Text Analytics Certificate

The Basic Certificate in Text Analytics is directed at individuals in the following groups:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate students looking to enhance their resumes after graduation
  • Community members or professionals working in the areas of language processing or related fields who wish to update their knowledge of the field or enhance their marketability by pairing language processing certification with another degree.

We are offering the Text Analytics Certificate as an assessment tool to prospective employers. Individuals who hold the Certificate can employ their skills in a variety of areas:

  • in Speech Recognition and Machine Translation
  • in various applications involving text-mining, text-classification, or text-filtering such as sentiment analysis of product reviews or microblogs, customer service support analysis,  SPAM detection, and litigation support
  • in Information Retrieval and Information Extraction


Certificate Requirements

The Basic Certificate requires a minimum of 12 units.

Courses and areas:

  • Mathematical and Data Analysis Tools: Linguistics 571 or 572
  • Probability: Statistics 550 or 551A or equivalent (for example, Statistics 670A);  students must satisfy lower division calculus or linear algebra prerequisites  for these courses (Mathematics 151, 252, and 254)
  • Intro to Computational Linguistics: Linguistics 581
  • Statistical Methods in Text Analysis: Linguistics 583

Students must obtain a grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the certificate courses.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is sometimes possible for one equivalent course (or, rarely, two equivalent courses) taken elsewhere. All applications for transfer credit are evaluated individually by the Certificate Program. No academic credit for course work is granted for work experience.

Registration and Academic Credit

You can register, and pay for, courses for the certificate in any of three ways:

  1. as an undergraduate candidate for a bachelor's degree, taking the courses as electives (Note: Courses in the certificate may count toward the major in linguistics or the major in statistics but may not count toward the minor in linguistics or the minor in text analytics).  Information regarding fees can be found at the following web site: http://bfa.sdsu.edu/fm/co/sfs/studentfees.html

  2. as a graduate candidate for a master's degree, taking the courses as electives.  Additional information is available at: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/index.html   

  3. through the College of Extended Studies ("Open University").  Additional information is available at: http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/Pages/Engine.aspx?id=539

For alternatives 1-2, you must have been admitted to San Diego State University through the regular application process. For alternative 3, no application or acceptance procedure is necessary; the College of Extended Studies is the division of the university open to the general public. (Note: the course work and all Certificate requirements are the same regardless of the way you register and pay for them, and there is no difference between Certificates earned by individuals registering through Extended Studies and those earned by individuals registering as admitted students.)

How to Obtain the Certificate

For more information or to obtain an application, please come to the Linguistics Office (SHW 214).

If you have any questions about the Text Analytics Certificate requirements, please email the certificate advisor, Dr. Jean Mark Gawron (gawron@mail.sdsu.edu)

After completion of the coursework for the certificate, students should contact the Linguistics Office and provide an unofficial transcript showing that relevant coursework has been completed.