MS in Translation & Interpreting


Want to turn your language skills into a translation or interpreting career? Employers identify communication skills, creativity, and cultural competence as qualities they seek. The MS in Translation & Interpreting is a fully online, 36-credit program that prepares students to become effective language professionals ready for today’s global workplaces.

Translation and interpreting are among the fastest-growing professions today, with the market for outsourced language services and localization reaching $49 billion in 2019 according to CSA Research. The MS in Translation & Interpreting focuses on the textual, cultural, and technical competencies in communication across languages that are central to this growing field.

The program is open to applicants who wish to study translation from any language into English.

MS in Translation & Interpreting Advantages

  • Study translation from any language into English
  • Gain experience in written translation and the best practices of spoken interpreting
  • Complete in three semesters of full-time study or up to five years of part-time study
  • Earn your degree online at your own pace
  • Prepare for flexible freelance translation and interpreting careers or full-time positions with language service providers
  • Benefit from learning outcomes designed around trends in the language professions

Opportunities and Outcomes

Learn from experts in the field as you master strategies for translating complex documents and gain a foundation in the principles of interpreting. Work in teams and independently to develop an understanding of industry standards and how to deliver content tailored to specific markets, clients, and audiences.

Capstone to Career

From law or finance to advertising or intergovernmental agencies, the need for translators and interpreters is creating fulfilling freelance and employment opportunities. Build a portfolio as you prepare for a new or expanded career in translation, interpretation, localization, publishing, quality assessment, and project management.

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Degree requirements for the MS in Translation & Interpreting have changed.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Core courses cover the major fields and foundations of the language professions including theory and practice of translation, terminology management, principles of interpreting, editing and revision, and translation technology. (18 credits)

Thesis Project / Capstone

In their final semester, students pursue a substantial translation or localization project, research paper, or a combination of the two. (3 credits)

Elective Courses

Elective courses are designed to prepare students for the multiple career paths open to translators and interpreters today. (15 credits)

Degree Requirements


Students are required to take the following course.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to submitting the materials listed below, applicants to the MS in Translation & Interpreting should schedule an online proficiency test in their source language.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

July 1

Spring Semester

Priority: September 15

Final: November 30

Required Documents

Personal Statement


Letter of Recommendation (One Letter Required, Two Letters Suggested)

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)


Applicants submitting official transcripts will be given priority during the application process. 


For Academic Year 2020-2021

Application Fee $150

Registration Fee (per semester) for 3 credit course $662

Tuition per 3 credit course $7,112

Language Proficiency

TOEFL scores are NOT required for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in the United States OR in a country where English is the primary language. Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.

For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.

NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 

Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT)

If an international applicant has not achieved the minimum scores as described above, they are required to participate in the VEPT, a 50-minute online test that evaluates English language proficiency.

Financing Your Education

Click the link below to find important information regarding the federal aid process, NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) department and divisional scholarships, private loans, and the NYU payment plans.

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