There have never been more good opportunities to learn to code, whether pursuing your personal interests or to gain a high-demand skill for the many web development jobs available in Boston. I’ve separated the options into:

  • coding bootcamps in Boston (multi-week immersive programs covering a set of skills, generally designed to prepare you for a job),
  • coding classes in Boston (one-off or short-term classes, usually focused on a single or small number of skills),
  • data science classes / bootcamps (focused on using programming to process & analyze large amounts of data, rather than to build web or mobile applications).

Boston Coding Bootcamps

Launch Academy's Boston Coding Bootcamp

Launch Academy – A 10-week web development bootcamp, with a 6-week online pre-learning course and 6 months of post-graduate support. Grounded in Ruby on Rails, students also learn JavaScript, jQuery, test-driven & agile development, Git, and how to be proficient on the command line.

Startup Institute – Formerly Boston Startup School, Startup Institute now has programs in multiple cities, offering 8-week “career accelerators”. Their Web Development track teaches Ruby on Rails and provides “exposure to topics such as test-driven development, git, AJAX, and API’s.”

General Assembly – Another national program with a strong presence in Boston, GA offers immersive 8 to 12-week courses for tracks like back-end web development, data science, and front-end web development. – Nationally-recognized dev shop Thoughtbot offers paid apprenticeships (currently in design, web development, and iOS development) for 3 months, taking already skilled practitioners and raising their skills even further with mentorship and weekly exposure to new projects.

Resilient Coders – This non-profit provides a 7-week program for 18-27 year olds from underserved communities to learn the fundamentals of front-end web development, for free. The program teaches HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and git, provides training in soft skills, and provides paid client work at the end of the program.

Horizons School of Technology Summer Immersive – This bootcamp is open to high-potential college students (of any major), and provides a 7-week full-stack javascript bootcamp, followed by a 6-week internship or startup-building sprint. In addition to bringing in notable tech speakers during the course of the program, Horizons gives students access to a mentor network from companies like Stripe, Facebook, Tesla, Pixar, Twitter, and more.

UMass Amherst CPE Coding Bootcamp – Taught in Boston, this is a 6-month part-time program targeted at working professionals who want to learn to code without leaving their current jobs. They teach HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Java, Express.js, React.js, Database Theory, Bookshelf.js, MongoDB, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more, as well as providing career-planning assistance.

The Firehose Project – Although this is a virtual bootcamp focused on providing weekly 1-on-1 mentorship, code reviews, and portfolio-building assistance, Firehose is Boston-based and occasionally does in-person events in Boston, one of which is their intensive weekend hackathon. “Start with nothing, learn what you need, leave with a fully functional application.”

Coding Classes in Boston

One of the web development classes at Bocoup

Photo by Jory Burson at Bocoup

Bocoup Training – Intensive workshops and sets of classes from the open source web development experts at Bocoup. The subject matter varies from foundational web technologies (HTML, CSS, SVG, JavaScript), to advanced JavaScript libraries (Backbone, D3.js, jQuery) to DevOps and even UX.

Startup Institute – In addition to the full-time bootcamp they’re best known for, Startup Institute also offers part-time evening classes like Intro to JavaScript and Intro to Ruby.

General Assembly – GA also offers many part-time and one-off classes, including many intro courses to different kinds of programming (web development, SQL, Python, and more).

Women’s Coding Collective – Offering online and in-person coding classes for women. HTML & CSS, Javascript & jQuery, PHP, SEO, and WordPress.

Girl Develop It – Classes on specific technologies or techniques, plus monthly Code & Coffee networking / project nights, for women.

RailsBridge Boston – Weekend workshop for women (including mothers — childcare provided for those who need it) to learn Ruby on Rails.

Code Undercover – This hybrid web development / education agency offers non-technical founders the opportunity to learn to code by building their own startup idea. Working one-on-one with founders, Code Undercover teaches them web development using Ruby on Rails, around a custom curriculum tailored to deliver the founder’s own idea as a working product.

Harvard Extension School – Open enrollment semester-long classes; the extension school offers many more modern options than what you might find in degree-track classes at a college. Courses like Fundamentals of Website Development are available alongside traditional Computer Science courses.

First Step Coding – This organization offers a one-month Mondays & Wednesdays evening classes series, providing coding fundamentals skills. Aimed at both aspiring developers applying to increasingly competitive bootcamps, and employees in non-development roles (like Product Managers) that want a stronger understanding of tech.

You can also find various one-off classes & workshops on our curated Boston tech events calendar.

Boston Data Science Classes / Bootcamps

A photo from Level's first Data Science Bootcamp in Boston.

Level – This bootcamp is run by Northeastern University, teaching skills in SQL, R, and Tableau. It runs over two months, and aims to prepare participants who already have experience working with business data / regression analysis for a career in data analytics.

General Assembly – In addition to their web development offerings, General Assembly also runs a data science bootcamp. Their bootcamp covers statistic fundamentals and teaches regression & other data modeling techniques, focusing on using Python as a programming language.

QuantUniversity – Launched five years ago by a long-time data scientist at Endeca & MathWorks / analytics faculty member at Babson and Northeastern, QU provides both one-off workshops and a summer program that teaches quantitative methods, data visualization, and big data analytics. Tools used run the gamut from Excel to R to Python to Tableau to Apache Spark, and the program concludes with participants having the opportunity to complete a capstone data / analytical project for a company.

In addition to these in-person programs, Boston-based Edlitera & DataCamp also offer online classes to learn a range of data science skills & data visualization techniques, in either R or Python.


Of course there are many more online options for learning to code, but Boston-based programming bootcamps & career accelerators all have relationships with local companies that are hiring, and most specifically offer job-placement assistance as part of the program.

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