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The Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management is a four-semester, 60-credit program with specializations in translation, localization, and management.

Start Date Credits Practicum Language Competency Program Chair
August 60 Required Required Max Troyer

Translation Specialization

Requirements

Core course work:

  • Introduction to CAT (2 credits)
  • Localization Project Management (2 credits)
  • Multilingual Desktop Publishing and A/V Localization (2 credits)
  • Advanced CAT (2 credits)
  • Website Localization (2 credits)
  • Terminology Management (2 credits)
  • Software and Games Localization (2 credits)
  • Marketing for Localizers (2 credits)
  • The Financial Side of Localization (2 credits)
  • Localization as a Profession (2 credits)

Language

  • Introduction to Translation Written/Sight B–A (2 or 4 credits, if taken as 2 credits then A–B as 2 credits also required)
  • Intermediate Translation Written/Sight B–A (2 or 4 credits, if taken as 2 credits then A–B as 2 credits also required)
  • Advanced Translation I B–A (2 or 4 credits, if taken as 2 credits then A–B as 2 credits also required)
  • Advanced Translation II B–A (2 or 4 credits, if taken as 2 credits then A–B as 2 credits also required)

Localization Practicum (4 credits total: 2 credits per semester for 2 semesters)

Electives (20 credits, must include 4 Localization electives)

Core Course Work

Learn to work with a variety of translation and glossary management tools, and to provide written translations, editing, and revision of translations.

Language

Translation specialization students are required to take 4 credits of translation courses each semester (16 credits in total). At least 2 credits each semester must be in the B–A language pair for a total of 8 B–A credits. The remaining 8 translation credits can be in any direction. This provides students with the flexibility to take either 4 credits of B–A per semester, or 2 credits of B-A and 2 credits of A–B. Note that some languages only offer translation courses in 4 credits so these students will need to take 4 B–A each semester.

Electives

You will complete your degree with additional Localization courses and electives of your choice from any degree program. Translation specialization students may choose to take additional translation courses including studying a third language.

Advanced Entry

We offer a 32-credit, two-semester program for Translation specialization students who have expertise in at least one computer-assisted translation (CAT) tool, familiarity with other localization tools, and at least two years of experience as a translator or translation project manager. Visit How to Apply for details.

Translation Specialization Sample Course Schedule

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Introduction to Translation (B-A) 4
Introduction to Computer-Assisted Technology 2
Localization Project Management 2
Multilingual Desktop Publishing and A/V Localization 2
Electives (Localization) 2
Electives (General) 4
Spring 1 16 Credits
Intermediate Translation (B-A) 4
Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation 2
Website Localization 2
Terminology Management 2
Electives (Localization) 2
Electives (General) 4
Fall 2 14 Credits
Advanced Translation I B-A 4
Financial Side of Localization 2
Software and Games Localization 2
Marketing for Localizers 2
Localization Practicum 2
Electives (General) 2
Spring 2 14 Credits
Advanced Translation II B-A 4
Localization as a Profession 2
Localization Practicum 2
Electives (General) 6
TOTAL 60

Localization Specialization

Requirements

Core course work:

  • Principles of Translation (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation (2 credits)
  • Localization Project Management (2 credits)
  • Multilingual Desktop Publishing and A/V Localization (2 credits)
  • Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation (2 credits)
  • Translation Management Systems (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming with Python (2 credits)
  • Website Localization (2 credits)
  • Terminology Management (2 credits)
  • Software and Games Localization (2 credits)
  • Marketing for Localizers (2 credits)
  • The Financial Side of Localization (2 credits)
  • Localization as a Profession (2 credits)

Language/Intercultural Competence (12 credits, minimum 8 credits of Language required)

Localization Practicum (4 credits total: 2 credits per semester for 2 semesters)

Electives (18 credits, must include 6 Localization electives)

Core course work

Learn to provide expertise in using software that enables the internationalization and localization of software, video games, websites, content management systems, desktop publishing formats, subtitles, and dubbing.

Language and Intercultural Competence

Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers.

Electives

You will complete your degree with additional Localization courses and electives of your choice from any degree program.

Advanced Entry

We offer a 32-credit, two-semester program for Localization specialization students who have expertise in at least one computer-assisted translation (CAT) tool, familiarity with other localization tools, and at least two years of experience as a translator or translation project manager. Visit How to Apply for details.

Localization Specialization Sample Course Schedule

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Principles of Translation 2
Introduction to Computer-Assisted Technology 2
Localization Project Management 2
Multilingual Desktop Publishing and A/V Localization 2
Language Studies 4
Electives (Localization) 2
Electives (General) 2
Spring 1 16 Credits
Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation 2
Translation Management Systems 2
Introduction to Computer Programming with Python 2
Website Localization 2
Terminology Management 2
Language Studies 4
Electives (General) 2
Fall 2 14 Credits
Software and Games Localization 2
Marketing for Localizers 2
Financial Side of Localization 2
Localization Practicum 2
Intercultural Competence 4
Electives (General) 2
Spring 2 14 Credits
Localization as a Profession 2
Localization Practicum 2
Electives (Localization) 4
Electives (General) 6
TOTAL 60

Management Specialization

Requirements

Core course work:

  • Principles of Translation (2 credits)
  • Introduction to CAT (2 credits)
  • Localization Project Management (2 credits)
  • Multilingual Desktop Publishing and A/V Localization (2 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (2 credits)
  • Business Statistics (2 credits)
  • Advanced CAT (2 credits)
  • Website Localization (2 credits)
  • Financial Management (2 credits)
  • Software and Games Localization (2 credits)
  • Marketing for Localizers (2 credits)
  • The Financial Side of Localization (2 credits)
  • Managerial Economics (2 credits)
  • Localization as a Profession (2 credits)

Language/Intercultural Competence (12 credits, minimum 8 credits of Language required)

Localization Practicum (4 credits total: 2 credits per semester for 2 semesters)

Electives (16 credits, must include 4 Management electives and 2 Localization electives)

Core course work

Gain the skills to manage complex translation and localization projects and work with virtualized team members spanning the globe. Develop skills in budgeting, reporting, and forecasting using cutting-edge software and business processes.

Language and Intercultural Competence

Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers.

Electives

You will complete your degree with additional Management courses, Localization courses, and electives of your choice from any degree program.

Management Specialization Sample Course Schedule

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Principles of Translation 2
Introduction to Computer-Assisted Technology 2
Localization Project Management 2
Multilingual Desktop Publishing and A/V Localization 2
Financial Accounting 2
Business Statistics 2
Intercultural Competence 2
Electives (General) 2
Spring 1 16 Credits
Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation 2
Website Localization 2
Financial Management 2
Language Studies 4
Electives (Management) 2
Electives (General) 4
Fall 2 14 Credits
Software and Games Localization 2
Marketing for Localizers 2
Financial Side of Localization 2
Localization Practicum 2
Managerial Economics 2
Language Studies 4
Spring 2 14 Credits
Localization as a Profession 2
Localization Practicum 2
Intercultural Competence 2
Electives (Management) 2
Electives (Localization) 2
Elective (General) 4
TOTAL 60

All Specializations

Practicum

Gain real-world experience by completing a localization practicum, in which you operate Globe Multilingual Services, a student-driven translation agency, with your classmates, choose clients to work with, and explore the complexities of working together on large-scale, multilingual projects.

Professional Skills

Participate in Localization as a Profession, a career-focused course that helps prepare you for the markets in which you may work. In conjunction with this course, your career advisor and academic advisor will provide information and guidance regarding your career goals.

Internships

Many students spend their summers at organizations and companies at the top of the localization field. These professional opportunities often lead to full-time work upon graduation.