MS in Computational Linguistics

Professor Sargur Srihari (CSE).

Professor Sargur Srihari, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, teaching students about Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing


The Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science and Engineering jointly participate in a Master of Science in Computational Linguistics. The mission of the program is to prepare students for a career in the Human Language Technologies industry. This program is on the STEM OPT extension list (CIP number 30.1801). If you are a current UB Linguistics PhD student interested in pursuing the MS as well, please view the PhD Applicants to MS page. 

There are currently eight students in the MS program, two of which are also pursuing a PhD in Linguistics.

Student spotlight

MS students are encouraged to seek internships they are interested in via Bullseye, or to participate in our local internship in the Natural Language Understanding Laboratory at the Department of Biomedical Sciences.


Application Deadlines

March 1: All international MA/MS applicants

April 1: All domestic MA/MS applicants

Application reviews begin January 15 of each year, and continue throughout the spring semester. 

Online Application

Application Fee Waiver

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). Students may be eligible for an application fee waiver courtesy of the CAS Dean's Office. To learn more, please visit the College of Arts and Sciences. If they qualify for a waiver, students may then submit their MS application for formal review without the application fee, provided the fee waiver application has also been submitted and accepted.

Advising Faculty

Rui P. Chaves, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Brendan T. Johns, Assistant Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Jean-Pierre Koenig, Professor of Linguistics

Rohini Shihari, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours: 36             
Required Linguistics Courses                                        
  • Phonetics (LIN 531)
  • Syntax I (LIN 515)
  • Advanced Syntax (such as LIN 526: Comparative Syntactic Theories; LIN 552: Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar; LIN 535: Syntax 2; or LIN 614: Current Syntactic Theory)
  • Semantics I (LIN 538)
  • Semantics II (LIN 543)
Required Computer Science Courses
  • Introduction to Computer Science for non-majors I (CSE 503)
  • Introduction to Computer Science for non-majors II (CSE 504)
  • Information Retrieval (CSE 535)
  • Machine Learning (CSE 574) or Introduction of the Theory of Computation (CSE 596)
  • Computational Linguistics (LIN/CSE 567)
  • Advanced Topics in Computational Linguistics (LIN/CSE 667) 


  • Statistics (such as LIN 624: Quantitative Methods in Linguistics;  PSC 508: Basic Statistics for Social Sciences; or COM 504: Quantitative Foundations of Communication)
  • Disorders of Memory (CDS 687) 
  • Fundamentals of Programming Languages (CSE 505)
  • Analysis of Algorithms (CSE 531)
  • Introduction to pattern recognition (CSE 555)
  • Knowledge Representation (CSE 563)
  • Topics in visualization (CSE 566)
  • Introduction to Computer Vision and Image Processing (CSE 573)
  • Machine Learning (CSE 574)
  • Introduction to the Theory of Computation (CSE 596)
  • Data mining and bioinformatics (CSE 601)
  • Advanced Information Retrieval (CSE 635)
  • Advanced Machine Learning (CSE 674)
  • Discourse pragmatics (LIN 504)
  • Corpus Linguistics (LIN 514)
  • Head-driven Phrase-Structure Grammar (LIN 552)
  • Psycholinguistics (PSY 642)
  • Internship (LIN 599)

*To be chosen in agreement with each student’s advisor; other classes may be taken with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in the concentration for Computational Linguistics, Professor Rui P. Chaves.

Required courses may be waived if a corresponding course has already been taken. For information on Computer Science courses, please visit the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Contact Us

Jurgen Bohnemeyer.

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Director of Graduate Studies; Professor

Specialties: Semantic typology, Conceptual and Formal Semantics, the Syntax-Semantics Interface, the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, Linguistic Anthropology, Mesoamerican Languages

642 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0127


Rui P. Chaves.

Rui P. Chaves

Associate Professor

Specialties: Syntax, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Constraint-Based Grammar, Long-Distance Dependencies, Coordination, Experimental Syntax, and Grammar Implementation

604 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0133


Professor Rohini-Srihari.

Rohini Srihari

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

338D Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1602 Ext. 102