MS in CS or DS for Students with Non-Technical Backgrounds

Northeastern University’s Align program gives people with non-tech backgrounds the skills to break into Tech AND a Master’s degree in Computer Science or Data Science. Tech is for everybody, and Align aims to prove this by increasing the diversity and inclusion of/in the field.

The program is offered at the Boston (flagship), Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley campuses, which are well-placed within tech hubs.

Align provides:

  • Paid co-ops and internships
  • Academic, career, and peer support
  • Skill-building workshops and expert seminars
  • Financial support, such as scholarships and aid
  • Full-time (~2.5 years) and part-time options

If you’re interested in learning more, register for a meeting with a student ambassador and/or a weekly drop-in session by visiting their Prospective Students page. Preview Night, classroom visits, and info sessions are also ways to gain insight into whether Align would be a good fit for you. Email Candice Hays, Graduate Admissions Counselor, at for questions about the Seattle campus. For questions about other campuses, email Kimberly McCrimmon or Samol Ork.

By Erin Lee (She/Her)
Erin Lee (She/Her) Career Coach