100% online
Learn on your own time
9 months, 15-20 hours/week
Apply by:

Cohort starts

Software Engineering Bootcamp at National University

Software engineers build the technology that modern society is designed around. At National University, our Software Engineering Bootcamp is designed around these growing technological needs. From creating applications and websites to learning about advancing developments in programming, we help our students face the challenges presented by the future of software engineering. 

The products crafted by modern engineers have an impact on businesses and their consumers, with a dedicated team of engineers working tirelessly on an endless array of websites, applications, and products. It comes as no surprise that the demand for software engineers is at an all-time high. Every company, from the largest to the smallest, needs a digital presence, and you could be a part of that with the help of our online Software Engineering Bootcamp.

Software engineers enjoy competitive salaries, high job satisfaction, and the opportunity to work with the latest in advanced technology. Taking a software engineering bootcamp online is the best way for you to develop the skills needed to join the industry and start making a name for yourself. With our help, you can get all the knowhow needed to succeed, including the core principles of development, in-demand tools, and best practices.

Career-Oriented Online Software Engineering Bootcamp

Our 100% online software engineering program allows students to learn at their own pace. Whether you want to blitz through the content or need to work slowly, our knowledgeable team will be there to assist every step of the way. Every student is matched with a 1:1 mentor and receives top-of-the-line instruction from industry professionals. 

You’ll learn software development directly from a curriculum curated by award-winning instructor Colt Steele and become well versed in JavaScript, Python, React, Node, and more. Each of these skills will ultimately be applied to a custom capstone project, created using a tech stack of your choice, which is perfectly designed to serve as the centerpiece of your portfolio.

We also set our students up for career success by offering nine optional career units. Each of these units cover a wide range of career-oriented skills, including finding the right company for you, networking fundamentals, resume and cover letter drafting, and mock interviews. The final 60 hours of coursework delve deep into technical interview preparation, including in-depth prep for whiteboard and coding interviews.

Careers In Software Engineering

A stunning array of potential career paths are available to software engineering professionals. As you familiarize yourself with the process of building software, you’ll likely discover that you excel in several key areas. We have compiled some of the notable job titles, fields, and average salary of many of the positions that our software engineering bootcamp will guide you towards:

Engineered Curriculum

The Software Engineering Bootcamp offered 100% online by National University is tailor-made to help you land your first engineering job. From your first coding project to the final engineering exercise , you’ll learn what engineers do daily while crafting a portfolio you can be proud of. Our hands-on, end-to-end coursework will provide you with all the leg work you need to advance above the competition. A preview of our curriculum units is featured below:

JavaScript Front-End Development
  • Use JavaScript to create reactive web applications utilizing the Document Object Model 

  • Maintain and share your code with GitHub and the Command Line 

  • Ensure accuracy and functionality in your programs with testing best practices 

  • Learn Object-Oriented Programming- the most popular programming paradigm 

  • Understand how the web works through various protocols and APIs

  • Complete two large-scale projects

Python and Flask Back-End Development
  • Create fully functional web applications with Python and the Flask microframework 

  • Learn best practices for writing professional-grade, back-end Python code 

  • Store data in databases using SQL and SQLAlchemy 

  • Design database schemas 

  • Add authentication, authorization, hashing, and log-in capabilities to your applications for heightened security 

  • Deploy your Flask applications with Heroku 

  • Create a clone of Twitter

Node.js Back-End Development
  • Utilize Node and Express to do back-end development with JavaScript 

  • Learn testing best practices 

  • Set up routes with Express 

  • Connect PostgreSQL to your Express applications 

  • Validate the data being sent to an API 

  • Complete a large-scale Node/Express application

React.js Front-End Development
  • Learn the ins and outs of React.js, an in-demand JavaScript library, including component design and state management 

  • Test your React applications 

  • Set up routes in React using the React Router library 

  • Complete a large-scale Node/Express application 

  • Create a custom project of your choice in React

Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Use BigO notation to create applications with optimal runtimes 

  • Learn the sorting and search algorithms most likely to appear in a job interview 

  • Understand data structures such as stacks, queues, hash tables, trees, graphs, and more

Customized Capstone and Other Projects

Throughout the course of the bootcamp, you will have ample opportunity to demonstrate your skills through hands-on projects, ultimately graduating with a top-of-the-line capstone. A full description of portfolio projects can be found below:


In this 40-60 hour project, you’ll choose a language and framework of your choice and create a database-driven web application. You’ll go through ideation, API selection, database design, coding, polishing, and finally documenting the project.

Jobly- Copying Indeed

Create a web application designed to replicate the functionality of Indeed. During this 20-25 hour long project, you’ll create an API, craft a data model for users and jobs, build out the back and front end, and add authentication capabilities to your application.

Warbler- A Twitter Clone

Learn how to read a more complicated codebase, developing your understanding of unfamiliar code and extending functionality. This kind of task is common for developers to encounter during their career, and this 20-25 hour project will prepare you by teaching how to build out a program that functions similarly to Twitter.

Hack-Or-Snooze- Building a Hackernews Duplicate

Throughout this 15-hour projects, you’ll design a clone of Hackernews with improved functionality. This program will allow users to add stories, manage their favorites, and delete items they are not invested in. You will also be tasked with adding log-in and authentication capabilities.

Student-Focused Support

While learning online, you’ll have a full support team behind you through every step, including the following services:

  • Student advisors: Get help with accountability, time management, and general course assistance. 

  • 1:1 career coaching sessions: Optional career units can help you navigate every stage of your job search.

  • Online community: Give and receive feedback on your course work. 

National University

Support From Experienced Mentors

  • Weekly 1:1 video calls: Receive direct feedback from your mentor to help you fine tune your projects, address any concerns, and build your professional goals. 

  • Accountability: Stay on track so you can achieve your learning goals. 

  • Unlimited mentor calls: Get additional 1:1 help from cybersecurity experts in our community, at no extra cost.

Meet some of our mentors:

Peter Nsaka
Software Engineer
Skye Nguyen
Sr Software Engineer
John Newton
Sr Controls Software Engineer
Sonia RM Karungi
Web Developer

Is a Software Engineering Bootcamp Right for You?

You don’t need any prior knowledge to apply to our Software Engineering Bootcamp.

Basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript knowledge will allow you to test into an accelerated, Core version of the curriculum, but these skills are not required. If you don’t know how to code, you’ll learn everything you need to succeed in the Foundations+Core version of the program.


What is software engineering?

Software engineering is the application of a systematic, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software–essentially applying an engineer’s mindset to software. Every website or app that you have ever used was built and continues to be maintained by a software engineer. Software engineers can also create more complex software, like operating systems, but our course focuses primarily on the development of websites and apps.

What does a software engineer do?

Software engineers design and test the code that makes up our digital world. Apps often consist of hundreds of files, and software engineers both create them and verify that they work correctly. Engineers also deploy code to a server and debug, maintain, and upgrade live apps.

Is software engineering hard?

All you need to master software engineering is a lot of determination. The complexity of software engineering can seem intimidating, but it also creates a plethora of opportunities for creative problem solving. Creating programs is usually simpler than debugging programs. Software engineering is a lifelong learning journey; even experienced software developers are always learning new things or surmounting new challenges.

Is software engineering in high demand?

Organizations have never needed software engineers more than they do today. Tech is advancing faster than companies can hire developers, and this trend is only going to continue. Once you equip yourself with the skills you need, you can expect a highly-paid career with outstanding job security.

What is the salary of a software engineer?

Software engineers are some of the highest-paid workers at every company. Entry-level developers can expect to earn $100K, with experienced engineers earning very high salaries, especially in tech hubs where competition for software engineers is high, such as New York or San Francisco.

How quickly can I become a software engineer?

Software engineers learn the trade in many different ways, but through this bootcamp, most students land jobs within 13 months of starting the course. Our course takes about nine months to complete, and then you can expect to do a few months of job hunting and interviewing before landing a job.

How do you become a software engineer?

A computer science degree isn’t required to become a software engineer. You just need to build coding skills in an in-demand language and develop a strong portfolio of real work that will show hiring managers what you can do.

What type of jobs can you do after a software engineering bootcamp?

As a Software Engineering Bootcamp grad, you’ll have developed the skills necessary to obtain roles such as:

  • Web developer

  • Software engineer

  • Full-stack developer

  • Front-end developer

  • Back-end developer

More Questions About the Program?

Complete the "Apply Now" form to schedule a call with our Admissions team, email Carolina, our Admissions Manager, who can help you think through the decision, or explore frequently asked questions.

National University

Syllabus Request

Apply Now:

Upcoming Programs