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Are you looking for a program where you can acquire a German translation degree, and would like to be able to take your coursework online? Keep reading to learn all about our German translation degree and everything Kent State can provide!

What Is a Master’s in German Translation?

A German translation degree is the result of a postgraduate program that prepares students to pursue a career in the translation field. Specifically, a German translation master’s degree focuses on teaching and developing knowledge and skills for translating from German to English.

Not only does a German translator degree teach the basics of translation techniques, but students will also develop their cultural understanding and language proficiency through various courses. Part of this degree requires students to take part in translation exercises that will give them hands-on experience and practice.

The curriculum of a German translation master’s degree can differ and covers a wide range of topics. However, some of the most common topics include:

  • Applied translation theory
  • Research skills for translation
  • Computer-assisted translation technologies
  • Intercultural communication

Additionally, it is important to note that the master’s in German translation program trains students for different scenarios of translation, including technical, legal, and literary translation. Gaining experience in all three of these translation areas will prepare students for a successful future in the field.

About Our Master’s of Translation in German Program

Thanks to the Gawlicki Family Foundation, Kent State is able to offer our grad students our M.A. in Translation program online. Through their online coursework, students will be able to earn their master’s in German translation from anywhere in the world. And because of the structure of our online program, it’s ideally suited for students wanting to pursue an education while balancing work and family commitments.

Course Information for the Master’s Degree in Translation with a Concentration in German

Grad students who earn their German translation degree online through Kent State University will take a total of 36 semester hours of coursework, which includes a case study in translation as an exit project. Full-time students will finish the program in two years’ time. Part-time students, meanwhile, will obtain their master’s degree in translation in German in three to six years. For full details on the part-time option, visit our roadmap page for students.

Select courses our students will take as part of the M.A. in Translation, such as Project Management as well as Terminology and Computer Applications, will cross all six of our language concentrations. Other offerings in our catalog provide the opportunity for taking various German-specific courses, including:

  • Practice of Translation in German
  • German Scientific/Technical/Medical Translation
  • German Literary and Cultural Translation
  • Commercial/Legal/Diplomatic Translation in German
  • Case Study in German Translation


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Admission Information for the German Translator Degree

The admission guidelines for our master’s in German translation program include:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • A CD or MP3/wav file with a five-minute oral sample in the applicant's first and second languages (conversational, not read from a script)
  • Writing sample(s) in applicant's second language,1 which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

For full information on all program requirements, please visit the admission requirements page, and be sure to reach out to our staff with any questions you may have on our German master’s degree.

German Translation Degree Cost

Our current tuition rate for our German translation degree program is $559.90 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents. There are also additional costs for specific required courses, such as the Software Localization course ($45).

Your Opportunities with a Master’s in German Translation

As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for interpreters and translators is predicted to raise by 20% from 2021-2031.

Our students who earn their German translator degree will be prepared for these new opportunities, with diverse career options that they can pursue. These include:

Why Does the Kent State Online German Master’s Degree Stand Out?

With our 90% graduation rate, an exceptional faculty and staff, and classes that have been meticulously designed to instruct in key aspects of translation, localization, and language project management, our master’s in German translation is quite remarkable.

And since our classes can be taken completely online, our students are afforded with the chance to finish the program from wherever is convenient for them, and on the schedule that best suits their needs.

Contact Us to Lean More About Our German Translation Degree

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