Admission and Financial Aid
Although previous experience in computer programming or linguistics may be helpful, it is not necessary for the two-year Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Computational Linguistics. Following are the requirements for admission:
- An online application
- An application fee (please click here for more information)
- Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page;
- Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically. The B.A./M.A. program requires only one letter of recommendation.
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
- A statement of purpose:
- For the Master's: Please upload a statement of purpose in essay form indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. What has attracted you to the specific field of computational linguistics/natural language processing? How much knowledge do you have about the sort of work done within this field, and where did you pick up this knowledge? Please be as detailed and complete as possible.
- In addition, in a separate section of the online application, applicants should be prepared to (1) List any previous courses taken, or a major or minor completed, in any of the following subject areas: Computer Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, and/or sciences other than Computer Science. (2) List any/all computer programming languages known and your level of knowledge (i.e. basic, moderate, advanced).
- For the BA/MA: In addition to the same as above, you should also discuss how you plan to complete your bachelor's degree requirements along with beginning master's coursework.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required for applicants to the M.A. program. Our ETS institution code is 3092. Applicants to the B.A./M.A. program are not required to submit GRE scores.
International students: For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.
- Master’s: For the fall 2014 semester (starts in late August): applications will continue to be reviewed until the cohort is full. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. For spring semester (starts in January): November 1.
- B.A./M.A.: Current undergraduates should apply for the B.A./M.A. program during their sixth semester at Brandeis.
Financing Your Education
You can afford graduate school. Brandeis is committed to helping students whose records indicate scholarly promise.
To help make graduate school possible for students in our two-year program, Brandeis makes available special scholarships, based on merit and need. The typical award for a two-year computational linguistics master's student is a 45 percent tuition scholarship.
Students enrolled in the B.A./M.A. program are considered undergraduate students in their senior year, thus they receive aid from the undergraduate financial aid office. In the fifth year, the Brandeis Alumni Scholarship ($10,000 scholarship) is granted. No additional aid is awarded.
For more detailed information on financing your education, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.