Natural Language Processing M.S.

Why NLP at UC Santa Cruz?

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a rapidly growing field that provides key capabilities for many areas of Artificial Intelligence. NLP focuses on the development of computer programs that can understand, generate, and learn from human language, and  provides algorithms, methods and tools for analyzing both text and speech for such applications as conversational agents,  machine translation, question answering,  knowledge discovery from text, sentiment analysis, and text summarization. The UCSC Master of Science in Natural Language Processing  provides both depth and breadth in core algorithms and methods for NLP, and integrates foundational skills of data science and machine learning in order to prepare program graduates to work in the Natural Language Processing field in industry, governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations. Questions regarding the NLP graduate program can be directed to the Graduate Advisor.


Apply for Fall 2022 Admission Consideration!


Applications for Fall 2022 admission consideration for the NLP MS program at UCSC are now open! The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission consideration is February 15th, 2022.

Please visit our Admissions page for information about the application requirements and undergraduate preparation for the NLP MS program.*


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*GRE scores are no longer required for admission consideration for the NLP MS program. You are welcome to submit your official scores, but please note the inclusion of your official GRE scores will not be a deciding factor for admission.





Job Prospects

Faculty Spotlight

Jalal Mahmud   Dr. Jalal Mahmud

     "Data processing skills are essential for NLP engineers and I am excited to teach a course on data wrangling as part of the NLP MS program.”

      Dr. Jalal Mahmud is a lecturer and Natural Language Processing Masters Program and Data Science Thought Leader at IBM. Dr. Mahmud currently teaches NLP 220 at UCSC.


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Dilek Hakkani-Tür

   Dr. Dilek Hakkani-Tür

     "Looking forward to teaching the state-of-the-art machine learning methods on natural language processing!”

     Dr. Hakkani-Tür is a Senior Principal Scientist at Amazon Alexa AI and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UCSC.


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Student Spotlight

Angela Ramirez   Angela Ramirez

     "Language really is what connects us as humans. It's a beautiful thing. It's also a really rich field to study. There are so many gaps. People speak in such different ways and there's real complexity and beauty in it. So that's how I got into NLP.”

      Angela Ramirez is a student in the NLP MS program at UCSC.

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Adam Fidler

   Adam Fidler

     "So far I like the NLP MS program. I think there will be plenty of networking opportunities, which is great because so many of our faculty members are in the industry right now."

     Adam Fidler is a student in the NLP MS program at UCSC.


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Meet our Industry Advisors

Yunyao Li   Yunyao Li

     "NLP skills are highly desired in industry, and I’m pleased to be on the Industry Advisory Board for this program.”

     Yunyao Li is a Senior Research Manager with IBM Almaden Research Center.


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Ananth Sankar   Ananth Sankar

     In the NLP MS program at UCSC, Dr. Sankar has guest lectured, and as an Industry Advisor brings the perspective of someone who frequently hires engineers that do applied research and development in the areas of NLP and machine learning.

     Ananth Sankar is a Principal Staff Engineer at LinkedIn.


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  • In 2017, UC Santa Cruz was rated 3rd in the world for research influence by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, tied with Stanford University.

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