|Program Name||MS Computer Science ALIGN Program|
|College Name||College of Computer and Information Science|
|Entry Terms||Fall 2014: September 3, 2014|
|Credits Required for Graduation||40 Semester Hours|
|Download Program Overview||Program Brochure (PDF)|
At Northeastern University-Seattle, our students don’t just take classes— they take classes further. With our unique integration of rigorous academics and practical, real-world experience, our students graduate with a distinct advantage. Northeastern’s cutting-edge ALIGN Program, which allows graduate students from outside of the computer science field to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science, continues that tradition.
In ALIGN, you’ll have access to all the resources of a top-tier private research university at our South Lake Union campus in Seattle. And with the meaningful relationships you’ll build with faculty mentors, co-op employers, and research partners, you won’t just be networked for success—you’ll be networked for life.
Northeastern’s ALIGN Program combines core coursework in program design, computer systems, and software development to build on your strong analytical skills. Elective courses in artificial intelligence, databases, networks and security, and software engineering allow you to tailor your degree to your unique interests.
The ALIGN Program is designed for students with strong analytical backgrounds. Our students typically come from fields such as mathematics and engineering, but we support students from a broad range of undergraduate majors, including those in the social and natural sciences. The ALIGN Program provides our students both with the knowledge needed to transition into new careers and the practical skills to build the next great app or engineer the next great device.
After three semesters of study, students are able to apply for full-time co-ops at some of the leading companies in Seattle. Students can also leverage the Northeastern network and apply for a co-op with one of our partners in Silicon Valley, including Google, Apple, Cisco, Intel, and more.
While co-op positions aren’t guaranteed, over the past five years, more than 98% of students who have sought a co-op position have been successfully placed. The average compensation is $30 US per hour. So while you are building real-world experience and career-advancing connections, your salary can help offset up to 75% of your tuition cost.