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Graduate Certificate Programs

Translation Studies

Globalization of business, law and trade relations and the changing US demographics have increased demand for translation skills in many fields especially: educational, medical, legal and technical. The current demand for skilled translators far outweighs the supply available.

The Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies builds on a set of successfully implemented undergraduate translation courses by a cadre of faculty experts in the field in a context of increased demand for higher credentialed professionals and academic specialists.

The Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies offers coursework leading to a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies. Additional coursework in Interpreting is also offered.

Completion requirements 

This is an, 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program, or a total of six courses, distributed among two core courses in the history and theory of translation, and the application of computer-assisted translation technologies, followed by two language-specific translation courses in Spanish, French or German, a linguistics course and a final internship or individual project.  Courses are offered on a rotational basis, so students in the program need to make an advising appointment as soon as possible to plan their coursework to assure they are progressing towards completion of the degree.  Twelve credit hours of coursework must be completed at IUPUI.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  • Fall admission only
  • Undergraduate degree requirement: baccalaureate degree in second language (Spanish, French, German) from an accredited institution; or B. A. degree in English with native proficiency in a second language; or B.A. or B.S. degree related to intended field of translation with native proficiency in a second language.
(GPA requirement: 3.0 or higher; 3.3 in major) 
  • Standardized Test Scores: official GRE scores are required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0; non-native English speakers must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations, unless they have completed their undergraduate degree in the US. (Minimum score on the TOEFL iBT is 79 and minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5.)
  • Narrative statement: Applicants will submit a narrative statement of 400-500 words in both English and Spanish, French or German outlining relevant background and their reasons for pursuing a graduate certificate in Translation Studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one which can attest to the applicant’s oral and written language proficiency in both English and the second language.
  • Sample translation: Applicants will be asked to write a sample translation into their primary language to submit with their application.

Applicants who have not completed any formal educational language training at the undergraduate level may be granted provisional admission based on completion of undergraduate coursework in English or the second language as deemed necessary by the admission committee.

  • Not for students on international student visa

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Instructions for applying to the Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies can be found on the Department of World Languages and Cultures’s website.


List of Translation Courses 

Core courses (6 credits)

  • WLAC-F550 Introduction to Translation Studies (3 cr. hrs).
  • WLAC F560 Computer-Assisted Translation and Localization (3 cr. hrs)

Language-specific courses (9 credits):

  • FREN F575 Introduction to French Linguistics (3 cr.) or ENG G500 (3 cr.)
  • GER G551 The Structure of German (3 cr.) or ENG G500 (3 cr.)
  • SPAN S513 Intro to Hispanic Sociolinguistics (3 cr.) or Spanish Syntactic Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPAN S528/FREN F528/GER G528 Comparative Stylistics and Translation (3 cr. hrs)
  • SPAN S529/FREN F529/GER G529 Specialized Translation I: Business/Legal/Governmental(3 cr. hrs)
  • SPAN S530/FREN F530/ GER G530 Specialized Translation II: Scientific/Technical/Medical (3 cr. hrs) 

Applied course and fieldwork (3cr):

  • WLAC F693 Internship in Translation (3 cr. hr.)
  • WLAC F694 Final Translation Project (3 cr. hr.)
  • WLAC F696 Final Interpretation Project (3 cr. hrs) 

Additional courses:

  • S502 Introduction To Medical Interpreting
  • S602 Advanced Medical Interpreting
  • S501 Introduction To Legal Interpreting
  • S601 Advanced Legal Interpreting

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