Which Schools Offer Online Translation Degrees or Certificates?

Translators must be fluent in English and a second language and possess excellent verbal, written and analytical skills. As a translator, you'll change written information from one language to another. If you want to study translation online, you'll find there are only a few programs available. Read on to see where you can find online translation programs. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Schools with Online Translation Programs

University of Denver

The University of Denver was founded in 1864 and enrolls more than 11,000 students a year. The university offers two online translation programs through University College, its college of professional and continuing studies.

Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies

The online certificate program in translation studies provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide professional Spanish and English translation services. You'll become familiar with common computer applications used by professional translators. Topics discussed include essential terminology and issues related to working at an international level. Upon completion of the program, you'll be proficient in various translation techniques and styles, including those needed for medical, commercial, legal and financial purposes.

Master's Degree in Translation Studies

This graduate degree program helps you develop skills and knowledge in translation practice if you're proficient in English and Spanish. This program is offered entirely online and requires 48 credit hours to complete. Coursework includes translation theory and practice, legal translation, translation terminology and translation project management.

The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago offers 50 undergraduate majors and has a student enrollment of more than 15,000. A translation studies certificate program is offered through the university's Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Certificate Program in Translation Studies

The online certificate program is composed of two required and two elective courses, but students can earn an advanced certificate by completing two additional electives. Courses can be completed online, but you'll need to attend three days of instruction on campus at the start of each course. Each course also requires some final project or practical training component. Required coursework covers translation techniques and translation tools, and electives focus on legal, medical and financial translation. Students may be able to choose among several language tracks.

New York University

New York University is composed of 18 schools and colleges and enrolls more than 40,000 students. Its main campus is located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The university's School of Continuing and Professional Studies provides a variety of online programs, including an online certificate in translation and two master's degree options.

Certificate in Translation

Designed for individuals with a mastery of English and a foreign language, this online certificate program requires an introductory course, at least four concentration-specific courses and an elective. Elective topics include literary translation, news translation and international organizations. There are seven language concentrations available, in addition to a general translation track:

  • Arabic to English
  • German to English
  • French to English
  • Spanish to English
  • English to French
  • English to Portuguese
  • English to Spanish

Master's Degree in Translation

New York University also has a Master of Science degree program in translation. It has two online options: Spanish to English and French to English. You take six required classes covering topics like translation theory, terminology and translation software, and you can select the rest of your classes from fields of law, business and finance. Specific examples of electives include translating insurance documents, translating banking documents and translating patents. Students can take more electives in a certain field, like business, if they want to specialize.

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