The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Spanish Translation and Interpreting (MA)

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 related to the production of translated texts. This program is offered 100% online through an array of educational technologies including audio and video. Intensive interaction with faculty and peers takes place throughout the length of every course.

Students in the program will become acquainted with Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting and will have the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills in these and other areas and subspecialties such as Legal, Medical, Finance Translation and Literary Translation. Practical and theoretical instruction will be provided in these submodalities. Additional required courses will cover Translation Theory, Research in Translation Studies and Translation Project Management.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in Spanish translation and interpreting, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  3. GRE general test. Minimum scores: 146 Verbal and 4.0 Analytical Writing.
  4. Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
  5. Satisfactory  performance  on  the  translation  of  a  document  from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
  6. Personal interview (online or in person).

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply.

A GRE waiver may be granted if the applicant holds a UT Rio Grande Valley graduate certificate in the field (translation, healthcare interpreting, court interpreting, literary translation, localization and audiovisual translation) with a minimum GPA of 3.0; the applicant holds a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution.

A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.

Program Requirements

Non-Research Track

Required Courses (15 Credits)

TRSP 6340/SPAN 6340Translation Theory

3

TRSP 6342/SPAN 6342Translation Workshop - Spanish to English

3

TRSP 6343/SPAN 6343Translation Workshop - English to Spanish

3

INTG 6376Consecutive Interpreting

3

Any INTG course

3

Designated Electives (12 Credits)

Chosen from the following:
INTG 6377Simultaneous Interpreting

3

INTG 6378Court Interpreting

3

INTG 6379Interpreting Practicum

3

INTG 6380Medical Interpreting and Terminology

3

TRSP 6344/SPAN 6344Translation of Legal Texts

3

TRSP 6345/SPAN 6345Translation Topics

3

TRSP 6346/SPAN 6346Business and Finance Translation

3

TRSP 6347/SPAN 6347Translation Technologies

3

TRSP 6348/SPAN 6348Audiovisual Translation

3

Free Electives (6 Credits)

Capstone Requirement (3 Credits)

Project
SPAN 6395/TRSP 6395Translation/Research Project

3

Research Track

Required Courses (18 Credits)

TRSP 6340/SPAN 6340Translation Theory

3

TRSP 6341/SPAN 6341Translation Studies Methodology

3

TRSP 6342/SPAN 6342Translation Workshop - Spanish to English

3

TRSP 6343/SPAN 6343Translation Workshop - English to Spanish

3

INTG 6376Consecutive Interpreting

3

Any INTG course

3

Designated Electives (6 Credits)

Chosen from the following:
INTG 6377Simultaneous Interpreting

3

INTG 6378Court Interpreting

3

INTG 6379Interpreting Practicum

3

INTG 6380Medical Interpreting and Terminology

3

TRSP 6344/SPAN 6344Translation of Legal Texts

3

TRSP 6345/SPAN 6345Translation Topics

3

TRSP 6346/SPAN 6346Business and Finance Translation

3

TRSP 6347/SPAN 6347Translation Technologies

3

TRSP 6348/SPAN 6348Audiovisual Translation

3

Free Electives (6 Credits)

Capstone Requirement (6 Credits)

TRSP 6395/SPAN 6395Translation/Research Project

3

SPAN 6395/TRSP 6395Translation/Research Project

3

TRSP/SPAN 6395 may be repeated for credit for a total of six hours of Capstone.

Total Credit Hours: 36