Computational Linguistics is a field that appeals to students with a zeal for both language and computer science and a passion for developing ideas at the intersection of these fields. The Brandeis Master of Arts degree in computational linguistics focuses on the scientific study of language from a computational perspective, in which opportunities abound in many fields, including:
- automated text analysis
- speech recognition
- information retrieval
- web search
- machine translation
- "Big Data"
- computer security
This dynamic interdisciplinary program draws on the following fields:
- linguistic theory (phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics)
- computer science (artificial intelligence, theory of computation and programming methods)
- cognitive science
A two-year M.A. program in computational linguistics is offered to qualified students with a B.A. degree. The five-year combined B.A./M.A. program in computational linguistics is offered to Brandeis undergraduate students with a background in either computer science or linguistics.