Master of Science in Computer Science

Program Format
Application Deadlines
Fall 2024

Final international application deadline: May 6, 2024 (updated Mar 27)
Final domestic application deadline: August 1, 2024

Spring 2025
Final international application deadline: September 15, 2024
Final domestic application deadline: December 1, 2024


Students are considered domestic if they have:
- Canadian Citizenship
- Dual Citizenship with Canada
- Canadian Permanent Residency
If the above doesn't apply, the student is considered international.


We recommend students looking to pursue a Study Permit apply 3 months minimum in advance of the program start date.

Learn more about Study Permit application on the OGS website.

*NOTE: Students applying to our Canadian campuses who are eligible for, and wish to apply for, a Study Permit via Student Direct Stream (SDS), please ensure you meet the four language abilities requirements: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Visit the Government of Canada's Student Direct Stream - Language test for more information on in-person language test options.

Students not applying via SDS are welcome to apply with TOEFL or IELTS.
Credits Required for Graduation
32 semester hours

Experience More

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program at Khoury College of Computer Sciences prepares recent graduates or working professionals who have a background in computer science (CS) for exciting, high-paying positions in research and industry within the field. 

  • Refine your knowledge of computer science in a program with deep connections to diverse businesses and organizations 
  • Build skills across three breadth areas: 1) systems and software, 2) theory and security, and 3) artificial intelligence and data science 
  • Select from exciting areas including AI, information security, networks, programming languages, software engineering, systems, and more 

Opportunities in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 91,000+ tech professionals come from around the world to be a part of the city’s strong research and development capacity. It is one of the world’s leading startup hubs and Canada’s second largest center for tech and innovation. Its location along the Cascadia Innovation Corridor makes it an easy 45-minute flight from Seattle. Vancouver also offers the shortest distance to Asia of any major North American city, increasing its standing as an international hub. 

This environment fosters spinoff companies, startup incubation, technology licensing, and commercialization at high rates. 


Domestic students entering for the 2025 academic year are eligible for a scholarship of up to 10%. This scholarship is not transferable to alternative programs of study, terms or campuses outside of Vancouver, BC.

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

Learning Designed by Computer Scientists and Industry Experts

Your educational experience is designed to support the needs of industry and prepares you for work in respected corporations, organizations, and research institutes. The MSCS program was developed by faculty with internationally recognized expertise and impressive connections.  

The caliber of Khoury College’s corporate partners—which include Amazon, Google, Dell, Travelers, Meta, Pivotal Ventures, and more—demonstrates the relevance of what you’ll learn.

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Diverse Experiential Opportunities

Northeastern University is known as one of the best institutions for co-op and internship opportunities. Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences can help facilitate advanced project work for you within your current company or help connect you with the college’s 700+ industry partners, made up of established corporations and unique startups, nonprofits, and governmental organizations.  

  • Paid, full-time computer science co-op or internship opportunities (4–8 months)  
  • Many companies offer co-op students full-time employment after graduation 

Key Vancouver industries

Vancouver is a global leader in virtual reality and augmented reality, AI, computer vision, robotics and drones, gaming, SaaS, and global information and communications technology. The city is also strong in tech-adjacent fields like business intelligence, communications, digital media, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and more. 

  • #1 visual effects and animation cluster in the world  
  • #2 virtual reality/augmented reality ecosystem in the world 
  • One of the largest technology SaaS communities in the world 
  • A top global video game cluster (EA, Microsoft, SEGA, Capcom, etc.)
    Source: Vancouver Economic Commission

Vancouver companies 

The world’s largest tech companies make their home in Vancouver: 

Absolute Software, ACL Service, Amazon, Apple, Cisco Systems, Dwave, Electronic Arts, Eventbrite, , Hootsuite, IBM, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Nokia, Salesforce, Samsung, SAP, Slack, Sophos, TELUS, 1Qbit, and more 

Study and network at Vancouver’s connected campus 

Northeastern’s Vancouver campus is in the heart of the city’s international tech industry. It is located in the same building as the regional headquarters for Apple and Deloitte and across from Amazon’s Vancouver expansion. You’ll be based alongside the region’s largest tech employers, including Microsoft, SAP, and Fujitsu’s global AI headquarters. This is also home to the city’s vibrant startup and mid-sized tech community. 

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Accomplished Vancouver Faculty

Get individualized attention from leaders in your field. Program faculty have real-world experience and connections to share with you. This expertise adds relevance to your program and project work. They have backgrounds working at or collaborating with diverse companies and organizations. 

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Vancouver Faculty Research

Vancouver faculty have diverse research interests that span the entire field of computer science.  

Examples of faculty research projects include developing computer vision algorithms and machine-learning model applications like online video and metadata optimization, custom footwear design, and agricultural technology; developing medical imaging viewer applications; applying data analytics, machine learning, and deep-learning concepts to optical networks for cognitive network data analysis; working with the Indigenous community to increase access to remote education; developing flight simulation software; and building a product to deliver brain health assessment and coaching.  

This program is offered under the written consent of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills effective July 7, 2019 having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the minister. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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