Gallaudet University is the only university in the world that offers both undergraduate and a graduate degrees in American Sign Language-English Interpretation. 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 B.A. in Interpretation (BAI) program consists of a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses and experiences that are intended to provide students with knowledge, fieldwork, techniques and interpreting skills in interactive interpreting in education, medical, business, and government settings. Interpreting internship experiences vary from student to student. The BAI program is mainly in a four-year format and consists of 36 credits within the major, which includes coursework, fieldwork, and field internship(s). Students take supporting courses in ASL and Deaf studies, biology, business, communication studies, linguistics and psychology. Part-time study is also available.

The BAI application requirements are:


Phase 1:

  • Submit an  online application  by June 1 (deadline extended due to COVID-19)
    • $50 application fee (waived if you submit by December 1, attend an Open House event or campus visit-virtual or in-person, attend a virtual Gallaudet event, or have ever participated in any of our Gallaudet University Youth Programs)
    • One written essay and one video essay in ASL (the essay questions can be found in the online application)
    • A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher who teaches core subjects such as English, mathematics, or social studies
    • Unofficial high school and college transcripts (if applicable)* 
    • ACT or SAT scores

    *Official transcript(s) will be required following acceptance to the University. We accept both paper and electronic transcripts. If you have your transcript sent electronically, it should be sent to  admissions.office@gallaudet.edu. If you earned college credits during high school, please send in your college transcript(s) for transfer credit evaluation.  Please note that the BAI program requires that you have a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average in your high school or previous college coursework.

    Please note that merit scholarships are available to deaf and hard of hearing students only.

    Phase 2: 

    • After you submit your application, your admissions counselor will review Phase 1 documents. Should you be eligible for Phase 2, you will be sent a link for the BAI Language Performance evaluation (BAI LP) from the Department of Interpretation and Translation. Your admissions counselor will provide information regarding this evaluation at the time of Phase 2 eligibility.
    • Applicants are also required to schedule an American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), a video-recorded evaluation that will determine your overall ASL proficiency. The BAI program requires an ASLPI score of 3 or higher. The ASLPI can be taken at Gallaudet or via videophone from an approved location. The ASLPI evaluation system is housed in ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. See the  ASL-DES web site for information on fees and other details. Please be aware that you will be connected with ASL-DES at your admissions counselor's discretion. If you have any questions, please email  bai.hug@gallaudet.edu.

    TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION

    If you are a transfer student, please visit the  Transfer Credits website for more information about transferring your credits to Gallaudet, course equivalencies, and more. If you wish to contact our Transfer Specialist, please email  transfer.specialist@gallaudet.edu

    APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

    The financial aid process is separate from the process of applying for admission. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible when it is made available on October 1. The priority filing date is June 1. Once we have your FAFSA on file, we will send you a Financial Aid award letter that provides detailed information about your eligible financial aid and your estimated remaining cost. Please note that hearing applicants are not eligible for merit-based scholarships.