Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Master’s in Translation and Localization Management is a 60-unit, four-semester program with three specializations: Translation, Localization, and Management. The core course work trains professionals who manage translation and localization projects for global organizations and corporations.

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 develops your technological and business skills as well as your language skills. The course work is centered on these areas of focus:

1. Translation or Language Studies

You will learn to work with a variety of translation and glossary management tools.

If you choose to pursue the Translation Specialization, you will learn to provide written translations, editing, and revision of translations. You will work from your B language (second) into your A language (native). Courses include the following:

  • Introduction to, Intermediate, and Advanced Translation
  • Introduction to and Advanced Computer-Assisted Translation

If you choose the Localization or Management Specialization, you will work to improve your second language through Language Studies and Intercultural Competence (ICC) courses including the following:

  • Conversations on Contemporary China (Chinese)
  • The World Today (French)
  • U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America (Spanish)
  • Trust Across Cultures (ICC)

2. Localization

You will 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. Courses include the following:

  • Translation Management Systems
  • Multilingual Desktop Publishing
  • Website Localization
  • Software and Games Localization

3. Management

You will gain the skills to manage complex translation and localization projects and work with virtualized team members spanning the globe. You will develop your skills in budgeting, reporting, and forecasting using cutting-edge software and business processes. Courses include the following:

  • Localization Project Management
  • Marketing for Localizers
  • Financial Side of Localization

If you choose the Management Specialization, you will take courses in the following:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Statistics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management

4. Professional Skills

You will participate in Localization as a Profession, a career-focused course that will help 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.

5. Localization Practicum

You will gain real-world experience in the localization practicum, in which you create a translation agency with your classmates, choose nonprofit clients to work with, and explore the complexities of working together on large-scale projects.

6. 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.

 

Advanced (Two-Semester) Degree

We offer two 32-unit, two-semester programs to students who meet the requirements listed on our how to apply section.

 

Sample Course Schedule (Translation Specialization)*

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 14 Credits
Introduction to Translation (B-A) 4
Introduction to Computer-Assisted Technology 2
Localization Project Management 2
Electives (General) 6
4
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 14 Credits
Advanced Translation II B-A 4
Localization as a Profession 2
Website Localization 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

 

*These are sample degree schedules. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.