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The Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management is designed to focus on three key areas of training: translation, localization technology, and management.

Localization refers to the process and tools whereby software, websites, multimedia presentations, documents, or anything else that is both translated and adapted to another culture. Employers across this $40 billion and rapidly growing industry rely on the Institute as their go-to source for finding localization management talent. To meet this need, we have incorporated three specializations into the degree—Translation, Localization, and Business Management—each requiring different levels of language expertise.

Students in the program learn the software applications that enable localization, gain the skills to manage complex projects with virtual teams, develop lifelong employability, and are exposed to the real-world experience of working in a translation agency for actual clients. See the curriculum for more details.

Choose Your Specialization

Translation Specialization

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

  • Translate and localize content into another language.

  • Requires native or near-native abilities in both languages of study.

Localization Specialization

  • Strengthen technology skills with computer programming and advanced translation management systems courses.

  • Learn to manage translation and localization projects to keep projects on track for worldwide launches.

  • Requires at least an intermediate-to-high level of proficiency in a second language.

Management Specialization

  • Strengthen business skills through course work in finance, accounting, economics, and management.

  • Learn to expand an organization’s market share and mindshare through careful localization program management.

  • Requires at least an intermediate-to-high level of proficiency in a second language.

Choose Your Language

Students in the Translation specialization choose one of the following languages, all paired with English. Each program has skill-based language-specific translation courses, experienced faculty, and extensive access to internship and employment opportunities. Like students in our MA in Translation, MA in Translation and Interpretation, and MA in Conference Interpretation, you will work bidirectionally between an A and B language.

Your A language is typically the language that you grew up with and were educated in during school. This is the language and culture that you feel most familiar with and can understand and speak with fluency, cultural awareness, understanding of nuances, and grammatical accuracy.

Your B language is the language that you feel almost as proficient in as you do your A language. You typically have both substantial academic and in-country experience with this language. You understand its nuances and cultural references, and can use it almost as fluently and expertly as your A language. Most translators and interpreters will listen/read in their B language as they interpret/translate into their A language, but many others will also work bidirectionally. That is, they will also listen/read in their A language and interpret/translate into their B language.

Students in either the Localization specialization or the Management specialization take intercultural competence courses and content-based language courses in the following languages:

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • English (as a second language)

  • French

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Spanish

German, Korean, Portuguese, and others are available by request but may require an additional fee.

Careers and Internships

Students gain professional experience through internships. Our graduates work within some of the most prestigious organizations around the world. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.

Tuition and Fees

Visit our Admissions site for detailed information about tuition and fees.