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The graduate application for Fall 2020 will become available during the third week of October 2019.

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Program Summary

The MA program in translation is an opportunity for translation professionals and graduates of a translation degree or of other degree programs to investigate the growing academic field of translation studies.

This program is designed for two categories of students:

  • those with a BA (Honours) in Translation and some experience in translation who wish to expand their knowledge and deepen their reflection on the practice
  • those with a BA (Honours) in another discipline who have practiced translation or who have developed a scholarly interest in translation (in this case, candidates must complete a preparatory program before applying)

The program is wide ranging, flexible and can be adapted to the particular interests of students. Courses are offered in two fields:

  • Translation and Transcultural Studies
  • Applied Translation Studies

Classes are held at Glendon, York's bilingual campus. Most courses are offered in English but we also offer some courses in French.

Classes are either on-site or online.

Thesis and research work can focus on a wide range of language combinations.

Frost Library (Glendon) offers a comprehensive collection of specialized dictionaries, journals and glossaries.

Professors in the program are prominent members of the international translation studies community.

The dynamic translation studies community at Glendon offers a variety of research-related activities throughout the year.

Program Description


Application Deadline(s)
March 15, 2020 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
Program Components (including coursework)
  • Thesis OR
  • Major research paper OR
  • Course work only
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 2 year(s)
  • Part-time - 2 year(s)
  • Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Number of Recommendations Required
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Applicants are required to demonstrate competence, to the satisfaction of the Admissions Committee in two languages, one of which must be English.
    • Resumé or CV
    • Statement of interest
    • For those who do not have a BA in Translation, an entrance examination is required. Contact the program for more information.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3


    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
    YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB