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How Align Works

Get ready to combine your background with a degree in computer science and start a new career in tech.

A Bridge To Your Future

Align provides a direct path to a Master’s in Computer Science for non-computer science majors and people without programming experience. As an Align student, you’ll take advantage of rigorous academic bridge courses that prepare you for master’s-level coursework. You’ll also gain real-world work experience through a co-op or internship at one of our many industry partners—including firms like Amazon, eBay, Google, Nordstrom, and Zillow.

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The Power of Your Degree

The Align Master’s Program equips students from a wide variety of disciplines with the knowledge and practical skills they need to build a career in high-tech.

There’s never been a better time to transition to a tech career:

  • High demand – Job demand expected to grow 12-28 percent in the next five years
  • Rising salaries – Starting salary of recent Align graduates is $100K+
  • More diversity – The industry is seeking diverse backgrounds and perspectives

Align students can also offset tuition by earning at least $30,000 while on co-op, taking advantage of scholarships and financial aid, and even serving as teaching assistants and tutors for the college.

 

Flexibility Built In

Full-time students typically complete the Align Master’s Program in 2 to 2.5 years, including 4 to 8 months on internship or co-op. All classes are held in the evenings to allow students with full- or part-time jobs to participate. Thanks to our regional locations, you can start the program at one of our four campuses—Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, or Silicon Valley—and then complete it online or at another location. 

How Align Works

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Semesters of Align academic bridge courses to prepare for Master’s

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4- to 8-month paid co-op or internship with an industry partner

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Master of Science degree and a career in technology