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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 Coordinator
August 60 Required Required Max Troyer

Core Course Work

Translation Specialization

Learn to work with a variety of translation and glossary management tools, and to provide written translations, editing, and revision of translations. You will work from your B language (second) into your A language (native). Sample courses:

  • Introduction to, Intermediate, and Advanced Translation

  • Introduction to and Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation

Localization Specialization

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. Sample courses:

  • Translation Management Systems

  • Multilingual Desktop Publishing and Audiovisual Localization

  • Website Localization

  • Software and Games Localization

Management Specialization

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. Sample courses:

  • Localization Project Management

  • Marketing for Localizers

  • Financial Side of Localization

  • Financial Accounting

  • Business Statistics

  • Managerial Economics

  • Financial Management

Language Studies

If you choose the Localization specialization or Management specialization, you will work to improve your second language through your language studies and Intercultural Competence (ICC) courses:

  • Conversations on Contemporary China (in Chinese)

  • The World Today (in French)

  • U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America (in Spanish)

  • Trust Across Cultures (ICC)

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 and academic advisor will provide information and guidance regarding your career goals.

Electives

You will complete your degree with electives of your choice, including additional general or TLM-specific electives. Translation specialization students may choose to take additional translation courses including studying a third language, while Management specialization students may elect to take additional management courses.

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.

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.

Advanced Entry

We offer a 32-credit, two-semester program for 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.

Sample Course Schedule TRANSLATION SPECIALIZATION

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
Website Localization 2
Electives (General) 6
Spring 1 16 Credits
Intermediate Translation (B-A) 4
Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation 2
Multilingual Desktop Publishing 2
Marketing for Localizers 2
Terminology Management 2
Electives (General) 2
Electives (Localization) 2
Fall 2 16 Credits
Research on Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management 2
Advanced Translation I B-A 4
Financial Side of Localization 2
Software and Games Localization 2
Localization Practicum 2
Electives (General) 4
Spring 2 12 Credits
Advanced Translation II B-A 4
Localization as a Profession 2
Localization Practicum 2
Electives (General) 4
TOTAL 60

Sample Course Schedule LOCALIZATION SPECIALIZATION

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Intercultural Competence 2
Introduction to Computer-Assisted Technology 2
Localization Project Management 2
Localization Project Management 2
Introduction to Computer Programming with Python 2
Electives (General) 4
Electives (Localization) 2
Spring 1 16 Credits
Language Studies 4
Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation 2
Multilingual Desktop Publishing 2
Marketing for Localizers 2
Terminology Management 2
Electives (General) 2
Electives (Localization) 2
Fall 2 16 Credits
Research on Translation, Interpretation, and Localization Management 2
Language Studies 4
Translation Management Systems 2
Software and Games Localization 2
Financial Side of Localization 2
Electives (General) 2
Spring 2 12 Credits
Intercultural Competence 2
Localization as a Profession 2
Website Localization 2
Localization Practicum 2
Electives (General) 4
TOTAL 60

Sample Course Schedule MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

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