Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management
Gain your competitive edge in the $50 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.
Live and/or Asynchronous
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.
Find out if TLM is right for you
Study On-Site and/or Online
Your courses are available in person and online. You may start and complete your entire degree program remotely but please note that some of your online courses are live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. Any courses offered in our online advanced-entry TLM degree are asynchronous (no required live class meeting) and part-time.
The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both versions of the program so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.
You may also build your expertise in industry-specific areas by taking online courses as a nondegree student in our localization learning paths.
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.
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. 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 in just two semesters.
Two-year, part-time, fully online degree, allowing you to continue working while you earn your degree.
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.
These three STEM-designated joint degrees give you more time to work on your language skills, making your translation and/or interpretation coursework more manageable, and increasing your chances of qualifying for advanced courses that will further your versatility in the market.
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.
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.
Employers and students connected over language services industry internships and full-time positions at the Middlebury Institute’s annual Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management Career Fair.