The Graduate Certificate in Translation offers online-only professional training to students in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and often other languages, who wish to pursue careers in the language-services industry broadly speaking, or in other fields requiring advanced professional use of a language other than English.

Being bilingual is not enough to be a successful translator. Professional translators must be experts in both source and target cultures, skilled readers of the source language and superb writers of the target language. In addition, they need expertise in an area of specialization and a solid grasp of the language-services industry.

Our Translation & Interpreting Studies programs are housed in an accredited, Tier 1 Research institution and offer professional translator and interpreter training in a dynamic environment. Students collaborate with faculty and classmates from around the world to develop the skills they need to succeed in a thriving international market. Learn how to translate and/or interpret, and how to be a language professional through using leading industry computer-assisted translation tools and completing internships that often lead to employment. Our program can prepare you to:

  • be an in-house translator
  • be a freelancer
  • be a translation company owner
  • specialize in your area of interest
  • pursue doctoral studies
  • develop your professional skills without pursuing a degree

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Eligibility and Admission

Applicants to the Certificate Program must hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or must provide substantial evidence of ability to succeed in graduate-level work.

A degree in the foreign language of concentration, or advanced study in that area, is desirable. In addition, admission to the program is based in part on a qualifying examination administered by the Program. The two-hour exam consists of a short translation from the source to the target language (between 200 and 250 words, depending on the source language) and one 300 to 500 word essay in English.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program.

Credits and Courses

Students must complete 21 credits of required courses; all credits must be at the graduate level, including the following:

TRNSLTN 709Seminar in Literary and Cultural Translation3
TRNSLTN 726Computer-Assisted Translation3
TRNSLTN 730Internship in Translation/Interpreting3
Language Concentration
Select 9 credits (see below)9
Select 3 credits (see below)3
Total Credits21

Language Concentration

Students must select a language concentration and complete the three courses (9 cr) listed below for that concentration.

French to English
TRNSLTN 706Introduction to Translation: French to English3
TRNSLTN 716Seminar in Advanced Translation: French to English3
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
Total Credits9
German to English
TRNSLTN 708Introduction to Translation: German to English3
TRNSLTN 718Seminar in Advanced German Translation3
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
Total Credits9
Spanish to English
TRNSLTN 707Introduction to Translation: Spanish to English3
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
TRNSLTN 717Seminar in Advanced Translation: Spanish to English3
Total Credits9
English to Spanish
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
Total Credits9
Arabic to English
TRNSLTN 704Introduction to Translation: Arabic to English3
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
Total Credits9
Russian to English
TRNSLTN 719Introduction to Translation: Russian to English3
TRNSLTN 729Seminar in Advanced Translation: Russian to English3
TRNSLTN 710Comparative Systems for Translation3
Total Credits9


In consultation with the program coordinator, students must select 3 credits from among the following courses. Additional appropriate courses may be counted toward the certificate with the consent of the coordinator. All courses are online unless otherwise noted.

TRNSLTN 530Business and Professional Aspects of Translation3
TRNSLTN 727Project Management in Translation3
TRNSLTN 728Editing for Translation3
TRNSLTN 700Consecutive Interpreting (all languages)3
TRNSLTN 711Ethics in Translation and Interpreting (all languages)3
TRNSLTN 820Translation Theory3
MALLT 708Proseminar in Linguistics (on site only)3
ENGLISH 708Advanced Professional Writing3
ENGLISH 709Rhetoric, Writing, and Information Technology3

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit

Certificate coursework at the graduate level may be applied toward an MA degree in the MALLT Program. Required courses completed as part of an undergraduate degree will not count toward the certificate requirements; in such cases, students, in consultation with the certificate program coordinator, will select additional appropriate elective courses to complete a minimum of 21 certificate program credits after the baccalaureate degree has been awarded.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students must earn at least an average GPA of 3.0 in courses completed at the graduate level as well as a 3.0 GPA on all credits completed for the certificate. In addition, students must earn a B or better in all courses completed for the certificate.

Capstone Requirement

All certificate students will be required to pass a one-hour translation examination.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in PhD programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.