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?

We offer courses in-person at our downtown Indianapolis location, as well as online. Online students participate alongside on-campus classes via video conferencing.

*Due to the current health risks posed by COVID-19, the Indianapolis campus is closed, and all of our programs are online until further notice.

What are the program hours?

Software Engineering is a full-time program, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, Monday to Friday. Some Software Engineering cohorts run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific, Monday to Friday. We’ve started offering these times to better accommodate our students’ lifestyle needs and to accommodate those who live on or near the West Coast.

UX Design is a part-time, flexible program that will require you to be in class two evenings a week and one Saturday a month. The program hours are 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern, Monday to Thursday. The hours on Saturday are 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Eastern. This program is built for working professionals to continue working while getting the education they need to grow in their careers.

How long is the program?

Our Software Engineering program is 12 months long, and our User Experience (UX) Design program is 6 months long.

The Software Engineering program is broken down into 2 sections: Front-End Development (6 months) and Back-End Development (6 months).

The UX Design program is a part-time, flexible program that focuses on user-centric design (6 months). 

Can I do this part-time?

Software Engineering Program:

Not at the moment. The Software Engineering program is rigorous, so students are required to attend full time. Learning how to code is like learning a new language — full commitment and immersion are essential. Students with extensive life and work commitments outside of class would not be a fit for our full-time program.

UX Design Program:

Yep, this is a part-time, flexible program to help you get the skills you need to level up. We understand how challenging it can be to juggle work or other responsibilities along with furthering your education. We created the UX Design program to work for you.

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 Success 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?

Software Engineering students will receive a joint Kenzie and Butler University certificate in Front-End Web Development after completing the first 6 months of the program. They’ll receive a joint Kenzie and Butler University certificate in Full-Stack Web Development after completing the second half of the program, which focuses on Back-End Web Development

User Experience (UX) Design students will have a professional portfolio of work to showcase their skills. 

As an extra option, Kenzie students also receive credit hours from Western Governors University (WGU), which they can put toward earning a degree from that university.

Note: The WGU degree pathway is optional. Your certificates from Kenzie Academy and Butler make you a marketable candidate to launch your career in tech.

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

A Full-Stack Software Engineer/Web Developer works on both the front end and back end of an app or website. Full-Stack Web Developers will be comfortable with both front-end 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 Python. 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.

To learn more about our income share agreements, please see the separate FAQ page.

Note: Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are not available for the UX Design program at this time. 

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Can I apply if I'm an international student?

Yes, you can absolutely apply for our online programs if you’re not located in the U.S., but please remember: Our online programs are live and are not self-paced, meaning students must be online during the scheduled program hours.

Software Engineering: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET (or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT for some cohorts)

UX Design: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET for some classes)

International students can choose to pay tuition upfront or via the standard monthly payment. Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are not available to international students at this time.

Where is Kenzie Academy located?

47 S. Meridian Street

3rd floor Suite #302 

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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