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M.A. in Translation

The Master of Arts degree programs in translation are offered in five language concentrations: French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. The translation program prepares students for careers in translation, language engineering, international business and government.

See the Institute for Applied Linguistics website for more detailed information on the Translation Program. 

Master of Arts Specializing in Translation: Program Requirements

Successful completion of 36 semester hours of coursework as detailed below, including a case study in translation. All students must enroll in TRST 60001 (Graduate Research and Writing), during the first fall semester. This is a departmental requirement. Students holding appointment as graduate teaching assistants (GAs) must also enroll in MCLS 60094 (College Teaching of Foreign Languages ), a one-hour course, during the first fall semester of their assistantship. 

For a comprehensive list of Master's degree coursework click here.

Core Requirements 

In addition to these departmental and GA requirements, core course requirements include:

  1. TRST  60009 (Documents in Multilingual Contexts)
  2. TRST 60010 ( Theory of Translation),
  3. FR 63010 / GER 61010 / JAPN 65010 / RUSS 62010 / SPAN 62010 (Practice of Translation),
  4. TRST 60011(Terminology and Computer Applications for Translators);
  5. FR 63240 / GER 61240 / JAPN 65240 / RUSS 62240 / SPAN 68240 (Literary and Cultural Translation);
  6. FR 63250 / GER 61250 / JAPN 65250 / RUSS 62250 / SPAN 68250 (Commercial, Legal and Diplomatic Translation),
  7. FR 63251 / GER 61251 / JAPN 65251 / RUSS 62251 / SPAN 68251 (Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation ),
  8. TRST 60012 (Software Localization),
  9. An elective course such as TRST 60013 (Project Management) or other approved course and
  10. FR 63979 / GER 61979 / JAPN 65979 / RUSS 62979 / SPAN 68979 (Case Study in Translation)

B language Requirements

Each student must also complete 6 semester hours of courses in his or her "B" or second language. Domestic candidates in French and Spanish must successfully complete 6 semester hours of second or "B" language courses; domestic candidates in German must successfully complete GER 51212 (Stylistics) if offered, and 3 hours of another second or "B" language course. Domestic students in Japanese and Russian are exempt from the "B" language requirement if no such courses are offered, and may select subject area courses upon prior approval from the student's graduate advisor and from the Graduate Coordinator. International students must complete 6 semester hours of courses taught in English. International students may take subject area courses (in English) outside the department upon prior approval from the student's graduate advisor and from the Graduate Coordinator.


Five to six elective hours (GAs will have only 5 electives remaining) may be selected from among the following courses: MCLS 60020 Semeiotics (3), MCLS 60094 College Teaching (1); TRST 60009 Documents in Multilingual Contexts (2) ; TRST 603298  Applied Translation Research (1-3); and FR 63093 / GER 61091 / JAPN 65091 / RUSS 62091 / SPAN 68093 Variable Topic Seminars (3). See the list below for elective options. Other courses may be taken as electives with prior approval from the Graduate Coordinator and Translation Coordinator. Applied Translation Research requires special approval from the graduate coordinator and registration processes

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