MS in Computational Linguistics

Enter the red-hot human language technologies industry with an advanced degree in an interdisciplinary field that combines studies in studies in computer science, statistics, language, cognitive science, psycholinguistics and artificial intelligence.

The work of computational linguists is incorporated into many software applications, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, translation systems, question answering systems, artificial personal assistants, forensic language analysis, automated voice response systems and language tutoring applications, to name just a few.

The Department of Linguistics and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will help you enrich your Computational Linguistics education with high-impact experiential learning activities to further develop the technical and soft skills that employers demand. 

Infographic that says, 10 Skills Employers Want 1. Research 2. A Cross-Disciplinary Approach 3. Programming 4. Professional Conduct 5. Communication 6. Project Management 7. Leadership 8. Critical Thinking 9. Teamwork 10. Diversity and Cultural Appreciation.

Be Career Ready

  • Understand traditional linguistics disciplines such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, and phonology, and receive substantial training in other areas, such as language typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistic, and historical and contact linguistics
  • Advance your knowledge of machine learning, algorithm design and software engineering in modern programming languages to solve complex problems
  • Create tools for important practical tasks such as machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, information extraction from text, grammar checking, text mining and more
  • Apply your programming knowledge to create computational models of various kinds of linguistic phenomena, such as language acquisition, evolution, language and human language comprehension

Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.

Explore a few examples of how we help you develop skills that employers want:

How much can you earn?

Bar graph, Salary: $172,00 high, $100,334 average annual pay, $29,000 low.

The average annual pay for a Computational Linguist across the U.S. is $100,334 a year. Computational Linguists' annual salaries range from $29,000 to $172,000 nationally. To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Computational Linguist jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Source: ZipRecruiter, August 2018. 

What career is in your future?

* Data Scientist
* Artificial Intelligence Scientist
* Text Analytics Software Tester
* Cognitive Software Developer
* Computational Linguist
* Language Engineer
* Cryptologic Linguist
* Linguistics Developer
* Research Scientist
* Data Analyst
* Natural Language Processing Software Engineer

Computational Linguists Are in Demand

A line graph titled, Number of Job Postings Involving Computational Linguistics, 2007 - 2010, that shows a dramatic increase in 2014 and on.


The demand for skilled Computational Linguists is skyrocketing, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in the number of job postings involving computational linguistics.

Source: Rui P Chaves, PhD; All job postings in LinguistList emails that involve computational linguistics, 2007-2017.