Students must apply for admission to the Graduate School and must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Applicants will generally have a baccalaureate degree in one of the certificate languages: French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, or in a closely related area that requires sufficient upper-division coursework in that language (e.g., for Spanish, Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business), or an undergraduate degree, certificate, or minor in translation.
Applicants are required to submit:
- A well-developed essay in English that addresses the applicant’s motivation for enrolling in the Graduate Certificate
- Three letters of reference (from professors, specialists in translation, and/or employers, preferably in the field)
- An oral interview with the Graduate Program Director
- A sample of translations into or from the language pair selected (with original text to accompany each translation submitted)
- Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (International Students only)
Notes: Students interested in adding this Graduate Certificate to the M.A. in Spanish must apply separately for the certificate program. One application does not cover both programs. GRE scores are not required.
Early Entry Program
Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements. Also see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.
Generally, only graduate courses taken at UNC Charlotte count toward the Graduate Certificate. However, 3 credit hours of coursework may be considered for possible transfer into the certificate program if approved by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. 9 of the 12 credit hours for the Graduate Certificate must be taken in residency.