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Program Details

The University of Washington Seattle Campus offers a Professional Master’s in Computational Linguistics Degree. This degree program is well suited for individuals who wish to acquire the ability to integrate linguistics into a technology setting. Graduates of this degree will gain an understanding of how to improve the linguistic communication of modern computerized technology. This program provides individuals with the opportunity to move beyond entry-level positions and gain job security in the computational linguistics field. Graduates may find employment as a computational linguist, specialized software development engineer, language technician, language specialist, quality assurance analyst, or a translational technology specialist. This program is beneficial for those who are already in a related career or those who wish to enter with more in-depth knowledge.

The Professional Master’s in Computational Linguistics Degree Program consists of required and elective courses that may be completed in as little as 12 months. Required courses for this program include Introduction to Linguistic Phonetics, Introduction to Syntax for Computational Linguistics, Shallow processing Techniques for Natural Language Processing, Deep Processing Techniques for Natural Language Processing, Advanced Statistical Methods in Natural Language Processing, and Natural Language Processing Systems and Applications. Students also have a variety of elective courses they may choose from in order to complete the program. These courses are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to further their education and obtain specialized employment within this field. The courses for this program are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional within the career.

All courses are available online and may be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this degree program.


Admission requirements

  • The ability to program, including:
  • Knowledge of data structures and algorithms (equivalent to CS 373 at UW)*
  • Broad familiarity with C++ and Java
  • Expertise in C++ or Java
  • Perl and/or Python are recommended
  • A college-level introductory course in linguistics or equivalent
  • Introduction to statistics and probability (equivalent to STAT 391 at UW)*
  • Some knowledge of languages other than English is strongly encouraged

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities