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Language, Reading & Culture (PHD) 
Program Description

The Ph.D. (LRC) degree prepares individuals to pursue research and scholarly careers in language, literacy, biliteracy, and multicultural education. This program includes a strong interdisciplinary emphasis.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies -

College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Adriana Garibay Miramontez
Graduate Program Coordinator
Adriana Garibay Miramontez
Director of Graduate Studies
Marcy B Wood
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
GRE or MAT (no minimum, within five years of application) - for Ed.S., Ed.D. or Ph.D. applicants only
2 letters of recommendation
Resume or Vitae
Statement of Purpose
TOEFL (International applicants only)
English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission.

Applicants may request, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE or MAT
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid
Tuition Scholarships
Teaching Assistantships
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 17

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 17
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 3901, 3902, 3904, 3905

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum credits: 72
Core coursework:

Major Focus Area (9-18 units)
(At least 9 hours post master’s. Negotiated with major committee)
LRC Core: TLS 640 or 651
LRC Seminars (6 units): TLS 696, 795, 796
(or appropriate alternative seminar, approved by advisor)
Theoretical Foundations of LRC: TLS 796a
Research Methods (15-16 units)‚Äč: EDP 541, TLS 605, TLS 696d
(or appropriate alternative course approved by advisor)
Department or University: Two courses minimum TLS 576, 645, 696d, TLS 696/796 with focus on research methodology or other approved research methods courses across the University.     
Research Experience (6-12 units): TLS 578, 693, 694a, 793, 900
Disciplinary: 12 graduate units outside the College of Education   
Dissertation (18 units): TLS 920
Minor Requirements

Minimum credits: 12 units minimum


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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 86%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 5.00
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 19%
Enrollment Percent Female 81%
Enrollment Percent International 23%
Enrollment Percent URM 40%

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Last revised 31 Aug 2018