Ways to Learn
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of Study
Gallaudet University offers programs of study for both undergraduate and graduate students. The University offers B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., Ed.S., Au.D., and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, the University offers several professional practice degrees. A complete listing of graduate programs can be found in the Graduate School Catalog.
Gallaudet University offers a selection of online courses and programs for undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies credit. These anytime, anywhere learning opportunities allow students at a distance to study and participate at the time and place of their choosing. Good time management skills are essential for success in these highly interactive and learner-centered courses. Readings, assignments and activities are posted online and students are required to log in to submit assignments electronically and participate in course discussions. Students are responsible for obtaining their own Internet access and are expected to have basic computer and Internet literacy.
For adult learners interested in an undergraduate degree, Gallaudet offers the Adult Degree Completion Program. The University also offers a number of online and hybrid graduate level certificate programs and individual courses for professional development.
Online Adult Degree Program
Adult Degree Program
Adult learners who are at least 24 years old can earn an undergraduate degree online through the Adult Degree Completion Program. Most online courses are offered in an eight-week accelerated format throughout the year and are available through Gallaudet University and the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). Interested adult learners can apply through the Adult Degree Program.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Gallaudet University currently offers four graduate certificate programs, which are designed to meet current and pressing needs of professionals and practitioners. Each certificate program includes a set of related graduate-level courses leading to a Graduate Certificate that demonstrates successful completion of the curriculum. These programs are limited to students with at least a Bachelor's degree. Courses may be applied to graduate degree programs and are often taken in conjunction with a regular graduate degree.
Summer Programs offers an array of academic and enrichment programs and courses, including academic programs and sports camps for youth, programs for seniors, graduate and undergraduate courses, leadership and professional studies programs, ASL instruction, and special event planning. Programs may be offered on-campus, online, or on-site. CCS also offers program opportunities for motivated learners throughout the academic year via its seminars, certificate programs, and workshops designed to promote career development and enhancement, personal growth and life-long learning.
Professional Studies and Extension Programs
Professional Studies (PST) courses provide deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals with skills that lead to advancing their professional credentials. These courses carry college credit and students receive a grade report upon completion of each semester. While PST courses offered through the Graduate School and Continuing Studies are not applied to degree programs at Gallaudet University, they may be transferable to other universities and often satisfy requirements for professional development. Some PST courses are offered as clusters that lead to professional certificates.
English Language Institute (ELI)
The English Language Institute (ELI) provides an intensive English as a Second Language program for American and international deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Bilingual instruction in both American Sign Language and written English provides a multicultural environment for ELI students to achieve academic, professional, and personal language goals.
International Students and Researchers
The International Visiting Students Program is designed for non-U.S. students who are not pursuing an academic degree at Gallaudet University. The program is customized to meet the needs of each scholar, allowing them to gain practical knowledge for personal enrichment and to share when they return home. While at Gallaudet they can audit courses, be exposed to what is happening at Gallaudet, and visit schools, organizations, and agencies. There are great opportunities to do intensive data collection at Gallaudet to acquire specific information and skills relating to deafness. This is a one- or two-semester non-degree program.
The International Visiting Researcher Program was established to accommodate a limited number of professors, researchers, and other scholars who wish to use the facilities at Gallaudet University each academic year. The Office of Research Support and International Affairs works closely with academic departments and faculty members to extend its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality, fostering knowledge, and the exchange of information.