Why ALIGN?

ALIGN Yourself with the Future

If you’re considering a change in the direction of your career—whether you want to grow your skills, your earning potential, or both—Northeastern University’s ALIGN program can help. ALIGN offers a direct path to a master’s of science degree in many of today’s most in-demand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions—such as computer science, bioinformatics, cybersecurity, and more.

These fields offer exceptional employment opportunities, long-term career potential, and competitive salaries that are up to 26 percent higher than other professions.

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The ALIGN Advantage

When you earn a graduate degree from Northeastern, one of the nation’s most respected experiential-learning research universities, you integrate substantial work experience in your field as part of your coursework—building your resumé and giving you a competitive edge.

As the World of Technology Changes, New Interests and Opportunities Emerge for You

If you’re considering a different career path, but don’t think your education and experience match your newfound interests, consider this: ALIGN accepts students from diverse backgrounds who hold a wide variety of undergraduate degrees—rigorous academic bridge courses connect your undergraduate experience to your new field—allowing you to change careers without earning a second bachelor’s degree.

Gain an Accelerated Link to Industry through Northeastern’s Global Network

This program is designed to give you convenient access to a master’s degree in many of the technology industry’s most engaging and promising careers—and connect you to our network of over 3,000 employer partners, 230,000 alumni, and 1,157 full-time faculty of dedicated academics and industry professionals.

Northeastern’s Long-Standing Reputation for Experiential Learning is the Difference

As a student in the ALIGN program, you can gain real-world work experience through co-op or internship positions—giving you not only a head start on your career, but a chance to build your resumé and a practical way to offset the cost of tuition. What’s more, our career services are consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as being among the best in the country.