Launch your career in translation and interpretation


  • Explore both translation and interpretation during your first year, then work with advisors to finalize your degree choice.
  • Learn from faculty who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience at the United Nations, governments around the world, nonprofits, and the private sector.
  • Prepare for lifelong professional growth with professional practica and customizable course work.

Fill out this short form to get more information. Your exclusive advisor will be in touch within one business day to guide you through the application process, the program details, how to finance your education, and your career options.

Pick the primary language you plan to pair with English.

Translation and/or Interpretation

We offer three master’s programs in the fields of translation and interpretation: a Master of Arts (MA) in Translation prepares you to be an expert translator of the written word across a wide domain of professional areas, an MA in Translation and Interpretation prepares you for careers including both written translation and oral interpretation, and an MA in Conference Interpretation prepares you for careers focused on oral interpretation.

All three of these graduate degrees are four-semester, 60-credit programs with a strong foundation in cross-cultural understanding, communication, and exposure to the latest technologies shaping the language services industry.

Choosing Your Master’s Degree

Although you must select a specific master’s degree when you apply, you will be exposed to many aspects of both translation and interpretation during your first year. After these two semesters, you, your faculty, and your academic advisor will know more about your strengths and interests, and you can finalize your degree choice and focus your studies.

Students entering any of the programs choose to focus on one (or two) of the following languages, all paired with English: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish.

Why Study at the Middlebury Institute?

Advance Your Career

Your career and academic advising are coordinated, so your courses will align with your career goals.

Gain Professional Experience

Be fully immersed in the field through real-world class projects, internships, and professional conferences.

Build Domain Expertise

Customize your degree with policy and management electives to develop expertise and adaptability.

Learn Real Solutions for Today’s Communication Challenges

World-Renowned Training in Translation and Interpretation

“The faculty here at the Institute are very helpful and very accessible. They are working in the field, so they are translators and interpreters. So whenever we have a question related to the profession, they have the answer, and they are willing to help us become one of them, one of their colleagues.” – Anna Suedas Vall (student) 

Inspired Learning in an Inspiring Location

“We’re close to Silicon Valley, we’re close to San Francisco. There are so many things that we can access from here. Both on the personal and the professional side, that makes it, to me, perfectly situated.” – (student)