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2022 Best American Sign Language Master's Degree Schools

6 Colleges in the United States
112 Master's Degrees
If you're seeking a Master's Degree in American Sign Language, you will have fewer peers than average since the major degree program is the #238 one in the country in terms of popularity.As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 6 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best American Sign Language Master's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 112 master's degrees in American Sign Language during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 64% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 926 to 460 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools 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

7 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in American Sign Language needs to check out Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #239 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means RIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 7 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at RIT in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
26 Annual Graduates

University of North Florida is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a master's degree in American Sign Language. Located in the city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 16th out of 43 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 26 American Sign Language individuals who graduated with this degree at UNF in the most recent data year.

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#3

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN
6 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in American Sign Language needs to take a look at 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. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #408 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means St. Kate's is a great university overall.

There were about 6 American Sign Language individuals who graduated with this degree at St. Kate's in the most recent data year.

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#4

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC
40 Annual Graduates
$36,404 Median Student Debt

Gallaudet University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a master's degree in American Sign Language. Located in the large city of Washington, Gallaudet is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 7th out of 9 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 40 American Sign Language students who graduated with this degree at Gallaudet in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, ASL master's recipients typically make an average of $51,400 in the first five years of their career.

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

9 Annual Graduates

Western Oregon State College is a small public university located in the fringe town of Monmouth. This university ranks 10th out of 15 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Oregon.

There were about 9 American Sign Language individuals who graduated with this degree at Western Oregon State College in the most recent data year.

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24 Annual Graduates
$36,644 Median Student Debt

University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Greeley. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #686 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means University of Northern Colorado is a great university overall.

There were about 24 American Sign Language individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Northern Colorado in the most recent data year.

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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 74
American Sign Language (ASL) 26
Linguistics of ASL & Other Sign Languages 12

Majors Similar to ASL

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,133
Romance Languages 1,098
Classical Languages & Literature 174
East Asian Languages 145
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 92
Germanic Languages 86
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 48
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 39
Second Language Learning 23
Native American Languages 12

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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