Doctoral Completion Checklist


Before Candidacy:

After Admission to Candidacy:

  • Register for at least one credit hour per semester to maintain continuous enrollment
  • Both domestic and international students that have completed the General Oral Exam will automatically be enrolled in the GRAD 6AA0/All But Dissertation (ABD) to indicate a full course of study
  • Check Graduate School calendar for deadlines
  • Follow the ETD Guide when writing the Dissertation
  • Submit the graduation application through AU Access > My Academics > Grad Application (required the semester *PRIOR* to the graduating semester)
  • Clear all holds and incomplete grades

Dissertation Process:

  • Register for at least one credit hour per semester to maintain continuous enrollment
  • Submit First Submission Approval Form
    • Note: Once the First Submission Approval form is approved by the committee, the University Reader will be sent the Dissertation Evaluation Form. Please note, the student and Chair should select the University Reader. 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)
  • Once the Dissertation Evaluation is completed by the University Reader, provide information regarding the 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 a form requesting information for the Final Oral Examination will be sent to you. Once submitted, the committee and University Reader will be notified of the final examination date.
  • Complete your final oral exam. On the day of your final oral exam, the Graduate School will send your committee and University Reader the Report on the Final Oral Exam and Publishing Approval Form. Please note: All committee members including the University Reader MUST be present at the Defense.
  • Submit Dissertation on AUETD. You must log in on the right-hand side of the screen to access the upload link.
  • You must be registered for at least one credit hour in the semester you graduate. Please see the continuous enrollment policy.
  • Submit Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
  • Join the Auburn University Alumni Association


Doctoral Students Form Workflow

Last modified: May 16, 2023