Doctoral Completion Checklist


Newly Admitted (before the beginning of the first semester)

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

Getting Started (your first semester)

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

Making Progress (after your first semester)

Making Progress (after Admission to Candidacy)

  • Write the Dissertation (Follow Guidelines of ETD Guide)

Nearing Completion (one semester before you graduate)

Graduating (the semester you plan to graduate)

  • Register (one hour minimum)
  • Check Graduate School calendar for deadlines
  • Clear all incomplete grades
  • Clear all holds
  • 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.
  • Submit Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
  • Join the Auburn University Alumni Association

Last modified: January 12, 2021