Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity

Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity

Graduate College | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

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.

Program Details

Format: Online

Completion time: 2 years

Credits: 30

Cost per credit (2020–2021): $710

Start: Summer

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans, employer tuition benefits, or scholarships.

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Communication Equity Theory and Practice

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

*Please note that students starting the program in Summer 2020 will not be required to come to 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 graduate 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.


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