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Course and Academic Requirements

Other Requirements

Comprehensive Exam

As part of the requirements to obtain the Master's Degree, a comprehensive exam must be taken and approved. This test is a translation of a text in any language combination that the student selects, as long as the appropriate pool of qualified test examiners for that language pair is available.

The comprehensive exam can be requested at any time after approving 24 credits and obtaining approval from the Academic Advisor. Students that wish to take the exam should fill the Comprehensive Exam Form at least one week before the exam is offered. This exam is given every semester. The Program will announce in advance the date it is offered.

The student will have three hours to complete the translation of a text of about 450 words. Before starting the exam, the student will have thirty minutes to select which one of the two available texts he or she will choose to translate. Each exam will be labeled with a number to ensure a blind evaluation by the examiner of the test.

It is prohibited to ask questions, make comments or consultations, etc. during the course of the test. Students that do not follow this prohibition will fail the test. Dictionaries or books for consultations that are needed are allowed.

The test will be evaluated and receive an "approved" or "failed" grading. When evaluating the test, the evaluator will ensure that the translated text reflects that the student totally understood the source text and that he or she was able to translate it correctly and totally into the target language. In other words, the coherence of the translated text and the absence of grave mistakes in coherency will be taken into account. When evaluating the comprehensive exam any test not fully translated or tests lacking coherency or containing two or more grave mistakes in coherency (this means that the sense of the source text is changed) will receive a "failed" grade.

The Program will inform the examinees in writing about the results of the test within a reasonable amount of time. The examinee will have the right to see his or her evaluation. He or she can only repeat this exam once.


Upon passing the comprehensive exam, the student can begin working on his or her thesis.

Thesis Proposal

Students will present a thesis proposal in writing to be considered for approval by the Program's Graduate Affairs Committee. The proposal should have between 4 and 8 pages, and should include the following: title of the original text; bibliography; length (number of pages); if it is a total or partial translation, if it is partial, which parts will be included; merits of the text; information about the author and authorization to translate it when appropriate; absence of previous translations to the same language or if translations exist, a justification for re-translating; target language; academic, practical, or editorial interest if any; preliminary resources/bibliography; and selected counselor.

Thesis Direction

The student will select a thesis counselor in agreement with the Program's Director. The Program can authorize a counselor from another department or faculty of the University of Puerto Rico if that person fulfills the requirements established by the Dean of Humanities to participate in a Master's Degree Thesis Exam Committee. The selected counselor must state that he or she agrees to direct the thesis.

Students can start their work on the selection of the text, investigation, and proposal preparation once they have registered in the thesis course. They have one semester to present their proposal to the Graduate Affairs Committee, who will approve or reject the selected text. If during the semester a student is not able to get approval for his or her proposal or does not submit a proposal, he or she cannot register for the Continuation Course the following semester.

Students that wish to change the subject matter of the approved thesis must submit the new subject for consideration and approval by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Students and counselors will agree in regards to the counseling conditions: time during which the thesis will be completed, frequency of meetings, etc. Each thesis implies a minimum of one (1) hour of weekly thesis counseling.

In case that the student does not comply with what was agreed to, the counselor can request relief from counseling responsibilities.


The thesis is a translation of a text under the supervision of a faculty member. It includes two parts: the translator's notes and the translated text. Students will select a text that will comprise approximately between 12,000 and 15,000 words, once translated. The language pair selected will depend upon the possibility of constituting a Thesis Defense Committee.

Presentation of the Thesis Before its Defense

The student will present a minimum of three copies of the thesis in a provisional binding. The thesis will be submitted a month before the defense date and must have previous approval from the counselor.

In order to simplify the examiner's work, it is required that the original page number appears on the thesis' right margin, which will indicate the beginning of the translation of that page.

Defense of the Thesis

The defense of the thesis will be before an Exam Committee which will include the thesis counselor and a minimum of two professors or qualified professionals, approved by the Program's Graduate Studies Committee. One of the members of the Exam Committee can be a professor or other qualified professional from another department or college of the University of Puerto Rico, or from another recognized institution, specially invited to participate due to the nature of the presented subject or by virtue of his or her acknowledged competence.

The Program will establish the date for the defense of the thesis in accordance with the student and counselors. Every thesis defense will be open to the general public. Deliberation and evaluation will be made in private.

In duly justified cases, the student can execute a second defense of the thesis. In no case can the defense of the thesis be executed if all the requirements established by the Program are not met.

Before or during the defense of the thesis the Committee has the option to approve, request modifications, or reject the work. If the required modifications are minimal, members of the committee have the option of signing the certification of approval of the defense of the thesis and delegate on the thesis counselor the responsibility of receiving the corrected text and ensuring that the committee's requirements are met. In this case, the student will have approved the defense when his or her counselor signs the certification.

If the required modifications are substantial, the certification of approval of the defense of the thesis will not be signed until each member of the Committee receives the corrected unbound text and determines if the student complied with the committee's requests.

If the majority of the exam Committee does not approve the thesis, the student will receive a NP (No Pass) grade. If he or she approves it, the grade will be P and each member of the committee will add the corresponding mention: excellent, notable, or good. The official document will specify if the general grade of the thesis has been decided unanimously or by majority.

Within a maximum term of one month after defending the thesis, the student will turn in one bound copy of the thesis to the Program's office, duly signed by the thesis counselor, one copy of the cover page signed by the student and the thesis counselor, two compact disks for electonic filing, and an unprotected PDF of the thesis. The Program will send a copy to the Puerto Rican Collection on the José M. Lázaro Library. Electronic copies will be kept in the reading room at the PGT and in the Seminario Multidisciplinario José Emilio González. The Certificate of Graduation will be processed after receiving the bound and corrected copies, as per the recommendations of the exam Committee.

Other Requirements

It is required to attend to classes and to be on time in order to pass the courses of the Program. PGT's faculty does not accept hand-written documents as a general rule.


The requirement for residency will be a minimum of two consecutive semesters with a minimum program of six (6) credits per semester.

Part-time/Full-time Status

Full-time Status

A graduate student registered on a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester will be considered a full-time student. Graduate students registered on full-time status courses, such as the comprehensive exam, practicum, internship, research, or doctoral theses, will be considered registered as full-time students.

Part-time Status

A graduate student registered on a minimum of twelve (12) credits per academic year will be considered a part-time student.

Retention Index

Students should maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in order to remain on the Program.

Every course graded with the quantifiable system (A, B, C, D, and F) will count towards the academic or average index. Courses with C, D, F, or NP grades can be repeated. If this type of course is repeated, the highest grade will be taken into account when calculating the average or index.

Non-quantifiable grades (P, its corresponding mentions, and NP) will be reflected on the registry or academic file, but will not be translated into numeric values to compute the academic index.

A maximum of six (6) credits can be approved with a C, as long as the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.00. In no case any grade lower than a C will be credited for graduation purposes. The GPA for graduation will be 3.00.

Students that do not comply with retention requirements during one semester will be put in probation for up to the two following academic semesters.

Transfer of Credits from Other Universities

For admitted students that have taken graduate courses on other units of the University of Puerto Rico system and in acredited universities and colleges, a maximum of up to a third of the required credits will be transfered, subject to the approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee. Transfered courses shall have been graded B (or its equivalent) or higher. Courses taken over five (5) years previous to admission or counted as part of the graduation requirements for an inferior degree will not be elegible for transfer. Practicum or internship requirements will not be transfered. The same maximum amount of credits can be approved via achievement test (8 A), in accordance to current regulations. The combination of both will never exceed one-third of the required credits.

Terms for Completing the Degree

Requirements for obtaining the Master's Degree should be completed within a maximum period of five (5) consecutive years, counted from the admissions date. For part-time students, the term for completing the degree will be one additional year. The admissions date is the start of the academic semester for which the student was first registered at the school or program where he or she was initially accepted.

Any student that has not completed all the requirements for the degree before the established terms will be removed from the program or school. One year after being removed from the program, the student can request readmission or a new admission. Up to nine (9) credits in courses that have not expired will be reinstated.