Translation and Interpreting Programs in the USA

09 Nov

Over the course of eight months, from January to August, I called, emailed, harassed (not really), emailed more, called again, and again, to finally compile a list of translation and interpreting training programs in the US. This list details over 100 programs from about 60 institutions. Though the work was tedious, I spoke with a number of very pleasant and interesting people.

T & I programs list: Contents

How is this list different from other lists you will find online? First and foremost, rather than merely pointing users to the institutions by means of links, the list is meant to provide more information in a central location that provides individuals with a ability to compare programs based on a more in-depth look at each program.  The list provides a detailed look at what the programs offer by way of education level (certification vs. degree, non-degree), language combination and direction, location in the US, general stats (number of students attending, year established), and program URLs.

Despite the detailed work, there are still quite a few institutions that are missing (an associate of mine, informed that his former university Wake Forrest is not on this list, for example). I mean no offense to any institution, there was simply too much to do for one person.

What will you find in the list?

  1. Institution Information (Name, region)
  2. Program Information-General (Name, # of students, year established)
  3. Program Information-Specific (Program type, Education level, languages offered)
  4. Contact information (program and institution URLs and contacts)
  5. Comment indicating whether the institution had reviewed the final document before publication

All institutions had multiple opportunities to verify the data during the data gathering/verification processes; Nevertheless, many institutions were unresponsive to my emails or phone calls. In these cases, there is a greater likelihood that the information about those programs contains some mistakes.

All of the information gathered is based on the institutions’ official websites. There is a real possibility that some institutions have websites that are not up-to-date. This problem is unresolvable for unresponsive institutions.

On the other hand, some institutions may have multiple websites with conflicting information. When I encountered  these websites, I doubled my efforts to verify the data through contacting the programs. In the cases when I was unable to verify the correct data, I simply entered all of the the data into the list.

Finally, any questions about the programs should be directed to the institutions themselves.

Commissioning organization and links:

Many people were involved in the commissioning, evaluation, and approval of this project. I was first
approached by Dr. Alan Melby, professor at Brigham Young University (BYU), to complete the project. He
working with a committee for TISAC (Translation and Interpreting Summit Advisory Council) and other organizations to produce this information. I began with a list that Dr. Melby and another BYU professor, Dr. Daryl Hague, had complied for a paper that was published recently in the Translator Trainer journal.

Here are the relevant links:

A quick survey

After you have taken a quick look at the information, please come back and take this quick poll:


Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Translator Training, USA


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11 responses to “Translation and Interpreting Programs in the USA

  1. Monica Weber

    November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Dear Elizabeth,

    As Community Liaison for Wake Forest University’s new Graduate Program in Interpreting and Translation, I am very impressed by the product of your 8 months of efforts. This comparative and detailed compilation was badly needed. Congratulations!

    We are very interested in being included in the list. I appreciate your mention of Wake Forest in the body of the text, and understand how it can have been missed because it is a brand new program. We welcomed our first generation of graduate students this fall.

    You can find information on our program under
    Please contact me if you have any questions about the program or if I can assist your efforts in any other way.

    Thank you!
    Monica Weber

    Community Liaison
    Wake Forest University
    phone: (336) 758-3222

    • lisanenque

      November 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Monica thanks for your interest. I am currently very swamped right now with the final projects and grading for this semester. I will however have time to work on the list again shortly after the end of the semester, sometime after Dec 10th. If you don’t mind, I will contact you then.

      Best, Elizabeth

      • Monica Weber

        December 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

        Thanks, Elizabeth!

  2. Alison

    November 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Nice report! Well done… and thank you!

  3. Nevine Ibrahim

    December 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks very useful and interesting information. Do you know of any institute offering
    grants or scholarships for their programs.


    • lisanenque

      December 11, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Nevine, Yes, some programs do offer scholarships, but I can’t tell you for certain which do and which do not. Some universities, like Kent State, offer Graduate Assistantship (GA) for qualified candidates which may require teaching or researching. I would suggest inquiring at the institution that most interests you.

  4. Tyson Shelley

    December 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

    This is a much more thorough list than I’ve seen anywhere else! Nice job!

  5. Gloria

    December 20, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Great report, thanks for sharing. The University of Denver also offers a Certificate of Translation though their graduate studies programs.

  6. James Kirchner

    January 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    The translation certificate program at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, is missing:
    This program is well established, so I don’t know how the list compilers missed it.

  7. Isabel Asensio

    December 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    The links are not currently working. Would it be possible to get a copy of the PDF that you mention in the blog? Thanks!


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