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ALIGN in Seattle

The Northeastern University Computer Science ALIGN program is designed to quickly and efficiently earn you a master of science degree in computer science. Even if you come from a non-science background, rigorous bridge courses can get you up to speed with the subject matter and on your way to a satisfying and rewarding new career. ALIGN students begin their graduate work with bridge courses that link their undergraduate experience to their new career or industry of choice.

ALIGN was created specifically to prepare bachelor’s degree holders for high-demand industries, regardless of their experience or undergraduate major, ALIGN offers custom curricula in hybrid formats on all our campuses and includes the benefits of our co-op experience and Northeastern’s global network.

By nature, ALIGN students are intellectually curious, open to new opportunities in emerging industries, and often looking to advance their careers or personal goals. They also come from a variety of academic backgrounds, not always science oriented.


Step 1

Choose your program and enroll in ALIGN—and get started toward an exciting new STEM career.



Step 2

Academic bridge courses link your undergraduate experience to your new field. Classroom and cohort-based learning supports your development of fundamental skills for success throughout your graduate studies.


Step 3

Master’s degree industry-aligned courses equip you with knowledge for success in your new field. Electives allow you to specialize to achieve your goals.


Step 4

Experiential learning and participation in co-op enables you to gain hands-on experience and build career-advancing connections, while your earnings can help offset your tuition cost. 100% of our computer science students who have sought a co-op position have been successfully placed. Recent co-op employers include: Google, Porch, Amazon, Facebook, Zillow, and Nordstrom.



Your top-50 research university graduate degree and experience provide you with the credentials and experience to enter your new field. Graduates for our Computer Science ALIGN program enter the workforce at $100,000 starting salaries.


Career Coaching Is Critical to the ALIGN Experience.

In addition, Northeastern offers world-class career-development services, including individualized career development planning, one-on-one career coaching and advising, group-based workshops, and other top-ranked career coaching. This service is an integral part of an experiential-learning or co-op education.


ALIGN and Veterans: Experience Matters

Veterans and servicemembers often make strong ALIGN students because of their self-discipline and life experience—especially returning veterans who are looking to begin a fresh, new career in the direction of high-demand industries.

Northeastern is proud of our long-standing history of providing active military and veterans with opportunities for making education more affordable through the Yellow Ribbon Program, the GI Bill, and more.

ALIGN in Seattle: Flexible and Industry Focused

ALIGN classes at the Seattle graduate campus are held in the evenings for flexible access to working professionals. Each on-ground course will meet once a week per semester (+TA sessions and deemed necessary by instructor). Full-time enrollment requires two courses per semester.

To hear more from ALIGN students, check our Testimonials page



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Our free workshops give you a chance to see if studying computer science is right for you. We’ll provide an introduction to basic computing concepts for those with a non-technical background and focus on giving a broad understanding of the fundamental and trending topics in computer science, using real-life examples to provide a hands-on experience. Hear from current ALIGN students and alumni to get an understanding of what it’s like to be an ALIGN student. They will share their stories about studying at NU and their co-op experiences at various companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Nordstrom. Register Now
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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
  • Resumé

The MS Computer Science ALIGN program admits students on a rolling basis up until the domestic and international applicant deadlines. View upcoming deadlines.