The Online Certificate in Translation and Interpreting is designed for students with high proficiency in English and at least one Language Other Than English (LOTE) who are interested in developing language mediation skills to meet the needs of an increasingly globalized world.

The demand for translation and interpreting has never been higher in a range of settings, including business, diplomacy, government, legal, healthcare, public service, schools, and many more.

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Course taken for credit Amount
Summer Fee per credit $445-$482
Fall Fee per credit $525-$569
Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*Fees: $50 per course for language reviewing (other than English) x 5 courses = $250


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


The U.S. educational prerequisite is a high school diploma (or GED). If you are an international student, please make sure you forward a copy of your high school diploma to the Director of Translator and Interpreter Training, Cristiano Mazzei (cmazzei@umass.edu).

High proficiency in English and a Language Other Than English (LOTE) is required. Please refer to the Certificate Guidelines, and carefully review the information on language proficiency.

Students must complete 15 credits in order to receive the Online Certificate in Translation and interpreting. They must pass each course with a grade of C or higher to be eligible for the certificate. Students can also elect to enroll in certain courses only to meet their specific needs for continuing education.

Plan of Study: 

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  • LLC 401 – Introduction to Translation (3 credits)
  • LLC 402 – Fundamentals of Interpreting (3 credits)
  • LLC 501 – Translation and Interpreting Ethics and Standards (3 credits)
  • LLC 502 – Interpreting Skills Development (3 credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES (3 credits from the list).

  • LLC 512 – Simultaneous Interpreting (3 credits)
  • LLC 510 – Legal Interpreting (3 credits)
  • LLC 511 – Interpreting in Mental Health (2 credits)
  • COMP-LIT 551 – Translation & Technology (3 credits)
  • LLC 552 – Medical Interpreting (3 credits)


Financial Aid: 

Scholarships available through CPE:



If you are currently enrolled at UMass Amherst, including the University Without Walls program, please contact Marianna McKim at 413-545-3353 in the UMass Amherst Financial Aid office to determine your eligibility.

If you are a student at another university, please contact your financial aid officer there for information. If you are not currently a student, you may be eligible for personal loans.


Before registering for courses and the certificate, please download the New Student Form (PDF file), fill it out with as much detail as possible and send it to Cristiano Mazzei (cmazzei@umass.edu), or use the Online New Student Form.

The information you provide in the form will help the Director of Translator and Interpreter Training advise you better regarding prerequisites and requirements and your successful completion of courses and the certificate.