Translation Studies - Ph.D.

Kent State University
5 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
On campus

About this program

Translation Studies - Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in Translation Studies is a research-based program that provides advanced training in translation studies. The program focuses on translation research skills, specialized translation, computer-assisted terminology and translation, software localization and project management for the language industry. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for the development of key skills in humanistic translation and translation studies.

Admission requirements

  • Master's degree in translation, a foreign language or in any other relevant discipline with prior experience or training in translation for unconditional admission
  • Minimum senior-year 3.000 undergraduate GPA and/or minimum 3.500 graduate GPA for unconditional admission
  • Essay or writing sample (7-10 pages) from a research paper on any aspect of translation (or a prospectus for a translation studies project)

English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:

  • Minimum 610 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
  • Minimum 102 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
  • Minimum 86 MELAB score
  • Minimum 7.5 IELTS score
  • Minimum 73 PTE score
  • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

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Program content

Major requirements

  • Documents in Multilingual Contexts
  • Theory of Translation and Interpreting
  • Terminology and Computer Applications in Translation
  • Software Localization
  • Language Project Management
  • Applied Linguistics and Translation Informatics
  • The Language Industry
  • Terminology Studies
  • Translation Pedagogy
  • Current Trends in Translation Studies
  • Empirical Methods for Translation Studies
  • Corpora in Translation
  • Translation and Cognition
  • Research in Translation Studies or Dissertation I

Seminar Electives, choose from the following:

  • Seminar in Translation Studies
  • Seminar in Translation Informatics


For more information about tuition fees for this program, please contact the school.


Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge across several areas in the field of translation studies, as well as in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct original research.
  3. Critically assess translation studies literature, as well as their own empirical and theoretical findings.
  4. Communicate research findings effectively in written and spoken form.
  5. Follow ethical guidelines for work in the field.

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

Phone no: +1 330-672-7980

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