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21 Master of Art Degrees in Translation

A Master of Arts, or MA degree, is an advanced academic achievement that offers a more extensive study of the curriculum covered in a related bachelor’s degree program. Students working toward Master of Arts degrees generally have broad academic backgrounds and a strong understanding of a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, history, humanities, English, philosophy, theolog… Read more

A Master of Arts, or MA degree, is an advanced academic achievement that offers a more extensive study of the curriculum covered in a related bachelor’s degree program. Students working toward Master of Arts degrees generally have broad academic backgrounds and a strong understanding of a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, history, humanities, English, philosophy, theology, social sciences, and fine arts. 

Just what is an MA in Translation? A Translation Masters program offers a thorough examination of translation theories and practices and trains students to become experts in cross-cultural communication and understanding. Translation Masters students undertake language-specific coursework to learn to translate a broad range of written and oral communications, including textbooks, historical documents, handwritten letters, user manuals, novels, plays, poems, or any number of other mediums. Additional topics of study may include a review of computer-assisted translation tools utilized by professional translators, as well as cultural studies relevant to the language or languages at hand.

Students who successfully complete Translation MA programs are well-prepared for a variety of roles within the competitive fields of translation and interpreting.  Many clients feel that an advanced Translation degree improves credibility, meaning that Masters Degree holders are more likely to find profitable work than their less-educated counterparts. 

The cost of a Masters Degree program in Translation vary greatly from school to school and country to country, so it is advised that interested students contact each school of interest in order to obtain specific tuition information.

Students who finish Translation Studies graduate programs are well-equipped to work as freelance translators or interpreters, as translation software developers, as government agency employees, or in personal or corporate translation services, among other related professions.  

Numerous international options exist for students interested in obtaining an MA in Translation. Many students, particularly those who live in remote areas, choose to enroll in online Translation programs, due in large part to the degree of flexibility they offer.  Masterstudies’ extensive database is a great place to start exploring the global options that exist for students seeking an advanced translation degree. To find a course that fits your needs, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel

The MA Program in English Literature with a focus on Literary Translation combines high-level literature seminars, creative writing, and translation workshops, and is capped o ... +

The MA Program in English Literature with a focus on Literary Translation combines high-level literature seminars, creative writing, and translation workshops, and is capped off with a year of one-on-one mentoring as the student prepares a creative thesis: the translation of a work of fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Our MA in English-Chinese Interpreting with Translation is ideal for those looking to embark on careers as professional interpreters, combining interpreting theory and practic ... +

Our MA in English-Chinese Interpreting with Translation is ideal for those looking to embark on careers as professional interpreters, combining interpreting theory and practice and with teaching taking place in a state-of-the-art Interpreting Suite. You are also encouraged to use these facilities outside of teaching time to develop your practical skills further. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom

This Masters degree has been designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline of Translation Studies; enable students to develop the sk ... +

This Masters degree has been designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline of Translation Studies; enable students to develop the skills upon which professional translator competence is predicated; provide students with opportunities to advance their expertise in their principal non-native language; provide students with opportunities for further language-training; provide students with appropriate opportunities in professionally-based practice; enable students to develop the higher level cognitive and research skills necessary for further study at doctoral level. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

The MA in Chinese-English Translation and Language is available if you are a first language Mandarin speaker from China, interested in an applied language career such as trans ... +

The MA in Chinese-English Translation and Language is available if you are a first language Mandarin speaker from China, interested in an applied language career such as translating and teaching English or Chinese as a foreign language. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Roehampton London
London, United Kingdom

This programme aims to address the growing demand for translators with skills in translating technical texts.

This programme aims to address the growing demand for translators with skills in translating technical texts. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

The M.A. in Translation & Bilingual Communication Programme aims to provide, at the postgraduate level and with the needs of main target groups in mind, focused and vigoro ... +

The M.A. in Translation & Bilingual Communication Programme aims to provide, at the postgraduate level and with the needs of main target groups in mind, focused and vigorous training in Translation and Bilingual Communication. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Africa International University
Nairobi, Kenya

This is a 2-year program that provides for the professional development needs of practicing translators, translation project leaders, and translation consultants involved in t ... +

This is a 2-year program that provides for the professional development needs of practicing translators, translation project leaders, and translation consultants involved in the translation of the Bible and related material. It integrates training in Biblical languages, exegesis, translation principles, consulting, translation project management, and areas of linguistics directly relevant to Bible translation. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 3 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom

This is the only course in the UK that will give you advanced interpreting skills in all interpreting modes, including consecutive, simultaneous, chuchotage, sight translation ... +

This is the only course in the UK that will give you advanced interpreting skills in all interpreting modes, including consecutive, simultaneous, chuchotage, sight translation, dialogue and distance interpreting. We are the first university to teach video-mediated and telephone interpreting based on research in distance interpreting, giving you excellent and flexible career opportunities. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MA programme in Translation combines training of practical translation skills and/or cultural mediation with the teaching of translation theories and methods. It is unique ... +

The MA programme in Translation combines training of practical translation skills and/or cultural mediation with the teaching of translation theories and methods. It is unique in terms of the range of Asian/African language and cultural specializations. The practical translation modules are optional, students who prefer to concentrate on cultural translation, cultural mediation, or translation theory are also welcome. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
27 Sep 2021
Campus
 
University Saint-Joseph
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Since its foundation in 1980, the School of Translators and Interpreters of Beirut (ETIB) has been training senior translators and interpreters with the highest standards to m ... +

Since its foundation in 1980, the School of Translators and Interpreters of Beirut (ETIB) has been training senior translators and interpreters with the highest standards to master Arabic, French and English languages as well as intercultural competencies by helping them to adapt to cultural differences, sharpen strong analytical and deductive skills, and develop professional judgment. Member of CIUTI (International Standing Conference of University Institutes of Translators and Interpreters) and of the FIT (International Federation of Translators), recognized by the AIIC (International Association of Conference Interpreters), and having a long-standing and close relation with the United Nations and the European Parliament, ETIB aspires to be an active member among the university institutions of the world and a pole of excellence in the fields of research and innovation in the Arab world. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
15 - 24 months
English, Arabic
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Bath
Claverton Down, United Kingdom

Come to study interpreting and translating at Bath Find out why the University of Bath is internationally renowned for training interpreters and translators. The course covers ... +

Come to study interpreting and translating at Bath Find out why the University of Bath is internationally renowned for training interpreters and translators. The course covers professional translation and different types of interpreting, including simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and liaison in public and commercial settings. Students have access to the latest digital interpreting suites and participate in mini-conferences to put skills into practice, holding debates on controversial topics and acting as both delegate and interpreter. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Carolina College Of Biblical Studies
Fayetteville, USA

The Master of Arts in Bible Translation (MABT) provides students with an interdisciplinary knowledge of translation studies, biblical studies, and theology. It prepares studen ... +

The Master of Arts in Bible Translation (MABT) provides students with an interdisciplinary knowledge of translation studies, biblical studies, and theology. It prepares students to engage in research and analysis informed by those disciplines and contributes to the advance of the church, global missions, and vernacular Bible language or missionary contexts and their work in translation. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
Olivet University
Anza, USA

Olivet School of Language and Education’s Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation degree is designed to develop scholars and professionals experts who will meet the n ... +

Olivet School of Language and Education’s Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation degree is designed to develop scholars and professionals experts who will meet the needs of academic and professional languages services for ministry around the world. The Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation (MATI) is a 45-hour graduate degree that aims to equip students with increased competence and expertise in the areas of translation and interpretation, especially for the purpose of ministry work. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
 
Tula State Lev Tolstoy University
Tula, Russia

The goals of the program are the formation of general cultural, general professional, and professional competencies in the direction of training Linguistics, as well as the de ... +

The goals of the program are the formation of general cultural, general professional, and professional competencies in the direction of training Linguistics, as well as the development of students' motivation and ability to carry out professional and scientific activities. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Russian
Sep 2021
Campus
 
American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Our Master of Arts in English/Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting (MATI) degree is known throughout the region for its excellent reputation.

Our Master of Arts in English/Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting (MATI) degree is known throughout the region for its excellent reputation. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus