University of Texas Online Consortium

Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting responds to the increasing demand of qualified professionals in the judiciary and the always growing qualification requirements for the professional practice of Interpreting in legal settings.

The program seeks to appeal both to practicing professionals and candidates who aim to obtain high-end interpreting abilities in the court and judiciary areas (translation of legal documents, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting). This program is offered 100% online using video streaming technology. Students take 15 hours of graduate classes.

Admission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.
  2. Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:
    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
  3. Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal interview (online or in person).
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s undergraduate faculty advisor.
  • Satisfactory performance on an entrance exam which includes: 1) the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English, and 2) a short essay in Spanish.
  • Personal interview (online or in person).
  • A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.

Students whose native language is not English or who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES). For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/Transcripts Evaluation for additional information.
  • Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic June 1 November 1 March 1 March 1

Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.


Required Courses (15 credits)

To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and Spanish Translation and Interpreting (MA) from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Gabriel Gonzáalez Núuñnez

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Translation & Interpreting Programs
(956) 882-7658

Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many semester credits are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting?
    Fifteen credits. See the Courses section above for more details.
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Are campus visits required?
    No, the application, interview, and courses can be completed 100% online.
  • Is the program accredited?
    There is no program-specific accreditation for this program. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • How can I find more information?
    Please contact the graduate coordinator listed above if you have additional questions about the program.