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, in which 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 134 Statistical Approaches to Natural Language Processing and, COSI 137 Information Extraction, 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.

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 2nd year in the CL MS program and 5th year at Brandeis, there is also financial aid available. While we do not have the final award numbers for students entering their 5th year in fall 2022, we can tell you that the award will be at least the equivalent of last year’s base award of $12,500 merit award and $2,000 alumni award.

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