You don’t need a background in tech to have a future in it.
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The Align MSCS program allows motivated students and professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline to earn a master’s degree in computer science (CS) from Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. Technology thrives on new, diverse, and unexpected ideas and perspectives. Break into tech to make an impact.
Full-time students typically complete the Align MSCS in 2.5 years. This begins with a 2-semester bridge that prepares students from non-technical backgrounds for master's level computer science courses. The program also includes the opportunity for 4-8 months of paid, full-time work experience at a company or organization. Khoury College alone has 700+ partner companies.
Increase your impact in areas that interest you
The Align MSCS program gives you graduate-level training so you can apply computer science in your areas of expertise—or explore an entirely new career. Through Align, you’ll build skills in the core areas of CS. Then you’ll get to explore the junctions of CS and law, music, biology, business, physics, education, biomedical science, language, or whatever interests you through projects as well as co-op and internship opportunities.
Hold a co-op or internship in an industry-preferred program
Khoury College can help connect you with co-op, internship, and project opportunities with the College’s 700+ industry partners. Align MSCS helps prepare you to meet the “preferred” qualifications for job postings with top companies. Many companies offer co-op students full-time employment upon completion of their degree.
Amazon job postings for full time internships have included the following statement under Preferred Qualifications: "Currently enrolled in the Align Master of Science in Computer Science program at Northeastern University at time of application."
Build professional connections in Seattle
Northeastern’s Seattle campus is located in the South Lake Union district, the heart of the city’s thriving tech industry. You’ll be in the center of the action, with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and the Allen Institute for AI all nearby.
Seattle is the #1 city for STEM professionals and in the #1 state for healthcare, economy, and education. Known as a leading center of innovation in STEM and tech—and social consciousness—there are a wealth of opportunities here. Learn about key co-op partners, faculty connections, and more on the Seattle Campus website.
Align Master’s of Computer Science designed for students without a background in tech
Unique CS learning environment where diversity of thought is valued
Close-knit group of peers from different industries to move through the program with you
Faculty with connections to top Seattle companies like Amazon, Boeing, Disney, Pinterest, and Salesforce
Incredible opportunities for paid, full-time co-op or internship to help you break into the tech industry
Job growth in computer science is much faster than the average job growth of 7-8%
+22% expected growth for software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers
+22% expected growth for computer and information research scientists
+33% expected growth for information security analysts
+13% expected growth for web developers and digital designers
Build in-demand computer science skills
After completing the two semester bridge, you’ll be prepared for graduate-level coursework in computer science. You’ll also be able to make the program your own by choosing from a range of electives in important breadth areas of computer science.
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.
Paying for Align It is possible to receive financial support through paid, full-time co-op or internship placements, teaching assistant/tutor positions, Federal Student Aid, and/or scholarships.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Minimum GPA for bachelor’s degree (any field)
3.0 on a 4.0 scale
8.0 on a 10.0 scale
80 on a 100 scale
GRE is optional
Unofficial TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo examination scores (international students only)
Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts (official transcripts from all colleges/universities may be submitted upon admission)
Two out of three essay prompts
Recent professional resumé listing detailed position responsibilities
Three confidential letters of recommendation
Upload a PDF of your transcripts in the application.
Letters of recommendation
2 academic and 1 professional reference if applying from undergraduate studies
2 professional and 1 academic reference if applying after professional experience
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.
As part of your program, you’ll have the opportunity to hold a paid, full-time computer science co-op (4-8 months) or internship. In addition to the accomplished faculty, many students choose Northeastern because of the proven work experience.
Strong support to kick-start your next career move
Your work experience opportunities are closely integrated with both your course curriculum and the advising system. Graduate co-op/internship faculty within the Khoury College of Computer Sciences will support you in preparing for and succeeding during your work experience. Additionally, you’ll have a team of career advisors, academic advisors, and peer mentors to help you along the way.
These multiple connections add depth to your classroom studies, give you exposure to different career paths and opportunities, and help you develop a deeper understanding of CS and its many intersections—highly valuable to your future employers.
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.
Align faculty are talented, connected to industry, and know how to teach graduate-level computer science to beginners—and love doing it. Some of them are former Align students themselves, and all of them have impressive industry experience.
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.
You’ll be studying graduate-level computer science in a welcoming environment where diversity of thought is seen as a strength:
100+ undergraduate disciplines represented by current students
54% identify as female (Fall 2022)
11% identify as a race or ethnicity historically underrepresented in tech (domestic students, Fall 2022)
1,000+ accomplished Align MSCS alumni to date
All students come from non-computer science backgrounds, with 100+ disciplines represented, including history, business, biology, political science, and more.