University of Texas Online Consortium

Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting responds to the increasing demand of qualified professionals in the judiciary and the always growing qualification requirements for the professional practice of Interpreting in legal settings.

The program seeks to appeal both to practicing professionals and candidates who aim to obtain high-end interpreting abilities in the court and judiciary areas (translation of legal documents, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting). This program is offered 100% online using video streaming technology. Students take 15 hours of graduate classes.

Admission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.
  2. Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
  3. Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be mailed to:
    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Online application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are non-refundable.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal interview (online or in person).
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s undergraduate faculty advisor.
  • Submission of a short essay in Spanish
  • A translation test waiver may be granted to applicants who hold a state or federal court or medical interpreting license.
  • Satisfactory performance on the translation of a document from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.

Students whose native language is not English or who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Jul 1 Nov 15 May 1 Jun 1

Note: Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.


Required Courses (15 credits)

To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and Spanish Translation and Interpreting (MA) from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Jose Davila-Montes

Program Director, Professor
(956) 882-8215

Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate in Court Interpreting
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many semester credits are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpreting?
    Fifteen credits. See the Courses section above for more details.
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Are campus visits required?
    No, the application, interview, and courses can be completed 100% online.
  • Is the program accredited?
    There is no program-specific accreditation for this program. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • How can I find more information?
    Please contact the graduate coordinator listed above if you have additional questions about the program.