Graduate Certificate in Interpreting

The Graduate Certificate in Interpreting is designed for those who have earned an undergraduate degree, have either significant industry experience or post-graduate degrees, and are interested in language-services careers focused on interpreting.

Credits and Courses

Students must complete 21 credits of required courses. The following six courses (18 credits) must be completed at the graduate level:

TRNSLTN 700Consecutive Interpreting3
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
TRNSLTN 711Ethics in Translation and Interpreting3
TRNSLTN 730Internship in Translation/Interpreting3
TRNSLTN 722Simultaneous Interpreting3
TRNSLTN 750Community Interpreting and Translation3
Total Credits18


In addition to the six required courses, students must complete one elective course (3 credits). In consultation with the certificate coordinator, students select their elective from among the following courses. Other courses relevant to the student’s plan of study may be used to fulfill the elective requirement with the consent of the coordinator.

TRNSLTN 530Business and Professional Aspects of Translation3
TRNSLTN 727Project Management in Translation3
TRNSLTN 728Editing for Translation3
One of the following:
TRNSLTN 706Introduction to Translation: French to English3
TRNSLTN 708Introduction to Translation: German to English3
TRNSLTN 707Introduction to Translation: Spanish to English3
TRNSLTN 719Introduction to Translation: Russian to English3
TRNSLTN 704Introduction to Translation: Arabic to English3
ITALIAN 413Introduction to Italian to English Translation3
One of the following:
TRNSLTN 716Seminar in Advanced Translation: French to English3
TRNSLTN 718Seminar in Advanced German Translation3
TRNSLTN 717Seminar in Advanced Translation: Spanish to English3
TRNSLTN 729Seminar in Advanced Translation: Russian to English3

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 credits of graduate certificate coursework in Interpreting may be transferred into an MA degree (Translation or Interpreting concentration) in the TIS Program.

Required courses completed as part of a student’s undergraduate degree will not count toward the graduate certificate. In such cases, students consult with the certificate coordinator to select appropriate elective courses (in lieu of one or more required courses) to complete the 21 credits required to earn the graduate certificate.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students must earn at least an average GPA of 3.0 in courses completed at the graduate level as well as a 3.0 GPA on all credits completed for the certificate. In addition, students must earn a B or better in all courses completed for the certificate.

Capstone Requirement

All certificate students will be required to pass a one-hour interpreting examination.