Align Master of Science in Computer Science
Northeastern University’s Align Master’s in Computer Science (CS) program provides a direct path to an MS in Computer Science and a high-demand, rewarding career—for non-computer science degree holders with no previous programming experience.
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Featured Faculty: Silicon Valley Campus
Philip Gust has been working with computers for over 40 years. He learned to program while in high school for a science fair project to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars and return samples to earth. A NASA special award lead to a job during college, working on unmanned space crafts that have visited every planet in the solar system and beyond, including Mariner 10, Viking, and Voyager. He also taught computer science at the University of Arizona and wrote the textbook for one of the courses. Since then, he has worked at a number of companies, from large multinationals, to startups, including several on the founding team, and has developed dozens of software products. His publications include journal and magazine articles, and papers in conference proceedings. He has been active in professional societies for many years, including the ACM and the IEEE where he is a Senior Life member in both. He has served on boards of several commercial companies and non-profits. He is also an international award-winning costume designer and cosplayer, and editor of The Virtual Costumer magazine.
Dr. Edward Katz
Prior to Northeastern, Edward Katz was a Visiting Associate Professor in Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University. He has also mentored Entrepreneurial Teams of M.S. students at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was both a Senior Systems Scientist and an Associate Professor of the Practice in Software Engineering at CMU SV. Previous to that, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (the corporate research facility of Hewlett-Packard Company). While at HP Labs, he was invited to be a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Computer Science Department’s Robotics Laboratory. He has published technical papers in international conferences and has been awarded two US Patents. His professional memberships include: Senior Member, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Senior Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His research interests include Computational Intelligence (primarily Fuzzy Logic), smart environments and robotic software systems (primarily autonomous mobile robotics), software agents, multi-agent systems, (rule-based, knowledge-based, and model-based) computation, and traditional Artificial Intelligence (GOFAI). Dr. Katz has earned the following degrees: B.S. Mathematics, Purdue University, M.S. Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Why San Francisco Bay Area?
Northeastern’s leadership in experiential learning—the integration of classroom study with professional experience—provides a strong foundation for the university’s expansion to new regions, including Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Northeastern is making the virtual classroom more dynamic, connected, and real by integrating the professional workplace into its online and hybrid degree programs.
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to both startup and established companies, such as Google, Tesla, Facebook, Paypal, and Cisco. Our campus locations offer our students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a thriving technology ecosystem. You will receive a master’s degree from a top-ranked research university in the San Francisco Bay Area where you can grow your network and open massive career opportunities in the field of computer science.
Our Align students come from a variety of backgrounds—with undergraduate majors ranging from math and English, to biology and 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, the Align Master of Computer Science can work for you.
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