• Baccalaureate degree in in one of the certificate languages:  French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, or in a closely related area that requires sufficient upper-division coursework in that language (e.g., for Spanish, Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business), or an undergraduate degree, certificate, or minor in translation.

  • Original transcripts that indicate a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Three letters of reference (from professors, specialists in translation, and/or employers, preferably in the field)
  • A well-developed essay in English that addresses the applicant’s motivation for enrolling in the certificate
  • An oral interview with the Graduate Program Director (this can be conducted by phone or WebEx)
  • A sample of translations into or from the language pair selected (with original text to accompany each translation submitted)
  • Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (International Students only)
  • Complete the Graduate School Admissions Application.

The certificate application does not require GRE or MAT scores.

Students may apply as Early Entry, graduate, and post-graduate students; post-baccalaureate students may apply but will have to submit a second application before completing six credit hours.  

Note: Students interested in adding this Graduate Certificate to the M.A. in Spanish must apply separately for the certificate program. One application does not cover both programs.