The Master of Science in Computer Science–Align is for students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds seeking to begin a career in computer science.
Duration of Program
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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.
Northeastern’s MS in Computer Science through the Align program combines core coursework in program design, computer systems, and software development. Elective courses in machine learning, databases, distributed systems, networks and security, and software engineering allow you to tailor your degree to your unique interests. Classroom and cohort-based learning support your development of fundamental computer science and problem-solving skills. As a computer science student, you’re part of a vibrant community and have access to outstanding academic support.
Program designed for students with noncomputer science backgrounds
On-campus evening classes make it possible for working professionals to participate in the program
Students can gain up to 12 months of work experience through paid co-op or internship positions
Boston location is a hub for healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences
Develop the ability to recognize and solve problems arising in modern computing
Assimilate ideas and concepts from theoretical studies and hands-on design and programming
Acquire skills in software and application design, network infrastructure, and other dynamic and emerging computer science areas
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.
"ALIGN opens the door to a whole new career path that combines my existing background with new knowledge."
Stephen C., Current Student
"We are proud to be a leader in creating pathways for students with diverse backgrounds to enter the field of computer science."
Doctor Carla Brodley, Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
For 100+ years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.
Co-op makes the Northeastern graduate education richer and more meaningful. It provides master’s students with up to 12 months of professional experience that helps them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to develop rich careers. In addition to the esteemed faculty, many students enroll in the master’s programs largely because of the successful co-op program.
Graduate students typically have an experiential work opportunity following their second semester. This could be a six- to eight-month co-op or a three- to four-month summer internship. Those who initially experience co-op may have the opportunity to seek an internship for the following summer, or vice versa.
Student participation in experiential education provides enhanced:
Learning, technical expertise, and occupational knowledge
Confidence, maturity, and self-knowledge
Job-seeking and job-success skills
Networking opportunities within your desired career path
Northeastern’s co-op program is based on a unique educational strategy that recognizes that classroom learning only provides some of the skills students will need to succeed in their professional lives. Our administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the university’s mission to “educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.” Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum and our advising system. The team of graduate co-op faculty within the Khoury College of Computer Sciences provides support for students in preparing for and succeeding in their co-ops.
These multiple connections make co-op at Northeastern an avenue to intellectual and personal growth: adding depth to classroom studies, providing exposure to career paths and opportunities, and developing in students a deeper understanding that leads to success in today’s world.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 275,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Computing & IT alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.