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M.A. Interpreting Studies

To be admitted, you should already have:

  • Foundational theory and knowledge in translation and interpretation studies
  • Two years of experience translating and/or interpreting, and/or national certification
  • Documented experience with mentoring

Steps in applying to MA in Interpreting Studies program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to MA in Interpreting Studies
  3. We let you know via email about university acceptance within 30 days after completion of the Pre-Screening Assessment.

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Deadlines and key dates:

Graduate students may apply to the MA in Interpreting Studies program during winter term in order to start the program the next summer.

  • Apply directly to Graduate Programs as soon as possible after January 1st.
  • Apply to the program by February 15 or as soon as possible for priority review.
  • We review applications until the cohort is complete.

All application materials must be completed and submitted to the program coordinator by May 15th.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate admission:

If you don’t live in Oregon and are applying for an online program:

We welcome applications from residents of most states. However, Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in Alabama and Maryland at this time. Distance students in some other states may face additional restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission form: Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building Office 107. You must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the MA in Interpreting Studies program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.
  • $60 application fee
  • Sealed official transcripts: From the college or university that granted your bachelor’s degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required. If you have less than a 3.0 GPA, you can be admitted with sufficient MAT or GRE scores (see next point). Students who have already obtained a master’s degree from an accredited institution will have their GPA requirement waived.
  • MAT or GRE score: If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you do not have to submit test scores. If your GPA is less than 3.0, your minimum required score for the (a) MAT: 395 or higher; (b) GRE: minimum quantitative score: 147 and minimum verbal score: 148 and a 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
  1.  Apply for MA in Interpreting Studies admission:
  • Program Application Form: Complete the MA in Interpreting Studies program application form.
  • Unofficial transcripts: From all previous college coursework. This is a separate copy from the official transcripts required by the Graduate Programs office.
  • Evidence of Interpreting Certification and/or Experience: Evidence of certification and/or experience interpreting and/or translating. Those without certification may be admitted via an alternative assessment (see below):
    • Submit a written narrative explaining why you are not certified.
    • Additionally, you will need to submit at least 2 additional letters of recommendation from consumers and/or colleagues who can speak to your ability to navigate meaning transfer between parties who do not use the same language.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development:
    • Evidence may include:
      • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Continuing Education unit transcript
      • Documentation, transcripts, or certificates demonstrating privation in continuing education opportunities (e.g., units required to maintain certification)
      • Documentation of other professional development in the area of teaching. mentoring, leadership, and/or adult education is preferred.
  • Resume and letter: Your resume and a letter of intent, highlighting:
    • Your purpose in graduate study
    • Your unique preparation and fitness for study in the field
    • Your intended future use of your graduate study
    • Your reason for choosing Western Oregon University and this graduate program in interpreting studies
  • Recommendation: Include recommendation from 3 people of your choice (at least one who can address potential to teach/lead/mentor and at least one who can address your competence as an interpreter).
  • Pre-screening Assessment:: After we review your program application, we will email you further instructions so you may complete this step.
  1. Hear back from us.
  2. Enroll in classes! (You will have to pay a one-time $300 matriculation fee at this point.)


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.

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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