Align Master of Science in Computer Science
Northeastern’s Align Master’s of Computer Science program provides a direct path to an MS in Computer Science and a high-demand, rewarding career for noncomputer science degree holders with no previous programming experience.
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Featured Faculty: Seattle Campus
Dr. Ian Gorton
Director of Computer Science
Ian Gorton joined Northeastern University in Seattle as the Director of the Computer Science Masters programs in 2015. Prior to this role, he worked at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff. He worked on several projects focused on the principles of designing massively scalable software architectures for big data applications, and building knowledge bases both manually and using machine learning to support engineering tasks.
Before joining the SEI, Gorton was a Laboratory Fellow in Computational Sciences and Math at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I managed the Data Intensive Scientific Computing research group, and was the Chief Architect for PNNL’s Data Intensive Computing Initiative. He was also PI for multiple projects in environmental modeling, carbon capture and sequestration, and bioinformatics. This experience has led to a particular interest in the design of large scale, highly customizable cyber-infrastructures for scientific research.
Gorton has a PhD in Computer Science from Sheffield Hallam University and is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Until July 2006, he led the software architecture R&D at National ICT Australia (NICTA) in Sydney, Australia, and previously worked at CSIRO, IBM, Microsoft and in academia in Australia. His passion is analyzing and designing complex, high performance distributed systems, and embodying design and architecture principles in methods and tools that can be exploited by architects in other projects.
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Computer Science – Lecturer
Dr. Slaughter holds a BS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University, and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. Previous to Northeastern, Dr. Slaughter worked at multiple startups and spent many years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has also spent time at MSR, Intel Research Seattle, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory (MERL). Her work has straddled the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and mobile devices, user research, and data science.
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Computer Science – Part-Time Lecturer
Tamara Bonaci is a Part-Time Lecturer at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2015, specializing in security and privacy of emerging biomedical technologies. Since graduation, she has been a part of a pre-public local Seattle startup, focusing on biometric methods. She also teaches a sequence of security and privacy courses at Northeastern University and the University of Washington. Tamara feels very strongly about diversity in engineering, and about bringing women to and retaining them in STEM. In her free time, Tamara enjoys going to playgrounds and running.
Study in Seattle
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. Northeastern is making the virtual classroom more dynamic, connected, and real by integrating the professional workplace into its online and hybrid degree programs.
The Seattle campus is located in the city’s downtown tech epicenter, in the middle of Amazon campus and intertwined with the city’s bustling businesses and activities.
With nonprofit innovators like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and iconic brands like Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, Boeing, and Expedia, the region is a leading center for research and advanced technology in aerospace, computer software, bioinformatics, genomics, and environmental engineering. Class are taught by instructors who have or currently still work in the local industry. The environment makes the Seattle campus a land of exciting opportunities for student co-ops and networking. It’s an exciting time to be in Seattle where industry is booming, yet the beautiful outdoors are just a short drive away to kayak, hike, ski, and enjoy naturistic views when you feel like relaxing.
Our Align students come from a variety of backgrounds—with undergraduate majors ranging from math, English, economics, and the 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’s in Computer Science can work for you.
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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 and international applicant deadlines.
Minimum TOEFL score of 100 for the Seattle location, which is I-20 compliant.