Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation

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The Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies offers graduate students a flexible, yet cohesive, one-year program of study designed to develop practical and theoretical translational skills, cultural mediation competence and professional interpreting capabilities all in high demand by our increasingly multi-cultural society.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • 9 graduate core credit hours + 6 major elective credit hours
  • $589.43 per credit hour

With a choice of different courses and specialties, the program is completely online, and all of the 15 credits (5 courses) required for graduation can be taken virtually anywhere there is computer with an internet connection. The flexible biweekly modules can accommodate any personal schedule. Designed and taught by world-class academics and professionals from all over the Americas and Europe who teach in prestigious universities around the globe, this program brings extensive know-how to the online delivery of this discipline.

The program is ideal for graduates who want to pursue a career in the Translation/Interpreting profession, or for practicing professionals who want to deepen their abilities and hone their skills in this area of specialization.


  • INTG 6376 - Consecutive Interpreting
  • TRSP 6343 - English-Spanish Translation Workshop (Dr. Carmen Mangiron, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Req. or. 6322)
  • TRSP 6342 - Spanish-English Translation Workshop (Prof. Mary Phelan, DCU Dublin-Ireland) (Req. or 6320)
  • TRSP 6347 - Topic: Translation Technologies (Dr. Olga Torres, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Elect.)
  • TRSP 6348 - Topic: Audiovisual Translation (Profs. Nazaret Fresno and Xenia Martínez, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Elect.)
  • TRSP 6325 - Specialized Translation: Literary Translation (Prof. Marko Miletich, CUNY, NY) (Elect.)
  • TRSP 6340 - Translation Theory (Dr. Marella Feltrin-Morris, Ithaca College, NY) (Req.)
  • TRSP 6346 - Topic: Business and Financial Translation (Elect.)
  • TRSP 6344 - Topic: Translation of Legal Texts (Drs. Mariana Orozco, Carmen Bestué, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Elect.)
  • INTG 6377 - Simultaneous Interpreting (Elect.)
  • INTG 6380 - Practicum: Medical Terminology (Elect.)
  • TRSP 6395 - Translation Research/Projects (Elect.)

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.


Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic April 15 October 1 March 1 March 1
International April 15 October 1 March 1 March 1

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

  • $8,841.45* Total program cost
  • $589.43 Per credit hour
  • $1,254.29 Per 3-credit course

*Tuition and fee rates shown above are proposed rates for the 2015-2016 academic year. We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Approved tuition and fee rates for UTRGV should be available prior to the fee payment deadline.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-665-3661 or 956-882-6552 or email

Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements include evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research. Specific admission requirements are:

  • Personal interview (online)
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s undergraduate faculty advisor
  • Satisfactory performance on the Spanish essay.
  • Satisfactory performance on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
  • Online Application
    Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee online.
  • Official Transcript
    Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Gabriel González
Phone: (956) 882-7658