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Translation Studies

The Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP) doctoral degree is the first PhD in Translation Studies in the U.S. It prepares students both for the professoriate and for scholarly research, including research-informed translation, and it offers individualized interdisciplinary tracks to accommodate a variety of backgrounds.

The doctoral program features:

  • Inclusive curriculum including, but not limited to, history and traditions of Translation Studies, comparative literature, cultural and postcolonial studies, national literatures and major figures, philosophy and pedagogy
  • Individualized interdisciplinary tracks

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Translation Studies

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Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
PhD February 1 Rolling

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Applicant Qualifications

  • A master's degree (MA, MS) is desirable for admission
  • Previous experience or background in translation studies. Applicants lacking formal certification in translation may be provisionally admitted to the program. Full admission will be granted only after the applicant has passed the graduate translation certificate examination
  • A near-native fluency in English, as well as (and especially) the ability to write academic texts in English
  • A near-native fluency in a second language
  • Optional, but desirable: a good reading knowledge of a third language (this means the applicant can read reliably with a dictionary)
  • Previous immersion in a culture where the second language is spoken
  • Note: Applicants with no previous graduate coursework in languages should be prepared for a diagnostic examination during the application process

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores
  • Writing sample (such as a paper(s) from an upper-level undergraduate course; a master's thesis; a paper(s) from a graduate course or program)

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Michael Pettid, Professor (Asian and Asian American Studies)

PhD in Translation Studies website

TRIP website

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Last Updated: 7/23/15