MA Admissions

Admission to the Translation & Interpreting Studies Program

All applicants must pass a qualifying exam in their language pair for admission. For more information and to register for the exam, please see our Qualifying Exam information.

All applicants must provide a detailed application statement, three academic letters of recommendation, and official copies of transcripts for previous undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants who completed undergraduate degrees outside the US have additional application requirements. Please see the TIS Admission Procedure below.

Applicants to the 30-credit MA in Translation or Interpreting follow the steps below:

TIS Admission Checklist:

  • Must have a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA;
  • Pass the Qualifying Exam;
  • Submit Panthera Application;
  • Pay $75 Application Fee;
  • Submit academic records from all post-secondary study (transcripts and degree certificates with official English translation);
  • Submit Reasons for Graduate Study Statement. The reasons statement should specify your academic background and your career goals, and why the program is a good fit for you. It should be about 300 – 500 words in length and be formatted as an academic essay (not a personal narrative). This serves as your writing sample;
  • Submit Evidence of English Language Proficiency; see Proficiency in English for Master’s and PhD Programs – Center for International Education – UW-Milwaukee (;
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. The letters should be written on institutional stationery or other official letterhead, and should address how the writer knows you, and your potential for success in this academic program. One letter may be a professional reference (letters from colleagues or friends are not acceptable).
Applicants to the 36-credit double concentration in Translation or Interpreting and any other area must apply through the MALLT program. They must complete the above steps through the MALLT application site. Please contact our office and see MALLT Admission Procedures for more information.

Application deadlines for the TIS program are as follows:

  • Fall semester admission – December 15 of previous year
  • Spring semester admission – September 15 of previous semester

If you have missed the application deadline for the semester in which you would like to enroll, you may apply as a Non-Degree Certificate Student. The Non-Degree admission process can be completed within a month, and up to four courses (12 credits) completed as a Non-Degree student may be counted toward the MA upon admission to the degree program. For more information, please contact Lorena Terando (

For information on funding, please visit MALLT’s Graduate Student Funding page.

For more information on admissions, please see UWM Graduate School’s MA Admissions information.

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