Master of Science in Computer Science
Fall: August 15, 2016
Note: International students must apply one month earlier.
*Based on rates for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Computing is an essential element of nearly every human endeavor, and today’s computer scientists are solving many of the world’s problems. For this innovative work, the rewards are often high, with competitive salaries and the intrinsic benefits of knowing that your contributions have great impact on people, companies, and communities.
In June 2013, Forbes reviewed salary and employment outlook data with the goal of identifying the best master’s degrees for immediate job potential. Information systems ranked first, and computer science ranked fourth—the projected increase in jobs associated with these degrees was 30 percent and 21.3 percent respectively. The opportunities are vast, and the rewards are innumerable.
Our students from a wide variety of backgrounds—with undergraduate majors ranging from math, biology, history, engineering, and classics. No matter what your background, you will acquire both the knowledge needed to transition into a new career and the practical skills to build the next great app.
- Develop the ability to recognize and solve problems arising in modern computing
- Assimilate ideas and concepts from theoretical studies and hands-on design and programming
- Acquire skills in software and application design, network infrastructure, and other dynamic and emerging computer science areas
Northeastern’s MS in Computer Science through the ALIGN program combines core coursework in program design, computer systems, and software development. Elective courses in machine learning, databases, distributed systems, networks and security, and software engineering allow you to tailor your degree to your unique interests. Classroom and cohort-based learning support your development of fundamental computer science and problem-solving skills. As a computer science student, you’re part of a vibrant community and have access to outstanding academic support.
ALIGN COURSES INCLUDE:
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
- Discrete Structures
- Computer Systems/Algorithms
- Object Oriented Design/Java Programming
CORE COURSES INCLUDE:
- Computer Systems
- Managing Software Development
SAMPLE ELECTIVES INCLUDE:
- Database Management
- Information Retrieval
- Machine Learning
- Parallel Processing in MapReduce
- Distributed Systems
- Mobile Application Development
To view an example pathway through the program, click here.
Gaining Real-World Experience
Upon completion of required courses, students are able to apply for full-time co-ops at some of the leading companies across the country. Over the past five years, more than 98 percent of our computer science students who have a sought a co-op position have been successfully placed. While you are building real-world experience and career-advancing connections, your earnings can help offset your tuition cost. Recent co-op employers include:
Is This Program Right For Me?
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds—with undergraduate majors ranging from math, engineering, journalism, and the classics. Whether your undergraduate degree was in the sciences or the liberal arts, whether you’re a recent college graduate or an experienced professional looking to change careers, Computer Science through ALIGN can work for you.
Classes taught on campus are offered in the evening, making it possible for working professionals to participate in the program.
Note: If you have previous work experience, a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or extensive coursework in this field, you may be eligible for the traditional Master of Science in Computer Science program.
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What are the Admissions Requirements?
- Completed application form and transcripts
- Undergraduate degree in any discipline
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
The MS Computer Science ALIGN program admits students on a rolling basis up until the domestic and international applicant deadlines. View upcoming deadlines.
Minimum TOEFL score of 100 for the Seattle location which is international compliant.