M.A. in Interpretation
Gallaudet University is the only university in the world that offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in ASL-English Interpretation, centered around the department's award-winning interactive interpretation laboratory. Gallaudet provides a unique opportunity for interpretation majors to live, study, and interact with Deaf people from the United States and around the world.
The M.A. in Interpretation program is designed to prepare and educate Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing persons in working as interpreters in Deaf and hearing communities. The program provides a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to interpretation instruction. The M.A. in Interpretation program consists of a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses and experiences in five core areas: education, business and government, medical, mental health, and legal settings. These courses and experiences are intended to provide students with the necessary mastery of knowledge, techniques, and skills required for entry to professional work in the field of interpretation or advanced graduate study.
Close interaction among students, mentors, and faculty is provided in a setting that offers a wide array of academic and interpreting experiences. This includes an interpreting practicum and rotation, along with an internship, which is developed on an individual basis for each student. The M.A. interpreter preparation program follows is in a two-year format, consisting of four semesters followed by a summer internship. The program requires the completion of 48 credit hours of course work. An accelerated program is also available for students with a Gallaudet B.A. in Interpretation degree, requiring the completion of 33 credit hours of course work. The program also is available in a three-year format for students who need an additional year of advanced language classes. Part-time study is also available.
Applicants for the M.A. in Interpretation must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site
for more information and a checklist of application requirements
. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog
|First Date for Consideration of Application:
|Last Date for Completed Application:
||April 15th or until all possible slots are filled. Students are accepted on a rolling basis.
Program Specific Requirements
- Official transcript of all college work
- GRE or MAT
- 3 letters of reference - one letter should cite sign language skills
- An ASLPI score of 3.0 or higher
- Video ASL and English samples - obtain this from the department
Recommended Undergraduate Major
- ASL Studies
- Deaf Studies
- Social Science