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Master’s (MS) in Translation & Interpreting

Want to turn your language skills into a translation or interpreting career? Whether you are interested in business translation, medical translation, conference interpreting, legal translation, literary translation, transcreation, or localization, the MS in Translation & Interpreting offered by the NYU SPS Center for Publishing & Applied Liberal Arts prepares you for a wide range of translation and interpretation jobs. This 36-credit, fully online master’s in translation and interpreting degree provides the best of both worlds—the convenience and flexibility of learning on your own terms and at your own pace, while benefiting from a rigorous curriculum, a broad range of elective courses tailored to your interests, and the prestige of earning your degree at NYU, one of the world’s most respected universities.

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Degree Advantages

  • Offered fully online with opportunities to engage with faculty members and students at regular intervals
  • Curriculum that allows you to study translation from any language into English
  • Covers both written translation and the best practices of oral interpreting
  • Elective courses that customize your learning experience
  • Prepares students for the ATA Certification Exam
  • Taught by faculty members who are professional experts in their fields
  • Can be completed in as little as three semesters of full-time study

Who Should Consider Earning the MS in Translation & Interpreting?

Whether you are interested in a full-time position with a language service provider or prefer the flexibility of a freelance translation and interpreting career, the MS in Translation & Interpreting will prepare you for a professional path in the translation industry, which is growing faster than many other fields. It will provide you with skill sets to work anywhere in the world. In a 2020 survey, 100% of recent MS in Translation & Interpreting graduates reported being employed within six months of graduation.

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 20 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations - BLS

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Become a Language Professional

Faculty members who teach in the MS in Translation & Interpreting share their deep expertise with students from around the world. The degree program focuses on the generalized skill required for translation and interpreting, while thesis advisers provide guidance on the subtle nuances of Spanish to English translation, Chinese to English translation, Arabic to English translation, and so many other language pairs.

Choose From a Wide Range of Electives Courses in Emerging Fields

While the MS in Translation & Interpreting affords a solid core in theory and practice, terminology, and techniques, the degree’s elective courses provide the knowledge to succeed in fields such as legal translation, transcreation, website localization, machine translation, and financial translation that will set you apart and will provide tremendous flexibility in your translating and interpreting career.

Build a Portfolio of Translation Projects That Demonstrates Your Skills

The MS in Translation & Interpreting is designed to ensure that you walk away with a comprehensive portfolio of translation projects that truly demonstrate your translation skills to prospective employers and clients. Your portfolio can be tailored to the area of specialization you choose—from medical translation to legal translation, transcreation to localization of software and websites.

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Program Affiliations

ata - American Translators Association Institutional Member
The American Literary Translators Association
GALA - Globalization & Localization Association
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Department Highlights

August 11, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Laura Valeri Wins Scholarship to Attend the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators Annual Conference
August 2, 2022
Malkemes Scholarship Now Available to Newly Admitted MSPW & MSTI students
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
July 22, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Students Gather Valuable Advice for the Interpreting Profession
May 24, 2022
Anees Gharzita, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Selected as 2022 Flag Bearer
May 16, 2022
Hannah Josephson, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Receives 2022 Excellence in Translation Award
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
May 24, 2022
Anees Gharzita, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Selected as 2022 Flag Bearer
May 16, 2022
Hannah Josephson, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Receives 2022 Excellence in Translation Award
March 23, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Spotlight: Marianne Yeh
February 4, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Anees Gharzita Wins Scholarship to Attend the American Translators Association Annual Conference
December 17, 2021
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Spotlight: Sophia Barry Gordon
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
April 26, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Speaker Series with ALC Bridge
November 20, 2019
Conversations with an Innovator
February 11, 2022
MSPW & MSTI Academic Directors Awarded Faculty Innovation and Antiracism Microgrant
November 1, 2021
MS in Translation and Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Barbara Inge Karsch
September 10, 2021
MSTI Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Lowe Publishes New Translation
March 2, 2021
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Lowe
October 16, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Tom Alwood
October 14, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Jean Campbell
August 11, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Laura Valeri Wins Scholarship to Attend the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators Annual Conference
August 2, 2022
Malkemes Scholarship Now Available to Newly Admitted MSPW & MSTI students
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
July 22, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Students Gather Valuable Advice for the Interpreting Profession
May 24, 2022
Anees Gharzita, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Selected as 2022 Flag Bearer
May 16, 2022
Hannah Josephson, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Receives 2022 Excellence in Translation Award
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
May 24, 2022
Anees Gharzita, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Selected as 2022 Flag Bearer
May 16, 2022
Hannah Josephson, MS in Translation & Interpreting Graduate, Receives 2022 Excellence in Translation Award
March 23, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Spotlight: Marianne Yeh
February 4, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Anees Gharzita Wins Scholarship to Attend the American Translators Association Annual Conference
December 17, 2021
MS in Translation & Interpreting Student Spotlight: Sophia Barry Gordon
July 29, 2022
NYU SPS Club OWLS Wins Community Engagement Prize!
April 26, 2022
MS in Translation & Interpreting Speaker Series with ALC Bridge
November 20, 2019
Conversations with an Innovator
February 11, 2022
MSPW & MSTI Academic Directors Awarded Faculty Innovation and Antiracism Microgrant
November 1, 2021
MS in Translation and Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Barbara Inge Karsch
September 10, 2021
MSTI Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Lowe Publishes New Translation
March 2, 2021
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Lowe
October 16, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Tom Alwood
October 14, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Jean Campbell