The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology Office of the Deputy Provost

Master of Spanish Translation and Interpreting

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The program will provide instruction in the translation of general and specialized texts from English into Spanish and vice versa at a professional level.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 36 months
  • 15 required courses + 12 designated electives + 6 free electives + 3 Capstone requirement project
  • $589.43 per credit hour

Students in the program will become acquainted with Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting and will have the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills in these and other areas and subspecialties such as Legal, Medical, Finance Translation and Literary Translation. Practical and theoretical instruction will be provided in these sub modalities. This program also covers the latest field-related technologies related to the production of translated texts. Additional required courses will cover Translation Theory, Research in Translation Studies and Translation Project Management.


Required Courses

TRSP/SPAN 6340: Translation Theory
TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop:Spanish-English
TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop:English-Spanish
INTG 6376: Consecutive Interpreting
Any INTG course

Designated Electives:

Choose from the following:
INTG 6377: Simultaneous Interpreting
INTG 6378: Court Interpreting
INTG 6379: Interpreting Practicum
INTG 6380: Medical Interpreting and Terminology
TRSP/SPAN: 6344: Translation of Legal Texts
TRSP/SPAN: 6345: Translation Topics
TRSP/SPAN: 6346: Business and Finance Translation
TRSP/SPAN: 6347: Translation Technologies
TRSP/SPAN: 6348: Audiovisual Translation

Capstone Requirement Project

TRSP/SPAN 6395: Translation/Research Project

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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
Application Deadline 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

  • $21,219.48* 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 956-882-6552 or 956-665-3661 or email

Admission requirements will ensure that only adequately prepared candidates access the program. These requirements include:

• Baccalaureate degree

• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0

• GRE verbal 146 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)

• GRE analytical 4.0

• Personal interview (can be carried out online via webcam)

• Three (3) letters of recommendation, academic or professional

• Satisfactory performance on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.

• Entry test may be waived upon proof of state or federal, court or medical interpreter’s certification

• Spanish-language version administered by ETS of the Graduate Record Examination (which includes sections in both English and Spanish) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

• GRE requirements may be waived upon completion of UTRGV’s Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation An undergraduate degree in Spanish is not required for admission to the program. The performance of the candidate in the admission essay and translation will provide evidence of adequate background or preparation in Spanish, and the concomitant need for additional preparation prior to admission. Conditional admission may be granted when an applicant does not meet all of the desired criteria for admission.

Notification of the decision on graduate admissions is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Jose Davila-Montes
Phone: (956) 882-8215