HLT Online FAQ

I don’t have a background in CS/programming. Is this a problem?

You don’t need to have ever taken any courses in computer science or computational linguistics. We do expect our students to have some familiarity with programming, though you certainly don't need a degree in computer science or related field.  For students without programming experience, we suggest working though a free course such as Udacity's Intro to Python or a textbook such as Python for Linguists.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average time to completion is two years or 5-6 terms. We offer courses during fall, spring, and summer terms.

What courses can I take?

Please see this page for a description of core courses and recommended electives. Students in the online program may take electives in other departments with the approval of the program director. While the number of offerings continues to grow, students in the online program are currently limited to fully online (i.e., asynchronous) offerings available through the Arizona Online campus.

How many classes should I take per term?

We recommend that students enroll in 2 courses per 15-week term, but tackle the courses one at a time in a back-to-back fashion.  If you need to take the program slower and enroll in just one course per term (meaning you would be in class for 7.5 weeks and then not the next 7.5 weeks), that’s certainly possible, but keep in mind that not all of the program courses are offered each semester.

How do I find an internship?

We don't place students in internships, but the HLT faculty are available to advise you as you evaluate prospects you identify yourself.

Students admitted to the program are added to a forum where faculty, alumni, and current students can discuss the program and share internship opportunities.  Many of our students have had success finding internships using the following sites:

Finding the right internship often takes time, and the form that the process takes can vary from country to country.

Are GRE scores required as part of my application?

GRE scores are not required as part of your application to the online program.

How do I start the application process?

International applicants

You can begin the process by speaking with an enrollment counselor from UA Global. UA Global can also answer questions about the total cost of the program.

The Graduate College requires international students to demonstrate a minimum proficiency of English. You can find more information about general requirements on the Grad College Admissions Requirements page.

Domestic (US) Applicants

Visit the Arizona Online Admissions page to learn how to apply. Arizona Online provides information about the total program cost on their website.

Can I chat with someone about the program?

Gus Hahn-Powell directs the online MS in HLT but is on leave for the 2022-23 Academic Year; Eric Jackson, another of our online HLT faculty members, is serving as the interim director. Eric is available to chat about the program via Zoom or email (ejackson1 AT arizona DOT edu).  You may schedule an appointment with Eric at the following link: