Application Guidelines

How to use the application form

New Graduate Students

If you are applying to Gallaudet as a graduate student for the first time, please complete all parts of the application. If you are applying to Gallaudet as a graduate student for a degree, a certificate program or as a special student, this application is for you.

Returning Graduate Students: Reactivating your File

If you were admitted to Gallaudet's Graduate School within the last two years but did not enroll, contact the Graduate Admissions Office and ask that your file be reactivated.

NOTE: If you are applying to a different program and want to use academic records or letters of recommendation previously submitted (within the last two years), submit a new application form and notify the Graduate Admissions Office that you'd like to use the materials you submitted before. You must meet all current deadlines and requirements. If you applied for admission more than two years ago, you must submit a new application, pay the application fee, and provide all required materials. (Files are destroyed after two years.)

Online Graduate application form

We strongly recommend you to apply for graduate admission online. It's a quick and easy way to provide us with your basic information. Apply using the secure Online Graduate Application Form by first reading the Online Graduate Application Instructions. Contact us if you have any issues with the online application process.

Applying to more than one program?

  1. You need to fill out an application form for EACH program to which you are applying.
  2. You will pay $75 for the first application. For each additional application (submitted at the same time), add $40.
  3. You need to submit separate goal statements, letters of recommendation, and transcripts are required for EACH program.

Application checklist

Please review the Program Specific Admissions Requirements prior to submitting your application to ensure you have completed all forms and gathered all required material.

Most departments will review applications only after they have received all required materials. If your file is not complete at the time that the department conducts its review, your application may not be considered. It is your responsibility to make sure that the necessary documents and test scores have been sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Pay the Application Fee

A $75 application fee, payable to Gallaudet University in U.S. dollars, must be sent with the application. For each additional application (submitted at the same time), add $40.


Applications (and all required admissions materials) are usually due by February 15 for fall semester admission or November 15 for spring semester admission.


  1. Only a few programs offer spring admission. While many programs do not strictly adhere to the February 15th deadline, others have earlier deadlines.
  2. Programs that start in the summer, have earlier deadlines. Check with the program coordinator for their application deadline.
  3. Review the Graduate School Catalog for program-specific information.

Sending application materials and checking the status of your application

  1. Log into the Self Service Center.
  2. Click on the Applications tab.
  3. You will see a summary button for your application(s).

Click on a specific application summary button to access this application. On the application summary page, a list of requirements, the status of recommendation letters and your invoice(s) will be displayed. To upload any pending requirements (not received), click on the Upload link under the Actions column to upload this document.

To resend any recommendations still pending, click on the 'Resend Invitation' link under the Actions column to resend the invitation to your recommenders.

To submit payment or print an invoice, click on the Make Payment link or the Print link under the Actions column for invoices.

Some types of application materials, such as official transcripts, standardized test scores, ASL videos (the file size must be 20 MB or below to be accepted for upload) or a link to a video, may only be sent as an attachment by email to If you need to replace materials you have already uploaded, you will need to email them to us.

Hard copies of application materials can be sent to the address below:

Graduate Admissions Office
Gallaudet University, Kendall Hall 101
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695

The materials/documents should NOT be sent directly to the program/department.