Graduation and requesting a degree certificate
Follow the steps listed below to request your Master’s degree certificate. Also, consult the UvA regulations concerning graduation and degree certificate application.
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Step 1: when should you request your degree certificate?
Request your degree certificate when you are finishing up the final module(s) of your master programme. You can also request your degree certificate when visiting the Education Desk to submit your Master’s thesis.
Note: the earliest possible certification date (examination date) is the last workday of the month in which you have obtained your last study result.
Step 2: how should you request your degree certificate?
In order to graduate, you need to request your degree certificate in SIS as well as fill in the online graduation form.
When you log on to SIS click on ‘Study advice/degree cert.’ followed by ‘Apply for degree certificate’. Choose the right certification date (examination date). This is the last workday of the month in which you receive your last grade. In most cases this is the month in which you hand in your master thesis.
Note: you cannot choose a certification date that is already in the past. So be sure to request your degree certificate ahead of time.
Fill in the online graduation form. With this form we ask you to provide information that is required in order to process your degree certificate request. You can also indicate if and when you wish to attend a graduation ceremony.
Step 3: when will you receive your degree certificate?
You can receive your degree certificate during an official graduation ceremony or pick it up at the Education Desk Communication Science. You indicate your choice in the online graduation form.
If you decide to attend a graduation ceremony your will receive an invitation by email. Note: you can only attend a certain ceremony when you have requested your certificate and filled in the online graduation form well ahead of time. Your certification date (examination date) needs to be at least 20 workdays prior to the date of the graduation ceremony.
If you do not wish to attend a ceremony, you can collect your degree certificate at the Education Desk Communication Science. You can pick up your certificate within two months of your certification date. You will receive an e-mail once your certificate is ready.
Step 4: when should you terminate your enrolment after requesting your degree certificate?
You must be enrolled at UvA up to and including the certification date (examination date). If you have requested your degree certificate, you can submit a request for termination of enrolment in Studielink with effect from the first day of the month following the certification date. The enrolment termination date that you submit must not precede the certification date. Enter the reason for termination of enrolment in Studielink: diploma received. You will continue to pay tuition fees until your request for a degree certificate has been approved. If applicable, you will receive a refund of any excess tuition fees you have paid.