Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics (MDSCL)
Passionate about language and curious about data? UBC's Master of Data Science degree in Computational Linguistics is the credential to set you apart. Offered at the Vancouver campus this unique degree is tailored to those with a passion for language and data. Over 10 months, the program combines foundational data science courses with advanced computational linguistics courses—equipping graduates with the skills to turn language-related data into knowledge and to build AI that can interpret human language
What makes the program unique?
Courses are taught by a combined arts (linguistics), computer science, and statistics faculty giving students access to key experts within each field of study. Students learn fundamental data science skills, techniques, and tools with the core Master of Data Science cohort, then branch off into more specialized courses, experiencing the benefits of a large program and small program in one
The program structure includes 24 one-credit courses offered in four-week segments. Courses are lab-oriented and delivered in-person with some blended online content.
At the end of the six segments, an eight-week six-credit capstone project is also included, allowing students to apply their newly acquired knowledge, while working alongside other students with real-life data sets.
Meet a Representative
MDS Computational Linguistics Student and Alumni Virtual Information Sessionwebinar
Date: Friday, 29 October 2021
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
Want to know what it is like to be a student in the UBC Master of Data Science Computational Linguistics program? You are invited to join MDS-CL students and alumni for a virtual information session to learn more about the student experience. At this live panel, MDS Computational Linguistics students and alumni will:
- Share their student experiences and learning at MDS in Vancouver
- Talk about the accelerated 10-month program and unique curriculum format
- Discuss how they’re applying their MDS degree in their fields
- Answer your questions live.
Please note: This panel is intended for you to learn more about the MDS student experience in the Computational Linguistics program. All admission questions will be answered at another Virtual Information Session in December 2021. Date and time TBD.
Tuition & Financial Support
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$11,040.80||$15,911.56|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$1,052.34 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $17,126.20 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
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Working while studying
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Data Science is an interdisciplinary field about processes and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms.