Learn About the Application Process
How to Apply
Go to Apply Yourself and set up an account. Here you will fill out the basic questions and upload your transcripts, personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Application fees are waived for Hunter Graduates.
Applicants must elect a Language Pair which should be English paired with Chinese, Russian OR Spanish*, and specify either language as A (the dominant language) and B, as the lesser. Upon application, an interview will be conducted with a faculty member for the purpose of language proficiency verification.
*Applicants who wish to pair English with a language other than Chinese, Russian or Spanish should contact the program director (firstname.lastname@example.org) before applying.
Language A & B
Fluency is required in a Language A and professional proficiency is required in a Language B.
Language A: Fluency is defined as equivalent of the ILR Scale Level 3+ or higher; that is, “able to write the language in a few prose styles pertinent to professional/educational needs”; corresponding to “Superior” on the ACTFL scale 14 or higher; that is, “able to communicate with accuracy and fluency in order to participate fully and effectively in conversations on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings from both concrete and abstract perspectives.”
Language B: Professional proficiency is defined as equivalent of the ILR Scale Level 2+ or higher, that is, “shows ability to write with some precision and in some detail about most common topics”; corresponding to “Advanced” or higher on the ACTFL scale, that is, “engage in conversation in a clearly participatory manner in order to communicate information on autobiographical topics, as well as topics of community, national, or international interest.
Language Proficiency Interview
The applicant will be contacted to attend an interview (in-person, or via phone or video conferencing) which will be conducted in both Language A and B with a faculty member who will further evaluate the applicant’s proficiency in both languages.
If you graduated with a Hunter BA major in Chinese-, Russian- or Spanish translation and interpreting, you will be exempt from the language proficiency interview.
Required Documents for Application
- All undergraduate transcripts
- A personal statement in English (declare Language A & B)
- Two letters of recommendation (those with industry experience should submit one academic and one professional)
- For students who completed their bachelor’s degree in a language other than English, submit your TOEFL IBT or CBT score. (The School of Arts and Science requires a minimum 80/213 for graduate studies.)
There is no deadline. The program accepts students on a rolling admissions basis which means you may start in the Fall (September) or Spring (January) semester, whichever is the next upcoming term nearest to the time you receive notice of official acceptance.
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