Gain your competitive edge in the $50 billion language services industry—launch your career through the first and only Translation and Localization Management master’s program in the U.S.

The Business of Language and Technology

One of the things that makes our program very interesting is that we cover so many different topics. And I think that we have probably the most broad curriculum of any localization program in North America, if not the world.

I picked this program because it combines the linguistic aspect with the technical part, and I think that’s very exciting. And this school is one of the only institutions that offer this program. And because I wanna set foot into the localization industry, this was the best choice for me.

Well, my studies here was a mixture of translation, interpretation and localization. And I had a chance to intern at a Stanford hospital. And we got to use advanced tools, computer assisted translation tools, in the field. That’s a very wonderful opportunity that I got.

We have a really close relationship with the localization industry. And we are always interacting with folks in the industry to find out what kind of skills they’re looking for in the people that they hire. And we’re making changes to our courses to respond to their needs.

We need game testers who have the language skills that we need. And then there’s game testing from a localization point of view, where we’re translating our games, and we need to check primarily when text appears on the screen.

Monterey is so close located to the Bay Area, and also the Silicon Valley, which is really great because this gives us an opportunity to attend events in the Silicon Valley. And those are really helpful also to learn about the localization industry. Many, in fact, in not the majority of our students have internships that are ongoing throughout the academic year. There are a few localization agencies right here, in Monterrey, that they work at, and for other agencies, they work remotely. And we’re finding out that agencies are opening up offices here in Monterrey, partially to get access to our students. Here, you will learn the most advanced expertise in this profession because every professor are the most selective ones in the world. And they are also practicing profession as well. They never stop practicing.

It’s so easy to get help from the professors. Even on the weekend when I had some issues with coding, my professor emailed me right back which was really great.

The goal for our graduates is to get them their dream job in the localization industry. And to do that, we’re giving them the skills that employers are looking for

Everything I’ve learned here so far is so relevant. Just meeting people from the localization industry outside of MIIS made me realize that all the skills are really important to know.

If you’ve been looking for a way to use your language skills, and you’d like to learn some business and technology skills as well, then translation and localization management is the perfect program for you.

What is Localization?

Localization is the process of adapting the content related to an idea, service, or product to the language and culture of a specific market or region.

Advance Your Career

Our Translation and Localization Management (TLM) degree is a career-focused master’s that’s ideal if you’re interested in working at the intersection of language, culture, business, and technology. You’ll take hands-on courses in language, management, and technology; develop cross-cultural understanding and communication; and build highly marketable skills—in fact, many top employers seek out our graduates as their go-to hires for localization management talent.

Find out if TLM is right for you

Our graduates work around the world in a range of roles, including as localization program managers and language leads at tech firms like Netflix, Google, and Salesforce, and as project managers at leading translation companies.

You’ll study at our Monterey, California, campus, located in a beautiful, multicultural area that’s home to a high concentration of localization companies. Coupled with our proximity to Silicon Valley and our annual career fair, you’ll have extensive opportunities to engage with localization professionals, find internships, and explore full-time employment opportunities.

What You’ll Learn

Our tech-focused curriculum will prepare you to quickly advance in the fast-growing localization industry. You’ll learn to use the latest translation and localization software, benefit from industry-focused electives, and gain experience through a professional practicum.

  • Learn to manage translation and localization projects to keep projects on track for worldwide launches.
  • Strengthen your technology skills, including core web abilities and multiple computer programming languages.
  • Use the skills you gain through courses in finance, marketing, and management to expand an organization’s market share.

Earn this 60-credit degree over four full-time semesters. If you meet our advanced entry requirements, you have two options to complete your master’s in just 32 credits:

  • Two-semester, full-time, on-site degree, allowing you to graduate faster.
  • Two-year, part-time, fully online degree, allowing you to continue working while you earn your degree.

See curriculum for more details.

4 -semester, 60-credit master’s
$50 billion industry (and growing)
98% employed within one year of graduation

Customize Your Degree

Translation Specialization

  • Translate, edit, and revise content into another language using translation and glossary management tools.
  • Requires native or near-native abilities in both languages of study.

Localization Management Specialization

  • Work on improving a nonnative language and intercultural competence while learning what it means to be a translator.
  • Requires at least an intermediate-to-high level of proficiency in a second language.

STEM Designation

Our MA in Translation and Localization Management is designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree program. If you are an international student who graduates from this program, and you are eligible to apply for standard Optional Practical Training (OPT), you may also qualify to apply for a STEM 24-month extension of your work authorization. Our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team can tell you more about these requirements.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can take advantage of a number of scholarships available only in STEM-designated degrees.

Online Advanced-Entry Degree

If you have at least two years of experience as a translator or translation project manager, you may consider our online Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management. You can study fully online, earning a 32-credit master’s with the flexibility that allows you to continue working full or part time.

Practicum and Practice

You’ll spend your second year of the program gaining real-world experience through a localization practicum, during which you’ll either work on a translation or research project or join the student-operated Globe Multilingual Services. Globe is a translation agency where you work with classmates, choose clients to work with, and explore the complexities of working together on large-scale, multilingual projects.

A Degree Worth Investing In

Earn your TLM master’s with us and you’ll be positioned for maximum growth in this high-demand field.

Our TLM degree is a worthwhile investment in your professional growth—and the sooner your apply, the more likely you are to benefit from our scholarships, grants, and other aid.

Professors and Practitioners

You’ll learn from faculty who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience. They’re active 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.

TLM Career Outcomes

Our graduates work for private corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations around the world as employees or freelance consultants.

Career Outcomes

99%
Employed or continuing education within 1 year of graduation
98%
Secured internships in 2019
56
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Next Application Deadline

August 15