100% Online Flexibility to learn from anywhere in the world. You can study on campus in Urbana-Champaign or online and take courses from the same faculty.
Top 10The University of Illinois provides rigorous academic training and a credential from one of the world's top-ranked research universities.
Source: Forbes Top Public Colleges 2023
$76.7kMedian advertised salary in job postings for translation and interpreting professionals with a master's degree
Source: Lightcast Job Posting Analytics 2023
15 Languages Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukranian

Grow your skills.

Our online master's degree focus on the diverse and fast-growing field of translation and interpreting. Youʼll gain high-demand skills and expertise while specializing in coursework relevant to your career goals.

Choose your path.

Students in the Masters in Translation & Interpreting program may specialize in one of three areas: Interpreting, Literary Translation, or Translation for the Professions.

Is the MA in Translation & Interpreting Right for me?

Master's degree candidates complete coursework in the foundations and practice of translation and interpreting, and may specialize in one or a combination of three areas: Translation for the Professions; Literary Translation; or Conference and Community Interpreting. We encourage all students to also explore areas outside of their area of specialization. All foundation courses are taught in English, and practice work is done in the student’s language pair.

Flexible and Inclusive

The Master of Arts in Translation and Interpreting is offered in two instructional modes: online or on campus. Online students take the same core courses and are taught by the same instructors as campus students. While online students are not required to come to campus, they are always welcome at all events, including the graduation ceremony. Because the content and requirements of the online and campus modes are identical, the final transcript and diploma do not specify the instructional mode.

The program takes into account the needs of off-campus students. The online curriculum provides a variety of engaging delivery formats such as online lectures, collaborative sessions, discussion boards, dual-mode instruction, and feedback in many forms. You also get individual attention from your professors so you can discuss material, ask questions, and get help.

Why Translation & Interpreting?
  • Demand. Translators and interpreters use languages to build bridges between cultures, worlds, and people. This is one reason professional translation and interpreting skills are in such great demand today.
  • Skills. A Master's degree will provide you with the intellectual background and technical skills you need to be a successful translator and interpreter.
Why Illinois?
  • Interdisciplinary expertise. Our core faculty members are active in the translation and interpreting field. Our affiliate faculty members offer expertise in a variety of research areas such as linguistics, literary and cultural studies, philosophy and ethics, religious studies, and computer science.
  • Networking. Learn alongside students with diverse perspectives and levels of experience. Students enroll from all parts of the globe, contributing to a rich learning environment.
  • Multilingual approach. With the assistance of our affiliate faculty members, core faculty guide translation and interpreting practice in several different languages, including all the official languages of the United Nations.
What skills will students gain?
  • Specialized coursework. In addition to the foundational courses in translation theory, professional practice, and technical skills, we offer coursework in three major areas:
    • Terminology, Localization and Translation for the Professions
    • Literary and Applied Literary Translation
    • Conference and Community Interpreting
  • Students in our program choose at least two courses in one of these three areas, based on their interests and professional goals. The Master's program culminates with a major individualized capstone project.
Application Deadlines
  • December 1 for full scholarship consideration.
  • March 1 standard application deadline.
  • After March 1, we may consider complete application files only if space permits. We cannot consider any applications that arrive after April 15

Career Possibilities

Alumni work in a diverse range of fields, such as medicine, law, business, social work, government, and non-profit organizations. Graduates have landed jobs at Netflix, Amazon, the FBI, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Military agencies, and more—your career possibilities with an MA in Translation & Interpreting are limitless.  

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