Diploma Preparation Schedule

This page provides you with information on what are the CEU policies for issuing diplomas and what the diploma prepartion schedule looks like.

The preparation of CEU diplomas involves the cooperation of several administrative and academic units of CEU. In different stages, the following units are involved: Academic Departments, Student Records Office (SRO), Publications Office, External Printing Companies, Rector’s office, and the office of George Soros in New York (for signatures). The SRO coordinates the efforts of all contributors during this process to achieve the timely delivery of the diplomas. Normally, the timeframe to prepare diplomas is 3 months from the time students have satisfied all academic requirements towards their degree.*

 * Adopted by the Senate on March 3rd, 2006.

Diploma Requirements

Diplomas will be prepared for students only when they have fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. have submitted all required documents regarding their previous education
  2. have satisfied all academic requirements
  3. have filled out the Online Graduation Form through Infosys.

Note: all items are important! Failure to comply with the above requirements may cause a delay in processing your diploma.

MA Diplomas

The MA diplomas are prepared in two cycles (MA Cycle I and Cycle II) due to the fact that some departments have different academic calendars.

The following departments belong to MA Cycle I: Economics*, Economics and Business, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Medieval Studies, Cultural Heritage Studies, Nationalism Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology and Social Anthropology.

The following departments belong to MA Cycle II: Environmental Sciences and Policy, Legal Studies, Mathematics, School of Public Policy and CEU Business School*. The preparation procedure is outlined in the following table:

Time Frame MA Cycle I MA Cycle II
End of Academic Year June 15 September 1
Deadline for submission of all
pending course and thesis grades
July 15 October 1
Checking of all student records August 1-15 October 15-31
Printing of diplomas August 15-31 November 1-15
Signature collection September 1-30 Nov. 15-Dec. 15
Mailing of diplomas October
December 15

Note: This includes both short and long-thesis diplomas. Special arrangements have to be made to accommodate the needs of LLM students. The diplomas of the students participating in the long-thesis track will be send out as soon as their thesis is submitted to and evaluated by the department of Legal Studies.

PhD Diplomas

Doctoral students conclude their studies at CEU after they successfully defend their dissertations. This can happen during any time of the year. Therefore, the SRO uses three cycles for the printing of Ph.D. diplomas according to the date of the dissertation defense. The following table outlines this procedure:

Time Frame PhD Cycle I PhD Cycle II PhD Cycle III
Dissertation Defense Jan. 1-June 1 June 1-Sept. 30 Sept. 30-Dec. 31
Checking of all student records June 1-7 October 1-7 January 1-7
Printing of diplomas June 1-7 October 7-15 January 7-15
Signature collection June 7-14 October 15-31 January 15-31
Mailing of diplomas July 1** November 1 February 1

*This refers to students who graduate until 31 August, 2017

**Please note that the doctoral students participating in the graduation ceremony receive their diplomas during the ceremony on June 22, 2018.