SLAT Student Handbook

NOTE:  The Executive Council approved curriculum changes in May 2018.   Students who entered the SLAT program prior to Fall 2018 can find a copy of the previous Handbook here:
SLAT Student Handbook-Spring 2018

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

SLAT MA (enroute)  see section A9
SLAT Certificate

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.


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.

Coursework Requirements
A. Course Work Requirements

A1. Overview
A2. Core Courses
A3. Courses in Program Specializations
A4. The Minor
A5. SLAT Minor for Doctoral Students in Other Majors
A6. Independent Studies
A7. Workshops and Required Meetings
A8. Auditing Courses
A9. En Route MA in SLAT
A10. Responsible Conduct of Research and Doctoral Plan of Study


Advising and Mentoring
B. Advising and Mentoring

B1. SLAT Advisor

B2. Mentor

B3. Coordinators


C. Examinations

C1. Second Language Proficiency

C2. Qualifying Exercise
a. Purpose
b. Timing
c. Components of the Qualifying Exercise
d. Successful Completion of Qualifying Review
e. Responsibilty for Questions and Grading

C3. Comprehensive Examination
a. Summary of Purpose
b. Structure
c. Timing
d. Size and Composition of Comprehensive Examination Committees
e. Exam Time Limits
f. Written Comprehensive Exam: Format and Procedures
g. Oral Comprehensive Exam: Format and Procedures
h. Evaluation

C4. Candidacy and the Dissertation Proposal

C5. Final Oral Examination


D. Dissertation

D1. Dissertation Committee

D2. Dissertation Proposal

D3. Public Presentation of Dissertation Proposal

D4. Dissertation Style

D5. Dissertation Defense and Completion Timeline

Academic Policies
E. Academic Policies

E1. Satisfactory Academic Progress

E2. Leave of Absence

E3. Minimum Enrollment

E4. Full-time Status

Student Support
F. Student Support

F1. Internal Sources of Funding

F2. Time Limit for Internal Financial Support

F3. External Sources of Funding

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