Application Instructions For

interpreting studies and communication equity

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

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, official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required.

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

The application deadline is January 15th for Summer enrollment. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2019 enrollment.


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.

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.

Two recommendations are required for MAISCE applicants. One recommendation should be from a deaf consumer 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.

Official transcripts are required from every post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned.

Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to St. Catherine’s Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. 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 who do not meet the academic performance requirement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be asked to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, applicants completing the GRE should use the institution code 6105.

Test scores are not required for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or who have completed a graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants whose native language is not English 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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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

begin online application

The online application form may be completed prior to submitting the required materials listed above.

questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).