Launch your career in localization management


  • Develop the language, business, and technology skills you need for success in this rapidly growing field.
  • Gain professional experience before you graduate, by running a translation agency and working with real clients.
  • Expand your career opportunities through this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designated master’s program.
  • Take advantage of the Monterey location, which has a high concentration of localization companies and close proximity to tech firms in Silicon Valley.

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Translation and Localization Management

Our Master of Arts (MA) in Translation and Localization Management (TLM) degree is the first of its kind in the United States.

This four-semester, 60-credit graduate program prepares you for a successful career in the $60 billion and growing language services industry. You’ll take hands-on courses in language, management, and technology; develop cross-cultural understanding and communication; and build highly marketable skills.

You’ll learn from faculty who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience. They’re active in their respective fields, engaging with industry organizations, including Nimdzi, the American Translators Association (ATA), and many others.

Language, Business, and Technology

Localization is the process of adapting the content related to an idea, service, or product to the language and culture of a specific market or region.

Our master’s program is ideal if you’re interested in working at the intersection of language, culture, business, and technology. Our graduates work in a range of roles, including as localization program managers and language leads at tech firms like Netflix and Google, and as project managers at translation companies.

You’ll study at our Monterey, California, campus, located in a beautiful, multicultural area that’s home to a high concentration of localization companies.

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 a professional practicum.

Build Global Proficiency

Take content courses in intercultural competence and develop your second language.

Learn Real Solutions for Today’s Localization Challenges

The Business of Language and Technology

“We have a really close relationship with the localization industry. And we are always interacting with folks in the industry to find out what kind of skills they’re looking for in the people that they hire. And we’re making changes to our courses to respond to their needs.” – Professor Max Troyer (program chair)

Connecting Language to Industry

“We have learned how to be a good translator, how to be a good project manager, and how to use the tools in the industry right now. It has amazed me that the courses are so practical.” – Min Tan (student)