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Prepare for a career as a certified translator.

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9 Months

UMass Boston’s Spanish-English Translation Certificate is designed to expand your knowledge and improve your skills in oral or written translation. UMass Boston’s Spanish-English Translation Certificate focuses on learning, improving, or expanding your knowledge and skills in oral or written translation of English and Spanish. It’s designed for bilingual (English-Spanish) speakers who want to hone their skills and add a certification to their résumé. Explore the history, principles, theory, and practice of oral and written translation. Practice the techniques of legal, medical, technical, general, and literary translation and learn to work with a wide variety of online dictionaries, reference materials, and other tools and resources used by professional translators. You’ll also improve your knowledge of English and Spanish syntaxes, morphologies, and semantic systems. You will be able to apply these skills to meet the increasing local, national, and international demand for professional translators, and help overcome the challenges of modern multicultural, multilingual societies.


  • This program consists of two 6-credit courses, or 12 credits.
  • Online tuition is $410 per credit.
  • Associated fees are approximately $780.
  • Total estimated cost to complete this program is $6,200.
  • Estimate is based on completing program by minimum duration. Other fees may apply. Request Info to connect with a program representative for further details.


  • Complete this application form
  • Pass a proficiency test
  • Complete an online interview

For information about application procedures, program fees, or registration, please contact:

Latin American and Iberian Studies Department
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617.287.7550

  • Advanced Techniques and Skills for Translation (SPAN408)
    Develop the basic techniques and skills needed for translation with an emphasis on translation into the native language with some practice in the opposite direction. Methods of contrastive linguistics to analyze pertinent aspects of language structure, involving syntax, vocabulary and style, are employed. You’ll be given ample opportunity to apply these techniques through a series of translation assignments, which form the basis for class discussion. Offered in the Fall semester.
  • Advanced Practice of Translation (SPAN409)
    Practice translating a variety of genres and styles, both literary and non-literary. You’ll have the opportunity to analyze critically, and to resolve creatively, the problems involving such issues in translation as context, register, tone, and audience. There will be an emphasis on translating into the native language (English/Spanish), but considerable practice is given in the non-native language. Offered in the Spring semester.

At the end of this two-semester program, you’ll be awarded a professional certificate in Spanish-English translation. The certificate will demonstrate your expertise in the field on your résumé, as well as in interviews and workplace evaluations. With your certificate, you'll be able to meet the increasing demand for local, national, and international demand for professionals, educators, and students interested in meeting the challenges of modern multicultural, multilingual societies.

Why UMass Boston Online?


Among the lowest online tuition rates of an accredited, public research university.


Study full-time to finish fast, or part-time to suit your schedule. Live sessions scheduled with the working professional in mind.


The same courses taught by the same academic departments as on campus. No third-party providers.

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Spanish-English Translation Certificate

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