SLAT Student Handbook

Ph.D. Degree

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.


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):

SLAT Ph.D. milestones are listed following the Table of Contents:





D. DISSERTATION                                      E. ACADEMIC POLICIES                            F. STUDENT SUPPORT