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Educating the Next Generation of Interpreters and Translators

Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation

Master of Professional Studies in Interpreting
Master of Professional Studies in Translation
Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Consecutive Interpreting
Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Translation


Overview | How the Program Works | Academic Director | Department of Communication

Program Overview

Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation (GSIT) offers graduate degrees that specialize in interpreting (spoken) or translation (written) communication, enhancing professional skill sets and career advancement readiness. You develop knowledge of the role of technology in these processes and improve your ability to perform effectively as a team member for professional positions in the political, legal, business, health, and educational domains. GSIT offers the following exceptional professional learning opportunities:

Interpreting

  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Consecutive Interpreting: May be completed in nine months.
  • Master of Professional Studies in Interpreting: May be completed in two years.
    • Two Tracks Offered: Conference Interpreting; or Public Service Interpreting

Translation

  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Translation: May be completed in nine months.
  • Master of Professional Studies in Translation: May be completed in two years.
    • Two Tracks Offered: Translation; or Translation and Localization Project Management

How the Program Works

Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation (GSIT) professional degrees are designed to enhance:

  • Marketable expertise
  • Professional flexibility and mobility
  • Core skill competencies
  • Lifetime earning potential

GSIT professional degrees are delivered in a face-to-face learning environment using the standard fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) format at the University of Maryland, College Park. Classes meet weekdays in the afternoons and evenings with instruction provided by Department of Communication faculty and experts in the field. Students are admitted as a cohort and build a platform of professional network support. Intensive training begins immediately on the first day of the program and leadership skills are woven throughout.

GSIT is designed to be completed in 12 (graduate certificate) to 24 (MPS) months of full-time commitment (9-14 credits per semester). Full-time and part-time enrollment is invited. To ensure a high level of excellence, GSIT conducts assessments throughout the program. All students undergo rigorous assessment during the admissions process. MPS students are then required to take Second Year Degree-track Entry Tests upon successful completion of the first year requirements. MPS students also take part in Degree Examinations to ensure language competence at a distinguished level. Finally, MPS students undergo review of their Career Portfolio, designed to assist students with their professional goals.

GSIT offers regular instruction in high demand languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. English must be either your native tongue or the primary acquired language. Other languages can also be accommodated. Full language programs in standalone language sections generally require 8-10 students and are offered as demand allows. The multilingual classroom is a hallmark of the program, particularly in the second-year Professional Practice Forum courses. Students whose languages are not represented in large numbers in the program complete much of their coursework in a multilingual track, in which multilingual instructors guide students who have language pairs that the students do not necessarily share.

You will study in either one or two language pairs consisting of:

  • A native tongue into and out of which you interpret,
  • An acquired language into and out of which you interpret, and
  • An acquired language out of which you interpret into your native tongue.

You also have the opportunity to study in three languages. If you select an additional language combination, the total credits required for the specific degree remains the same. Contact the Academic Director for information.

Academic Director

Interested students are encouraged to consult with Esperanza Pombo, Academic Director, Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation, e-mail: epombo@umd.edu.

Department of Communication

Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation is offered by the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. The Department of Communication is a top ten graduate program in faculty research, program reputation, and faculty publications. At the graduate level, our award-winning faculty trains the future researchers and teachers of Communication. The department's graduates are working in government, industry, and the public sector as well as teaching and researching at some of the finest universities in the world.