Graduate School Fast Facts 2013-2014

Mission Statement

The Graduate School at Gallaudet University draws on Gallaudet's rich heritage, distinguished faculty and staff, and ASL-English bilingual environment to carry out its multifaceted mission to:

  1. prepare deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing scholars, leaders, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to excel in their professions and disciplines; and
  2. generate knowledge, via research and other scholarly activities to inform theory and practice in the professions and disciplines represented by graduate programs.

The knowledge, skills, and dispositions addressed in the various graduate programs are aligned with professional accreditation standards as well as the Graduate School's own high academic expectations.

Inclusive Bilingualism

Gallaudet University has been a bilingual university since it was chartered by Abraham Lincoln in 1864, with American Sign Language (ASL) and English the primary languages of social and academic discourse. In 2007, the university adopted a new mission statement explicitly embracing inclusive bilingualism.

Enrollment Fall 2012*

Number of graduate students: 463
Percentage of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students: 43%

Program Offerings

Graduate degrees offered:

Certificate Programs: 5
Master's Degree Programs: 15
Specialist Programs: 2
Doctoral Programs: 6

General Graduate School Admission Requirements

  1. Official transcripts of all graduate study.**
  2. A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  3. A non-refundable application fee of $50.
  4. A completed graduate school application form.
  5. Goals statement.
  6. TOEFL scores for all international applicants.
  7. GRE or MAT scores varies by program.
  8. Three letters of recommendation (most programs)
  9. Additional requirements varies by program.

** Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)

Degrees Conferred*

Graduate degrees conferred ('11-‘12):

Certificates: 3
Master's degrees: 125
Specialist degrees: 2
Doctoral degrees: 18


Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our graduate programs are also accredited by professional accrediting bodies, including: the American Psychological Association (APA); American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); Council on Education of the Deaf (CED); Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Programs that prepare graduates to be licensed professionals in schools are also approved by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). These same programs, along with the Ed.S. in Change Leadership in Education, are part of Gallaudet's Professional Education Unit which is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition & Fee 2013 - 2014

Basic Costs Per Semester for U.S. Students

Tuition: $7,387
Unit Fee: $138
Room: $3,250
Board: $2,540
Health Insurance Fee: $2,100
Health Service Fee: $50
Total: $15,465

Financial Assistance

The three primary categories of aid to graduate students are federal programs, University programs, and outside sources of assistance. Contact Gallaudet's Office of Financial Aid, located in Chapel Hall, to inquire about these financial aid opportunities.

Graduate School Dean

Carol J. Erting, Ph.D.
Graduate School
Gallaudet University
Fowler Hall, Room 210
800 Florida Ave, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5520

Contact Information

Gallaudet University
Graduate School Admissions Office
Kendall Hall
800 Florida Ave, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5400

* "FY 2012 Annual Report of Achievements", Office of Institutional Research

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