MA in Translation & Interpretation
Master the art of translation & interpretation: communicating across-cultures with the spoken and written word.
About the Fields of Translation & Interpretation
Our translation and interpretation master’s program prepares you to work as a professional in both the translation and interpretation fields. Although interpretation and translation have much in common, the practice of each profession requires different skill sets.
|Interpreters must be good public speakers who are adept at grasping meaning and solving complex linguistic problems quickly.||Translators must be able to conduct thorough research and produce camera-ready documents on tight deadlines.|
Many employers, unaware of the distinction between the two aspects of the profession, expect you to be able to perform both tasks. As a result, more than 60 percent of our students choose to pursue a translation & interpretation degree.
Our Translation & Interpretation Program
Language-specific courses are designed to refine students’ skills in both interpretation and translation, both in and out of each of their languages. The interpretation courses will focus on the development of consecutive interpretation skills, although some students may choose to pursue elective coursework in simultaneous interpretation. We also encourage students to pursue coursework in computer-assisted translation tools, so that they are able to take advantage of technological advances in the translation field.
In addition to building their skill sets, students also increase their domain knowledge by working with texts from a range of fields including politics, economics, science and technology, to name just a few.
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In order to prepare for their professional lives, students take a career-oriented course and we encourage them to take advantage of internships and local employment opportunities.
Our master’s program not only provides a relevant curriculum but also the opportunity to work alongside experienced translation and interpretation professionals and learn from their expertise. Our faculty has a rich background in the fields of translation and interpretation, working worldwide at events such as the Olympic Games, for companies such as Microsoft, and for organizations such as the United Nations and U.S. Departments of State, Energy, and Commerce.
Our faculty also write articles, translate literary masterpieces, and manage top translation and interpretation journals, such as the internationally-recognized Interpreting journal. Learn more about our experienced and diverse faculty.
Internship & Career Opportunities
During their time at the Monterey Institute, our students have access to internships and professional opportunities at companies and organizations around the world. Popular internships include those offered by Stanford University Hospital, the U.S. Department of State, and the United Nations.
Many of these internship opportunities lead to full-time or freelance employment upon graduation. Our alumni have found that being able to provide both translation and interpretation services gives them a significant edge in today's competitive job market.