Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF HUMANITIES | Department of English and Translation | Master of Arts in Translation - Translation | NDU

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The mission of the MA in Translation is to provide students with advanced training in preparation for employment in various translation fields. The program serves the needs and career goals of students and working professionals seeking to upgrade their knowledge in translation studies.


Program Educational Objectives

The program will prepare students to:

  1. 1.Develop expertise in accurate translation and interpretation of texts from and/or to English, French, and Arabic;
  2. 2.Become researchers, applying information literacy skills as a fundamental component of sound translation and interpretation;
  3. 3.Pursue higher studies in a field commensurate with their knowledge of foreign languages and professional competences;
  4. 4.Demonstrate a commitment to ethical, professional conduct over a lifetime of professional practice.


Interpretation emphasis students will meet the United Nations requirement of 500 hours in the interpretation booth.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students should be able to:

  1. 1.Apply advanced analytical skills to the translation and interpretation of written and oral texts;
  2. 2.Produce near-native fluency in the use of the program’s main languages of English, French, and Arabic;
  3. 3.Construct a lexical glossary of technical and professional terms for ready translation in various areas such as law, economics, and media;
  4. 4.Use software and technology as an aid to successful translation;
  5. 5.Apply ethical behavior in their academic and professional training as translators and interpreters.


Admission Requirements

MA candidates must pass a written language proficiency test in French and Arabic. A grade of 70 or above is required in both exams. In addition, an interview in English, French, and Arabic is required. If only a small deficiency in one of the three languages is detected, remedial courses will be required during the first semester. A “B” grade must be obtained in the remedial courses.

Students admitted with a Bachelor degree other than Translation must take TRA 201 and TRA 311 or TRA 401 during the first semester and earn a B or higher.


Graduation Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for a Master of Arts in Translation/Interpretation, the student must complete 36 credits inclusive of thesis for the Translation emphasis with an over-all average of 3.0/4.0.


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