Students who have earned the Master of Arts degree from the literature program and passed the PhD Qualifying Exam must complete at least 45 units of 500-level or 600-level academic course work beyond the requirements for the MA. At least 33 units of the 45 must be in regularly scheduled literature classes unless otherwise approved by the Program Director. Students who earned the MA degree in English elsewhere must complete a minimum of 30 units of course work; of these, at least 18 units must be in regularly scheduled literature classes, unless otherwise approved by the Program Director. 15 units of your MA course work will be transferred to the units required for your PhD, but coursework more than ten years old is not acceptable for meeting degree requirements. In addition, all students must satisfy the Foreign Language exam, pass the Comprehensive Preliminary Examination, complete 18 units of dissertation credit, and write a dissertation acceptable to the Department of English.
For more information about PhD program requirements go to http://english.arizona.edu/literature-handbook.