Graduating

Graduation Dates

2020-2021 Graduation

  • October 21, 2020
  • February 10, 2021
  • May 19, 2021

2020-2021 Deadlines


Step 1: Degree Progress Check-In

In order to ensure that you are on track to graduate, there is a mandatory check-in the semester before your anticipated graduation. Students should complete and return the European History, Politics, and Society Checklist to the Program Manager and copy the MA Faculty Advisor.

You should complete the Checklist with your progress thus far and indicate in which semesters you will complete your remaining requirements.

Please find below the deadlines to submit the Checklist and confirm your degree progress:

  • September 11, 2020, for February 2021 graduation
  • January 15, 2021, for May 2021 graduation
  • January 15, 2021, for October 2021 graduation

Language Requirement

As part of the program checklist, you will be asked whether you have fulfilled your language requirement. If you have not already confirmed your language requirement with the Program Manager, please review the information on the Language Requirement page for next steps.


Step 2: Thesis Registration

Please review the Thesis page for more information.

Deadlines to submit the prospectus and thesis registration form to the European Institute:

  • September 11, 2020 to register to write in the Fall 2020 term
  • January 15, 2021 to register to write in the Spring 2021 term
  • April 30, 2021 to register to write in the Summer 2021 term

    Step 3: Confirm Program Requirements

    Complete and return a final version of your European History, Politics, and Society Checklist to the Program Manager and copy the MA Faculty Advisor. The MA Faculty Advisor must confirm that you have met all the program requirements, including the Language Requirement.


    Step 4: Notify GSAS

    You must notify the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) of your intention to graduate using the Application for Degree or Certificate. More information is available on the Registrar's website.

    Please be mindful of the deadlines for notifying GSAS.


    Step 5: Thesis Submission

    Please review the Thesis page for more information.

    For your advisor to submit the thesis evaluation form and for you to deliver paper and electronic copies to the Program Manager at the European Institute: 

    • October 7, 2020 for October 2020 graduation
    • January 27, 2021 for February 2021 graduation
    • May 5, 2021 for May 2021 graduation

    Step 6: Graduation!

    Degrees are awarded in October, February, and May of each academic year. GSAS does not have graduation ceremonies for October or February graduates. Every graduate, regardless of degree conferral date, is invited to participate in the May ceremonies: GSAS Convocation and University Commencement.

    PLEASE NOTE: due to changes in the Academic Year structure for 2020-2021, the 2021 Commencement Week ceremonies will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2020 - Friday, April 30, 2020 (instead of in May).

    For example, the following graduates are eligible to participate in the May 2020 ceremonies:

    • October 2019 graduates - Eligible.
    • February 2020 graduates - Eligible.
    • May 2020 graduates - Eligible, as long as they have already filed for an application for the MA degree with the Registrar. Application and deadlines on the Registrar's website.
    • October 2020 graduates - Eligible, as long as they have submitted a program-approved Participation Petition form to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs by the deadline. Petition will be available on the GSAS Convocation website.
      Note: Participating in Convocation and Commencement does not constitute conferral of a Columbia degree.

    Eligibility information and ceremony registration can be found on the GSAS Convocation website. Please take note of the registration procedures and deadlines for each ceremony.

    The European Institute asks graduating students to complete a short Graduating Student Form.