The Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management is designed to focus on three key areas of training: translation, localization technology, and management.
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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.
Visit the curriculum page to review the TLM learning goals.
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.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents can take advantage of a number of scholarships for STEM-designated degrees.
During the application process, you will choose if you would like to pursue translation or language studies courses so that we can assess your language skills appropriately.
If you want to become a translator or localization professional with translation or editing responsibilities, you should pursue translation courses to fulfill the language requirement.
- Take translation courses through our MA in Translation.
- Learn to provide high-quality translation and independently edit and revise pieces using the latest in translation technologies.
- Review the second language proficiency (including the Language and Skills Test) needed to take translation courses.
- Check out our available languages (all paired with English).
- Visit the curriculum page for details on your translation courses and credits.
Language Studies Courses
If you want to be able to use a second language in professional settings, you should pursue language studies courses to fulfill the language requirement.
- Take content-focused courses in your target language.
- Develop specialized professional vocabulary and content knowledge in your target language, write business emails, participate in conference calls, and make presentations to clients.
- Review the second language proficiency needed to take language studies courses.
- Check out our available languages.
- Visit the curriculum page for details on your language studies courses and credits.
Watch the short video below to further help you decide whether you should pursue translation courses or language studies courses.
Advanced Entry Degrees
If you meet our advanced entry requirements, you may complete your master’s in just 32 credits either in person or online. Note that advanced entry students also have greater flexibility on the language requirement.
In-Person Advanced Entry: this full-time master’s allows you to graduate in just two semesters. Visit our curriculum page for more details.
Online Advanced Entry: see below.
Online MA in Translation and Localization Management
Through our fully online Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management, you have the flexibility to continue working full or part time while you earn your master’s.
Joint Translation and Interpretation/Translation and Localization Management degrees
Launch a flexible career in the language services industry with advanced language and technical skills. Earn two master’s degrees in three years by combining TLM with an MA in Translation, an MA in Translation and Interpretation, or an MA in Conference Interpretation.
Online Learning Paths
Based on your academic background, professional experience, and career goals, we can help you determine if you should pursue the full master’s degree or a selection of courses to build your expertise in industry-specific areas. Take online, asynchronous courses as a nondegree student in areas like project management, internationalization engineering, media localization, and more. Explore localization learning paths.