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Graduate Certificate online

100% Online Graduate certificate in Spanish Translation


15 Cr/ hour Program

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The Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies offers graduate students a flexible, yet cohesive, one-year program of study designed to develop practical and theoretical translational skills, cultural mediation competence and professional interpreting capabilities all in high demand by our increasingly multi-cultural society.

With a choice of different courses and specialties, the program is completely online, and all of the 15 credits (5 courses) required for graduation can be taken virtually anywhere there is computer with an internet connection. The flexible biweekly modules can accommodate any personal schedule. Designed and taught by world-class academics and professionals from all over the Americas and Europe who teach in prestigious universities around the globe, this program brings extensive know-how to the online delivery of this discipline.

The program is ideal for graduates who want to pursue a career in the Translation/Interpreting profession, or for practicing professionals who want to deepen their abilities and hone their skills in this area of specialization. All coursework taken within the program may be used towards a Masters degree at UTB.


(all 3 Cr. hr. courses)

Summer II 2010

  • INTG6376- Consecutive Interpreting (Dr. José Dávila-Montes, UTB, TX).

Fall 2010

  • TRSP6320- English-Spanish Translation Workshop (Dr. Carmen Mangiron, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Req. or. 6322)
  • TRSP6322- Spanish-English Translation Workshop (Prof. Mary Phelan, DCU Dublin-Ireland) (Req. or 6320)
  • TRSP6331- Topic: Translation Technologies (Dr. Olga Torres, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Elect.)
  • TRSP6340- Topic: Audiovisual Translation (Profs. Nazaret Fresno and Xenia Martínez, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Elect.)

Spring 2011

  • TRSP6325- Specialized Translation: Literary Translation (Prof. Marko Miletich, CUNY, NY) (Elect.)
  • TRSP6330- Translation Theory (Dr. Marella Feltrin-Morris, Ithaca College, NY) (Req.)
  • TRSP6332- Topic: Business and Financial Translation (Dr. George Green, UTB, TX) (Elect.)
  • TRSP6334- Topic: Translation of Legal Texts (Drs. Mariana Orozco, Carmen Bestué, UAB Barcelona-Spain) (Elect.)

Summer 2011

  • INTG6377- Simultaneous Interpreting (Dr. José Dávila-Montes, UTB, TX) (Elect.)
  • INTG6375- Practicum: Medical Terminology (Prof. Alfredo Mercuri, UTB, TX) (Elect.)
  • TRSP6395- Translation Research/Projects (Dr. José Dávila-Montes, UTB, TX) (Elect.)

Admission Procedures

Admission Requirements include evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research. Specific admission requirements are:

  • Personal interview (online)
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s undergraduate faculty advisor
  • Satisfactory performance on the Spanish essay.
  • Satisfactory performance on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.

Prospective candidates please contact the program coordinator at

Tuition and fees

(per course, as of May 2010):

Texas residents: $821.80   Non-Texas residents: $1,652.80
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The development of this program is sponsored by a Federal Grant awarded by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education: Graduate Programs at Institutions of Higher Education Serving Hispanic Americans, (P116V090039)

Required Courses: 15 hours

The Diplomate in Translation Studies requires the completion of 15 graduate hours in Translation courses under one or more rubrics (SPAN/TRSP) with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Core Courses

Students must enroll in, at least, one Translation Workshop, one Translation Theory course, and one Topics course, totaling 9 credit hours.   
Elective Courses

The remaining 6 credit hours are electives to be chosen from Interpreting, Translation Workshop, Topics or Specialized Translation Courses.


A Bachelor’s degree with, at least, nine upper-division in one or more of the following areas: Spanish, Translation, English, Communications, or Criminal Justice.


  • Dr. José Dávila-Montes, Ph.D in Translation Studies. Program Coordinator. The University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S.A.
  • Dr. George K. Green, Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Diplomate Interpreter by the Munich Interpreters Institute. The University of Texas at Brownsville. U.S.A.
  • Dr. Mariana Orozco, PhD. in Translation Studies. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dr. Marella Feltrin-Morris, PhD in Comparative Literature, PhD in Translation Studies. Ithaca College, New York. U.S.A.
  • Dr. Carmen Mangirón, PhD in Translation Studies, Dublin City Univeristy, Ireland.
  • Dr. Olga Torres, PhD in Translation Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Prof. Marko Miletich, MA in Translation, PhD candidate. Hunter College, City University of New York. U.S.A.
  • Prof. Xenia Martínez, MA in Translation Studies & MA in Film Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Prof. Mary Phelan, ABD in Translation and Interpreting. Dublin City University.
  • Prof. Nazaret Fresno, MA in Audiovisual Translation & PhD Candidate, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Prof. Alfredo Mercuri, MA in Leadership and Conflict Management, Graduate Diploma in Translation, State Certified Medical Interpreter, The University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S.A.


  • Dr. Marilyn G. Rose, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Binghamon, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Pilar Orero, Director of PhD Program in Translation Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dr. Aline Ramael, Professor of Translation Studies and Audiovisual Translation, University of Antwerp.

For additional details please contact:

Translation and Interpreting Office
Department of Modern Languages
The University of Texas at Brownsville
Ph.: 956-882-8215

Contact Information

José Dávila-Montes

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