The Program

The MFA in Translation at Mills College is a low-residency master’s program based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This five semester program offers a flexible academic schedule, practical experience in translation, and a strong foundation in translation theories and trends. Rigorous and affordable, the program offers individualized mentorships to all students and custom study plans for any language. Conceived by co-director Achy Obejas, it’s a program designed with an eye to both academic and professional development.

Students start each semester with a week-long residency, in June and January, on the beautiful Mills College campus in Oakland. The residency gives students and mentors time to work together, participate in a translation workshop, attend classes and lectures, and bond as a cohort. During the semester, students and mentors collaborate on translation projects, and students may take online classes. This allows for students to maintain their busy lives while pursuing the master’s degree.

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To apply to our MFA in Translation program, you’ll need to complete the official application, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample. You’ll also need to provide official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

To help prospective students with their translation sample in preparation for the winter residency (priority deadline October 15), program co-directors Achy Obejas and Carlota Caulfield will provide free feedback during the months of July and August. For more information, write: translation@mills.edu.


Important Dates

Priority application deadline: October 15, 2016

Winter residency: January 9-16, 2017