Frequently Asked Questions

1) If I have completed a master's degree, must I retake the GRE?
All applicants must submit current GRE scores (taken less than five years ago). If your scores are out of date, you will need to re-take the exam.
2) Is there a minimum GRE score?
SLAT does not list a minimum score, although entrance to SLAT is competitive and GRE scores are used in a variety of ways to determine applicant proficiency and potential program fit.
3) Must I re-take the iBT, TOEFL or other English-language proficiency exam?
International students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency to be admitted to the University of Arizona Graduate College. Language proficiency exams must have been taken within the past two years to be valid. International applicants who have completed a master’s degree at an institution in an English-speaking country  do not need to re-take the exam.  More information on English proficiency requirements may be found here.
4) What is the institution code to submit my GRE and TOEFL scores? What is SLAT's department code?
For both exams, the Institution code for the University of Arizona is 4832. SLAT does not have a department code.  Please leave the department code blank to avoid incorrectly routed scores.
5) Where do I mail my transcripts?
Please do not mail transcripts with your application. Transcripts should be scanned and uploaded electronically into the SLAT online application.
6) But seriously, where do I mail my transcripts?
If you absolutely must send paper documents, please mail them to:

1103 East 2nd Street
Harvill, Room 241
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0076

Students who are recommended for admission by the SLAT admissions committee will be asked to submit original transcripts after their files have been reviewed. Final admission to the University of Arizona depends on receipt and verification of official transcripts from all institutes of higher education attended by the applicant.

7) May I submit recommendation letters, or must they come directly from the letter writer?

All letters of recommendation need to come directly from the recommenders. Letters of recommendation should be written in English and should address the candidate’s academic background, relevant experience, and potential for success in a rigorous Ph.D. program. After you enter your recommender’s name and email address in the online application, the recommender will receive an email from the Graduate College requesting that the letter be uploaded directly to your application. 

Should you or your recommender have any difficulties with this process, please email

8) What kind of research can I pursue in SLAT?

SLAT students work with faculty across all SLAT colleges, and build research projects that extend across traditional discipline boundaries. To see a list of SLAT alumni, their completed dissertation titles, and the faculty members who chaired their committee, please see our SLAT Student Dissertations page.

9) What kind of funding does SLAT provide to admitted students?

The majority of SLAT students are funded through Graduate Assistantships in Teaching (GATships), which provide payment of tuition, payment of health insurance, and a stipend during the academic year (August – May).

10) How do I apply for a GATship or a fellowship/scholarship?

The application for SLAT contains questions related to funding needs. Please answer the questions in the application to help the SLAT Admissions Committee make funding offers.

After applicants are reviewed and chosen for admission by the SLAT Admissions Committee, the SLAT Chair will work with different language programs on campus to hire new admits as GATs. Although SLAT does its best to admit students with funding, please be aware that GATships in all languages may not be available each year, and it is possible that an applicant may be admitted without a GATship. The admissions committee also will recommend outstanding applicants for fellowships and scholarships. 

If you have questions related to SLAT funding, please email