The Cooperative Education Program at Northeastern University, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program and the Multidisciplinary Master's degree programs, including Information Systems, Computer Systems Engineering, and Telecommunication Networks, students gain real-world experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups using the fresh software engineering knowledge gained from Northeastern's top-ranked graduate engineering programs.

MS Degree Programs

Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS) degree program puts software at the forefront of the engineering paradigm to address the socio-technical needs of contemporary society. Our students are prepared to go beyond simple programming to deliver systems. They understand how to design solutions that fit the complexities of the business world and the needs of the people who use them to create systems that are safe, secure, and help solve the world’s engineering grand challenges.

  • MS-IS Specialties

    • Big-data engineering
    • Cybersecurity
    • Digital business
    • User experience engineering
    • Cloud computing
    • Virtual reality development
    • Business intelligence
    • Mobile computing
    • Machine learning
    • Data science engineering
    • Blockchain/smart contracts
    • Cognitive computing
  • Sample of MS-IS Employers

    • Facebook
    • Google
    • Amazon
    • Fidelity
    • Goldman Sachs
    • Mass General Hospital
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
    • MathWorks
    • Dell EMC
    • BMW
    • Tesla
    • Apple

Computer Systems Engineering

Learn about the MS in Computer Systems Engineering program with concentrations in Software Design and the Internet of Things.

Telecommunication Networks

Learn about the MS in Telecommunication Networks program.

For Students

We have a team that prepares students for cooperative education experience through resume building, developing interview skills and guiding professional development. You have the option of a flexible co-op schedule of 4, 6, or 8 months. 

Please review the Eligibility and Requirements to participate in the cooperative education program.

For Employers

With Northeastern’s Cooperative Education Program, your company can gain access to bright, innovative students who bridge the gap between business, IT, and engineering for short-term projects that will bring your company long-term success.

How Can a Co-op Student Help You Succeed?
  • The flexible co-op schedule of 4, 6, or 8 months means that you can decide when and for how long you require additional coverage while saving capital on employee benefits and recruitment costs. Students can also start or end anytime during the summer.
  • These second year graduate students already have varying levels of work experience and require little on-the-job training—they are ready to hit the ground running.
  • All students have a valid I-20 and are sponsored by Northeastern while on co-op—no visa sponsorship is required.
  • Select one or multiple MS students, depending on your needs and the expertise you’re seeking.
  • Building early relationships with talented MS students means you’ll have first access to future full-time hires and industry leaders before competitors.
  • Plus, when you become a co-op partner of Northeastern University, you’ll work directly with a dedicated Co-op Coordinator to assist you throughout the process. He or she will help you to find the best possible match for your organization, as well as manage your co-op students’ performance throughout the duration of the project.
Your Pipeline to COE’s Talented Students

In addition to the ongoing benefits you’ll receive from working directly with co-op students, you’ll also have access to the College of Engineering’s entire pool of talented undergraduate and graduate students through a variety of events and venues throughout the year:

  • Invitations to participate in large-scale career development events at Northeastern, such as the biannual career fair for current engineering students
  • Early notification about post-graduation employment recruiting events and job fairs for recent alumni
  • Opportunities to create special speaker sessions and on-campus recruiting events through your dedicated Co-op Coordinator

Multidisciplinary Master’s Co-op Faculty Coordinators