Graduate Certificate in Translation

Program Overview

This program provides professional training in translation for both native English speakers with advanced knowledge of Spanish and native Spanish speakers with advanced knowledge of English. Students will develop and enhance the linguistic, cultural, and technical skills necessary to effectively produce high-quality translations and/or interpretations in various professional settings.

Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation

The post-baccalaureate certificate program provides professional training in translation for both native English speakers with advanced knowledge of Spanish and native Spanish speakers with advanced knowledge of English. Translation and interpretation competence requires a near perfect understanding of the subtleties and nuances of meaning in one language, culture, and context for conveying the same or similar meaning in a different language. It requires superior command of the full range of registers not only in a first language, but in one or more other languages as well.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must hold a B.A., with a GPA of 3.00 in their major field.

Applicants must demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in both English and Spanish; non-native speakers of those languages must take a placement exam administered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures (Spanish) or the English Language Center (English). There is no cost for the placement exam in Spanish, which involves a written test and an interview. The English Language Center will charge $95 for the higher-level Michigan Test of English Language Placement. A degree from an English-language accredited institution of higher education may be substituted for the latter, upon departmental approval.

Applicants must be accepted by the Graduate College.

Career Information

The United Nations has six official diplomatic languages – Spanish and English are two of them. There are close to 500 million Spanish speakers in the world today, and Spanish is the 4th most commonly spoken language. Students with an interest in international relations, law, medicine, politics, sports, banking, hospitality, and many other fields improve their employment profiles with top-notch bilingual skills.