Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation

Plan of Study, Interpreting—MPS

Plan | Outcomes

Plan of Study

The Master of Professional Studies in Interpreting (MPS-Interpreting) provides two-years, 44-credits, of full time study.  The MPS-Interpreting is designed to equip students with the required competencies to compete successfully for work as conference interpreters or community interpreters.

The MPS-Interpreting offers two tracks of study: Conference or Public Service Interpreting.  Students should use the plan of study as a guide to develop individual plans with the program director.  Specific meet information may be found on Testudo, UMD’s online schedule of classes. 

Learning Outcomes

MPS-Interpreting, Conference Track : Upon successfully completion, students should be able to:

  • Perform as a simultaneous interpreter in professional settings (e.g., effective use of time, tools, and resources for assignments, workload management, coordination and cooperation with colleagues, effective and constructive self-assessment of performance, ability to provide constructive peer feedback)
  • Demonstrate knowledge on topics that characterize private and public-sector settings in the respective language pair
  • Use simultaneous interpreting equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in political, legal, and/or healthcare areas of concentration
  • Possess working knowledge on topics that characterize private and public-sector settings in the respective language combination
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of communication studies through fulfillment of a research requirement
  • Understand the history, current developments, procedures and practices of representative organizations and institutions that provide or use interpreting services
  • Develop approaches to overcome challenges to the development of interpreting expertise based upon review of relevant literature and use of deliberate practice strategies

MPS-Interpreting, Public Service Track :  Upon successfully completion , students should be able to:

  • Perform as an interpreter in professional settings (e.g., effective use of time, tools, and resources for assignments, workload management, coordination and cooperation with colleagues, effective and constructive self-assessment of performance, ability to provide constructive peer feedback)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in political, legal, and/or healthcare areas of concentration
  • Possess working knowledge on topics that characterize private and public-sector settings in the respective language combination
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of communication studies through fulfillment of a research requirement
  • Manage communication and language services programs
  • Understand the history, current developments, procedures and practices of representative organizations and institutions that provide or use interpreting services
  • Develop approaches to overcome challenges to the development of interpreting expertise based upon review of relevant literature and use of deliberate practice strategies

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