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M.A. Interpreting Studies

Application Requirements


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Deadlines and key dates:

You may apply to the MA in Interpreting Studies program anytime throughout the year to start the program fall 2023. 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.

Graduate Student Assistant Positions are a form of student employment, earning a compensation package including both salary and tuition remission for the performance of research or teaching services to the University as part of a student’s academic and professional training and development. If you are interested in applying for a Graduate Assistant Position, please apply for this position no later than February 1st for priority processing.

Detailed application requirements

Application materials required for WOU Graduate admission:

  • Application Fee $60
  • Transcripts
    • You can upload an unofficial copy of your transcript to complete your application for admission. We will require an official transcript from the Colleges or Universities you have attended for formal admission. Save as PDF with your first and last name in time from all previous colleges.
  • Transcripts are used as Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived. Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted.

Application materials for MA in Interpreting Studies:

  • Current Resume
    • Save as PDF with your first and last name in title.
  • Writing Sample
    • The ability to express yourself in written English is an important part of a graduate program. Please provide evidence of your writing in the form of a short (2-5 page) essay or paper completed and graded in your most recent academic program.
  • Evidence of Interpreting Certification and/or Experience (Not required for Theory & Practice)
    • Evidence of certification and/or experience interpreting and/or translating. Those without certification may be admitted via an alternative assessment.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (Not required for Theory & Practice)
    • Evidence may include:
      • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Continuing Education unit transcript
      • Documentation, transcripts, or certificates demonstrating privation in continuing education opportunities (e.g., units required to maintain certification)
      • Documentation of other professional development in the area of teaching, mentoring, leadership, and/or adult education is preferred.
  • Recommendations
    • Provide at least three recommendations from consumers and/or colleagues that address your competence as an interpreter, your potential to teach/lead/mentor, and your ability to navigate meaning transfer between parties who do not use the same language.​​​​
  • Pre-Screening Assessment
    • After you submit your program application, you will be given a prompt in your student status portal. Before beginning the pre-screening, you will need a computer with embedded video camera for easy processing/uploading (or video camera, tripod) and connection to broadband internet. This activity should not take more than 60 minutes including responding to the prompts, recording, rendering video, and uploading. Please respond, using your non-English language, “in the moment,” as you are thinking about the prompt. We are looking for your initial responses, not necessarily over rehearsed/processed responses.


If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Dr. Elisa Maroney, Program Coordinator, or 503-838-8735.

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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

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