Graduate Program in Interpreting and Translation Studies

Graduate Program

Graduate Program in Interpreting and Translation Studies

The ITS Program at Wake Forest University prepares professionals to work in the growing language industry and meet the communication challenges in a number of important fields including foreign affairs, media, business, law and healthcare.

Learn More About Our Program and Our Faculty

classroomToday’s corporations, governments and organizations operate in a globalized, ethnically diverse world fueled by ever-faster communication technologies.

According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, more than 61 million Americans speak a language other than English at home. Overcoming linguistic and sociocultural barriers is vital to securing a competitive edge.

The current lack of interpreters and translators has led the U.S. Department of Labor to project a 18% increase in employment from 2016 to 2026, more than double the national average of 7% for all other occupations.

To meet this demand, there is a need not only for interpreters and translators but also for teachers of interpreting and cross-cultural specialists for culture-sensitive positions at managerial levels.

In response to this demand, our program offers three MA tracks:


Language pairs offered:

For students who would like to focus on an area of interest in a more flexible, customized manner, the program offers four Graduate Certificates and one Postgraduate Certificate in specialized areas.


For more information about the program, the admissions process and financial aid, please contact Mr. Patrick Pardy, Community Liaison / Program Coordinator, at

For specifics about the Chinese-English track, please contact Dr. Chaowei Zhu at or visit the following link: Chinese-English Track.

Program Director
Dr. Olgierda

Associate Director
Dr. Diego Burgos,

Coordinator Chinese Track 
Dr. Chaowei Zhu,