Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Align Master of Science in Computer Science


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Northeastern University’s Align Master’s in Computer Science (CS) program provides a direct path to an MS in Computer Science and a high-demand, rewarding career—for non-computer science degree holders with no previous programming experience.

Program Description

The Align Master of Science in Computer Science 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 MSCS 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 MSCS 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 six to eight 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 MSCS provides a two-semester on ramp for students without a background in computer science.


The Align MSCS program is designed to be affordable. Students typically offset tuition by earning $30-$40K while on co-op, serving as teaching assistants and tutors for the college and taking advantage of a wide range of scholarships. One hundred 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 nonscience 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’HaraAlign MSCS'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 DayAlign MSCS'18

The Experiential Learning Advantage

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


Hear from Our Students

Learn what students are saying about the Align MSCS program.

Learn From Industry Experts

The many Northeastern professors and lecturers who teach in the CS Align program represent some of the top experts in their field. Plus, a lot of our faculty hold influential positions and working relationships in some of the leading tech companies in and around the Northeastern campus regions and throughout the world. 

Featured Faculty: Silicon Valley Campus

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Why San Francisco Bay Area?

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 and San Francisco. Northeastern is making the virtual classroom more dynamic, connected, and real by integrating the professional workplace into its online and hybrid degree programs.

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to both startup and established companies, such as Google, Tesla, Facebook, Paypal, and Cisco. Our campus locations offer our students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a thriving technology ecosystem. You will receive a master’s degree from a top-ranked research university in the San Francisco Bay Area 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 and English, to biology and 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 of Science in Computer Science can work for you.

From the Dean

Elizabeth Mynatt

"Our Align students have fascinating and unique backgrounds – with recent undergraduate majors ranging from economics, journalism, political science and theatre. Whether you’re a recent college graduate interested in complementing your current knowledge with CS, or a professional looking to pivot careers completely, the Align master’s in computer or data science can take your career farther than you ever imagined."

— Elizabeth Mynatt, Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

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