Translation and Interpreting (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting (TRANCTR)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Modern Languages 
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/modernlanguages/

Program Information

The Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting focuses on translation and interpreting as a field of both professional practice and academic study. Some of the topics covered are: comparative grammar and professional writing skills; culture, literature, history and theory; professional ethics, skills and practices; translation technologies, terminology and project management; and translation and interpreting in specialized domains (medicine, law, education and social services).

Admission Requirements


Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting must demonstrate advanced proficiency in both Spanish and English. Prerequisites for admission include an undergraduate/baccalaureate degree granted by an institution of higher education or its equivalent (where Spanish or English is the language of instruction). Students must meet the standard criteria for general admission to the University of Louisville’s School for Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, and supply all standard documentation required for admission.

Those wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program should first apply and be admitted to the degree program before applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting.

For admission to the certificate program the following should be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies:

  • School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies application and application fee.
  • Transcripts from all accredited institutions where undergraduate and/or graduate credit was earned. Minimum GPA required for undergraduate work: 3.0 on a four-point scale (all University of Louisville transcripts will be submitted automatically with completion of an application for graduate study).
  • Two letters of evaluation (submitted directly to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies by the evaluators). Detailed comments should accompany the evaluation form and address specifically the applicant’s proficiency in both Spanish and English and potential to do graduate work.
  • TOEFL iBT scores (applicants for whom English is a second language).  Minimum required: 85, though evaluators will give special weight to the reading and writing scores. Applicants holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • ACTFL scores Writing Test (applicants for whom Spanish is a second language). Minimum required: Advanced High. Applicants who have successfully completed graduate coursework in Spanish are exempt from this requirement.
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages (written in the applicant’s second language) discussing how the Graduate Certificate in Translation relates to the applicant’s professional or personal goals. Specify which areas of translation are of most interest and detail relevant experience.
  • A Curriculum Vitae detailing experience relevant to language proficiency and especially to translation.

Complete applications to the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting are considered throughout the academic year, although priority will be given to applications received at least six weeks prior to the intended start date. The Director of the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting reviews applications and, in consultation with the graduate faculty, makes all admission decisions. In some cases, applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis even though application materials are incomplete.

All application materials should be submitted to:

School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Graduate Admissions
Houchens Building, Suite 105
Louisville, KY 40292

or submitted via the online application at louisville.edu/graduate/apply.

Program Requirements

The Certificate in Translation and Interpreting requires completion of a minimum of five classes (for a total of 15 credit hours) at the graduate level.

Required Courses 16
Foundations of Translation and Interpreting
Computers in Translation
Select two from the following: 6
Basic Interpreting Skills
Education and Social Service Interpreting
Legal Translation and Interpreting
Literary and Cultural Translation
Medical Translation and Interpreting
Special Topics
Independent Study
Internship or Directed Study 23
Final Translation and Interpreting Project
Minimum Total Hours15

Coursework taken in fulfillment of requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting may in some cases count towards degree requirements in a program of graduate study (consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the particular degree program).

For students enrolled in the Spanish MA program, up to 12 credit hours of certificate coursework may count toward MA degree requirements.