Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Application Instructions

MAISCE Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate Degree

A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).

Grade Point Average

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be submitted that addresses any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success.

If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions as a guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.

How do I apply?

Application Form

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.


St. Catherine University will not be admitting new students into the Master of Science in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE) program in 2021.  Admissions may resume in 2022 or later.

Personal Statements

Part 1: English (written)

Prepare a written statement that is 800-1,000 words in length, typed and double-spaced, 12 pt. font, standard margins. The admission committee considers both the quality of content and written communication skills. Please address the following topic:

  • Identify and critically assess an important issue in the field today. How does it affect current professionals, now and in the next decade? Provide evidence to support your assessment. Incorporate your own perspective on the role and responsibility of interpreters relevant to the issue.

If you have already submitted the MAISCE application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.

If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the MAISCE application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to with “MAISCE Written Statement” in the subject line.

Part 2: ASL (video)

Prepare a video statement in American Sign Language that is approximately three minutes in length, created in an environment with adequate lighting and minimal visual distractions. The admission committee considers both the quality of content and ASL communication skills.

Please address one of the following topics:

  • Identify your professional goals and discuss how the MAISCE program at St. Catherine University, with its emphasis on social justice and communication equity, will help you achieve those goals. Provide specific examples.


  • Think about the advanced role you wish to pursue. What could you do in this role to help encourage communication equity?

Video statements should be uploaded to YouTube or Dropbox, and the link to the video should be emailed to Please include "MAISCE Video Statement" in the subject line.

MAISCE Communication Equity Scholarship

This is an optional topic - it is not required as part of the application process for admission into the graduate program. Only individuals who wish to be considered for this scholarship should address the topic below (one page, included in the written portion of the personal statement). Please note that this essay MUST accompany your application for admission and will be a part of your full review. Post decision submissions will not be eligible for consideration.

The St. Catherine University Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity program is a social justice oriented graduate program, preparing students to be critical thinkers and leading professionals who are dedicated to the quest for communication equity. St. Kate’s seeks to award scholarships to new MAISCE students who demonstrate a capacity for ethical, social and political leadership within the deaf and interpreting communities and in society at large. Tell us about yourself -- your past experiences, future career goals, community activities, and so on -- and describe how you will demonstrate your commitment to communication equity.


Submit a current résumé including all interpreting experiences (both paid and internship/volunteer opportunities), leadership positions, and involvement in professional organizations. Indicate whether the experience/activity was part-time or full-time in nature, specify the dates of employment/volunteering and list the responsibilities involved.

If you have already submitted the MAISCE application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).

If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the MAISCE application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to with “MAISCE Résumé” in the subject line.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendations are required for MAISCE applicants. One recommendation should be from a deaf person citing competence in interpreting. The second recommendation should be from a professional or academic reference who can attest to the intellectual ability, leadership potential, and judgment of the applicant. Personal references are not acceptable.

A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the MAISCE application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.


Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to  

Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree-granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (; electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.


Applicants whose native language is not English or ASL are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

Credential Information

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES), as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

Submitting Materials

Electronic documents may be directed to:

Paper documents may be mailed to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

International Applicants

The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.


Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

International Student Forms

International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the MAISCE application form.

Additional Documentation

Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.

Submitting Materials

Please submit application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.

St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Telephone: 651-690-6933

Questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Contact an admission counselor