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 $56 Application Fee;
  • Pay $40 Non-U.S. Credential Evaluation Fee for transcripts and degrees from abroad;
  • 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: a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 83; TOEFL CBT score of 220; or IELTS score of 6.5;
  • 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; applicants to our MLIS or MBA dual programs; and applicants to our accelerated degrees 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.

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants and non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by presenting one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a US institution, or a non-US English-language institution approved by the UWM Center for International Education. You must have attended this institution for at least two years and achieved an average of B or better.


  • Official score reports for either the TOEFL exam (Internet-based format preferred) or the IELTS exam. Please note that the minimum required scores vary depending on your intended area of concentration.

The following minimum total scores are required for admission to the MALLT program with concentration in Translation:

TOEFL (3 possible formats): Internet-based (iBT): 83; Computer-based (CBT): 220; or IELTS 6.5.

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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