ALIGN: Master of Science in Computer Science

Program Format
Application Deadlines
Fall: August 15, 2017 (Domestic)
June 1, 2017 (International)

*Based on rates for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Credits Required for Graduation
32 graduate credits. The ALIGN program is 16 credits on top of this* (4 credits from ALIGN will count toward your MSCS degree).

Program Description

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.

ALIGN Yourself with the Future

As a student in the ALIGN program, you can gain real-world work experience through co-op or internship positions—helping you get a head start in your new career and build your resumé.  You also integrate into a network that matches your career potential. Students gain access to more than 3,000 employer partners and 230,000-plus alumni.

Silicon Valley is known as the tech epicenter. It is world-renowned for innovation, entrepreneurship, and cultural growth. With Silicon Valley’s vibrant culture and growing job market, there’s no better place to earn a master’s degree. Here’s a quick look at our Silicon Valley campus:


Be in Demand
Computer science jobs are expected to grow between 12% and 28% from 2010 to 2020.

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.

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:

  • Google
  • Porch
  • Amazon

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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