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Continue working as you quickly advance your career in the $60 billion language services industry with our flexible, advanced entry online master’s degree.

Our online Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management (TLM) is specifically designed for working professionals. You will position yourself for rapid advancement in a thriving field at the intersection of language, culture, business, and technology. Our graduates work as localization program managers and language leads at tech firms like Netflix, Google, and Salesforce, and as project managers at leading translation companies.


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Master’s Degree Fall 32 2 years part time Asynchronous
Learning Path (nondegree) Fall or Spring Various Flexible Asynchronous

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Interactive Online Learning

Our interactive approach to online learning provides a high level of engagement with your faculty, career advisor, classmates, and alumni. You will join a supportive community and build a vast, experienced professional network while taking advantage of our flexible course scheduling.

Our Professors Are Also Professionals

Every day Martiño Prada uses his TLM degree experience in his work on the globalization team at Netflix, and he credits working with professors who are also industry professionals for helping him gain the necessary skills and hands-on expertise.

My name is Martino Prada. I work at Netflix as a program manager on the globalization team and I’m a TLM graduate.

As a program manager, I think about ways to localize our content in the most efficient way, so our users can enjoy the Netflix shows and movies and have a seamless experience from a product perspective, from a content perspective.

For example, thinking about how can we localize the content that we get from India into the rest of the languages in the world? And what sort of strategies we can use to adapt the language, the visuals, how the shows are presented in the product.

“The trip to Asia was awesome. We learned a lot and I brought back a bunch of plans and initiatives.”

I chose the Middlebury Institute because I thought the TLM program is unique in many ways. It was very career-focused and very practical. We got to understand from professionals in the industry how their day-to-day works, what are the things that they do in their companies. I think that was very valuable. The fact that our professors are actually professionals with experience in the industry.

A lot of the classes were very hands-on. We actually had to manage localization projects and actually deal with real clients and build solutions for localization problems.

Honestly, MIIS just opened my mind and opened the doors for the opportunity to explore my potential as a professional and it opened the doors for a great career that I know I wouldn’t have been able to have without those two years at MIIS, without that opportunity.

Advance Your Career

Career and Academic Advising

Your career and academic advising are coordinated, ensuring you align your course work with your career goals. Your advisors will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating your employment offers.

Learning Paths for Nondegree Students

Based on your academic background, professional experience, and career goals, we can help you determine if you should pursue the full master’s degree or a selection of courses to build your expertise in industry-specific areas. Take courses in areas like project management, internationalization engineering, media localization, and more. Explore localization learning paths.

Flexible Programs

Continue to work full or part time as you build highly marketable skills in demand by top employers, who seek out our graduates as their go-to hires for localization management talent.

Career Fair

While studying online, you’ll still benefit from our annual language services career fair and proximity and connections to tech companies in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Alumni Network

Our large and influential alumni network is eager to help you take the next step in your career. They are thriving in careers around the world. Explore careers in localization.


Our online curriculum will build on your current skills and prepare you for your next steps in the localization industry.

  • Learn to manage localization projects to keep them on track for worldwide launches.
  • Strengthen your technology skills, including core web abilities and multiple computer programming languages.
  • Gain business skills through course work in finance, marketing, and management to expand an organization’s market share by way of careful localization program management.

See curriculum for more details.

2 year, part-time program
32 credit master’s
$50 billion industry (and growing)

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

Our online faculty are the same experts you would learn from in our Monterey-based, in-person program. They’re successful in their respective fields, engaging with industry organizations including the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), Nimdzi, LocWorld, the American Translators Association (ATA), TAUS, the Northern California Translators Association (NCTA), the International Federation of Translators (FIT), and Translators Without Borders (TWB).

Together with career advisors, our faculty will be your mentors, ensuring that you receive the academic and professional experience that will help you realize your career goals. Meet your faculty.


Many organizations offer tuition assistance for their employees’ professional development so contact your HR department to take advantage of employer tuition benefits.

As this is an online program, you will save on relocation costs and the part-time curriculum structure will allow you to keep working while you earn your degree. Limited scholarships are available. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to receive scholarship support.

Visit our program details page for tuition costs and other resources.

How to Apply

We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions. Learn how to apply

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