Graduating

Graduation Dates

2019-2020 Graduation

  • October 16, 2019
  • February 12, 2020
  • May 20, 2020

2019-2020 Deadlines


Step 1: Thesis Registration

Please review the Thesis page for more information.

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

  • September 6, 2019 to register to write in the Fall 2019 term
  • January 24, 2020 to register to write in the Spring 2020 term
  • May 15, 2020 to register to write in the Summer 2020 term

    Step 2: Confirm Program Requirements

    Complete and return the 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.

    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 3: 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 4: 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: 

    • September 27, 2019 for October 2019 graduation
    • January 24, 2020 for February 2020 graduation
    • May 1, 2020 for May 2020 graduation

    Step 5: 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.

    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.