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World-leading Interpreter Training
Explore all of our interpretation degrees below.
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[Video presented in English and ASL]
We might think Gallaudet is pretty small, just us within each other.
Really, no, it’s a lot bigger than that. We have an entire community on the outside.
From grocery stores to Starbucks to restaurants to just about anywhere!
You’ll be able to bump into people who sign, easily order a burger and they’ll respond in sign language.
Where else can you find that? No where, really, besides here.
We call that the signing ecosystem.
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Rolling Admission for First Time Students and Transfer Applicants
Our BAI program is in a four-year format and consists of 36 credits in the major, including coursework, fieldwork, and field internship.
Students will take supporting courses in ASL and deaf studies, biology, business, communication studies, linguistics, and psychology. In either a full or part-time program structure.
You’ve Got Options
Whether you want to complete your degree in two, three, or four years we’ve got you covered.
At Gallaudet, we have articulation agreements with other colleges, and some interpretation courses are transferable to the Gallaudet BAI program. We have this agreement with the following colleges:
To become a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)
Prospective deaf and hard of hearing students must be accepted through Undergraduate Admissions to apply for the CDI/BAI program. The BAI program will prepare deaf and hard of hearing students with the skills necessary to become Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI).
Our (MAI) programs provide an interdisciplinary approach to interpretation, accompanied by a state-of-the-art interpreting laboratory and extensive fieldwork, focusing on both interactive and monologic approaches to interpreting with an increased emphasis on theory and research. Seven experienced full-time faculty members with national and international reputations teach and advise students in the program. The M.A. program offers two concentrations.
We offer a Ph.D. degree in translation and Interpreting studies, with a focus on signed-spoken language interpretation. This program prepares future interpreter educators and researchers who will provide exemplary leadership in the interpreting field. Students may specialize in two academic and applied areas: interpreting research, interpretation pedagogy, or a combined program. Both have a strong emphasis on research and require the completion of original research and a dissertation.
The following information is for U.S. Graduate School Applicants.
Graduate Applicants* Checklist
*$75 application fee can be waived for attending a Graduate event such as Open House or if you are applying for the next academic year on or before December 31
The standardized testing requirements for your chosen degree program are in the Graduate School Catalog, such as the GRE and MAT. The Office for Career Education & Professional Development offers the MAT every month and the GRE every six months.
All test scores must be sent to the graduate admissions office, along with Gallaudet’s code: R5240, directly from the testing center you use. Gallaudet usually receives results within six to eight weeks. For further information concerning testing, contact the test providers listed below:
All test scores must be sent to the graduate admissions office directly from the testing center you use. Give them Gallaudet’s institutional code: R5240. The results are generally sent to Gallaudet within six to eight weeks.
Most programs require a goal statement, which should prove that your past achievements will enable you to succeed in your graduate program(s). After your completed goal statement is uploaded with the application, it will be reviewed by the faculty selection committee.
Dual Degree Graduate Application Requirements
You can apply for two graduate programs. Just submit an application for each program following their respective application instructions.
If you are already a student in one program and would like to add another program of study, you may do so. But you still need to apply for the additional program by following that program’s application requirements. You must submit a letter from the chair of your current program indicating you are in good academic standing and are approved to add another program of study.
Regardless of how you apply for additional programs, you can use the same supporting materials, such as references and test scores.
* International applications need to take the TOEFL or IELTS and have the testing center send the scores directly to Gallaudet; the ETS institutional code is 5240.
Graduate special students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to take graduate courses without pursuing a program that leads to an advanced degree. Anyone wishing to register for a graduate class must apply and be accepted for graduate special student status.
New graduate special students are accepted year-round! Graduate special students must satisfy course prerequisites and obtain permission before completing course registration. Enrollment in certain graduate courses is limited to degree-seeking students.
Transitioning to a degree or certificate program
Admission as a visiting graduate student neither implies nor guarantees subsequent admission to any other program at Gallaudet University. Interested students should check with the graduate program coordinator/director to determine whether courses taken as a visiting graduate student will be accepted for another program and learn about limits on the credits applied to a degree program.
Gallaudet University is committed to America’s veterans and is authorized to accept veterans under the GI Bill, including those in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Yellow Ribbon Program is available to veterans who have sustained “a service-connected disability.”
In addition to accepting veterans supported by the general GI Bill, Gallaudet will support up to 25 eligible veterans during an academic year for any graduate program for an amount of up to $2,175.00 (full-time graduate status) in tuition expenses, as stipulated under the Yellow Ribbon Agreement. Gallaudet is on the VA’s Approved Education Programs website as an institution participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Determine your eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program Information website and obtain appropriate authorization from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additional information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as the VA’s other educational benefit programs, can be obtained by visiting the VA’s website or by calling 1(888) GIBILL-1 or 1 (888) 442-4551.
As a demonstration of its commitment to graduate education, we offer financial support for students to offset the cost of graduate studies. This support is awarded as a tuition scholarship or assistantship; it can cover partial or full tuition. Learn more about it here.
All enrolled students will receive an educational device free of charge.
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Our comprehensive and progressive programs provide students with:
You’ll graduate ready to apply these skills to national certification testing and work confidently as a sign language interpreter in education, medical, business, and government settings.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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