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Master of Science in ASL/English Interpreting

Deadline for Spring 2019 admission is December 1, 2018 (General Practitioner concentration).

Deadline for Fall 2019 admission is March 31, 2019 (General Practitioner Concentration)

GRE waived for Spring 2019 admission!

CONCENTRATION 1: General Practitioner

The General Practitioner concentration is designed to meet the needs of (a) pre-certified students who aspire to national certification and general practice or, (b) certified interpreters who seek to increase their specialized interpreting skill sets and knowledge bases. The program consists of 36 credit hours that include courses in specialized settings, mentoring, research, service learning, intercultural contexts, and a capstone internship for pre-certified interpreters. Certified interpreters (CSC, CI and CT, CDI, NIC, NAD IV-V, COI) are exempt from the 6-hour Internship, reducing their Program of Study to 30 credit hours.

The General Practitioner concentration is offered via distance learning (no need to relocate) with a combination of online courses and hybrid courses requiring one weekend per semester on campus to accommodate students who do not live in northeast Florida. The on-campus sessions begin Friday at 7:00 pm and conclude Sunday at 1:00 pm with the exception of Advanced ASL Concepts for Interpreters, which may require a three- or four-day session on campus. The master's program is developed in accordance with current spoken and signed language research and strives to provide students a global perspective on the interpreting profession, a foundation in interpreting studies literature, and a growth mindset for lifelong learning and skills development. Many graduates from the General Practitioner concentration are working as interpreter educators; however, teaching interpreting is addressed more extensively in the Interpreting Pedagogy concentration.

Admission to the M.S. General Practitioner Concentration:

Students entering the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) must meet Graduate School admissions requirements as well as specific COEHS admissions criteria. Applicants seeking admission to the General Practitioner Concentration must meet the following prerequisites:

An AS/AA degree in Interpreting OR a Bachelor's degree in a related field plus national certification AND permission of program director

A 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours in the first baccalaureate program and competitive GRE scores in Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning (specific score threshold is not published)

Application Process:

The application includes the following items (all submitted to the Graduate School):

Online Application and fee (see Graduate School website). As part of the application, list two professional references who can comment on your academic background and aptitude for graduate work, specifying in detail your capabilities for future performance and scholarship. At least one reference should be a college/university professor. UNF contacts the references listed in your application to obtain a support letter. Reference letters should be written on professional letterhead and attached in the online application system.

Written statement (500-1000 words): Why you are seeking admission to UNF's Interpreting program? What are your professional goals, and how will UNF's Interpreter Education Program help you attain your goals? What alliances have you formed in the Deaf community? At the end of this Written Statement, provide a link to an unlisted YouTube presentation in ASL of your professional goals (free narrative; minimum 3 minutes). Submit the document to the Graduate School.

GRE test scores taken within the last five years. All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken. (Send to UNF by providing this Institutional Code: 5490). GRE waived for Fall 2018 admission!

Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study. Applicants request these from their prior institutions and ask that they be sent to UNF.

Interview and Screening: After the applicant is deemed otherwise admissible, the program may conduct an Entrance Evaluation via teleconference. The evaluation may involve a screening interview and assessment of ASL, English, and cognitive processing skills needed to be successful in the program.


Associate's degree in Interpreting + Bachelor’s degree (in any area) OR Bachelor of Arts/Science degree with previous interpreting coursework that includes:

  • Language Courses -- American Sign Language, Comparative Linguistics/ASL Structure
  • Foundation Courses -- Deaf Culture, Introduction to Interpreting, Interpreting Ethics
  • Interpretation/Transliteration Skills Courses
  • English - ASL, ASL - English Interpretation/Transliteration, Translation, Applied Interpreting Theory, Cognitive Processing
  • Practicum, Internship, Field Experience (minimum of 6-9 credit hours)



Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in another field + RID/NAD/AVLIC certification (CSC, CI and CT, CDI, NIC, NAD V, COI) and program permission. Once the Graduate School receives all application materials, the College of Education and Human Services Academic Advising office reviews them and eligibility for admission is verified.

Once that has been determined, the electronic files of all your materials become available to the Interpreting Program Director for final decision about admission. Once approved, the student receives an official letter of admission (and e-mail message). All questions regarding admission may be directed to the Graduate School at Questions about the ASL/English Interpreting Program may be directed to


ASL/English Interpreting: General Practice (Master of Science)

Major: ASL/English Interpreting

Concentration: General Practice
Degree: Master of Science
Major Requirements (36 credits)
INT5457 Interp Intercultural Contexts (3 Credits)
INT5805 Mentoring Int. Ed. (3 Credits)
INT5954 Service Learn DC (3 Credits)
INT6274 Adv ASL Concepts for Interp (3 Credits)
INT6276 Teaching Cognitive Processing (3 Credits)
INT6277 ASL Exp. Comp. Tech. (3 Credits)
INT6425 Interp in Legal Settings (3 Credits)
INT6435 Mental Health Interpreting (3 Credits)
INT6436 Healthcare Interpreting (3 Credits)
INT6911 Applied Research Interpret (3 Credits)
INT6944 Interpreting Internship (6 Credits)


  • Internship is waived for students who have achieved RID/NAD/AVLIC certification (CSC, CI and CT, CDI, NIC, NAD V, COI). 
  • Up to 8 hours may be transferred into the program. 
  • No more than 10 semester hours can be completed before a student is fully admitted including a maximum of 8 semester hours of approved transfer credits from another institution. 
  • College policy requires students to achieve a ‘B’ or better in all courses. 
  • A student may receive credit for a course only once. However, the GPA will reflect all repeated courses. 
  • An approved Dual/Concurrent Enrollment form is required prior to registering for courses at another institution. 
  • Students are strongly advised not to enroll in courses at another institution during their last semester at UNF. 
  • Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who attempt dual enrollment in their last semester.