University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting

The Master of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting is a 36-credit program offered by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The program will provide instruction in the translation of general and specialized texts from English into Spanish and vice versa at a professional level. This program also covers the latest field-related technologies to their production of translated texts.

Students in the program will become acquainted with consecutive and simultaneous interpreting and will have the chance of deepening their knowledge and skills in these and other areas and sub-specialties such as legal, medical and finance translation and literary translation. Practical and theoretical instruction will be provided in these sub modalities. Additional required courses will cover translation theory, research in translation studies and translation project management.

Graduate certificates in Court Interpreting and Spanish Translation and Interpreting are also offered and can be earned by successfully completing five courses.

students in computer lab wearing headphonesAdmission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.ApplyTexas.org. 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. Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
  3. Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be 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

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Online application at www.ApplyTexas.org. 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 non-refundable.
  • 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).
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
  • GRE General Test. Minimum scores: 146 Verbal and 4.0 Analytical Writing. GRE test scores are valid for five years. A GRE waiver may be granted if the application holds a UTRGV Graduate Certificate in the field (Translation, Medical Interpreting, Court Interpreting) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.
  • Satisfactory performance on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
  • Personal interview (online or in person).

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • 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. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • 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. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. Link to Graduate Studies Financial Documentation for additional information.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. Link to Graduate Studies Current Immigration Documents for additional information.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Jul 1 Nov 15 May 1 Jun 1
International Jun 1 Oct 1 Mar 1 Apr 1

Courses

Link to a list of the courses required for the degree plan. 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. Jose Davila-Montes

Program Director, Professor
(956) 882-8215
jose.davila@utrgv.edu

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting
Admissions
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many credits are required to complete the MA in Spanish Translation and Interpreting degree plan?
    Thirty-six credits. Link to the courses required for the degree plan 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 courses are offered 100% online.
  • Is the program accredited?
    There is no program-specific accreditations 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.

Getting Started

To participate in the program, students must apply to and be accepted by UTRGV. Students can apply for admission using the ApplyTexas website. For additional information, see Admissions section above.

Link to Enrollment Services for additional information on registration and course access.