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M.A. Interpreting Studies

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Designed for:

Professional signed and spoken language interpreters who want to improve, teach or research.

The program offers three tracks:

  1. Theory and Practice Interpreting option
  2. Advanced Interpreting option
  3. Teaching Interpreting option

Where this degree can take you:

  • College teaching
  • Mentoring and instruction for less experienced interpreters
  • Research on interpreting and interpreter education

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Experience interpreting and mentoring
    • Certification is accepted, but not required.

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines.

Begin your Interpreting Studies program:

  • You may apply to the MA in Interpreting Studies program anytime throughout the year to start the program next summer. We review applications until the community of practice is full. Completed applications are evaluated as they are received. Decisions will be made within two weeks of receiving the completed application.

Finishing will take:

  • 18 months
  • 45-54 credits
  • A master’s thesis or professional project

Where you will take classes:

  • There will be a synchronous residency requirement each summer.
    • Summer 2022 will be held virtually and synchronously.
      • Friday, July 8, 2022-Sunday, July 10, 2022-hold all days
      • Thursdays, 2-4pm, (PST): June 23, June 30, July 14, July 21, July 28, 2022
  • Primarily asynchronous online/distance coursework
    • 22-23 academic year-mark your calendars for October 1, January 14, and April 8 10-12p.m., pacific time.

Tech you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)

What you will learn:

Provides interpreters and interpreter educators who use English and another language, spoken or signed, advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical and teaching applications. This advances the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession, both signed and spoken, via research, rigorous study, and practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Exemplify reflective practice in interpreting and teaching through observation, application, analysis and supervision.
  2. Contribute to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education.
  3. Exhibit advanced competence in interpreting effectiveness and quality leadership.


If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Amanda Smith, Program Coordinator, or 503-838-8650.

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"I've grown so much more than I knew I could as an interpreter and as a teacher, and I've become part of a supportive group of classmates, with whom I have had the opportunity to develop more than any of us could have alone. Amanda and Elisa (the coordinators) work diligently to be flexible enough to be sure that each student has the opportunity to make our coursework applicable and beneficial to what we're individually doing or hope to be doing in practice."

Emily Ott '12
MA: Interpreting Studies