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Gain your competitive edge in the $60 billion language services industry—launch your career through the first and leading Translation and Localization Management master’s program in the U.S.
Our Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management (TLM) degree prepares you for a career working at the intersection of language, culture, business, and technology. 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.
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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.
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Launch Your Career
Career and Academic Advising
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.
Our Monterey, California, campus is located in a beautiful, multicultural area that’s home to a high concentration of localization companies. Coupled with our proximity to Silicon Valley, you’ll have extensive opportunities to engage with localization professionals, find internships, and explore full-time employment opportunities.
Language Services Career Fair
Our annual language services career fair, hosted at our Monterey, California campus, attracts dozens of employers—like the MediaLocate 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. Many top employers seek out our graduates as their go-to hires for localization management talent. Explore careers in localization.
We have 40+ employers of our recent interns including Salesforce and Welocalize to give you further professional experience before you graduate.
Employers rely on the Institute as their go-to source for finding localization management talent. Our graduates work with some of the most prestigious organizations around the world.
Our tech-focused curriculum will prepare you to quickly advance in the fast-growing localization industry. You’ll take hands-on courses in language, management, and technology; develop cross-cultural understanding and communication; and build highly marketable skills. 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 or in 32 credits through the advanced entry programs.
See curriculum for more details.
Faculty: 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 our faculty.
Customize Your Translation and Localization Management Degree
Our flexible curriculum means you can customize your degree:
- STEM designation: expanded career opportunities for international students and scholarships for U.S. students.
- Take translation or language studies courses depending on your career goals and proficiency in a second language to satisfy the language requirement in this program.
- Advanced Entry: complete your degree in two semesters.
- Online MA in Translation and Localization Management: if you want to study online, apply to this part-time and asynchronous version of the program.
- Localization learning paths: build your expertise in industry-specific areas by taking online, asynchronous courses as a nondegree student.
- Joint degrees: earn two master’s degrees in just four semesters combining the TLM degree with an MA in Translation, MA in Translation and Interpretation, or an MA in Conference Interpretation.
Check out the program details for your options.
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.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
More than 95 percent of students who request scholarship consideration receive institutional support. You may receive merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships and financial aid, which are available to both U.S. and international students.
Your personal enrollment advisor can help you think through financing this important investment in your career development.
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 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.
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