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Master of Science in Computer Science

Entry Terms
Fall & Spring (Boston, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Align only - San Francisco)

Application Deadlines:
Domestic Students:
Fall 2020: August 15; Spring 2021: December 15
MSCS - Fall: August 15
MSCS - Spring: December 15
Align - Fall: August 15
Align - Spring: November 15 (Boston, Seattle, Silicon Valley)
Align - Spring: January 1 (San Francisco)

International Students:
Fall 2020: April 15; Spring 2021: October 26
MSCS - Fall: April 15
MSCS - Spring: October 15
Align - Fall (Boston & Seattle): May 1
Align - Fall (Silicon Valley): June 1
Align - Spring: October 15

Credits Required for Graduation
32 Semester Hours



Northeastern University's Master of Science in Computer Science, offered by the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in computer science. The program combines both computing and important application domains and is designed for experienced professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and expand their technology leadership responsibilities in organizations that design, develop, market, or utilize computing systems. 

What makes Northeastern's MS in Computer Science unique?

  • Our program is fully customizable: The MS in Computer Science program is designed for working professionals and allows you to tailor your academic journey to fit your professional goals and needs. Choose to take our program online, on-ground, in a hybrid format (a mix of online and on-ground), full-time, or part-time. You can also choose from 11 concentrations ensuring that your education is aligned with your specific area of interest. Concentrations include:
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Science
    • Game Design
    • Graphics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Networks
    • Programming Language
    • Security
    • Software Engineering
    • Systems
    • Theory
  • Our network of corporate partners and alumni span the globe: Our alumni work at companies that include Amazon, Microsoft, Deloitte, Cartera Commerce, Inc. and more. 
  • Northeastern's signature co-op program: You'll have an opportunity to not only gain real-world experience in the computer science industry, but to also earn some of your tuition back through our experiential learning offerings. 

Are you looking to break into tech but lack computer science experience? 

The Northeastern University Align program provides a direct path to a Master of Science in Computer Science for non-computer science majors without programming experience.

As a CS Align student, you’ll take advantage of rigorous academic bridge courses that prepare you for master’s level coursework. You’ll also gain real-world work experience through a co-op or internship at one of our many industry partners—including firms like Amazon, Google, and Zillow.

 You’ll have the unique opportunity to:

  • Leverage academic bridge courses to link your undergraduate experience to your computer science concentration, without earning a second bachelor’s degree.
  • Get a head start on your career and gain real-world work experience through experiential learning opportunities like our graduate co-op.
  • Choose the flexible learning model that fits your needs at one of our graduate campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or Seattle.
  • Forge connections with an extensive global alumni network in companies ranging from startups to Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and PayPal.
  • Benefit from career counseling services that are consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as being among the best in the country.

To learn more about Northeastern University's Master of Science in Computer Science programs, fill out the form above to get in touch with an enrollment coach! Your coach will further explain course formats and options to best fit your work/life situation, review payment options, financial aid, and scholarships, provide guidance through the admissions process, and connect you to faculty in your area of interest. 

About Northeastern

The Master of Science in Computer Science program at Northeastern University enables you to create the educational experience that best meets your career and life goals. Recognized as a top 50-research university, our computer science master's program offers a dynamic learning environment, fueled, informed, and inspired by professionally-oriented, hands-on study.

Experiential learning. Industry-aligned coursework. Flexible study options. Plus, a global network of faculty practitioners, corporate partners, distinguished alumni, and fellow students. Together, these form the cornerstone of an education that’s innovative, yet relevant; practical, yet transformative.

  • Experiential learning—the integration of classroom study with professional experience—is at the heart of our computer science master’s program; online, on campus, or hybrid
  • Join an ever-expanding global network of more than 3,000 corporate partners and 230,000 alumni, with a powerful presence in more than 90 countries.
  • Discover a graduate degree in computer science designed to satisfy the needs of both the student and the industry.
  • Experience an innovative online education model driven by cognitive science, informed by employers, and powered by experiential learning.
Who is the ideal Align student?

“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 MSCS 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

Align welcomes students from a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds, and real-world experiences.

Many Align students, upon graduating with a BA degree, feel a master in science degree would put them in a better position for employment opportunities and earning potential. Others, after working a while and being exposed to new fields and professions, gravitate naturally toward newfound interests.

Align students come from all over the world and represent multiple nationalities, ethnicities, and genders—including women and members of underrepresented populations. In fact, CEOs at tech firms are putting more and increasing value in individuals from diverse backgrounds, citing creativity, imagination, and critical-thinking skills as vital to their business success.

By nature, Align students are intellectually curious, open to new opportunities in emerging industries, and often looking to advance their careers or personal goals. They also come from a variety of academic backgrounds, not always science oriented. That’s okay. Align students begin their graduate work with bridge courses that link their undergraduate experience to their new career or industry of choice.

Discover how a Master of Science in Computer Science can help advance your career and life. It all starts here.