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Translation (MPTR)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Master of Professional Studies in Translation (MPS in Translation) is designed to equip students with the required competencies to compete successfully for work as specialized translators, project managers, or administrators of language services.Example skills include the translation of specialized texts in health, legal and political settings, including the translation of documents and websites for major corporations, international organizations, and government ministries.

The MPS in Translation is a two-year, 41 credit program. In the first year, you begin to develop high-level skills in translation in specific domains (specialized written texts). In the program’s second year, you build on these fundamental skills, specializing in written communication for governmental and international organizations.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Supplementary Application
  • Proof of residency: A minimum of 6 months proof of residency in a country where your primary acquired language is spoken.
  • Admissions tests (contact

For complete Admission Information, please visit:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 May
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

44 credits required

Students select either the Translation track or the Translation and Localization Project Management track. In either track, students can focus on two languages or three. 

Regardless of track or number of languages, all MPTR students must complete the following courses:

COMM 610: Introduction to Translation and Interpreting Studies (3 credits)

COMM 683: Intercultural Communication Theory (3 credits)

COMM 789: Seminar: Special Topics in Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

COMM 669: Professional Practice Forum in Translation: Practicum (1 credit)

One of the following:

COMM 730: Seminar in Health Communication (3 credits)

COMM 762: The Rhetoric of Political Institutions (3 credits)

*Students should check the department website for the remainder of their course requirements. The remainder of the course requirements vary based on the student's track and number of languages. 





Office of Extended Studies

0132 Main Administration Building

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-7762


Esperanza Pombo, Director, GSIT Program

2123 Skinner Building

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-314-1205


Yana Carver, Assistant to the Director

2123 Skinner Building

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-314-1205


Associated Information


Consecutive Interpreting (Z080)

Interpreting (MPIN)

Translation (Z079)