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Experiential Learning is in our DNA

Entry Terms
Jan. 8, 2018 (Spring), May 7, 2018 (Summer)

Available: On-Ground, Hybrid, and Online

Application Deadlines:
Domestic Students:
Aug 15 (Fall)

International Students:
May 1 (Fall)

Credits Required for Graduation
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Diverse backgrounds are valued. CEOs at tech firms increasingly value diversity of backgrounds in their workforce, citing creativity and critical thinking skills vital to business success. ALIGN students have early exposure to these employers through experiential learning opportunities like Co-op and XN projects. 

Experiential learning integrates the classroom and the real world. Students learn how to transform ideas into impact and become global citizens with successful careers. Income from Co-op can also help subsidize tuition costs. 

In Seattle, from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017, 50 local employers participated in Northeastern Seattle’s Co-op program. Here are some of them.

  • Facebook
  • Zillow
  • Amazon
  • Nordstrom

  • Porch
  • Concur Blab Inc.
  • Tune
  • CDK Global

Kaleigh O'hara - 2017 Graduate, ALIGN MS Computer Science
Studying in Seattle

The Greater Seattle Metro area is one of the nation’s fastest growing regions with nearly four million people, including more than 600,000 living in Seattle.

Home to corporate industry titans—Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, and Expedia—in addition to nonprofit innovators like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the region is a leading center for research and advanced technology in aerospace, computer software, bioinformatics, genomics, medical devices, and environmental engineering.

With two building locations at 401 and 225 Terry Avenue North, Northeastern University—Seattle is proud to be a part of the vibrant, innovative, and growing South Lake Union neighborhood. The campus offers a variety of programs, resources, and amenities designed to support and engage students in the region and around the world.


  • Computer scientists are in demand. Jobs are expected to grow 12% to 28% through 2020. That’s a total of more than 1,350,000 job openings.

  • Computer science pays. The average starting salary for graduates of Northeastern’s MSCS program is approximately $100,000.

Computing is an essential element of nearly every human endeavor, and today’s computer scientists are solving many of the world’s problems. For this innovative work, the rewards are often high, with competitive salaries and the intrinsic benefits of knowing that your contributions have great impact on people, companies, and communities.

In June 2013, Forbes reviewed salary and employment outlook data with the goal of identifying the best master’s degrees for immediate job potential. Information systems ranked first, and computer science ranked fourth—the projected increase in jobs associated with these degrees was 30 percent and 21.3 percent respectively. The opportunities are vast, and the rewards are innumerable.

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Northeastern Seattle campus offers ALIGN for the Maters of Science in Computer Science and Bioinformatics degrees.