Graduate Program in Interpreting and Translation Studies

Chinese-English Language Track

MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies: Chinese-English Language Track
中英文方向 (中文介绍)


This is a professionally oriented and research-based degree designed to prepare interpreters and translators to work in the rapidly growing language industry in a variety of fields including foreign affairs, media, business, law and healthcare. This track also provides a solid foundation for those who are considering pursuing a doctorate in the field. The MA degree in Chinese-English Interpreting and Translation Studies is a full-time, 37 credit hour program designed to be completed in 2 years. All courses are taught onsite at the Wake Forest University campus. Students must apply for admission to start in the fall semester to then complete 4 consecutive semesters to meet all program requirements. In addition to the coursework, an internship and an applied research project are integrated into the program to allow students to make a rigorous connection between the practical experience in the workplace and the more theoretical experience in research and in the classroom.

Program of Study

Core Courses (31 hours)

  • Applied Interpreting Studies (TIS 731, 3 hrs)
  • Applied Translation Studies (TIS 733, 3 hrs)
  • Discourse Organization and Interpreting (TIS 735, 3 hrs)
  • Contrastive Chinese/English Grammar and Stylistics (TIS 750, 3 hrs)
  • Chinese -English Translation (TIS 751, 3 hrs)
  • Chinese-English Interpreting (TIS 755, 3 hrs)
  • Sociolinguistics and Dialectology (LIN 610, 3 hrs)
  • Localization and Terminology (LIN 683, 3 hrs)
  • Internship (TIS 684, 2hr)
  • Applied Research Project (TIS 785, 5 hrs)

Electives (6 hours minimum) Note: Not all electives are offered every semester. Students may take one or more electives in addition to their core courses. Students must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.

  • Cross-Cultural Communication (LIN 640, 3 hrs)
  • Chinese Specialized Translation (TIS 752, 3 hrs)
  • Language Use and Technology (LIN 680, 3 hrs)
  • Health Communication: Patient-Provider (COM 656, 3 hrs)
  • Organizational Behavior and Interpreting (TIS 736, 3 hrs)
  • U.S. Landscape: Systems, Culture and Norms (TIS 760, 3hrs)
  • Special Topics (TIS 786, 3 hrs)
  • Independent Study (TIS 789, 1-3 hrs)

Chinese-English MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies Course Overview

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Institutional financial aid and scholarships are available to qualified students (also to international students) on a need/merit based evaluation. Candidates who submit their online application before February 15th will be given priority consideration, applications entered after that date will be considered as long as funds remain available. For more on the admissions process click here: Admissions.

Links to other useful information

Application Process and Admission for International Applicants
Wake Forest University General Information
Student Life for International Applicants
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