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SLAT Student Handbook

SLAT Student Handbook



The Ph.D. program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teachers, and administrators concerned with second language learning and teaching.  The SLAT Program has been recognized nationally as a superior interdisciplinary program. Our alumni generally hold academic and administrative positions throughout the world.  Some alumni are employed in business adventures such as publishing, and some hold positions in the military language programs.  

The SLAT MA (enroute)  and Certificate program information can be found at these respective links:

SLAT MA (enroute)

SLAT Certificate

Organization of the Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) is one of several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) at the University of Arizona.  There are no faculty members directly within SLAT; rather the program consists of participating faculty who are willing to devote their time and efforts to our students.  These faculty come from various department and programs which can be found here:  

The Committee on Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Ph.D. program is divided into two parts:  1) a twelve member Executive Committee, and 2) the general faculty membership.  

The SLAT Student Association (SLATSA) elects a student representative to the Executive Council.  This representative attends the General Session of the Executive Council meetings and reports pertinent information back to the SLAT student body.  In addition, the student representative brings any concerns and/or issues of the students to the Executive Council.  

SLAT is housed currently in Harvill 241, where the Director and the Program Coordinators maintain offices. There are no program maintained office or research space for the students.  

Additional information can be found at the following websites (not an exhaustive list, by any means):


The SLAT Student Handbook contains detailed descriptions of all degree requirements for the Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching including required course work, examination policies, dissertation requirements, and many other important items. It is each student's responsibility to be aware of and comply with all the policies found in the Ph.D. Student Handbook. Students should consult the Ph.D. Handbook frequently, particularly prior to important milestones, to ensure that they are complying with all department and university policies. SLAT Ph.D. milestones are listed following the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents


SLAT Ph.D. Guidelines for Satisfactory Academic Progress


SLAT and SLAT’s Executive Council, along with the Graduate college expect timely and orderly progress towards the degree.  Below are the program milestones and the expected completion window.  Recommendations from the Executive Council will be sought when a student fails to meet the milestones in the appropriate time frame.  Some milestones are more rigid in expected completion.  Students who are considered not making progress to degree can expect written notification from the Executive Council, and may have their registration of SLAT 920 dissertations units suspended.  These milestones that are particularly rigid are:  

  • the completion of Comps by the end of the 7th semester,
  • presentation of the Dissertation Proposal within 6 months of Comps, and
  • defense of the dissertation by April of the 10th semester.

Students may request extensions and/or appeals of milestone deadlines in extreme cases, where a leave of absence is not appropriate.  Such extreme cases may include, but not limited to, delays due to advisor unavailability (e.g. sabbaticals).  In such cases, students should request an extension through the Program Coordinators and the Director, both of whom will seek guidance from the Executive Council when appropriate.  

Students have the right to formally request exceptions to program policies and procedures or formally appeal program decisions.  The appeal must be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies.  The appeal will be reviewed with the Program Director and may include a collective meeting with the student.  The appeal will be presented to the Executive Council  who will make the decision on the appeal and  will notify the student in writing of the decision.  The Executive Council make place additional requirements and/or deadlines on the student in order to continue in the program.  Students may want to review the following link for a summary of grievance types and the responsible parties:  

Click here for a printable version of the slat_student_sap_checklist_08_04_2014.pdf.


Program Milestone Completion Window
Establish proficieny in a 2nd language at entry – by comps
by end of 1st year
Submit verification RCoR via GradPath
by beg of 2nd semester
Complete/Submit SLAT Plan of Study by end of 2nd sem
Complete/Submit Plan of Study via GradPath
by end of 3rd sem
Complete 2nd year workshop
at end of 4th sem
Form Comps committee
by end of 6th sem
Submit Comps Committee Approval form via Gradpath 30 days before written comps
Submit Comps Announcement form via GradPath 10 days before oral exam
Complete PhD course work by end of 7th sem
Complete PhD Comps
by end of 7th sem
Create dissertation committee within 2 mos of Comps, by beg of 8th sem
File Committee Appt. form via GradPath
by beginning of 8th sem
Present dissertation proposal
w/in 6 mos of Comps, by end of 8th sem
Submit Announcement of Final Oral Exam via GradPath 10 days before defense
Defend dissertation by April of 10th sem
 Graduate by May of 10th sem


Last updated 1 Feb 2017