Align Master of Science in Computer Science
Northeastern University’s Align program gives students without a background in computer science (CS) a direct path to an MS in computer science and a rewarding tech career. Gain professional computer science experiences and connections in the center of the Silicon Valley business corridor, the world’s scaleup capital and center of funding activity for the tech industry.
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Align faculty are talented computer scientists with real-world connections to Silicon Valley industry. But don’t be intimidated. All Align faculty understand the necessary approach to teach graduate-level computer science to beginners—and enjoy doing it. Some faculty have even been through the Align program themselves.
Featured Faculty: Silicon Valley
Visiting Professor, Director of Khoury Programs, San Francisco Bay Area
Alvaro Monge is a visiting professor and the Director of Khoury Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. He joins Khoury College while on leave from California State University, Long Beach, where he is a professor.
Before joining Northeastern in 2021, and before his 22-year stint in Long Beach, Monge taught at the University of Dayton. He has worked on applied research projects to improve web content for people with low vision and has assisted marine biologists in studying juvenile white sharks. For three years, he helped create the EngageCSEdu living collection of instructional materials (now a part of the ACM Education Board) that applies research-based engagement practices.
Monge teaches introductory programming, data structures, discrete structures, database systems, and web development. He is passionate about supporting students and has worked on projects supported by Google, the US Department of Education, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology to increase the retention and graduation rates of female and Latinx computing students. To the same end, Monge participated in a 2018 Google program aimed at preparing underrepresented students for tech internships and jobs.
Monge is a member of the ACM Education Advisory Committee and has co-chaired ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium.
Industry connections of Silicon Valley faculty
Get individualized attention from dedicated faculty. Silicon Valley faculty have backgrounds at companies like: Apple, IBM, Amazon, Twitter, Google and NASA. Their diverse backgrounds include work for NASA, co-founding large multinationals and startups, developing software products, securing U.S. patents, working for advanced laboratories, and more.
Minimum GPA for bachelor’s degree (any field)
- 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- 8.0 on a 10.0 scale
- 80 on a 100 scale
Upload a PDF of your transcripts in the application.
Letters of Recommendation
- 2 academic and 1 professional reference if applying from undergraduate studies
- 2 professional and 1 academic reference if applying after professional experience
Submit letters via the ApplyYourself system.
Complete 2 of 3 essay prompts. See online application for prompts.
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Tuition and funding
Students have the opportunity to pay for the program with a combination of paid, full-time co-op or internship placements, teaching assistant and tutor positions, Federal Student Aid, and scholarships. Learn about financial support.
Align is a total of 44 credits. Check costs per credit here.