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Master of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting

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Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting

Format: Online

Program Description:

 

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.

ADMISSION 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 theUTRGV 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.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA).

 

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

 

Application Deadlines

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

 

COURSES

Program Requirements

  • Required Courses in Spanish Translation/Interpreting - 15 credits
  • Designated Electives - 12 credits
  • Free Electives - 6 credits
  • Capstone Requirement Project - 3 credits
  • TOTAL - 36 credits

 

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • INTG 6376 Consecutive Interpreting
  • SPAN/TRSP 6340 Translation Theory
  • SPAN/TRSP 6342 Translation Workshop: Spanish-English
  • SPAN/TRSP 6343 Translation Workshop: English-Spanish
  • Any INTG course

 

Designated Electives Courses (12 credits)
Chosen from the following:

  • INTG 6377 Simultaneous Interpreting
  • INTG 6378 Court Interpreting
  • INTG 6379 Interpreting Practicum
  • INTG 6380 Medical Interpreting and Terminology
  • SPAN/TRSP 6344 Translation of Legal Texts
  • SPAN/TRSP 6345 Topics in Translation
    • Literary Translation
    • Translation Policy in Public Institutions
  • SPAN/TRSP 6346 Business and Finance Translation
  • SPAN/TRSP 6347 Translation Technologies
  • SPAN/TRSP 6348 Audiovisual Translation

 

Free Electives (6 credits)

 

Capstone Requirement Project (3 credits)

  • SPAN/TRSP 6395 Translation/Research Project

 

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

Accreditation:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $353 in-state; $743 out-of-state

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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