Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Master's in Conference Interpretation is a four-semester, 60-credit program. The core course work prepares graduates to be experts in the theory and practice of conference interpretation, as well as in cross-cultural understanding and communication.

Duration Start Dates Accelerated Programs
Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency
Two years, full time August 2 semesters 60 Practicum required Required


Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

Our professional curriculum helps develop and refine your conference interpretation skills in language-specific classes. You will work both in and out of your languages to build skills and terminology needed in today’s interpretation markets. The course work is centered on these areas of focus:

1. Translation

During your first year, you will explore translation skills, both to build your language awareness and terminology in your A and B languages.

2. Interpretation

You will work in and out of both your A and B languages in consecutive and simultaneous environments. You will be introduced to a variety of genres and fields, including politics, economics, science, and technology, to name just a few. You will also learn to work in interpretation booths and gain experience with various technologies used for interpretation in today’s markets.

3. Tools and Technology

The interpretation market is constantly adapting to the availability of new technologies. You will gain experience and familiarity with these technologies and consider the ways in which they will influence your professional practice.

4. Theory

You will be introduced to the latest theories in interpretation research so you are familiar with the work being done in the field and so you can consider the impact this will have on your own professional work.

5. Professional Skills

You will participate in Translation and Interpretation as a Profession, a career-focused course that helps prepare you for the various markets in which you may work. In conjunction with this course, your career and academic advisor will help ensure your lifelong employability by providing in-depth information and relevant guidance regarding your chosen career paths.

6. Professional Practicum

You will gain real-world experience by completing a two-semester interpretation practicum in which you will provide simultaneous and consecutive interpretation services in public venues, including conferences and even some of the Institute’s multilingual, interdisciplinary courses.

7. Electives

You will complete your degree with electives of your choice. You can explore the Mindfulness for Interpreters course (link), pursue further translation course work, build your confidence in public speaking, or take general courses from other programs offered at the Institute to strengthen your expertise in domains that will benefit your career.

Program Options

  • Localization Management Specialization
    We offer a Translation and Localization Management (TLM) degree, and have become increasingly interested in the field. Technological advances have made it increasingly important that our graduates are well versed in various areas relevant to localization professionals. This 14-unit specialization in localization management allows students in our other translation and interpretation degree programs to be more competitive in the industry. Students pursuing the localization management specialization will incur additional costs and add an additional semester to their program. Sample Courses include:
    • Computer-Assisted Translation
    • Localization Project Management
    • Multilingual Desktop Publishing
    • Software and Games Localization
    • Website Localization
  • Spanish Community Interpreting Specialization
    This 10-unit specialization is designed to complement the Spanish translation, interpretation and localization management degrees with professional and linguistic knowledge needed for the fields of legal, medical, social service, and educational interpreting. Online courses are offered during the fall and J-term (January), followed by an intensive, six-week, on-site summer session, culminating in preparation for the court and medical certification exams. Students pursuing the Spanish community interpreting specialization will incur additional costs and add a summer to their program. If you are not enrolling in one of our degree programs but are interested in this type of professional work, you may enjoy learning more about the Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate program.
  • Advanced (2 Semesters) Degree
    We offer a 30-unit, two-semester program to students who have substantial prior course work in translation and interpretation as well as professional experience in the field.


Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Introduction to Translation (B-A, A-B) 8
Introduction to Interpretation (B-A, A-B) 4
Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation 2
Elective Courses 2
Spring 1 16 Credits
Intermediate Translation (B-A, A-B) 4
Intermediate Interpretation Consecutive (B-A, A-B) 4
Intermediate Interpretation Simultaneous (B-A, A-B) 4
Elective Courses 4
Fall 2 14 Credits
Research on TILM 2
Advanced Interpretation I – Consecutive (B-A, A-B) 4
Advanced Interpretation I – Simultaneous (B-A, A-B) 4
Practicum in Interpretation 2
Elective Courses 2
Spring 2 14 Credits
Translation and Interpretation as a Profession 2
Advanced Interpretation II – Consecutive (B-A, A-B) 4
Advanced Interpretation II – Simultaneous (B-A, A-B) 4
Practicum in Interpretation 2
Elective Courses 2


*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.