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National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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National Technical Institute for the Deaf | NTID | RIT

RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the 1st and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Learn more!

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Established in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational university located in Rochester, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. 

A leader in preparing students for careers in the dynamic global environment, the university has a diverse range of programs from engineering, science, and technology to the arts, business, education, humanities, and social sciences. It consists of 9 colleges that provide career-oriented programs and experiential learning. 

"U.S. News & World Report” has ranked RIT 104th among national universities and is again included in "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools and is home to the #1 Student Innovation Center in the nation as ranked by "Best Colleges Online."

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. More than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the United States and the world come to campus every year and live, study and work alongside hearing students on the RIT campus. 


Academic departments within NTID include:


American Sign Language and Interpreting Education


Sign language interpreting is a fascinating, challenging and rapidly expanding field. RIT provides students with a unique environment and excellent opportunities to increase their knowledge of cultures and enhance their English, American Sign Language, and interpreting skills.


Business Studies


Students in the Business Studies Department build technical knowledge and skills in their chosen fields. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience before graduation by participating in a cooperative work experience.The Business Studies Department also offers students a competitive advantage in today’s job market by offering courses that prepare students for certification in Microsoft® Office applications software.


Career Exploration Studies


Career Exploration Studies offers students the opportunity to do an intensive career search for an associate degree program through career and personal counseling. A counselor/academic advisor works with students to assist in evaluating information and making career decisions. 


Students may remain in the Career Exploration program for up to two semesters to select and prepare for a major. During that time, students will take introductory and foundation courses in various majors as well as courses in English, mathematics, communication, and more.


Engineering Studies


The Department of Engineering Studies (DES)  is a leader in providing technical education, academic support, and encouragement to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and engineering-related fields.


DES offers intensive real-world experiences in technical classes taught by faculty who communicate effectively with our deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Opportunities are provided to students to develop skill sets that are in demand by the industry as well as advancing learning opportunities offered through other colleges of RIT and encouraging students’ commitment to lifelong learning.


Information and Computing Studies


Students in the Information and Computing Studies Department benefit from a hands-on approach to the design and integration of technology. Depending on the program chosen, students learn to maintain computer software and hardware, install and maintain computer networks, and work with a variety of computer applications; or focus on application design and development of mobile platforms. Students build skills that are in demand, developing the ability to make computer systems, and the people who use them, smarter and more productive.


Liberal Studies


The NTID Department of Liberal Studies (DLS) provides opportunities for all students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to reach their academic potential and become responsible, global citizens and life-long learners. Faculty meet the needs of students through a variety of communication strategies as well as offering a unique approach to educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA).


Master of Science in Secondary Education


The MSSE program will prepare students to help meet the national need for highly qualified deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing teachers and leaders in the field of deaf education. Graduate students in the Secondary Education program enjoy small class sizes and one-to-one discussions and advisement with world renowned faculty.


RIT/NTID is a unique educational community with a diverse communication environment. All community members share responsibility for effective communication and are expected to respect the language preferences of students, faculty and staff. The rich inclusive communication environment at RIT/NTID will prepare you for the broad array of communication styles you will encounter in the classroom as a teacher of the deaf.


Science and Mathematics


NTID’s Department of Science and Mathematics provides a unique education that reflects the current trends in the application of science and mathematics in the professional world, while preparing students for immediate employment in business, industry, and government or graduate school. Students receive unmatched opportunities for hands-on learning, using some of the most sophisticated classroom, laboratory and equipment available anywhere.


Visual Communications Studies


The Visual Communications Studies department creates new and exciting opportunities for students to explore visual communication and imaging arts. RIT’s innovative programs, combining traditional creative skills with computer-based technology, provide students opportunities to enter various careers where they can design, organize and produce print and Web-based media in business, communication, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment, and advertising fields.

Alumni of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The NTID Center on Employment offers alumni a variety of job-related services. Alumni can take advantage of:


  • Job Search Advisement
  • Resume and Correspondence Review
  • Networking Assistance
  • NTID Job Fair

National Technical Institute for the Deaf costs and financial aid

Ranked among The 50 Colleges that Add the Most Value by “Money Magazine”, an education from Rochester Institute of Technology is an affordable investment designed to prepare students for the future. 


RIT/NTID receives support from the federal government, and as a result, students enrolled in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation program pay less than one-half of RIT’s tuition.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 11

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 10.34%
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 3.45%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 3.45%


Male (20%)
Female (79%)


Focus of faculty research: Interpreting ethics, interpreting needs in health care; effective use of technology in education of deaf students; STEM language, literacy and learning, international deaf education
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5604
United States
Contact Dr. Gerard J. Buckley
Phone: 585-475-6317
Fax: 585-475-5978

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