Conference Interpreting

York University

24 months
13836 CAD/year
4374 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The new Master of Conference Interpreting (MCI) program at York University seeks to prepare a new generation of skilled and knowledgeable professionals for a rewarding career in this dynamic, fast-paced field.


Career potential

The Conference Interpreting employment at York University outlook for conference interpreters is extremely positive. The majority of interpreters working today belong to the baby boom generation, which means that they have reached or are reaching retirement age. Moreover, the demand for qualified conference interpreters is very high, and it is only expected to grow. Around the world, the bodies that employ in-house interpreters are taking special measures to recruit a new generation of professionals.

There are also ample opportunities for freelance interpreters. Many freelancers earn their living from government contracts—staff interpreters alone cannot keep up with demand—and there are also very lively parapublic and private sector markets in Canada. Any union, association, bank, insurance company or other corporation that has a national profile will need to hire freelance interpreters for the press conferences, internal meetings, conventions, webcasts and teleconferences that they organize.


The MCI at Glendon is focused on Canada’s official languages, English and French. However, since interpreters who want to work abroad need a minimum of three working languages, the MCI also enables students to train with other language pairs as well. Language pairs include: English/Spanish; English/Portuguese; English/Mandarin.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Interpreting Studies
  •  Conference Interpreting
  •  Court Interpreting
  •  Healthcare Interpreting
  •  Documentation & Professional Practice 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We work with Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. You should be a native speaker of one of these languages, and you should have a near-native command of at least one of the others.
  • Resumé or CV
  • Statement of Interest
  • An entrance examination is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13836 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6918 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4374 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2187 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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