Translation Studies (PhD, MA, certificate)

Program Overview

Binghamton University’s Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP) is the first doctoral degree in translation studies in the United States. In line with the University’s progressive and multifaceted approach to education at large, TRIP represents another way in which the University’s liberal arts departments continue to be pioneers in their fields.

The program prepares students for both the professoriate and for scholarly research, including research-informed translation, and it encourages individualized interdisciplinary research plans to accommodate a variety of backgrounds. A highly interdisciplinary program, TRIP offers opportunities for study on topics ranging from critical theory to comparative literature to pedagogy, among others. This broad sense of scholarship allows TRIP to utilize many of the University’s best resources and provides TRIP students with the opportunity to customize their own degree emphases.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Translation Studies
  • MA in Translation
  • certificate in Translation

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Depending on their interests, students will be able to choose electives from a variety of courses from disciplines such as history, political science, sociology, linguistics, philosophy or art history, so that they can be better prepared to develop their research.

After finishing their required credits and courses, doctoral students are expected to take the TRIP PhD comprehensive examination, which will be evaluated by an examination committee composed of three examiners chosen by the students in conjunction with the TRIP director.

The University's Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is an additional resource for students. The Fleishman Center provides many useful services that aid professional development, including mock interviews, résumé critique, and career workshops.

After You Graduate

The intense language immersion, as well as the cultural competency aspect of TRIP, prepares our graduates for both academic and research-oriented careers after graduation. Our alumni have obtained academic positions in institutions within the United States and around the world, such as Adelphi University, Al-Balqa Applied University (Jordan), Al-Zaytoonah University (Jordan), Appalachian State University, Beijing International Studies University (China), Coastal Carolina University, Gaza University (Palestine), Indiana University-Purdue, Ithaca College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Qassim University (Saudi Arabia), São Paulo State University (Brazil), Saudi Electronic University (Saudi Arabia), Shenzhen University (China), Taif University (Saudi Arabia), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of British Columbia,  University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University, Weber State University, Yarmouk University (Jordan). 

    Admission Requirements


    There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

    Jeanette Patterson

    Associate Professor; Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director

    Romance Languages and Literatures; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP); Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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