Master of Science in Computer Science – Portland

Program Overview

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Computer Science prepares students for exciting, meaningful careers across the full spectrum of computer science applications and across industries. Whether you choose to be a generalist or a specialist, the MSCS program will equip you to tackle diverse challenges in the field of computer science. Refine your broad base of fundamental knowledge and gain expertise in breadth areas such as systems and software, theory and security, and artificial intelligence and data science. Discover what an MSCS degree from Khoury College can mean for you.

All Roux Institute programs provide content relevant to the urgent and emerging needs of industry in Maine and the rapidly evolving regional, national, and global economy. Opportunities for experiential learning will be concentrated in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast region. Students are encouraged to pursue co-ops and special virtual Experiential Network projects with the institute’s founding corporate partners, a group of leading employers in Maine.

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  • Portland

    Location

  • Full-Time
    Part-Time

    Commitment

  • 2-2.5 years

    Duration of Program

Unique Features

  • The program is designed for students with a background in computer science.
  • Eleven concentrations range from artificial intelligence to software engineering.
  • The program features industry-aligned professors.
  • Students may participate in a four- to six-month paid co-op or internship.
  • The program content is designed to prepare students for the high-demand jobs and industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast region.
  • The program is delivered through a hybrid model of online and on-site learning.

Program Objectives

  • Exhibit proficiency in the design and maintenance of large application software.
  • Develop the ability to maintain network infrastructure.
  • Build familiarity with basic algorithms and theoretical computer science principles.
  • Demonstrate ability in advanced programming and software design materials.

Career Outlook

Northeastern’s MSCS graduates have found success in a wide range of careers, including software development engineer at Amazon, consultant at Deloitte, software engineer at Microsoft, and full stack developer at Cartera Commerce, Inc.

Scholarships and aid

$53.3K

Tuition

Estimated Total Tuition

This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2022-2023 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.

Generous scholarships

The Roux Institute is currently offering generous scholarships to meet the financial needs of all students through its Alfond Scholars Initiative. Each award is determined by an individual assessment. And Northeastern alumni receive a Double Husky Scholarship —a tuition discount of 25 percent.

Learn more about the Alfond Scholars Initiative

Corporate tuition benefits

Many employers subsidize education for their employees. Speak with yours about any tuition benefits your company may offer.

Special military scholarships

For military veterans and servicemembers, a limited number of donor-funded scholarships are available even after all other aid has been awarded to help with commuting costs, childcare, and other costs of living.

Learn more about military scholarships

Federal aid

You can apply for federal aid grants and loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Learn about the FAFSA

Admission Requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts; you can submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended at the time of admission.
  • Statement of purpose that should include career goals and expected outcomes and benefits from the program
  • Recent professional resumé listing detailed position responsibilities
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • Official GRE General Test scores (NOT REQUIRED FOR SPRING 2022 or FALL 2022)
  • Official TOEFL examination scores (international students only)

Admission Dates

Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

  • Deadline for international applicants: April 15, 2022 (term start: Sept. 7, 2022)
  • Deadline for domestic applicants: August 15, 2022 (term start: Sept. 7, 2022)

Program Curriculum

Please view the Course Catalog for information regarding the program curriculum.

Experiential Learning

Learning integrated with professional experience is a hallmark of Northeastern and the Roux Institute. Students gain a clear understanding of real-world industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast—and valued workplace skills like communication and teamwork—through assignments at companies and nonprofit organizations. Students can complete a six-week virtual project relevant to their studies through the university’s Experiential Network (XN) of employers, or even for their own company. Or they can apply for four- and six-month, full-time co-op positions. All opportunities enable students to build their resumés, expand their professional networks, and chart a path to in-demand careers.

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