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Natural Language Processing

Graduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 9
Cost Per Credit: $800
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College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Natural Language Processing and enter the rapidly growing field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) with expertise in related technologies and applications. This program integrates foundational skills of data science and machine learning so you are prepared to work in governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and more.

Natural Language Processing is the process of teaching computers to use language by extracting knowledge from text and then using that knowledge in meaningful ways such as text summarization, speech recognition, text to speech, and related areas. The certificate covers core algorithms and methods for NLP, such as training in statistical NLP, computational linguistics, speech technology, text retrieval and/or neural networks. 

Learning tools for critical tasks such as machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, grammar checking and text mining qualifies you for a range of positions in this in-demand field. 

The Natural Language Processing Graduate Certificate also provides you with credits and experience that are directly transferable into the MS in Data Science. Learn more about the MS in Data Science.

Preferred requirements for admission to the certificate program include a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, linguistics or related disciplines and experience in coding and statistics.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The program consists of two required courses plus an elective chosen from a slate of five possibilities:

LING 539: Statistical Natural Language Processing
LING 582: Advanced Statistical Natural Language Processing
LING 581: Advanced Computational Linguistics
LING 578: Speech Technology
INFO 557: Neural Networks
CSC 583: Text Retrieval and Web Search
CS 585: Algorithms for Natural Language Processing



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Natural Language Processing will build core skills, including:

  • Programming
  • Tools and packages used in NPL
  • Implementation of NPL algorithms
  • Training and evaluating machine learning systems

Graduates of the Natural Language Processing Certificate program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Search Engine Design
  • Search Optimization
  • Automated Summary Generation
  • Machine Translation
  • Data Science
  • Human/Computer Interface
  • Machine Learning
  • Speech Recognition
  • Software Engineering