Align Master of Science in Computer Science

Program Format
On-Ground|Hybrid|
Curriculum
Application Deadlines
Spring: December 15, 2017
Fall: August 15, 2018
Credits Required for Graduation
The Align program is 16 credits on top of the 32 required for MSCS (4 credits from Align will count toward your MSCS degree).

Program Description

The Align MSCS equips students across disciplines with the knowledge and practical skills they need to transition into computer science, regardless of their background and bachelor’s degree. The Align program offers rigorous academic bridge courses that prepare students for master’s level coursework. Align students gain real-world work experience through a six to eight month co-op or internship at one of Northeastern’s many industry partners—including firms like Amazon, Google, and Zillow. Align is a unique way to launch a rewarding career in a dynamic, high-demand, fast-growing field.

How It Works

Full-time students typically complete the Align MSCS in two to two-and-a-half years, which includes 6-8 months of work experience at one of our partner companies. All classes are held in the evening to allow students with full- or part-time jobs to participate.

The Align MS in CS provides a two-semester on-ramp for students without a background in computer science.

An Affordable Master’s Degree

The CS Align program is designed to be affordable. Students typically offset tuition by earning $30-$40K while on co-op, serving as TAs and tutors for the college, and taking advantage of a wide range of scholarships. 100 percent of students find employment following graduation. There are many scholarship opportunities available. All applicants are considered for financial aid and scholarship. No separate scholarship application is required.

What Our Students Say

“The Align program is a perfect way to transition [from a non-science discipline]. It allows a lot of people to reroute their lives. All of our professors are heavily involved in the computer science industry here in Seattle. Most of them are working their day jobs and then they come back to class and tell us about it. They can also serve as contacts if we’re applying for co-ops. They are always available.”

Kaleigh O’Hara
Align MS in Computer Science ’17

“I studied journalism and political science, and this is a very fast-moving program, but I never felt like I was alone or struggling. I always felt very supported. And now I’m super confident. So many people who graduated from this program are now working for some of the largest tech companies. It’s really awesome. I’m so glad I made this decision.”

Alice Day
Align MS in Computer Science ’18

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As someone who discovered Computer Science after first majoring in English, I wanted to design a new pathway to tech for people who didn’t graduate with a degree in CS. Corporations love diversity of thought and the Align MS in CS allows people to combine their previous background with computer science to become technology leaders in the 21st century.”
— Carla Brodley, Dean, College of Computer and Information Science

The Experiential Learning Advantage

  • Align students get real-world work experience combined with coursework
  • Classes taught by industry professionals which prepare students for the workforce
  • Students graduate with 6-8 months of work experience
  • 100 percent of eligible students are placed in co-op in one of our partner companies
  • Many CS Align grads are offered jobs by their co-op employers
    • All CS Align grads to date are employed with $100,000 plus salaries

Learn from the Industry

Top-Notch Faculty. You will learn from industry experts.

Meet the Silicon Valley Campus Faculty

http://www.northeastern.edu/siliconvalley/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/PhilipGust.png Philip Gust | p.gust@northeastern.edu
Philip Gust has been working with computers for over 40 years. He learned to program while in high school for a science fair project to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars and return samples to earth. A NASA special award lead to a job during college, working on unmanned space crafts that have visited every planet in the solar system and beyond, including Mariner 10, Viking, and Voyager. He also taught computer science at the University of Arizona and wrote the textbook for one of the courses. Since then, he has worked at a number of companies, from large multinationals, to startups, including several on the founding team, and has developed dozens of software products. His publications include journal and magazine articles, and papers in conference proceedings. He has been active in professional societies for many years, including the ACM and the IEEE where he is a Senior Life member in both. He has served on boards of several commercial companies and non-profits. He is also an international award-winning costume designer and cosplayer, and editor of The Virtual Costumer magazine.

http://www.northeastern.edu/siliconvalley/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/EKatz.png Dr. Edward Katz  | ed.katz@northeastern.edu
Prior to Northeastern, Edward Katz was a Visiting Associate Professor in Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University. He has also mentored Entrepreneurial Teams of M.S. students at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was both a Senior Systems Scientist and an Associate Professor of the Practice in Software Engineering at CMU SV. Previous to that, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (the corporate research facility of Hewlett-Packard Company). While at HP Labs, he was invited to be a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Computer Science Department’s Robotics Laboratory. He has published technical papers in international conferences and has been awarded two US Patents. His professional memberships include: Senior Member, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Senior Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His research interests include Computational Intelligence (primarily Fuzzy Logic), smart environments and robotic software systems (primarily autonomous mobile robotics), software agents, multi-agent systems, (rule-based, knowledge-based, and model-based) computation, and traditional Artificial Intelligence (GOFAI). Dr. Katz has earned the following degrees: B.S. Mathematics, Purdue University, M.S. Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Why Northeastern University – Silicon Valley? 

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.

Silicon Valley is the tech capital of the world and is synonymous with “innovation”.  It is home to leading start-up and established companies, which offers our students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a thriving, ever-changing technology ecosystem. This is the home to companies such as Google, Tesla, Facebook, Paypal, Cisco, and many more world-class industry leaders.  You will receive a master’s degree from a top-ranked research university in Silicon Valley where you can grow your network and open massive career opportunities in the field of computer science.

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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