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Master of Science in Data Science - ALIGN Program

USA

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What will I learn?

The Align Master’s in Data Science will teach you the skills to harness the power of data, even without a background in tech. In just two to three years, you’ll learn to collect, analyze, and comprehend data, and how to use it to solve some of the world’s most complex organizational problems.

You don’t need a background in technology to have a future in it. Technology thrives on new, diverse, and unexpected ideas—it needs new perspectives. So in 2013, we launched the Align Program a—master’s degree in computer science for people with a bachelor’s in a nontechnical field. After much success, we’re now launching the Align Program for a master’s in data science.

The Align curriculum is specifically designed to prepare incoming students with the knowledge and exposure they need for the rigors of graduate study. You’ll begin with two bridge semesters that help you transition into the study of data science. The Align program operates on a cohort model, meaning you will study with other students who come from a nontech background. You’ll have access to a network of enhanced academic support including advising, teaching assistants, and tutoring, as well as an Align-specific career prep seminar, designed to help you transition from your current field into the world of tech.

Interdisciplinary learning is at the heart of our data science program. This shared curriculum between Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the College of Engineering will provide you the comprehensive expertise in mathematics, computer science, and data engineering necessary to thrive.

Offered in both our Silicon Valley and Portland, ME, campuses, our program will help you emerge from your studies prepared for wherever data leads you.

Program Objectives

The objective of this program is to provide a well-rounded education and a comprehensive foundation in all areas related to data collection, hypothesis, analysis, and reporting, regardless of your previous tech experience.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Co-op makes the Northeastern graduate education richer and more meaningful. It provides master’s students with up to 12 months of professional experience that helps them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to develop rich careers. In addition to the esteemed faculty, many students enroll in the master’s programs largely because of the successful co-op program.

Graduate students typically have an experiential work opportunity following their second semester. This could be a six- to eight-month co-op or a three- to four-month summer internship. Those who initially experience co-op may have the opportunity to seek an internship for the following summer, or vice versa.

Student participation in experiential education provides enhanced: Learning, technical expertise, and occupational knowledge; Confidence, maturity, and self-knowledge; Job-seeking and job-success skills; Networking opportunities within your desired career path.

Northeastern’s co-op program is based on a unique educational strategy that recognizes that classroom learning only provides some of the skills students will need to succeed in their professional lives. Our administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the university’s mission to “educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.” Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum and our advising system. The team of graduate co-op faculty within the Khoury College of Computer Sciences provides support for students in preparing for and succeeding in their co-ops.

Which department am I in?

Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$41,550.00 per year
USD $83,100 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

9 January 2023, 10 April 2023

Venue

Silicon Valley Campus

4 N. 2nd Street,

SAN JOSE,

California,

95113, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$41,550.00 per year
USD $83,100 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

9 January 2023, 10 April 2023

Venue

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,

BOSTON,

Massachusetts,

02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prior to beginning a graduate program at Northeastern, students must have: Received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; Received a master’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; Received a first professional or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; or, Been accepted into an approved bachelors-to-graduate-degree program at an accredited college or university. Minimum Score Requirement: TOEFL: 79 overall (internet-based), IELTS: 6.5. overall.

For international students

Prior to beginning a graduate program at Northeastern, students must have: Received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; Received a master’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; Received a first professional or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; or, Been accepted into an approved bachelors-to-graduate-degree program at an accredited college or university.

GPA minimums: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 8.0 on a 10.0 scale; 80 on a 100 scale.

English Proficiency Tests: TOEFL = 100, or IELTS = 7.5 or Duolingo = 125

For fall semester admission, your application deadline is April 15; For spring semester admission, your application is due October 26.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Northeastern University

Students gain more than a degree at Northeastern University; they graduate with real-world experience that fuels life-long success.

  • #49 National university (U.S. News 2021)
  • #1 Best co-op & internships (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • Top 5 in U.S. for careers services (Princeton Review, 2021)
  • Tier-one research university

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