Master of Arts in Translation; Translation and Interpretation; Conference Interpretation
Launch your career in the $50 billion language services industry with a master’s from one of the world’s leading graduate schools for translation and interpretation.
Our translation and interpretation master’s degrees prepare you for exciting careers as freelance or in-house language professionals at organizations like the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the Stanford Healthcare network, and a range of NGOs and private companies around the world.
You can pursue a Master of Arts in Translation (T), a Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation (TI), or a Master of Arts in Conference Interpretation (CI).
Find out if T, TI, or CI is right for you
Study On-Site and/or Online
We encourage you to join us in person to take full advantage of the resources available to you in Monterey, including our state-of-the-art simultaneous interpretation labs, Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international students, and networking with a diverse community of professionals in the language capital of the world.
We recognize that on-site study may not be possible for some students so you have the flexibility to take courses online, and you may be able to complete your entire degree online depending on your degree and language(s) of study. Many online classes are live (synchronous) so you will need to keep time zones in mind.
Your career and academic advising are coordinated, ensuring you align your coursework with your career goals. Our experienced advisors will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews, negotiating your employment offers, and managing your career.
Students often pursue internships during the summer between their first and second years.
Language Services Career Fair
Our annual language services career fair, hosted at our Monterey, California campus, attracts dozens of employers—like the U.S. Department of State Office of Language Services and Deluxe Media Inc.—all seeking to hire our students for internships and full-time positions.
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, meeting the growing and global demand for multilingual fluency in courts, hospitals, technology, and diplomacy. Explore careers in translation and interpretation.
Our career-oriented course work prepares you for lifelong skill-building and professional growth. You will develop key skills both in and out of your A (native) and B (near-native) languages as you work with real-world texts, high-profile events, and live simulations in a variety of fields. You will also learn to use the latest translation and interpretation technology, software, and tools.
Engage in authentic translation and interpretation experiences through your practicum. A thesis option is available for those interested in pursuing an extended translation project.
Although you must select a specific degree when you apply, you will be exposed to many aspects of both translation and interpretation during your first year. After these two semesters, you, your faculty, and your academic advisor will know more about your strengths and interests, and you can finalize your degree choice and focus your studies. Explore your degree options.
Customize Your Degree
The flexibility in our curriculum gives you opportunities to customize your degree through your languages of study, content area electives, a professional practicum, internships, intercultural competence courses, joint degrees, optional specializations, and advanced entry.
Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience as translators and interpreters performing high profile work at intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, at the World Economic Forum, at the Olympics, for the White House, in the U.S. State Department, in the German Parliament, in literature and research, in nonprofit organizations, and in private businesses.
Together with career advisors, faculty mentor students to ensure that they receive the academic and professional experience that will help them realize their career goals. Meet your faculty.
Financing Your Education
We offer a variety of resources to make your program more affordable including merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships for both U.S. and international students. Your personal enrollment advisor is also available to help you think through financing this important investment in your career development.
We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without work experience, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain professional experience before you graduate. This approach aligns with the Institute’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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. You will submit a Language and Skills Test(LST) to demonstrate proficiency in each of your languages of study.