Graduate Academic Certificate in
Computational Linguistics

The deadline for Spring admission is October 15th. The deadline for Fall admission is June 15th.

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     This is a four-course (12 hour) graduate certificate program in Computational Linguistics. Computational Linguistics (CL) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) – often viewed as one and the same thing – are rapidly growing fields in the high-tech sector, critical for development of such technologies such as voice-enabled smart phones (e.g. Siri, Cortana) and home assistants (e.g. Alexa). IBM’s Jeopardy-winning Watson system is another example of what CL can do. Yet another application area is text analytics for market analysis. This certificate is specifically intended to address a growing need for language processing skills, particularly those associated with the rapid growth of artificial intelligence/cognitive technologies. Systems like Siri or Alexa are built on a pipeline of language processing technologies, ranging from voice and speech recognition to language understanding and automatic question answering. Developing such technologies is a complex process that requires knowledge from both Linguistics and Computer Science.

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Required Courses (these courses need to be taken in sequence):

LING 5045 - Linguistics for NLP (or LING 5040 if approved by an advisor)
LING 5410 - Computational Linguistics I
LING 5412 - NLP in Linguistics (or CSCE 5290 Natural Language Processing if approved by an advisor)
LING 5415 - Computational Linguistics II


Academic Certificate Completion Form and Request to Receive Your Certificate
Once you complete your course work, please submit the Request for Graduate Academic Certificate of Completion form to receive your certificate.