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College of Arts and Sciences | Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
Master of Arts in Translation
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Approximate Program Cost


Dual Degree

Earn your M.A. and MBA at the same time

Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree in Translation prepares students for careers in translation, localization, terminology management, project management and a variety of additional career paths involving multilingual communication in the language industry.

Available online concentrations/languages:

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • German
  • French

Dual Degree: Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the MA degree in Translation and the MBA degree. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.


The dual degree with the MA degree in Translation and MBA degree is for students with a sufficient level of proficiency in a foreign language who wish to integrate a graduate business education with advanced translation training. This program is suitable for those whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in international business or language industry enterprises or those interested in starting their own business in the language services industry.

Program Structure

MA Program Structure

  • 36 credit hours of coursework over two years for full-time students, including a case study in translation
  • 13 required courses
  • Graduate in as few as 2 years (4 semesters) for full-time students; 3 to 6 years for part-time students
  • The program always starts in the fall semester. Students cannot begin the program in the spring and courses are not offered in the summer

MBA/MA Dual Degree Program Structure

  • 61 minimum total credit hours
  • Study abroad opportunity
  • Dual degree requires a total of 61 to 64 credit hours

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application form and fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • 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) a goal statement, also known as statement of purpose, in English, and a statement or essay of at least 300 words in the second language chosen by the applicant in applicant's second language, which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation
  • The essay/sample can be a paper written for a class. The writing samples should be accompanied by a signed declaration that they are the applicant's original work and that the applicant has received no help in their preparation. (The use of dictionaries and other reference work is permitted)
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s ability to do graduate work in translation
  • English language proficiency: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions).
  • International students should submit two oral statements: one in English and one in the language for which they are applying if it is not their native language (B and C languages). The oral statement should describe the student's experience in their second language

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Courses for the online MA in Translation include a core of practical and theoretical topics that prepare students to work as translators, localizers, terminologists, and project managers in the language industry. These include the study of multilingual documents, theories of translation and interpretation, project management, and software and computer terminology in multilingual contexts. Students will also select a language specific concentration—available languages are Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish—and complete specialized translation practice courses in such fields as medicine, technology, commerce, and law. The exit course is a case study translation project in their chosen language pair. 

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Dual Degree Courses

Students pursuing the MBA/MA dual degree will complete a minimum of 61 total credit hours of coursework designed to prepare them for a management role in a global business context. Topics of study include business topics such as financial and managerial accounting, managerial economics, macroeconomic policy, law and ethics, operations and supply chain management, and business strategy in addition to the core translation and language-specific electives outlined above.

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$536 $1,608 Approximate Cost: $19,300 $546 $1,638 Approximate Cost: $19,600

The Software Localization course, TRST 60012, has a fee of $45. Students will not need to purchase any online software. They will be given access to a virtual machine with all the software needed.

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Additional out-of-state surcharge for students enrolled in an online program: All Graduate—All Campuses: $10/hr.


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