Literary Translation (Certificate)

Literary Translation (Certificate)

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*This program is offered 100% ONLINE*

The Graduate Certificate in Literary Translation seeks to appeal both to practicing professionals and candidates who aim to hone and develop their skills in Literary Translation. The program also seeks to provide an optimal entryway to postsecondary education in the Humanities, and offers its graduates the possibility to pursue and complete an MA in Translation and Interpreting, also on a 100% online basis. Students will become familiar with the basic tenets of textual production for literary purposes and will explore the specificities of the translation of various genres between English and Spanish, and vice-versa. This program is offered 100% online. Students take 15 credits (5 courses) of graduate classes.

Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal interview (Online or in person).
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Submission of a short essay in Spanish.
  • Satisfactory performance essay on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
    • A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.

Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.

Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

Program Contact

Program Coordinator: Dr. Nazaret Fresno

Phone: (956) 882-7450

Office: Brownsville Campus, BMAIN 1528




Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


  • This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.
  • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $7,406.95
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $13,541.95

*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

Course Requirements

Required Courses 5
TRSP/SPAN 6340: Translation Theory 3
TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop: Spanish-English 3
TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop: English-Spanish 3
TRSP/SPAN 6345: Translation Topics (in Literary Translation) 3
TRSP/SPAN 6395: Translation Project (in Literary Translation) 3
Total credits required 15

Course Descriptions

TRSP/SPAN 6340: Translation Theory              [3-0]

A survey of classic and contemporary translation theories.

Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

TRSP/SPAN 6342: Translation Workshop: Spanish-English              [3-0]

Intensive review of translation techniques and intensive practice of translation from Spanish into English covering a variety of text typologies, including but not limited to general informative texts, literary texts, and technical texts. Taught in Spanish and English.

Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or instructor’s approval.

TRSP/SPAN 6343: Translation Workshop: English-Spanish              [3-0]

Intensive review of translation techniques and practice of translation from English into Spanish covering a variety of text typologies, including but not limited to general informative texts, literary texts, and technical texts. Taught in Spanish. All papers, and examinations in Spanish.

Prerequisites: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or instructor’s approval.

TRSP/SPAN 6345: Translation Topics              [3-0]

Several topics from the field of Translation Studies including but not limited to Literary Translation, Semiotics, Computer Assisted Translation, Textual Analysis and Linguistics Applied to Translation. This course may be taken three times as topic varies. Taught in Spanish. All papers and examinations in Spanish.

Prerequisite: TRSP/SPAN 3342 or TRSP/SPAN 3343 or TRSP/SPAN 6342 or TRSP/SPAN 6343.

TRSP/SPAN 6395: Translation/Research Project              [3-0]

Mini-thesis, research or translation project, of a theoretical or practical nature, including but not limited to empirical research, hermeneutical or linguistic analysis, or the translation of a complete literary, academic or technical work.

Prerequisite: TRSP 6340 and SPAN 6342 and SPAN 6343.

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