USTSV is committed to serving the needs of our students and the growing demand for high quality engineers in the Silicon Valley business community. Hacker Academy is a graduate-level certificate program and designed to meet the needs of the expanding job market; our curriculum is infused with opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and targets high growth areas that show significant job demand among tech companies. After completion of the certificate, graduates are armed with the knowledge to become highly successful members of the Silicon Valley workforce in a variety of technical disciplines.

The USTSV Hacker Academy is a government approved certificate program by the Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education (BPPE). Company sponsored tuition reimbursements are accepted.

Over the years, the graduates of Hacker Academy have found jobs in many high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. Please see testimonials of some such graduates at Career Center page.


The objective of the Hacker Academy Certificate Program is to provide advanced training of the latest internet, software and hardware technologies, frameworks, tools and methodologies for those who wish to practice their profession with increased competence in the emerging field of computer software and hardware industries. All these technologies were created within last ten years and have grown very popular in the last five years. The Hacker Academy emphasizes both mastery of the latest development technologies, frameworks, tools and methodologies and their practical application in real world situations in Silicon Valley. This emphasis implies development of the student’s ability to integrate and apply the newly learned development skills.

The Hacker Academy Certificate program will introduce students to principles and practices fundamental to emerging technologies, including software engineering, data science, crypto-technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Each course in the Hacker Academy will teach students sufficient technical skills for a given job category.

Students are expected to complete all course requirements with a passing grade to earn the Hacker Academy Certificate.

Students must meet following prerequisite requirements before joining the Hacker Academy:

  • At least, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in any major from an accredited university (domestic or international)
  • Basic computer science knowledge and skills
  • Preferably CS, EE or other IT related Master or Bachelor Degree
  • Knowledge of Web/Internet, HTML and CSS
  • An entrance exam may be given in order to establish the student’s technical qualification for a course in the Hacker Academy.

Please visit the USTSV Hacker Academy's Admissions page for more information on how to apply for this program.

A completion certificate will be issued upon the successful participation and completion of at least one of the technology training courses in the Hacker Academy. The certificate program is 'code camp' like and typically takes four to fifteen weeks while the first weeks are devoted to skill learning and the last weeks for practicing learned skills via individual or group projects.

Courses start throughout the year depending on student interest and availability. New courses are frequently introduced according to demand in the Silicon Valley community. Please visit Academic Calendar page for the calendar.

HACK102

Full Stack JavaScript

JavaScript, reactJS, reduxJS, thunkJS, REST API, nodeJS, expressJS, MongoDB

Full Stack Engineer,
Front-End Engineer

September 16, 2019

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HACK103

Data Science Analytics

Advanced Python, Database, SQL, Hadoop, Spark, Pig, Hive, Presto, Tableau, Cloud, AWS, GCP

Data Science Analyst,
Data Scientist

September 10, 2019

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HACK104

Machine Learning

Supervised and Unsupervised Learning, ML Pipeline, Classification, Deep Learning

Machine Learning Engineer,
Data Scientist

December 16, 2019

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HACK108

Java and Backend

Advanced JavaScript, REST API, Spring, MVC, MicroService, Hibernate, Database

Backend Engineer,
Java Engineer

December 9, 2019

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HACK101

Advanced Algorithm

Search, Recursion, Dynamic Programming, DFS, BFS, Complexity, Coding Test

October 14, 2019

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HACK107

Quality Engineering

Core Java, OOP, Test Automation, Unit Test, Selenium, WebDriver, Jira, REST API, PostMan

September 30, 2019

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HACK105

Cloud Computing

AWS - EC2, S3, SQS, RDS; GCP - Appengine, ComputeEngine, Stackdriver; Kubernetes, Dockers

November 11, 2019

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HACK106

Blockchain Tech

Blockchain History, Blockchain Applications, BitCoin, ICO, Ethereum, Enterprise Blockchain

December 2, 2019

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The Hacker Academy Certificate Program requires the participation of at least one selected course to get the certificate. At the same time, it requires the successful completion of all its homework, quiz, tests and development projects in that course. A completion certificate will be issued upon the successful participation and completion of the Hacker Academy.

Since USTSV began offering Hacker Academy, hundreds of students have completed the program and successfully found jobs in Silicon Valley immediately after graduation. Hacker Academy graduates can be spotted at many top tier companies in Silicon Valley, including (but not limited to): Google, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Walmart Labs, Cisco, eBay, and Paypal. Overall, 95%+ of graduates of USTSV’s Hacker Academy program have obtained jobs in Silicon Valley within three months of graduation.

Please visit Career Center page for more details.

Our Faculty at Hacker Academy consists of industry leading experts in their field. Many also work at Silicon Valley tech companies, so as they are learning and using new technologies and processes at their jobs, USTSV is able to incorporate those methods and content in to the curriculum. As a result, our students are always receiving the most up to date and relevant education.

For application and admissions information, please visit the certificate program admissions page.


All information contained here is summarized from the USTSV Catalog and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USTSV Catalog. The USTSV Catalog supersedes all other publications.