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M.A. in Translation

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. For a comprehensive list of Master's degree coursework click here. For any questions regarding  M.A. program admissions or requirements, please contact Dr. Brian Baer, Graduate Coordinator (

Core Requirements 

In addition to this departmental requirement, core course requirements include:

  1. TRST  60009 (Documents in Multilingual Contexts)
  2. TRST 60010 ( Theory of Translation),
  3. ARAB 67010/FR 63010 / GER 61010 / JAPN 65010 / RUSS 62010 / SPAN 62010 (Practice of Translation),
  4. TRST 60011(Terminology and Computer Applications for Translators);
  5. ARAB 67240/FR 63240 / GER 61240 / JAPN 65240 / RUSS 62240 / SPAN 68240 (Literary and Cultural Translation);
  6. ARAB 67250/FR 63250 / GER 61250 / JAPN 65250 / RUSS 62250 / SPAN 68250 (Commercial, Legal and Diplomatic Translation),
  7. ARAB 67251/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. ARAB 67979/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: TRST 60298  Applied Translation Research (1-3); and FR 63093 / GER 61091 / JAPN 65091 / RUSS 62091 / SPAN 68093 Variable Topic Seminars (3). 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.

Course Schedule

The courses in the M.A. in Translation are offered on a regular two-year schedule and rotation. Click here to view the M.A. schedule.