Five-Year Bachelor's/MS Program

The Five-Year Bachelor’s/MS Program in Computational Linguistics allows Brandeis Bachelor’s students to complete the first-year coursework of the two-year Computational Linguistics MS degree during their undergraduate studies, typically as majors or minors in one or both of Linguistics and Computer Science.

The fifth year, after the student has graduated with a Bachelor’s and is enrolled as an MS student, then consists of coursework that mirrors the second-year curriculum of the two-year Computational Linguistics MS. This includes at least four advanced computational linguistics courses and at least 6 total courses.  These 6 courses include the required COSI 231a Advanced Machine Learning Methods for Natural Language Processing (formerly COSI 134a Statistical Approaches to Natural Language Processing) and COSI 232b Information Extraction (formerly COSI 137b), and either an internship in computational linguistics, capstone project, or a master’s thesis as the student’s “exit requirement”.

The minimum residence requirement is one year, i.e., two semesters of full-time enrollment, beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

  • If you are interested in applying to the Bachelor’s/MS program in computational linguistics, we encourage you to contact the Director of Graduate Studies for the Computational Linguistics MS program to discuss the program and recommendations for how to prepare to apply to the program.
  • To apply to the Bachelor’s/MS program in computational linguistics, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.

  • For detailed program information, please review our student handbook and the section of the Computer Science page of the Bulletin that relates to the Bachelors/MS program in Computational Linguistics.

Financial Aid

To help students make graduate school possible for students in our two-year program, Brandeis makes available special scholarships, based on merit and need. 

Students enrolled in the Bachelor’s/MS program are considered undergraduate students in their senior year, thus they receive aid from the undergraduate financial aid office. 

During their year in the CL MS program (and fifth year at Brandeis), there is also financial aid available. While we do not have the final award numbers for students entering their fifth year in fall 2024, we can tell you that the award will be at least the equivalent of last year’s base award of $25,000.

Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Website for more information on financing your education at Brandeis.