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Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Master of Science in Computer Science

Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Computer Science is for experienced professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and expand their technology leadership responsibilities in organizations that design, develop, market, or utilize computing systems.


Arlington, VA in the National Capital Region




2 Years

f-1 visa ELIGIBLE




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.

Build professional connections in Arlington

  • Located in the National Capital Region, Arlington, Virginia is one of the fastest growing regions and a top global destination in the U.S. With a focus on security, resiliency, and technology, the campus will funnel students to partnerships in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.  
  • Technology is a major driver of employment and innovation in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The city and its suburbs account for 31,000 tech jobs, a figure that underestimates the influence of the industry.  
  • In February 2021, Washington, D.C., was one of the top metro areas to record the highest month-over-month gains in IT postings and this trend is likely to continue.
    • AI is a tech niche to watch in D.C.; expect big future growth here. 
    • Software developers and technical/digital solutions are strong job market segments. 
    • Amazon’s HQ2 project in Pentagon City will add jobs. 
  • Companies providing these services will also compete for government contracts. If you are looking to land a tech position in D.C., prospects look good. As we move toward a “new normal,” it is anticipated jobs in the region will continue to be added. Source
  • While Arlington is home to top businesses, almost a third are government positions. The U.S. Marine headquarters and the Pentagon, which can be viewed from the rooftop level of the campus, are located in the campus’s new home. The opportunities are endless in Arlington as we present world-leading companies and organizations such as:
    • Accenture, AES, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Amazon, AvalonBay, Boeing, Bloomberg Industry Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, Center for Communications and Computing, Central Intelligence Agency, Deloitte, Department of State, E*TRADE, Gartner, Graham Holdings, Grant Thornton, Lockheed Martin, March of Dimes, Microsoft, M9 Solutions, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, National Security Agency, Nestle, PBS, Politico, Raytheon, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, ThreatConnect, and Virginia Hospital Center. 
  •  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects IT jobs to grow 15 percent through 2031 and the security space 35 percent. This is pretty solid growth when compared to other occupations. Since many of the big players occupying the technology space find D.C. to be an attractive hub with opportunities for expansion, all things considered, signs indicate technology professionals will find plenty of prospects. Source
Unique Features
  • Industry-aligned professors
  • Many students pay for up to 75% of tuition through their graduate co-op
  • Arlington provides access to a hub of technical innovation, security, defense, policy and partnerships with government agencies and nonprofits to prepare learners for leadership in job roles of the future
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
  • Our MSCS graduates have found success in a wide range of careers, including:
  • Software development engineer at Amazon
  • Consultant at Deloitte
  • Software engineer at Microsoft
  • Full stack developer at Cartera Commerce, Inc.
Accreditation Information 

Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).






This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2024–2025 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. Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

Finance Your Education

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships. Learn more from Student Financial Services.


For 100+ years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.

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.

These multiple connections make co-op at Northeastern an avenue to intellectual and personal growth: adding depth to classroom studies, providing exposure to career paths and opportunities, and developing in students a deeper understanding that leads to success in today’s world.

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
Deadline for domestic applicants:August 15

Additional information for international applicants can be found at the Office of Global Services (OGS). OGS is an active resource to over 20,000 international students and scholars from 147 different nations across the world. They provide the professional expertise and support you need to maintain compliance through immigration, academic, and your employment experiences—helping you remain a valuable member of the Northeastern community.

How to Apply

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