Certificate in Computational Linguistics


The Certificate in Computational Linguistics is designed to provide academic training in the study of computational approaches to language analysis. The curriculum assumes no prior linguistic or programming knowledge and introduces students to a variety of computational methods and their theoretical underpinnings including: writing programs in Python to process raw texts (tokenization), discovering statistical patterns in linguistic data (frequency distribution), performing part-of-speech tagging, text segmentation, and classification,(context-free grammars, dependency grammars), extracting meaning from texts, and applying various machine learning methods to data mining.


Smirnova, Anastasia

Anastasia Smirnova
Email: smirnov@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 338-3102
Office: HUM 429


ENG 420 - Introduction to the Study of Language

ENG 421 - Syntax

ENG 620 - Introduction to Computational Linguistics

ENG 680 - Applied Computational Linguistics

Selected One:

ENG 424 - Phonology and Morphology

CSC 620 - Natural Language Technologies 

Admission to the Program

If you currently are NOT a matriculated student at SF State, and you wish to apply for admission to the certificate program, you must apply to the university. To do so, you will need to apply to SF State online through Cal State Apply. You will also need to upload the following documents to the Cal State Apply site’s “Program Materials”

  • In a coherent personal essay: 1) Explain your interest in the Certificate; 2) describe prior work experience which led you to have an interest in this program; 3) explain how this certificate program contributes to your overall professional growth.
  • Please upload legible unofficial copies of transcripts from each college or university attended. Including study abroad coursework, or community college coursework, even if this coursework appears as transfer credit appears on your degree transcript. Full academic disclosure is required. Photographs or screenshots of transcripts will be rejected. An incomplete academic history will significantly delay review of your application. The Division of Graduate Studies may request official transcripts from you at any point during the application review process.  

    If selected for admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the SF State in order to secure your offer of admission. Please note: if you previously attended SF State, you do not need to submit a SF State transcript.

  • Please note that you cannot take more than two courses for the certificate program through College of Extended Learning. Also, certificate students who are not enrolled in a BA or MA program are not eligible for financial aid.

If you currently ARE a matriculated undergraduate student at SF State, and you wish to apply for admission to the program, you do not need to apply to the University, but you must submit a certificate application, statement of purpose, and unofficial transcripts to the Department of English office in HUM 484 or email the documents.The deadline to apply for fall semester is May 1; the deadline to apply for spring semester is November 1. Spring 2022 application deadline has been extended to December 1.