Translation Programs

The Programs in Translation are an opportunity for graduates of a translation degree program, language and other comparable degree programs, and translation professionals to receive a firm foundation in translation studies and practice the skills needed for a translation career. Our programs focus on translation research skills, specialized translation, computer-assisted terminology and translation, software localization and project management for the language industry. 

At Kent State University, students can choose between an onsite and online master's program or Ph.D. program to better suit their needs. All programs feature faculty that are accomplished translators and interpreters able to provide students with the academic and professional skills needed to succeed in this field. 

The M.A. in Translation Program at Kent State University is ranked in the top three translation graduate schools by ALTA Language Services.


onsite M.A. in translation 

The onsite M.A. in Translation program prepares students to be skilled translators and language professionals while also allowing them to experience the Kent State University campus and surrounding community. The onsite curriculum provides a firm foundation in the principles and practices of translation for students in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Learn more about the Onsite M.A. in Translation

For questions regarding the onsite program admissions or requirements, please contact Dr. Said Shiyab, Graduate Coordinator, at sshiyab@kent.edu

online M.A. in translation

The Gawlicki Family Foundation Online M.A. in Translation provides students and professionals with access to the nation's most comprehensive graduate program in translation. 

Kent State's fully web-based curriculum provides a firm foundation in the principles and practices of translation for students in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Conveniently earn your degree from anywhere in the world, with courses that work with your schedule. 

Learn more about the Online M.A. in Translation

For questions regarding the online program admissions or requirements, please contact Dr. Erik Angelone, Online Program Coordinator, at eangelon@kent.edu

Ph.D. in Translation Studies

The PH.D. in Translation Studies is designed for students who have completed the M.A. in Translation, an M.A. in a Foreign Language, or a Master's in any other discipline with prior experience or training in translation. 

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Translation Studies


Why translation?

Earning your degree in translation could prepare you for a dynamic career in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries. 

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.  In the United States alone, over 3,000 companies employ over 55,000 professionals in various aspects of language services.

Graduates of master’s degree programs in translation have found employment within the language industry on both a full-time and part-time basis, as both freelancers and in-house employees, and both in the U.S. and abroad. A graduate degree in translation will prepare you for a successful career in the language industry as professional translators, localizers, terminologists, post-editors, project managers, language consultants, and more.