Master of Arts in Interpretation: Interpreting Research

The concentration in Interpreting Research is designed to educate Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing persons who have demonstrated competence in interpreting and who wish to further their education and knowledge with an advanced degree. This degree is designed to respond to the professional development needs of professional interpreters and interpreter educators. The program provides a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to interpretation instruction. Education focuses on current academic knowledge in areas that include discourse analysis, comparative ASL and English for interpreters, analysis of interactions, and research. The first three areas of knowledge will also provide foundational knowledge and skills for conducting research. This degree includes an overview research course followed by two semesters of guided research courses in which students conduct original research with the goal of producing a solid study in publishable form. With this experience, graduates can continue their investigative interests through further education and study. This degree would also prepare students to enter the Ph.D. in Interpretation program. The program follows a one year full-time format consisting of three semesters or a two-year part-time format consisting of four semesters. The program requires the completion of 30 credit hours of course work.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the M.A. in Interpretation must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.

DEADLINEDATE
First Date for Consideration of Application: January 15th
Last Date for Completed Application: April 15th or until all possible slots are filled. Students are accepted on a rolling basis.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Official transcript of all college work
  • TOEFL score (international applicants)
  • 3 letters of reference - one letter should be from a consumer citing competence in interpreting
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • National certification (RID, AVLIC), ASLTA (Qualified or Professional), or documented equivalent for international applicants
  • ASLPI result of 4 or higher for ASL users
  • ASLPI result of 3 or higher for international students who are non-ASL users
  • Portfolio of unrehearsed ASL to English and English to ASL interpreting samples; or equivalent portfolio of unrehearsed interpreting samples in applicants' working languages for international applicants
  • One additional goals statement relating to ethic, professional practice, and research interests.

Graduation Requirements

Qualifying Paper
During the final year of coursework, all students must successfully complete a research-based paper. This paper will represent a substantial data based research project related to interpretation. The research should address an important problem of manageable scope in the chosen field of study, and should make a significant contribution to the profession's theory or practice.

Lab Fee
Students enrolled in the M.A. in Interpretation program must pay a lab fee for using the program's classroom and laboratory equipment and facilities.

The M.A. in Interpretation Interpreting Research Concentration follows a one year full-time format consisting of three semesters or a two-year part-time format consisting of four semesters. The program requires the completion of 30 credit hours of course work.

Typical Program of Study (Two Years - Part-time Only)

Semester I (Summer conducted ONLINE)

OL - INT 707 Structure of Language for Interpreters: American Sign Language and English (3)

Semester II (Fall)

INT 720 Discourse Analysis for Interpreters (3)
INT 726 Fundamental of Interpreting (3)

Semester III (Spring)

INT 750 Research Methods in Interpretation (3)
Elective (3)

Semester III (Summer)

OL - INT 701 History of Interpreting (3)

Semester IV (Fall)

INT 777 Guided Research Project I (3)
Elective (3)

Candidacy paper

Semester V (Spring)

INT 778 Guided Research Project II (3)
Elective (3)

Typical Program of Study (One Year - Full-time Only)

Semester I (Summer conducted ONLINE)

OL - INT 701 History of Interpreting (3)
OL - INT 707 Structure of Language for Interpreters: American Sign Language and English (3)
OL - INT 750 Research Methods in Interpretation (3)

Semester II (Fall)

INT 720 Discourse Analysis for Interpreters (3)
INT 726 Fundamentals of Interpreting (3)
INT 777 Guided Research Project I (3)
Elective (3)

Candidacy paper

Semester III (Spring)

INT 778 Guided Research Project II (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

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