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The Brandeis MA Program in Computational Linguistics is a specialized degree offered by and housed in the Department of Computer Science. We offer an accessible, intensive two-year curriculum for students with a linguistics, language, computer science, mathematics, or science background, including students without prior study of computer science and/or linguistics.

Along with the two-year MA program for qualified students entering with a Bachelor's degree, we also offer a five-year combined BA/MA program for Brandeis undergraduate students in computer science or linguistics.

Individualized Curriculum and Close Relationships with Faculty

Our students enjoy close and very individualized teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships with faculty, as well as strong working relationships and ties with fellow students in the program.

The curriculum is designed to progressively prepare students with the tools they need for a successful long-term career in CL. The two-year time frame allows all students to establish a strong foundation in both computer science and linguistics—including filling in any gaps in a computer science, linguistics, or mathematics background—as well to complete advanced coursework in statistical natural language processing, machine learning, and a range of topics within applied and theoretical CL.

Excellent Placement after Graduation

We work with students from their start in the program toward their desired placement upon graduation. We have an extremely high placement rate in CL industry jobs and CL or linguistics PhD programs—both in terms of placement immediately after graduation, as well as in remaining employed to the graduate's satisfaction.

Alumni of the program currently work in computational linguistics and natural language processing at companies ranging from Amazon, Google, IBM Watson, and General Electric to Raytheon BBN, The MITRE Corporation, UFA Inc., Narrative Science, SAP Labs, Charles River Analytics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, QPID Health, and a range of start-ups in the greater metropolitan areas of Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and California.

A smaller but significant portion of alumni go on to PhD work in computer science, specializing in CL, or in linguistics. This includes alumni who are current PhD students or recent PhD graduates from schools including Brandeis University, The University of Michigan, and The University of Pennsylvania. A number of alumni who initially work in industry leave open the possibility of returning to PhD studies in CL at a later date.

Career possibilities are very diverse, and include:
  • automated text analysis
  • speech recognition
  • bioinformatics and medical domain applications of NLP
  • information retrieval
  • web search
  • machine translation
  • "Big Data"
  • cryptography
  • computer security

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We are happy to answer questions about the program, student experience, and admissions criteria; please feel free to contact us! Inquiries should be directed to:

Anne Gudaitis
Graduate Program Coordinator
(781) 736-2723

Prospective students who live in or are visiting the area are also welcome to contact us to arrange a campus visit. This can include meeting faculty, sitting in on classes, and talking with current students. Brandeis is located in Waltham, MA, which is a short drive or commuter rail train ride (20-30 minutes) from Boston and Cambridge.