We offer some online and some hybrid classes (we meet once per week). All our seated classes are in the evenings to allow for those students who work to come, and in some cases we also offer the possibility to attend remotely in case you cannot come to our College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick (you would have to be available at class time though).
This depends on your availability and how many credits you can take per semester. The certificate is offered to students who complete 19-21 credits in the applied courses, whereas for the MA Students must complete 24 credits of course work and an additional 6 credits of either thesis or practicum. Therefore, the certificate program can be completed in 1 year (3 semesters), while the MA is normally completed in 2 years.
Does the certificate or the MA certify me as a court or medical interpreter, or as an ATA translator?
We offer a rigorous training program that prepares candidates for the job market and to take any certification exams, such as the ATA translation certificate, or the NJ or Federal Court Interpreter Exam. Many of our alumni pass these certification exams and hold top positions in the field.
Members of the community can, in exceptional cases, pursue our certificate even if they don´t hold an undergraduate degree. Please follow the instructions to apply for our certificate program here so that we can evaluate your case.
If you are applying for our certificate program, we advise you to first send us your application. This way, if the program considers you fulfill the requirements, you save time and money. To apply to the program, please send me the following documents:
College transcripts and/or proof of employment as a translator/interpreter
Two essays (400-500 words, double space)
Upon acceptance to the program, applicants should then apply as a non-matriculated student at Rutgers. Students have two options: applying as a non-matriculated student at the School of Continuing Studies or at the School of Arts and Sciences. Earning credits through Continuing Studies is designed for students to earn substantial credits, however it may not be enough to finish the certificate (19-21 credits) because they can only enroll for a maximum of 6 credits per semester (12 credits overall). Some students choose this option as an initiative to begin the program, while others will apply directly to the School of Arts and Sciences to complete the certificate.
Students in the MA are admitted on the basis of undergraduate records, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL (native Spanish speakers from abroad), and demonstrated competency in both English and Spanish. Application is done through the Graduate College (http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/apply-now).
We also offer a 5-year MA for those undergrads majoring or minoring in Spanish at Rutgers.
For your application you need to write two essays, one in English and one in Spanish, about why you want to pursue this program, and about your future goals. Essays are to be written independently, and don’t have to be a translation of each other.
I work full time. Would you suggest a Fall or Spring start date for the program?
You can start any time. We offer each semester and in the Summer our entry course for the certificate program, 401: Advanced Translation. For the MA program, you can also start any time and we will recommend the most suitable courses that match your profile. We also know many of you have jobs and/or live far from New Brunswick. Therefore, we only offer evening, online, hybrid and remote courses.
If I am admitted for one term, can I be deferred to another term?
Does the language department offer any kind of financial aid or student teaching options?
Current and former students receive federal assistance, in the form of grants or loans, and external scholarships. Our Department only offers Teaching Assistantships for our PhD programs. Students can contact the Financial Aid Office at the University to check what options might be available to them
If I enroll in the program for the certificate this fall, and reenroll the following Spring for the masters program, will the credits from the certificate program automatically count towards the credits for the MA degree?
You can take courses for the certificate in the Fall. Then apply to the MA by either December 1st or March 15th. The credits completed will count if admitted to the program and after completing 12 credits as a matriculated student in the MA.