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M.A. Program Director: Dr. Paul HarrelsonPh.D.
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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 state of the
art 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 program is designed to prepare interpreters and researchers who will provide exemplary
services and become leaders in the field. The masters program offers two concentrations, Combined
Interpreting Practice and Research (CIPR) and Interpreting Research (IR). The concentrations are
available for Deaf, hard-of- hearing, and hearing people who meet the University's Graduate School and
Department of Interpretation admission requirements. Some of our classes have remote access, i.e. class
attendance can be via videoconferencing technology and the program does offer some
traditional asynchronous online courses. This does not apply for all of our classes, as some of the
skills classes require a physical presence in the classroom. We are not an online program, and all
courses are taught in ASL.
Early application is encouraged for applicants to be considered for financial aid and to ensure that
spots are available.
If you are unsure that you meet the requirements for the MA program, please contact the
MA coordinator before you apply.
Following are the student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the MA in Interpretation Program.
The Department of Interpretation offers a Ph.D. degree in translation and Interpreting studies, with a
focus on signed-spoken language interpretation. This program is available for Deaf, hard-of-hearing and
hearing people who are experienced interpreters and who meet the University's Graduate School and
Department of Interpretation admission requirements.
The program is designed to prepare future interpreter educators and researchers who will provide
exemplary leadership in the interpreting field. Students may specialize in one of two theoretical and
applied areas: interpreting research or interpretation pedagogy, or do a combined program. Both areas
have a strong emphasis on research and require completion of original research and a dissertation.
Applicants for the Ph.D. in Translation and Interpreting Studies must have previous graduate studies in
interpretation or translation studies, or a closely related field. Successful completion and graduation
from the MAI program at Gallaudet meets this requirement. Applicants must also have at least three years
of full time equivalent of interpreting experience, however we strongly encourage applicants to have at
least five years of full time interpreting experience. The program includes research-focused courses
that address interpretation studies from various disciplines, courses focusing on critical pedagogy,
research and teaching internships, and elective courses. As part of their education, students will
examine curriculum and assessment at the only university currently offering a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in
Interpretation courses are taught in ASL by noted scholars in a variety of disciplines, including
linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies. Faculty maintain active
teaching, researching, and/or interpreting practices. Students have the opportunity to work with
renowned interpreting scholars from around the U.S. and abroad.
We offer synchronous, remote possibilities within traditional courses; we are not an online program.
While we encourage students to come to the Gallaudet University Campus, residency requirements can now
be met by taking coursework remotely. On-campus students have the opportunity to learn and teach in new
interpreting classrooms and labs, and experience how the GU mission is put into practice in our B.A. in
Interpretation [BAI] or the M.A. in Interpretation [MAI] programs. Ultimately the doctoral program aims
to produce interpreting scholars prepared to research, teach, and become leaders in the field of
Gallaudet provides a unique opportunity for doctoral students to live and study and interact with people
from across the country and around the world.
If you are unsure that you meet the requirements for the PhD program, please contact the PhD
coordinator before you apply.
Following are the student learning outcomes (SLOS) for the PhD in Interpreting Program.
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