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Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp

Become a Professional Product Manager

Train to become a product manager in just 25 weeks online with the Wake Forest Product Management Bootcamp, powered by Fullstack Academy and offered by the Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies.

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Program at a Glance

25

Weeks

04/25

Apply By

05/01

Next Start Date

$2,000

Potential Scholarships

Why Learn Product Management

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Product managers are tasked with keeping brands and products relevant and adaptable to its consumers. Research, process mapping, product design, and quality assurance are all part of a product manager's responsibilities. In this highly collaborative position, you can apply your creativity and organizational skills to build an exciting career.

Is product management a good fit for you?

Find out for yourself! Explore the industry, career pathways and more with our free Intro to Product Management course.

The Demand for Product Managers

Product managers are needed nationwide across multiple industries. In North Carolina and remotely, companies and organizations are hiring product management specialists at all levels of experience.

According to Lightcast™, product management employment in the US is projected to grow 22% between 2022 and 2032.

Businesses of all industries are actively seeking product management professionals, including local high-tech employers like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Hiring for roles like Product Manager, Product Owner, and Offering Manager, these companies are rapidly growing and building out their technical teams.

Wake Forest Product Management Bootcamp students graduate well-prepared for these roles and many others.

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Strengthen Your Resume
With Product Management

Whether you’re looking to upskill or change careers entirely, you can master the foundations of product management through the Wake Forest Product Management Bootcamp. Over 25 weeks, you’ll develop a professional portfolio, gain valuable experience with product management tools, and practice sought-after tech skills like UX/UI development. Plus, you’ll receive networking and job search support to guide your career journey.

Learn more about the program offerings, then apply today to get started!

Why Choose the Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp

With product managers in high demand, it's now more important than ever to find a program that fits your needs. Until recently, prospective students interested in product management had fewer education options. Rather than choosing between a lengthy product management MBA program or a basics-only short course, we offer an immersive bootcamp approach designed to help learners at all levels reach their career goals.

Students of the Wake Forest Product Management Bootcamp powered by Fullstack Academy through the Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies graduate job-ready to build successful futures as product managers in tech, finance, construction, health care, and more.

Bootcamp Application and Start Dates

    Program

    Part-Time Online Product Management Bootcamp

    Apply By

    04/25/2023

    Start Date

    05/01/2023

    End Date

    10/19/2023

    Status

    Open

Fullstack Academy is one of the longest-running and most successful tech bootcamps in the nation, with incredible student reviews, years of experience in education, and impressive graduate outcomes.

Students may also opt into comprehensive career coaching services and graduate as members of the Fullstack Academy community—a supportive alum network that can help open doors to future opportunities in North Carolina, online/remotely, and beyond!

How the Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp Works

The part-time Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp is designed for students to pursue high-quality tech education while continuing to balance work or other commitments. Our program provides you with the flexibility to fit career development into your life.

  • All bootcamp classes are instructor-led and taught 100% online.
Weeks 1-12 Essentials*
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Weeks 14-16 UI/UX
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Weeks 17-19 Product Design
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Weeks 20-22 Product Marketing
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Weeks 23-25 Software Development
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Class times:

  • 7:30pm-10:30pm ET

*Break week after essentials.

In addition to official class times, students should plan for 1-4 hours per week for independent classwork and study time.

Class time options are subject to change. To see available class times for your cohort of choice, complete your application or schedule a call with a student advisor.


Intro to Product Management

You could already possess countless strengths that can be leveraged into a successful product management career with help from the Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp.

Take our FREE self-paced Intro to Product Management: Skills to Career Pathway course to see which of your existing strengths translate into a career as a Product Manager. You’ll also learn about industry roles and job growth, explore pathways to a product management education, and much more.


Tuition and Payment Options

There are many ways to pay for your bootcamp experience including self-pay, employer-pay, local/state government assistance, scholarships, and personal loans. Learn more about payment options.

  • The Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies is committed to making tech education more accessible, so we’re reducing the enrollment deposit to $99* (normally $1,000) for a limited time. Get started on your journey before the deposit increases!

    Enrollment Deposit - $1,000 $99*
    Tuition During Program - $13,396
    Total Tuition - $13,495

    *Offer eligibility: Upon admittance into the program, pay the $99 non-refundable deposit in full prior to the enrollment date.

  • $1,000 Founder’s Scholarship

    To celebrate the Product Management Bootcamp launch, the Founder’s Scholarship will be given to all students enrolled in the inaugural cohort in May 2023.

    $500 Community Scholarship

    For Wake Forest University alumni and current students.

    $2,000 Military Scholarship**

    For active-duty service members and military veterans (for the inaugural cohort only).

    $1,000 Military Scholarship**

    For active-duty service members and military veterans (for subsequent cohorts).

    **Valid ID required.


Big Return On Your Investment

Boost your earning potential in 25 weeks by gaining the skills you need to launch a new career in product management. Product managers in Charlotte, NC earn an average salary of $67,529 (Glassdoor), making now a lucrative and exciting time to join the product management field.


What You Will Learn

Our teaching methods enable students at every level to thrive. We ensure our curriculum consists of the most current, in-demand technologies to jumpstart a successful product management career. Taught by industry experts, the bootcamp is designed to provide technical skill-building as well as hands-on experience.

Weeks
  • The Product Development Lifecycle
  • Building Business Models
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Hypothesis Validation
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Planning, e.g., building product roadmaps, understanding MVPs
  • Product Analytics
  • Building a Product Strategy
  • Working with and Hiring Teams
  • Landing a Job as a Product Manager
  • 24 weeks of instruction, plus one break week = a 25-week program.
  • Learn and practice both quantitative and qualitative methods for gaining a deep understanding of users’ needs and interests.
  • Develop a strong foundation in key design concepts and prototyping products across a wide range of industries.
  • Leverage techniques for one of the most critical aspects of a Product Manager’s job. Some techniques you will learn include empathy mapping, product storytelling, and creating go-to-market plans.
  • Ground yourself in the world of product management in software development. Learn agile, technical concepts, like APIs and machine learning, and tech stack concepts.

Product Management Tools

While guiding a product from initial concept to market can be complex, the curriculum in the Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp teaches you the latest tools and software necessary to get the job done successfully.

Our well-rounded curriculum covers essential product management tools for industry analysis, roadmapping, project tracking, management, marketing, and more. Here are just some of the tools and software you’ll learn in our program:


Designed by Real Product Management Experts

The Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp curriculum focuses on real-world application. Dynamic, working product management professionals developed the material in accordance with industry best practices as well as optimal student experience.

Meet our Curriculum Designers:

Sierra Calhoun Pollard
Sierra Calhoun-Pollard

CEO of Winnovation Agency, a consulting firm for innovation and marketing

  • For the last 10 years, Sierra Pollard has made innovation her passion in life.
  • Sierra has also served as Adjunct Professor of Product Innovation at universities, including the University of North Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Florida.
Mukesh Jain
Mukesh Jain

Science, Engineering, and Product Lead in Personalization at Amazon

  • Mukesh has served in leadership roles in product management for over 15 years and has been working in the field for almost 25 years.
Hitesh Parashar
Hitesh Parashar

Co-founder of Astellent, a consulting firm in product design, development, and launch

  • A leader in the product management field for almost 15 years, Hitesh Parashar has successfully conceptualized, built, and launched applications and business models for both consumers and enterprises, scaling to hundreds of millions of users and creating hundreds of millions of dollars in enterprise value.
Leigh Lawhon
Leigh Lawhon

Head of Product at Strategic Education, Inc. an education technology company

  • Leigh Lawhon has served in UX/UI and graphic design roles for almost 25 years.
  • Leigh has an extensive background in building SAAS and web-based solutions from the ground up, collaborating directly with clients to determine requirements, and developing concepts, budgets, and workflows.

Career Success

Students will gain valuable insight into how to build a successful career in product management from day one of the course. When you opt into career success services, you’ll receive guidance in:

  • Growing your professional network

  • Resume and LinkedIn profile optimization

  • Interview and assessment prep

  • Salary-negotiation workshops

  • And much more!

You’ll also graduate from the program with a portfolio of work that demonstrates your ability to solve real business problems for real companies.

Fullstack Academy grads are highly sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

Wake Forest University Tech Bootcamps are powered by Fullstack Academy. The companies listed above have hired Fullstack Academy NYC graduates.


How the Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp Compares

Live, Online Instruction

Learn with Peers

Cost Per Hour of Curriculum ContentHours of ContentCareer Coaching
Wake Forest University Product Management Bootcamp$45.00 per hour300+ hours
Product Gymgreen check mark> $500 per hour12 hours
General Assembly$98.75 per hour40 hours
Product School$139.97 per hour30 hours

Who Should Attend

The Wake Forest Product Management Bootcamp powered by Fullstack Academy is designed for those looking to transition into the field or increase their knowledge base within it. There’s no experience required to apply, be accepted, or succeed in the bootcamp. Apply today and join others like you on the first steps to a life-changing career.

Healthcare

Finance

Retail

Customer service

Manufacturing

Admin

Marketing

And more...


FAQs

  • No, you do not need to be a current student or alumni in order to apply to the Tech Bootcamps.

  • If you’re interested in Wake Forest University Tech Bootcamps and are unsure which program is right for you, we recommend scheduling a call with one of our Student Advisors. They can provide you with more information about the curriculum and the roles you’ll be prepared for in each bootcamp.

    From there, apply to your program of choice (no prep required!). Next, our Admissions team can help you advance in the process and even help you switch programs if you change your mind (e.g., Data to DevOps).

  • You do need to provide your own computer for the bootcamp. It can be a laptop or desktop as long as it meets minimum tech specifications. We highly recommend Apple computers for our program, however, it is possible to use Windows with some modifications. You must have at least MacOS 10.15 or newer or Windows 10. Because the bootcamp is live-online, you are required to have a webcam and microphone in order to participate in class.

    For specific tech requirements for your chosen program, visit our Online Experience page.

  • We have a long-standing history of delivering high-quality tech education in a live online format. You'll learn in a fast-paced environment with hands-on instruction, working closely with your instructor, teaching fellows, and peers.

  • To be eligible for the program, you must be at least 18 years old and a high school grad/GED holder by the start date of your intended cohort.

  • No, Wake Forest Tech Bootcamps are not for credit and cannot be applied toward a degree or certificate program. Rather, they’re offered through the Wake Forest School of Professional Studies and facilitated by Fullstack Academy instructors and staff to provide in-demand tech skills training for current or prospective tech professionals.


Ready to Start Learning?

Once you’re ready to start your product management journey, here are the steps you can expect in the admissions process.

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  1. Fill out our online application form
  2. Take our nontechnical assessment
    1. No product management experience required
    2. Covers logical reasoning
    3. Sent to you immediately upon submission of application
  3. Receive an entrance decision