Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Sherry Shaw

Program Director

(904) 620-1811

Building 57, Room 3519
Application Information Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer terms.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 15

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements: 

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE test scores taken within the last five years. All sections (verbal, quantitative, and writing) must be taken. (Institutional Code: 5490)
  3. Two letters of recommendation indicating:
  4. Written statement of 500-100 words that includes the following information:
    • reasons for seeking admission into the ASL Interpreting program
    • professional goals
    • how the program will help you attain your goals
  5. Resume or CV in ASL submitted as YouTube private link in email to the program director

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.



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Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Overview The Master of Science (M.S.) in ASL/English Interpreting is designed to meet the needs of students who aspire to national certification and become general practitioners or who are already certified and seek to increase their interpreting skill sets and knowledge bases. The program consists of 36 credit hours that include courses in specialized settings, mentoring, research, service-learning, diversity, and a capstone internship for pre-certified interpreters. Certified interpreters (CSC, CI and CT, NIC, NAD V) are exempt from the 6-hour Internship, reducing their Program of Study to 30 credit hours.
Special Notes about the Program


Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with previous interpreting coursework that includes:

  • Language (minimum of 17 hours) -- American Sign Language, Fingerspelling & Numbers, Advanced ASL Discourse, Comparative Linguistics, ASL Structure
  • Foundation Courses (minimum of 9 hours) -- Deaf Culture, Introduction to Interpreting, Interpreting Ethics
  • Interpretation/Transliteration Skills Courses (minimum of 15 hours)
  • Sign to Voice, Voice to Sign, Interpretation/Transliteration, Applied Interpretation Theory and Process
  • Field Work
  • Practicum, Internship, Field Experience (minimum of 9 hours), OR

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in another field, National Certification (CSC, CI/CT, NAD IV/V, NIC), and Program Permission.


If an applicant is not certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., the program requires one previous degree to be in Interpreting (either associate's degree or bachelor's degree) except for deaf applicants.


If applicant is nationally certified (CSC, CI and CT, NIC, NAD, V), a degree in another field is acceptable for admission.

Program Faculty Faculty
Curriculum and Requirements Curriculum
Program Policies ASL/English Interpreting Graduate Student Handbook
Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
Two years