Master's in Translation Answers Industry Growth
 
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Master's in Translation Answers Industry Growth

The NYU School of Professional Studies has launched a M.S. in Translation program, bringing the total number of graduate degrees offered by the School to 16.

The new 36-credit degree educates translation specialists for law and corporate finance, and is taught online. Students can travel to New York to defend their final theses, or they can opt to do it in real time, online. Coursework includes study of software localization, an expertise now in high demand by the industry. The curriculum is designed to be completed within 12 to 15 months. Successful applicants must be fluent in English and one other language. The online nature of the program makes it possible for the NYU School of Professional Studies to engage faculty experts around the world, who teach from their home countries—giving an additional meaning to the NYU identity as the Global Network University.

Since 1999, the School has offered noncredit translation certifi­cates and courses in a wholly online format, attracting students from across the United States and around the world. Enrollments topped 500 students last year, and AltaLang.com, the highly regarded translation services provider, recently ranked the NYU School of Professional Studies pro­gram among the top five in the United States.

"The popularity of these courses and the creation of the master’s program reflect the ever-growing demand for trained translators and inter­preters," says Milena Savova, academic director for the Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting programs. The translation market is predicted to reach $22.5 billion by 2012, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 24 percent employment increase through 2016. "This growth is driven by needs in the busi­ness, healthcare, and homeland security sectors, as well as a broadening of international ties and an increased number of foreign language speakers in the United States," she continues.

Against this backdrop, educational opportunities in the United States for translators remain inadequate. "Only a handful of stand-alone undergraduate and graduate programs in the field exist," says Savova. "Our record and reputation in supporting transla­tion and interpreting studies, in a variety of formats, positions the NYU School of Professional Studies well to deliver a high-quality education that strikes a balance between theory and practice and helps meet the needs of businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations. We are confident that our graduates will be able to perform at the highest levels nationally and internationally."