Accelerated Program Requirements

Overview

The accelerated master's degree in German and Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS) involves no forward double-counting credits, and a maximum of 15 backward double-counting credits.

The coordinator of the German program will be responsible for advising students in the accelerated program. The director of the TIS program will be responsible for advising students admitted to the MA in TIS.

Approved enrollment into graduate level coursework during an undergraduate career does not guarantee admission to graduate school as part of the Accelerated Master’s Degree. Per UWM Graduate School criteria, students must obtain a “B” or better in all courses taken at the graduate level that are to be counted toward a master’s degree.

Eligible and interested students must apply for admission to the Graduate School in the Translation and Interpreting Studies MA program no later than March 1st of their third year. They must take and pass the Translation Qualifying Exam as part of their application; it is recommended that the students take this exam in December of their third year, but must do so no later than May of their third year. This exam consists of a 200-250-word translation from the source to the target language and one 300-500-word essay in English. Beyond the English proficiency required by the Graduate School, the following are required: a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 83; TOEFL CBT score of 220; or IELTS score of 6.5.

Applications will be reviewed by the Translation and Interpreting Studies admissions panel.

Admission to the Translation and Interpreting Studies, MA is selective; acceptance into the accelerated program does not guarantee admission to the MA. Students who do not satisfactorily meet admissions criteria for Graduate School are eligible to continue with their bachelor’s degree, provided they continue to meet undergraduate standards.

Advancement to Major/Admission

Undergraduate Requirements

Interested students must meet with an academic advisor to determine eligibility for the accelerated master's degree.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Graduate School before completing the undergraduate degree, the student must meet the criteria for admission established by the TIS MA and the UWM Graduate School, and be in progress to complete 105 bachelor's credits prior to their first term as a graduate student, and apply for admission no later than March 1st of their third year. In addition, they must:

  • Submit a personal statement of goals, abilities, and reasons for pursuing the MA degree.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, of which at least two must be written by members of the German faculty.
  • Take and pass the Translation Qualifying Exam no later than May of their third year.
  • Meet the English proficiency level required by the Graduate School, as well as one of the following: a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 83; TOEFL CBT score of 220; or IELTS score of 6.5.

Double Counted Courses

This accelerated master’s degree involves the following bachelor’s and master’s degrees: German, BA and Translation and Interpreting Studies, MA.

There are no forward double-counted credits and 15 backward double-counted credits for a total of 15 double-counted credits.

Eligible Forward Double-Counting Credits

This accelerated program does not allow any forward double-counted credits.

Eligible Backward Double-Counting Credits

These courses fulfill requirements for the L&S undergraduate degree.

Courses eligible for backward double-counting
GERMAN 483GSeminar on German Studies:3
or GERMAN 484G Seminar on Themes and Motifs in German Literature:
or GERMAN 649G Seminar on Theoretical Approaches to German Literature:
TRNSLTN 708Introduction to Translation: German to English3
TRNSLTN 709Seminar in Literary and Cultural Translation3
TRNSLTN 718Seminar in Advanced German Translation3
TRNSLTN 820Translation Theory3