Certificate in Natural Language Technology

Bridge the Gap Between People and Machines


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Cost: $10,648 (estimated)

Next start date:

July 18, 2024

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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.


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

Earn Credit Toward Your Master's Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to eight 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 autumn quarter.


If you’re not ready to commit to the full certificate program, you can take a single course to see if the curriculum is a good fit for you. Learn more about single course enrollment


This program is offered by the UW Department of Linguistics. For more information and to apply, visit the Certificate in Natural Language Technology page on the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics website.


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