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Interpretation | M.A. in Interpretation: Interpreting Research


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Dr. Paul Harrelson, Program Coordinator 

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 also prepares 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 coursework.

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 website for more information and a checklist of application requirements.

First Date for Consideration of Application: January 15th
Last Date for Completed Application: March 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)
  • Three letters of reference – one letter should be from a consumer citing competence in interpreting
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Valid certification from RID (CSC, NIC, CI/CT, CDI), NAD (III, IV, or V), AVLIC (COI), 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 interpreting samples in applicants’ working languages
  • One additional goals statement relating to ethics and professional practice

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. The literature review for this research will be submitted separately for evaluation as a qualifying paper.

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Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate