Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpreting
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpreting responds to the increasing demand of qualified professionals in the areas of translation, interpreting and cross-cultural communication. The program will offer training in a set of professional skills devised to enhance the translation capabilities of practicing professionals and future practitioners alike.
Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:
- Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. 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.
- Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps.utrgv.edu 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
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.
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Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
Required Courses (9 credits)
- TRSP/SPAN 6340 Translation Theory
- TRSP/SPAN 6342 Translation Workshop: Spanish-English
- TRSP/SPAN 6343 Translation Workshop: English-Spanish
Electives (6 credits)
Choose from the following:
- TRSP/SPAN 6344 Translation of Legal Texts
- TRSP/SPAN 6345 Topics in Translation
- TRSP/SPAN 6346 Business and Finance Translation
- TRSP/SPAN 6347 Translation Technologies
- TRSP/SPAN 6348 Audiovisual Translation
- TRSP/SPAN 6395 Translation/Research Project
- INTG 6376 Consecutive Interpreting
- INTG 6377 Simultaneous Interpreting
- INTG 6378 Court Interpreting
- INTG 6379 Interpreting Practicum
- INTG 6380 Medical Interpreting and Terminology
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.
Dr. Gabriel González Núñez
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Translation & Interpreting Programs
- How many semester credits are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and 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.