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Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity

The online Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE) from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN is deeply rooted in the University's social justice and equity teachings. Our students strengthen their skills and develop expertise needed for professional leadership roles. The master's in interpreting studies program provides new opportunities for specialization, and you’ll develop strategies for positive change while enhancing your understanding of communication equity issues.

Please note: The MAISCE program is currently under University curriculum review. The availability of this program as an offering for incoming students Summer 2022 will be determined in Spring 2021. Please fill out the Request Information form below to receive major acceptance updates as they develop.

Program Highlights

Format: Online

Completion time: 2 years

Credits: 30

Cost per credit (2021–2022): $725

Start: Summer*

*We are not accepting applications for Summer 2021. The plans of study displayed on this page are examples of the Summer 2020 curriculum, and will be revised in the coming months.

Scholarship Opportunities

A St. Catherine University education is one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll ever make, and we are committed to helping you find ways to make that investment affordable.

New MAISCE students are considered for up to $5,000 in funding from the following scholarship programs: leadership, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement. 

MAISCE students employed by a St. Kate’s corporate or community partner may be eligible for a 10% tuition reduction.

Graduate students may also be eligible for loan and grant programs.


Communication Equity Theory and Practice

After a four-day residency on our St. Paul campus* to start the interpreting studies and communication equity program, students complete the remaining courses in an online format.

*Students starting the program in Summer 2020 will not be required to be on campus for the four-day residency.

As a MAISCE student, you will cultivate your own quest for communication equity for your constituents. You'll gain theoretical knowledge about the linguistic, political, and organizational factors that shape communication in society, and you'll be challenged to apply this knowledge and advance communication equity in your own work and research.

Three primary learning domains will be integrated across your coursework:

  • linguistic and cultural competence

  • ethical, social, and political leadership

  • critical inquiry and creative action

To complete the interpreting studies and communication equity master's degree, you will apply your knowledge of communication equity in the design and implementation of an original thesis or action research project — a hands-on, real-world scholarly project with direct applications to your professional work.

Career Outcomes for MAISCE Students

Our MAISCE students develop skills that will guide them in their roles as leaders for effective, ethical, and enduring change within the interpreting profession. With a deeper understanding of the linguistic, social, and political context in which interpreting unfolds, you will be able to move the conversation forward, supporting positive outcomes within the public at large.

Graduates of the program find success in a variety of professional pathways, including:

  • teaching
  • mentoring
  • political advocacy
  • organizational leadership
  • business ventures
  • mediation
  • program design

Plans of Study

Choose a 2-year, 3-year, or 4-year plan of study for your Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE).