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2023 Best American Sign Language Master's Degree Schools

4 Colleges in the United States
112 Master's Degrees
American Sign Languagemaster's programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major degree program ranks #232 out of the 343 majors we look at each year. As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 4 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best American Sign Language Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 112 master's degrees in American Sign Language to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great American Sign Language School for Your Master's Degree

Best American Sign Language Master's Degree Schools The ASL master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality ASL program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their master's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their master's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to American Sign Language students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of American Sign Language students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for American Sign Language to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized American Sign Language related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for American Sign Language students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank American Sign Language Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best American Sign Language Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study American Sign Language in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for American Sign Language students seeking a a master's degree.

Top Schools for a Master's in ASL

#1

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in American Sign Language. Located in the city of Washington, Gallaudet is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

Soon after graduating, ASL master's recipients generally make an average of $47,272 in the first five years of their career.

More information about a master’s in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University

#2

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN
12 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in American Sign Language needs to look into St Catherine University. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, St. Kate's is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a master’s in American Sign Language from St Catherine University

12 Annual Graduates

Western Oregon University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in American Sign Language. Western Oregon State College is a small public university located in the town of Monmouth.More information about a master’s in American Sign Language from Western Oregon University

#4

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
18 Annual Graduates

University of North Florida is a wonderful choice for individuals pursuing a master's degree in American Sign Language. Located in the large city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in American Sign Language from University of North Florida

American Sign Language by Region

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New England
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Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 17 majors within the Foreign Languages & Linguistics area of study, American Sign Language has other similar majors worth exploring.

ASL Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Sign Language Interpretation & Translation 61
American Sign Language (ASL) 32
Linguistics of ASL & Other Sign Languages 19

Majors Similar to ASL

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,167
Romance Languages 975
Classical Languages & Literature 217
East Asian Languages 143
Germanic Languages 88
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 88
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 49
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 26
South Asian Languages 19
Second Language Learning 19

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to PsiДҐedelisto. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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