Doctoral Students

This page will guide you through what you need to submit, including two required surveys. Guidelines, forms and link to the required exit survey can be found in the callout box "Instructions, Forms and Surveys."

  • In rare cases: if you need an extension to submit your dissertation and forms after the posted deadline, see instructions here.


Click on the document "Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation." It has a helpful submission checklist and details about each item to be submitted. You will also find templates for items such as the dissertation cover page, the approval sheet, and more.


Before you submit your forms and related materials, you need to submit electronically to the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository, or ETD. Read more on our Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository page. 

Your ETD record should be submitted online before you turn in your forms and paperwork.


The Laney Graduate School requires doctoral students to complete two online surveys: the PhD Graduation Education Exit Survey and the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). Both surveys are confidential and are essential for producing aggregate data that helps Emory and the national higher education community understand how graduate students progress through their programs and view their educational experiences.

  • Complete the surveys before you upload your forms to LGS. 
  • Be sure to upload the required certificates to demonstrate that you have completed the surveys. Each certificate is available at the end of the survey.


Doctoral Completion Form
Certificate Completion Form (if applicable)
Approval Page with original signatures
An Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository Submission Agreement 
Distribution agreement
Completion certificates for the PhD Graduate Education Exit Survey and the SED

Submission Deadline Extension

In certain circumstances students may need an extension to submit a dissertation or thesis and associated forms after the posted deadline. These request are reviewed by the Laney Graduate School, and must be for an approved reason:

  • advisor, committee member or DGS/Program Director is unavailable
  • illness or other personal emergency
  • defense date is after the posted submission deadline

If you seek an extension for another reason, you can explain and the Dean may approve. 

To request an extension, use the Submission Extension Deadline Signature Form (your advisor, DGS or Director must sign), and submit it using the Student Action Online Form (you will find an option for this action).

LGS Student Action Online Form 

To submit a form, you may need a signed signature form.  Read the instructions.

Student Action Online Form

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