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 two-semester bridge that prepares students from nontechnical backgrounds for master's-level computer science courses. The program also includes the opportunity for four to eight 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 the time of application."
Build professional connections in Vancouver
Northeastern’s waterfront Vancouver campus is located in the same building as the regional headquarters for Deloitte and Apple, across from Amazon, and alongside the region’s largest tech employers and the city’s vibrant startup tech community.
Vancouver is a hotbed of spinoff companies, startup incubation, technology licensing, and commercialization. With strong R&D in the tech sector, Vancouver leads in VR/AR, artificial intelligence, robotics, ICT, SaaS, and gaming, and offers great opportunities in communications, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and more. Learn about key co-op partners, faculty connections, and life on the Vancouver 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 diverse employers in Vancouver and across Canada, such as Calgary Scientific Inc., Electronic Arts, the Federal Aviation Administration, Hoshino Math Services, Malaspina Labs, MetaOptima Technology, Mio Global, the National Institute of Informatics, NexTech AR Solutions, Nuance, Schneider Electric, Synaptitude Brain Health, and more
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
(2020-2030, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
This program is offered under the written consent of the minister of advanced education, skills and training, effective July 7, 2019, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the minister. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
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.
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 (four to eight 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 advisors within the Khoury College will support you in preparing for and succeeding during your work experience. Additionally, you’ll have an academic advisor and peer mentors to help you along the way.
This comprehensive support system adds depth to your classroom studies, gives you exposure to different career paths and opportunities, and helps 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.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you’ll gain access to students at 13 campus locations, 282,000+ alumni, and 3,000+ employer partners worldwide. Our global university system provides students unique opportunities to think locally and act globally, while serving as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.
You’ll be studying graduate-level computer science in a welcoming environment where diversity of thought is valued and highly encouraged:
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.