Align Master of Science in Computer Science
Northeastern University’s Align Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) 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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Dr. Tiffani Williams
Program Director and Professor of the Practice
Tiffani Williams is the Director of Computer Science Programs and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she leads the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) and Align MSCS programs. Before joining Northeastern in 2017, Williams was a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University, most recently as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and as an affiliated faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Research Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Williams earned her BS in Computer Science from Marquette University and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. Afterward, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico. Her honors include a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. In 2011, she received the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE award. She was recognized for teaching excellence at Texas A&M in 2016 and 2014 with the Distinguished Award in Teaching by the Association of Former Students and the Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award, respectively.
Williams was General Co-Chair (2014) and Program Co-Chair (2013) of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the largest gathering of women technologists. She is active in mentoring and supervising a diverse group of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Studying in Charlotte
Centrally located at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown, Northeastern University–Charlotte sits in the heart of a walkable neighborhood. The campus is just footsteps away from trendy restaurants, beautiful parks, and major sports teams like the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and Charlotte Knights. Annual festivals and other community events also make the Uptown area a popular destination for recreational activities.
Besides boasting mild winters and a low cost of living, Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Approximately 100,000 professionals currently work in the Uptown area and are interested in advancing their career. No wonder the city is ranked #1 nationally for young professional transplants. Notably, the city’s booming economy has attracted major employers in the energy, banking, healthcare, and most recently, high-tech industries.
Charlotte is now #1 in tech talent growth (CBRE) and #1 in the country for the highest percentage of women in tech (NCTA). In the last five years, the technology sector in the city has grown 28%, outpacing the nation. The region is expected to add an additional 9,000 information technology jobs by 2022. While tech skills are in high demand, the high-tech talent pool is at a shortage, largely because of a training deficit and an insufficient amount of tech degrees awarded in the region.
That’s where Northeastern University comes in. The Charlotte campus offers the Align MSCS program to quickly and efficiently build your knowledge in one of today’s most popular tech professions. Even if you come from a non-tech 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. Classes are offered in the evening, making it possible for working professionals to participate in the program.
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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
The MS Computer Science Align program admits students on a rolling basis up until the domestic applicant deadlines.