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Admission to the Certificate program is granted on a rolling basis, meaning students are encouraged to apply at any time. However, students who plan to pursue the certificate are encouraged to apply as early in their programs as possible. (One term of U-M graduate study must be completed prior to the applicant’s designated term of admission.) Applicants must be in good academic standing and have written approval from the graduate adviser in their program. 

How to Apply

Applications are submitted to the Faculty Advisor in Translation Studies (


At the time of application, students must submit the following materials:

    1.      Application cover page for Graduate Certificate in Critical Translation Studies

    2.      A 300-500 word statement of purpose explaining interest in the Certificate Program

    3.      A brief letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor (DGS or committee chair)

    4.      In addition, students must submit Rackham’s Add a Degree or Certificate Application Form (if already in a Rackham graduate program). The form is available here on the Rackham website.


Please note: Students enrolled in non-Rackham graduate programs (e.g., Law, Business, etc.) must complete a Rackham online application, submit Rackham’s required materials/transcripts, and pay the application fee. Graduate Certificate applicants do not need to submit new test scores, but a final official copy of undergraduate transcripts/credentials must be submitted to Rackham.