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Certificate in Natural Language Technology

Bridge the Gap Between People and Machines

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Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Days
  • Cost: $10,032

Next start date:

July 22, 2021

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About this Program


When you talk to your mobile device or car navigation system — or it talks to you — you’re experiencing the fruits of developments in natural language processing. This field, which focuses on the creation of software that can analyze and understand human languages, has grown rapidly in recent years and now has many technological applications.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore the foundations of computational linguistics, the academic discipline that underlies NLP. You’ll delve into the various technical principles of language processing techniques, gain expertise in specialized NLP algorithms, and consider the wide variety of applications for these cutting-edge skills.

DESIGNED FOR

Technically oriented professionals with some programming and statistics background who work with language and technology, or who want to enter the field.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • The science behind predictive text messaging, grammar checkers, dialogue systems and information extraction
  • Techniques and algorithms for associating surface-level structures and information with natural language corpora
  • Probability and statistics as they relate to the discipline
  • The fundamentals of technologies that have applications in biomedical informatics, litigation support, media and advertising, and other fields

Earn Credit Toward Your Master's Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 graduate credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics. To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program.

Program Overview

You must complete two required courses and one elective course to earn the certificate.

You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

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