MS in Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search And Informatics

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public Regional Accreditation

Program at a Glance

Computer And Information Sciences Linguistics Computer And Information Sciences Related
No 100% online
Per credit hour for tuition
32 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
Yes transfer credits accepted
No 100% flexible class times
16 weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


Online Professional Master of Science in Computational Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.

The distance education platform gives students access to a variety of graduate programs, including master’s degrees, certificates and individual courses, allowing CU Boulder online distance education students to earn the same degrees and have the same resources as on-campus students.

Professional Master's in Computational Linguistics overview

The computational linguistics, analytics, search and informatics master's degree is an interdisciplinary degree that provides a solid foundation in both computer science and linguistics graduate coursework, as well as several courses focused on data-driven linguistics, computational linguistics and information processing.

Computational Linguistics Curriculum 

Students must complete a total of 32 credit hours. ProMS students do not have to follow a specific focus area curriculum and can customize their degrees based on their personal interests; however, 18 credits in computer science courses is required.

Courses include 9 credit hours in computer science covering programming and machine learning, 9 credit hours in linguistics covering syntax, phonetics, and semantics and pragmatics, 9 credit hours in computational linguistics covering natural language processing, computational lexical semantics, and computational phonology and morphology, 3 credit hours of electives in information retrieval or formal semantics or additional machine learning.

Course delivery

For almost all of the courses, all students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.

Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters, are available to take for academic credit with the instructor's approval.

World-class faculty

Martha Palmer, an ACL Fellow known for her work in semantics and linguistic annotation; Jim Martin, who, along with Dan Jurafsky, wrote the textbook Speech and Language Processing, the premier text in the field; and Chenhao Tan, Susan Windisch Brown and Mans Hulden.

Financial assistance 

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

Distance Education

This program offers some courses both online and on campus. Depending on the course, students can participate from the comfort of their home while still engaging with their peers through the online platform.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?



Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online No
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times Both
Average Course Length 16 Weeks


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Program Accreditation:

Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
  • Required for Completion
    32 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Cynthia Clark 303-492 8456
Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Jennifer Schufer Director, Communication Marketing 303-492 2832 Jennifer.Schufer@Colorado.EDU
Graduate Distance Education Boulder CO 80309


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