Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey

Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA
  • Undergraduate
  • Continuing Education
  • Graduate
  • Professional Studies

About the Program

Program Description

The  Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation of the Monterey Institute of International Studies has four MA degrees and several non-degree programs to offer, asfollows:


·               Translation (MAT)

·               Translation and Interpretation (MATI)

·               Translation and Localization Management (MATLM)

·               Conference Interpretation (MACI)

Each of the courses is designed to be a four-semester, 60-credit program, but students who meet the general admission requirements, demonstrate preparedness to enter second-year courses and hold a degree from a recognized school of translation and interpretation or provide evidence of significant professional experience will be considered to the nine-month MA program.

Course of Study

First Year

In their first semester, students in all four programs take the same required courses: basic translation and introduction to consecutive interpretation. MAT students may ask to waive the Introduction to Interpretation course if they are sure of their major, but moststudents will not know yet what their major will be. Applicants who have not taken a basic economics course are strongly urged to take one prior to enrollment, oras an elective in the first semester (course may be offered by the Business School). In their second semester, students continue to take a balanced mix of translation and consecutive interpretation, and simultaneous interpretation is introduced.  Students maybegin to specialize in the second semester if they choose. By the end of their first year, students must complete all courses for one of the four Master of Arts degrees with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Second Year

In their second year, all students declare their degree specialization (MAT, MATI, MACI or MATLM) and refine skills that will enable them to succeed as professional translators and interpreters. They develop the discipline to be lifelong learners at the forefront oftheir profession, acquiring the knowledge, cultural understanding, and specialized vocabulary relevant to their work.  To complete the requirements for all four Master of Arts degrees, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and take a final series of comprehensive professional exams.

Non-Degree Programs

·               Federal Court Oral Exam Preparation, English<>Spanish

·               Editing For Translators

·               Computer-Assisted Translation

·               Conference Terminology and Procedures

·               Website Localization

·               Customized Programs


Non-degree programs range from $ 700 to $ 1,200. Contact the Monterey Institute for a complete quote on your program.


Editor notes

Students of the Monterey Institute are coached by a  faculty of experienced translators and interpreters dedicated to excellence and outstanding performance both as professors and working professionals. Professors and students work closely together to achieve educational goals and professional standards in a supportive, collegial atmosphere. The small size of the program ensures that each student will work with professors todevelop the analytical skills, cultural literacy, competence and conduct needed to become superior translators and interpreters.


Contact Information

Monterey Institute of International Studies

460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940 USA

General Information: 831-647-4100

Degree Admissions: 831-647-4123


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