York University’s MA program in translation was founded in 1991 as a fully-accredited, post-graduate outgrowth of the Glendon School of Translation, created in 1984. The School continues to train future professional translators (from and into English or French) in the public and private sectors. It delivers an Honours BA in translation after two or three years of study in the School depending on previous academic education.

The MA program does not provide professional training. From the start, it was designed to help students who already hold an Honours BA in translation and professional translators in general to reflect on their practice and give them an opportunity to become familiar with the growing academic field of translation studies. The program continues to serve this objective. In addition, students with an Honours BA in another discipline who satisfy the admissions requirements can bring their expertise to bear on research into the widest array of language combinations.