
  • Career Support: Access free professional resources throughout your career.

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Next Start
Date:

July 22, 2024

Time to
Complete:

24 weeks, part-time

Live Online
Classes:

9 hours
per week

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The Support You Need to Transform Your Career

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand global fields today. We’re committed to equipping you with the fundamental skills you need to make an impact while providing unparalleled support and resources before, during, and after your boot camp.

  • Stay on track with a dedicated student success advisor.
  • edX Xpert support available for students 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Connect with engaged instructors, teaching assistants, and peers for academic support.
  • Additional academic services may be available in select boot camps.

Join the Front Lines of Digital Defense

The economic impact of cyber crime is growing: In 2020, the average cost to businesses affected by a data breach in the United States was $8.64 million, up 32% from 2015, and nearly double the global average.1

You can help protect organizations and populations — and change your entire career trajectory. As the world grows more connected and automated (and therefore, more vulnerable), the demand for cybersecurity specialists is on the rise. Information security is one of the fastest-growing fields,2 and No. 6 on Glassdoor’s Top 50 Jobs in America.3

1Statista.com
2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
3Glassdoor

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Our Boot Camp Learners Are in Demand

Our employer-competitive learners have received job offers from thousands of global organizations. As you take the next steps in your career, you’ll have exclusive access to job referrals from our network of 250+ partners.

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Further Your Career

Our Career Engagement Network will help you apply the tools and knowledge you have learned to advance your career. We will help you optimize your resume and LinkedIn profile, prepare for interviews, and build your portfolio. You’ll also have access to free career resources throughout your professional life.

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A Proud CompTIA Partner

We know how important certification is for our students. That’s why we chose CompTIA as a partner to provide you with a complimentary CertMaster test prep tool and an exam voucher to take the CompTIA certification exam of your choice: Security+, Network+, Linux+, Server+, or Cloud+.

While the boot camp itself does not provide test preparation, a portion of the final module is dedicated to helping you learn and leverage the CertMaster Test Prep Tool for the Security+ exam and some CEH content to get you started.

Innovative Curriculum. In-Demand Skills.

In 24 weeks, Rice University Cybersecurity Boot Camp will prepare you with the technical skills you need to protect digital environments. Through an immersive hands-on curriculum, you will not only learn fundamental cybersecurity methods, but also put them into action through practical exercises.

The curriculum is delivered through live, online classes and high-quality coursework. Our instructors are fully vetted by the university and offer 1-on-1 virtual guidance to learners throughout the program.

Learn to think like a cybersecurity professional by assessing threats and mitigating risks.

What you will learn:

  • CIA triad
  • Disaster recovery
  • Governance
  • Risk analysis and risk mitigation
  • Compliance
  • Business continuity planning

Gain hands-on experience working with the command line and bash commands that are prominent in IT roles. You will configure and audit servers, as well as harden and secure them from malicious attacks.

What you will learn:

  • Linux server configuration
  • Logging
  • Kerberos
  • Windows server configuration
  • Bash scripting and programming
  • Tar, cron, and cron jobs
  • Active directory

Dive into network configuration, design, protocols, and data communication.

What you will learn:

  • Network architecture, operations, and security
  • Wireless security
  • Cloud security and virtualization
  • Wireshark and traffic analysis
  • Cryptography and encryption
  • Email security
  • Port scanning

Dive into SIEMs and network security monitoring, practice responding to different breaches and attacks, and learn how to recover deleted data as part of preparing evidence for a legal case.

What you will learn:

  • Splunk
  • Forensics
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Data extraction and recovery
  • Incident response

Gain a thorough understanding of web applications, databases, and the vulnerabilities and hardening associated with them.

What you will learn:

  • Burp suite
  • Webshells
  • Penetration testing execution standard
  • Zenmap
  • Pivoting networks
  • XSS vulnerabilities and payloads
  • SQL injection
  • Searchsploit and metasploit
  • File inclusion and command injection vulnerabilities

Focus on certification prep for Security+ and CEH exams, and conclude the program with a final group project.

Now You’re Ready

By the time you’ve completed the boot camp, you will have mastered in-demand skills, built an impressive portfolio of projects applying your new skills in practical scenarios, and earned a valuable non-credit Certificate of Completion.

Learn on Your Schedule

This is a part-time program designed for working professionals like you who want to learn cybersecurity to advance careers, enhance skills for a current role, or change career paths.

Time to complete24 weeks
Live online classes9 hrs/week
Homework & projects 20+ hrs/week
Class time3 weekday classes
(3 hrs/class)

Invest in Your Career With the
Right Financial Options

Cybersecurity boot camp fee: $13,000

Early Registration

Enroll by the early registration deadline and get $500 off your tuition cost when paid in full. 

Pay in Full Discount

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive $500 off your total fee.

AmeriCorps

The program is eligible to use your AmeriCorps award.

Employer Funding

Use available educational benefits or tuition sponsorship from your employer.

Interest-Free Payment Plan

Pay an initial deposit and split the rest of your tuition into monthly installments with no interest.

Sallie Mae

Offers private student educational loans.

edX Boot Camps does not receive any commissions or payments for referrals or successful loan applications. The lender’s loan approval criteria will apply and you should consider the terms and conditions of any loan carefully. We are not credit advisors. We make no representations about whether you will be given a loan or whether a loan will be suitable for you. We are not responsible for representations made to you by any credit provider.

What Boot Camp Graduates Are Saying

  • “Rice University Cybersecurity Boot Camp introduced me to practical knowledge necessary for networking and for defending systems against cyber attacks. In addition to setting the foundation for being in the field I always dreamed of … the program helped me gain valuable insight in regards to Career Services and how to set up the best resume possible.”

    Rodrigo E.
  • It has helped me bring law and cybersecurity together into a new position that combines both professions. I can’t stress how important it is for boot camp participants to use Career Services, such as the webinars, and their boot camp cohorts as a way to network — a key part in also gaining employment.”

    Tiffany G.
  • I had a good experience in the program. I took the [course] so I would have more technical skills to complement my project management skills, as well as build more confidence in the IT/cyber industry.”

    Thuyvan N.
  • The program was great. Career Services did a great job preparing [me] for the employment process from searching for jobs to interviews and negotiating salary.”

    Nelson S.

A Powerful Educational Partnership

About Rice University

This program is offered through Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies in partnership with edX.

About edX

edX, part of 2U Inc., works with respected universities and organizations to deliver innovative, skills-based training to a community of over 45 million learners around the world to support them at every stage of their lives and careers. edX delivers boot camps through an immersive learning experience with expert services and valuable resources. As of 2021, graduates have been hired by 6,700+ companies, including more than 62% of the Fortune 100.

About the Boot Camp

This boot camp, offered in partnership with edX, is made available through a unique consortium delivery model to provide skills-based learning to participants across Texas and beyond. Participants will be taught by a university-approved instructor, while learning alongside students from other consortium-participating universities and institutions. Upon meeting the completion requirements, participants will be issued a non-credit Certificate of Completion by Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

The Next Cybersecurity Boot Camp Starts July 22, 2024. Reserve Your Spot Today!

It only takes a minute to request information and be put in touch with a member of the admissions team who can answer questions and get your application started.