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M.A. Interpreting Studies

Designed for:

Professional signed and spoken language interpreters who want to improve, teach or research.

The program offers three tracks:

  1. Entry-Level Interpreting option
  2. Advanced Interpreting option
  3. Teaching Interpreting option

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • MAT or GRE test scores
    • required for students with a gpa of less than 3.0 for last 90 quarter credit hours
  • Experience interpreting and mentoring

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines.

Finishing will take:

  • 18 months
  • 45-54 credits
  • A master’s thesis or professional project

Begin your Interpreting Studies program:

Where you will take classes:

  • On campus in the summer (2-week residency)-each summer of enrollment
    • July 26-30, 2017
    • July 18-29, 2018
  • Online/distance fall, winter, spring

Tech you will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)
  • Printer (optional)


Applicants may hold certification; but uncertified interpreters are also welcome to apply.

Where this degree can take you:

  • College teaching
  • Mentoring and instruction for less experienced interpreters
  • Research on interpreting and interpreter education

What you will learn:

Provides interpreters and interpreter educators who use English and another language, spoken or signed, advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical and teaching applications.  This advances the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession, both signed and spoken, via research, rigorous study, and practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Exemplify reflective practice in interpreting and teaching through observation, application, analysis and supervision.
  2. Contribute to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education.
  3. Exhibit advanced competence in interpreting effectiveness and quality leadership.


You can rely on the people behind the MA in Interpreting Studies to help you grow into a mentor or teacher and take on leadership in the field of interpreting. Ask us questions—about the process, about the field, or about your career. We look forward to your contributions to this field.

Ready to get to know us better? Request more information or start the application process



If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Dr. Elisa Maroney Coordinator, maronee@wou.edu or 503-838-8735.

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"I've grown so much more than I knew I could as an interpreter and as a teacher, and I've become part of a supportive group of classmates, with whom I have had the opportunity to develop more than any of us could have alone. Amanda and Elisa (the coordinators) work diligently to be flexible enough to be sure that each student has the opportunity to make our coursework applicable and beneficial to what we're individually doing or hope to be doing in practice."

Emily Ott '12

MA: Interpreting Studies