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Professional French Translation (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Professional French Translation prepares students for careers as qualified translators in such critical industry sectors as health, law, business, media and culture. The program trains students seeking to develop the professional skills needed for translating from English to French and vice versa. Our proximity to New York City and the metropolitan area’s vibrant pool of international industries, governmental organizations and media companies, among others, offers rich opportunities for professional networking and collaboration.

Along with the Professional French Translation (Certificate), the Office of Graduate Admissions also offers French, Professional French Translation Concentration (MA)French, French Studies Concentration (MA), Teaching (MAT) with Certification in French, Teaching (MAT) with Dual Certification in French and Teacher of Students with Disabilities, French (Combined Bachelor’s/Master of Arts in Teaching), and French (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification). Students who complete the 12-credit certificate in Professional French Translation and decide to seek a Master’s degree in French may opt to apply their earned credits to this degree.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Admission is open to: 1) those who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an English-speaking country and have completed at least 24 semester hours of undergraduate French or its equivalent; 2) those holding a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a French-speaking university and able to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency; 3) those holding a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent who have studied in neither a French-speaking nor English-speaking university system, but who are skilled in both languages on the condition that they demonstrate appropriate mastery of both languages.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Professional French Translation (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Statement of Purpose: Please write an integrated essay in English providing a response to each of the following questions.
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This is a four-course (12-credit) certificate program consisting of three Professional Sequence courses and one elective course. The program and course descriptions are available via the course catalog.

I. Required Professional Sequence (9 Semester Hours)

Take the following 3 courses:

  • FREN 515: Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation (3 credits)
  • FREN 522: Translation Workshop I: Business, Marketing, and the Media (3 credits)
  • FREN 523: Translation Workshop II: Medical, Legal, Technical (3 credits)


II. Elective Courses (3 Semester Hours)

Take 1 course among the following:

  • FREN 503: Introduction to Translation Theory (3 credits)
  • FREN 507: Practicum in Translation and Interpreting (3 credits)
  • FREN 520: Special Topics in Translation (3 credits)
  • FREN 521: Translation, Reading, and Culture (3 credits)

If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Professional French Translation (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Emory

Office:Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241J
Telephone: 973-655-4452

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*