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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies
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2013 UPCEA West Region Outstanding Credit Program
The Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies program has been named the recipient of this award. More Information

The MA in Interpreting Studies provides interpreters and interpreter educators advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical, and teaching applications; thus, advancing the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession via research, rigorous study, and practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Provide professional interpreters with the opportunity for growth and development beyond the undergraduate level and to participate in observation, practice, and supervision.
  2. Add to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education.
  3. Develop highly qualified interpreter educators and leaders in the field of interpreting.

Applications for cohorts will be accepted annually.

Credit Requirements
The M. A. in Interpreting Studies degree consists of 55 credits in advanced interpreting theory and practice with an emphasis in Teaching Interpreting.

Program Format
Within the program, individuals who are already seasoned and/or credentialed interpreters, will take courses primarily online to enhance their experience and knowledge. Students pursuing the Interpreting Studies degree only will complete an additional 4 credits in internship and portfolio while students pursing the teaching emphasis will complete an additional 4 credits in student teaching and portfolio.

To meet the needs of working interpreters and interpreter educators, this program will be a combination of distance courses and on-campus courses. Students will take online courses during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms and will come to campus face-to-face sessions each of the two summer terms.

Summer Institute 2014: 2 weeks on campus July 21 to August 1, 2014.

Summer Session 2015: To be announced...

Students entering the M. A. in Interpreting Studies program should already have:

  • Foundational theory and knowledge in translation and interpretation studies;
  • Two years of experience translating and/or interpreting, and/or national certification; and
  • Documented experience with mentoring, teaching and/or training (e.g., mentoring contract, resume, and letters of recommendation).

Two options in the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies at WOU:

  • Interpreting Studies
  • Interpreting Studies with Teaching Emphasis


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