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Human Language Technology (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

Human Language Technology is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, linguistics and psychology.   HLT is an emerging field of application for linguistic technology given the explosive growth of the (multilingual) internet, from search tools to large datasets in many specialized domains. The Accelerated HLT Master's Program targets advanced undergraduate students with background in programming and mathematical methods who wish to pursue a masters degree in HLT during and directly after their BA degree. Students are trained by faculty who bridge both sides of the formal linguistics and language engineering equation, and usually complete their MS in Human Language Technology one year after graduating with their BA degree. The goal of this program is to train students for HLT-related jobs in industry both in Arizona and nationwide, and more generally, to promote computational methods as skills that linguistics students will find increasingly useful in this computerized and modern world.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Linguistics -

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona offers undergraduate and graduate programs in linguistics and human language technology. Our faculty has research specializations in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, represented by diverse interests in a variety of languages. We also offer unique programs in Native American linguistics. The department trains students for careers in teaching, research, and industry, and is equipped with a variety of laboratory facilities.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Stephanie Ann Amado
Graduate Program Coordinator
Stephanie Ann Amado
Director of Graduate Studies
Adam P Ussishkin
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply to the Human Language Technology Accelerated MS program (HLT AMP) after completion of a minimum of 75 eligible undergraduate credit hours, and can enter the program after completion of a minimum of 90 eligible undergraduate credit hours. Applicants must have substantially completed their general education requirements, and expect to complete their undergraduate degree in 4 years. The minimum GPA at the time of admission and entry to the program is 3.3.

Demonstration of maturity is necessary for success in a highly competitive, accelerated master’s program.

All students are expected to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded.

Students applying to the Accelerated Master of Science in Human Language Technology follow the regular graduate application process with the following exceptions: 1) in the statement of purpose, the student should indicate why they are interested in the accelerated program specifically, and 2) the student does not need to submit University of Arizona transcripts or take the GRE. In addition to the regular criteria, the admissions committee will evaluate whether the applicant has demonstrated the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program. The deadline for both domestic and international applicants is January 15 for admission the following fall semester.

Applicants to the AMP in HLT must submit the University of Arizona Graduate College application and meet the admission requirements to the Accelerated Master’s Program:

To make sure you qualify for the Accelerated Master of Science Program, please contact Dr. Sandiway Fong, Dr. Diane Ohala, Dr. Mike Hammond, or Stephanie Amado prior to applying to the program.

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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements
  1. Undergraduate majors eligible for the Accelerated Master of Science in Human Language Technology graduate program: Computer Science, Linguistics, Management Information Systems & Mathematics. Undergraduate minors eligible for the HLT AMP: all Linguistics minors, as well as undergraduates who have a thematic minor in Computational Linguistics.
  2. Requirements that are in addition to, or more stringent than, the minimums*: Undergraduates majoring in Computer Science, Management Information Systems or Mathematics are required to have taken 3 undergraduate courses in Linguistics (specifically 201, 300, and 315) by the time of application to the Accelerated Master of Science in Human Language Technology. 
  3. The faculty coordinator and faculty committee that will administer the program:  Faculty coordinator: Mike Hammond; faculty committee: Mike Hammond, Andrew Carnie & Sandiway Fong.
  4. Sample curriculum and core or required courses:  The minimum number of credit hours for the MS HLT graduate degree is 36.  Students with little to no background in linguistics are encouraged to take LING500 (Linguistics for Non-majors) before formally enrolling in the program, although with permission, they may take it as an elective in Year 1.

**Students with no programming experience should take courses in a major programming language before applying to the program. Competency in a programming language will be tested upon arrival.


Sample schedule for Accelerated M.S. in HLT:
Example schedule for an Accelerated Master’s student entering in the fall
Fall UG Year 4:
LING 503 (3 units)
LING 538 (3 units)
LING undergraduate course/or GEN ED
LING undergraduate course /or GEN ED
Student may take an HLT graduate elective if applicable.
Spring UG year 4:
LING 539 (3 units)
LING 581 (3 units)
LING undergraduate course /or GEN ED
LING undergraduate course /or GEN ED
Student may take an HLT graduate elective if applicable.
Internship LING 593A (6-9 units)
Grad Year 1:  Take 6-9 units from either list A or List B
Grad Year 1: Take 6-9 units from either list A or list B.


The internship (LING593A) is taken in lieu of a master's thesis (minimum 6, maximum 9 units). The report associated with the internship must be of a quality comparable to that of a master's thesis. Internship in lieu of thesis: All the units of the internship need not be taken at the same time or with the same hosting agency. It may be broken down into smaller projects with minimum of 1 unit per project (45 work hours each) to total at least 6 units of internship overall. Please see the document Policies, Procedures and Best Practice Guidelines for Internships: LING593A Internship in Human Language Technology for further details on the internship.

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Last revised 19 Apr 2019