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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies
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  • Degree: Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies
  • College: College of Education
  • Department: Special Education

Application Deadlines
Graduate students may apply to the MA program Winter 2014 (to start Summer 2014). Steps for application:

  • Apply directly to Graduate Programs as soon as possible.
    • Notice to out-of-state distance students: Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Indiana, or Minnesota at this time. Distance students in some states may face other restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.
  • Apply to the program as soon as possible for priority review.
    • Review of applications will continue until cohort is complete.
    • All application materials must be completed and submitted to the program coordinator by May 31, 2014.

Application Requirements
WOU Graduate School Office – Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed WOU Application for Graduate Admission form . Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building office 202. Students must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.

  • Sealed official transcripts from the university that granted your bachelor's degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required. Those with less than a 3.0 GPA can be admitted with MAT or GRE scores (see below for requirement).

  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. If the applicant's GPA is 3.0 or higher, the test requirement is waived. If the GPA is less than 3.0, 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.
    • Students who have already obtained their Master's degree from an accredited institution will have their gpa requirement waived.

  • $60 non refundable application fee

  • $300 one-time matriculation fee (assessed on all new graduate students when they enroll in their first course.)

Interpreting Studies Admission Requirements
Students entering the MA 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.

Applicants will be notified via email regarding acceptance status within 30 days of the application deadline. A complete program application includes the application form, letter of intent, resume, required documentation, and letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You will be notified via email if you are missing any application components.

Admission to the graduate program adheres to the guidelines laid down for general admission to the Graduate Programs at WOU, along with the following steps of application:

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  1. Complete the MA in Interpreting Studies program application form.

  2. Provide evidence of academic experience, professional development and certification, including the following:
    • Unofficial transcripts from all previous college course work. This is a separate copy from the official transcripts required by Graduate Programs.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development (e.g., Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Continuing Education Unit transcript)
      • Consistent participation in continuing education opportunities (e.g., units required to maintain certification)
      • Highlighting professional development in the area of teaching, mentoring, leadership, and/or adult education is preferred.
    • 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 successfully navigate meaning transfer between parties who do not use the same language.

  3. Include 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 a graduate program in interpreting studies.

  4. Include recommendation from three people of your choice (at least one to address potential to teach/lead/mentor, at least one that can address your competence as an interpreter).

  5. Complete the online Interpreting Studies program pre-screening assessment. Upon review of your program application, further instructions will be emailed to you in order to complete this step.

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