Kenzie Academy Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to know how to code in order to attend Kenzie?

Absolutely not! We’re looking for self-starters who are curious about technology and like working with diverse groups of people. Our students are driven problem solvers who can handle when things get tough and who enjoy being part of a collaborative tech community. Kenzie is open to all applicants with the right attitude and enthusiasm.

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Do you offer courses in-person, online, or both?

Our courses are offered 100% online only to provide you with flexibility and the ability to self-pace your learning according to your schedule.

What are the program hours?

We intentionally designed our programs to be 100% online and flexible to accommodate our learners. This means you and your advisor can work together to customize a weekly schedule built for days and times convenient for you. We give you the opportunity to shape your learning experience, which may include weekly kickoffs, topic sessions, study halls, a Q&A session, and application review, along with independent study time. The hours you dedicate to your coursework depends on you! However, successful learners in the Full-Stack Web Development and Software Engineering programs should expect to commit to 30-40 per week.

How long is the program?

Our UX Design and Full-Stack Web Development programs are 9 months. Our Software Engineering program is 12 months, broken down into Software Engineering Foundations (months 1-3) and Software Engineering Program (months 4-12).

Can I do this part-time?

We believe all learners should be able to pursue a tech education that helps enable them to balance school, work, and life. To set all of our learners up for success, your advisor can help you arrange a schedule tailored to your learning preferences, outside responsibilities, and personal circumstances.

We do, however, encourage software engineering and web dev learners to commit to 30-40 hours per week to maximize the Kenzie learning experience.

How difficult are Kenzie Academy programs?

Our programs aren’t easy, but they also aren’t out-of-reach for dedicated students. Our Academic team of instructors, facilitators and coaches will guide you through the material and provide help along the way. Our Student Services team also checks in with students to make sure they’re on the right track.

We strive to provide enough support to our students; however, your success depends on you! Don’t enter a Kenzie program lightly — but if you put in the work and take advantage of the resources we provide, you’ll set yourself up for great success.

What do I receive for completing the Kenzie Academy program?

These certificates are available to Kenzie learners:

  • UX Design Certificate (16 credit hours)
  • Full-Stack Web Development Certificate (27 credit hours)
  • Software Engineering – Backend Development Certificate (36 credit hours)

For UX design learners, you will also develop an industry-ready portfolio showcasing compelling case studies and outlining your design process. Full-stack learners will develop technical portfolios to share with employers and enhance their employability.

What is a “full-stack engineer/web developer”?

A full-stack software engineer/web developer works on both the frontend and backend of an app or website. Full-stack web developers will be comfortable with both frontend technologies such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript, which control the appearance of pages in the web browser, as well as at least one server-side language such as SQL. They’ll also effectively use relational databases.

How much does it cost?

Please see the program cost page for a full breakdown of our tuition and payment options.

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Can I apply if I'm an international student?

Yes, you can absolutely apply for our programs if you’re not located in the U.S. International learners must choose to pay tuition up front. There may be limitations on career services and placement opportunities.

Where is Kenzie Academy located?

47 S. Meridian Street

3rd floor Suite #302 

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Why did Kenzie choose to collaborate with Amazon Technical Academy?

Kenzie Academy collaborates with Amazon Technical Academy (ATA) to provide anyone, regardless of their educational or professional background, with the opportunity to gain a tech education designed to prepare today’s software engineers. Together, Kenzie Academy and Amazon are striving to create a more diverse workforce that includes skilled individuals who are prepared and enthusiastic to innovate in the tech field, while building a long-term career path. Learners will follow a project-based curriculum developed by Amazon software engineers — and although graduates aren’t guaranteed a job at Amazon, they will have career readiness to confidently pursue a job at Amazon or another big tech company or startup. This 12-month program serves as an educational gateway to make tech roles at Amazon and other employers more accessible to a wider and more diverse talent pool.

What computer should I use for the programs?

Please see our computer requirements guide for more information regarding the type of computer you should have for the programs here at Kenzie Academy.

Computer Requirements Guide


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