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Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation

Translation is the rendering of written text from one source language into another, while interpretation is the rendering of spoken language from a source language into another. Although this program focuses on the former rather than on the latter, both draw on the same type of general linguistic skills as those gained by studies in literature, language, and culture. Offerings in this certificate include training in translation and interpreting studies theory, cultural competency, ethics, the practice of language mediation, and best practices.

In addition to meeting university-wide admission requirements, prospective students must pass a written entrance exam in both languages to determine linguistic competence and general cultural preparation. This exam is administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

For international students, please note that student visas are not issued at UTSA for non-degree-seeking students, including certificate programs. For more information, visit our international students admission page.

Translation and Interpreting Studies (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Letters of Recommendation 1 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
  Entrance Exam Required for all prospective students who are not already admitted to the MA in Spanish
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Translation and Interpreting Studies (CERT)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Academic Year 2023-24 Priority International Domestic
Fall 2023 March 15 June 1 July 1
Spring 2024 September 15 November 1 November 1
Summer 2024 Not Available April 1 April 1
Academic Year 2024-25 Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 Not Available June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 Not Available October 1 October 1
Summer 2025 Not Available March 1 March 1

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Melissa Wallace

Certificate Advisor of Record

Melissa Wallace, PhD

210-458-5217

melissa.wallace@utsa.edu