Doctoral Completion Checklist


Newly Admitted (before the beginning of the first term)

  • Respond to offer of admission
  • Locate housing
  • Clear any medical holds
  • Obtain student ID card
  • Attend orientation

Getting Started (your first term on campus)

  • Register for classes
  • Check academic calendar for deadlines
  • Contact your departmental advisor
  • Identify your major professor
  • Begin selecting  your advisory committee

Making Progress (after your first term)

  • Register each term
  • Check academic calendar for deadlines
  • Submit your Committee Selection form
  •  Complete required course work
  • Submit signed application for General Oral Exam .
    • Note:Upon receipt, the Graduate School will send the student and major professor the Report on General Oral Examination.
  • Complete comprehensive exams.Once completed, submit the signed Report on General Oral Examination to the Graduate School.
  • Draft Dissertation Proposal (if required)
  • Defend Dissertation Proposal (if required)

Making Progress (after Admission to Candidacy)

  • Write the Dissertation (Follow Guidelines of ETD Guide)

Nearing Completion (one term before you graduate)

Graduating (the term you plan to graduate)

  • Register (one hour minimum)
  • Check academic calendar for deadlines
  • Clear all incomplete grades
  • Clear all holds
  • Submit signed “First Submission Approval Form” to the Graduate School
    • Note: The Graduate School will then send the University Reader the Dissertation Evaluation Form. Please note, the student will select the University Reader with the student’s chair. University Readers must be Graduate Faculty (Level 0,1, or 2) and must be outside of the student’s department.
  • Submit PDF of your dissertation to for Format Check (required)
    • Note: When submitting dissertation for format check, please indicate in your email the style guide being used (EX: APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) and original file type that was used to create your dissertation (Ex: .docx, .xlsx, .sas, .spss etc.)
  • When notified by the Graduate School, complete your Application for Final Oral Exam using the link that will be emailed to you.
    • Note: Once the Dissertation Evaluation Form is submitted to the Graduate School by the University Reader, a link to the Application for Final Oral Examination will be sent to the student. Once signed, the student must submit the Application for Final Oral Examination to the Graduate School at least one week prior to the final defense.
  • Complete your final oral exam. Once completed, submit the signed Report on Final Oral Examination(Defense) to the Graduate School. Please note: All committee members including the University Reader MUST be present at the Defense.
  • Submit signed Electronic Thesis/Dissertation Final Approval Form to the Graduate School
  • Submit Dissertation on AUETD. You must log in on the right-hand side of the screen to access the upload link.
  • Submit Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
  • Join the Auburn University Alumni Association

Click here for a downloadable version of the Doctoral Completion Checklist.

Last modified: December 11, 2019