What will I learn?

The master's degree is considered essential for the professional training needed for effective practice in deaf education. The master's degree generally involves about two years of full-time study.

Audiology, speech-language pathology, deaf education and interpreting are concerned with many issues related to speech, healing, and language. Professionals in audiology and speech-language pathology fields are devoted to providing diagnostic, rehabilitative, and educational services to children and adults with communicative challenges. Professionals in deaf education and interpreting fields are devoted to providing educational services and community-related services to children and adults who communicate in American Sign Language and/or other communication modalities.

Education beyond the bachelor's degree is necessary for completion of the academic and credential requirements leading to professional employment.

Deaf Education. Our deaf education program gives you a broad background in bilingual-bicultural education, total communication, and cued speech philosophies along with speech, language, auditory training, deaf culture, and American Sign Language. This program includes all of the essential elements of a good education for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The program is nationally accredited by the Council of Education of the Deaf (CED).

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$17,527.00 per year
USD $2,082 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $3,588 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Health and Human Services

2345 E. San Ramon,

M/S MH26,



93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students complete a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered, however, for these applicants the GRE General Test is required. A bachelor’s degree in music (or the equivalent) is required. Applicants must have their official transcript(s) sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For international students

The graduate program is open to students with communicative sciences or related bachelor's degrees who have demonstrated the ability to excel at an advanced level as well as indicated great potential for success in academic work and clinical work. In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program, the applicant needs to submit the following: (1) a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units of any coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSDS coursework.

English language Score: TOEFL – 80 iBT, or IELTS – 6.5, or Pearson’s Test of English - 53, or iTEP – 4.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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