Completing Your Studies
After you have earned all the required credits in your degree program and all the academic requirements for completion of your program are properly displayed in the LPIS system and/or your transcript, please go to the WU web services to report the completion of your studies.
Please note that processing your graduation documents may take up to four weeks (from the time you report the completion of your studies).
You will be notified by email as soon as your graduation documents (certificate, official notification, diploma supplement, and annexes to the diploma) are available for pick-up in the Study Service Center.
Please bring the following when you report to collect your graduation documents:
Your WU student ID or another official photo ID
Confirmation that you have completed the UStat 2 form on time spent abroad during your studies (either in digital form or as a print-out). This form must be completed even if you did not spend any time abroad. If you need a substitute code for filling out the form, please contact the Examinations Office.
Please fill out the WU graduate survey and print the last page of the questionnaire as confirmation that you have completed it. Bring the proof of completion of the survey with you when you come to pick up your graduation documents.
A hardbound copy of your master’s thesis. This copy will be submitted to the WU University Library by the Examinations Office. Please note the information on submitting your master’s thesis on this page.
If required, the completed application for an embargo on your master’s thesis.
You can also appoint another person to collect your graduation documents for you and submit your registration for a graduation ceremony. You will need to provide this person with a power of attorney.
After completing a master’s program, you will be awarded the academic degree Master of Science (WU), abbreviated as MSc (WU).
Graduates of the Business Law program are awarded the academic degree Master of Laws (WU), abbreviated as LL.M. (WU).
It is not compulsory to indicate your academic degree in your communications, but if you do, we recommend you add “(WU)” to your academic degree.
The successful completion of a master’s program is a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral or PhD program. You can find more information on the academic programs available at WU here.
The Diploma Supplement is a bilingual document (German and English) issued to all WU graduates at graduation in addition to their degree certificate. The Diploma Supplement is issued automatically and free of charge.
The Diploma Supplement facilitates academic and professional recognition of European degrees, thus increasing the transparency of qualifications, and it provides information about the duration and contents of the degree program and about the academic and professional skills acquired by the graduate. In a globalized society and economy, the Diploma Supplement provides an internationally comparable description of the degree program, and encourages mobility, access to education, and life-long learning.
The Diploma Supplement is not a substitute for the original qualification, for a transcript, or for a CV, and it does not guarantee recognition of a degree.
For more information on the Diploma Supplement, please visit the following pages: ·
Download Diploma Supplement (sample)
In the event of loss or theft of your graduation documents (notification of conferral of an academic degree, graduation certificate, diploma supplement), the Examinations Office will issue duplicates of these items free of charge.
Please complete the application for a duplicate and submit it to the Examinations Office by email, together with an official police report of loss or theft.
Please note that the report of loss must have been issued either by the municipal authorities or the police. Duplicates can only be issued for documents specifically named in the report.
It can take up to four weeks for the replacement documents to be issued. You will be notified by email when your documents are available for pick-up. Duplicates can be picked up at the Study Service Center during regular opening hours.
Requesting Duplicates Nov 2015
Duplicates of graduation documents are issued only in the event of loss or theft. Should you need additional copies for application procedures, official agencies, public institutions, etc., please contact the Examinations Office for information on obtaining certified copies.
WU offers regularly scheduled graduation ceremonies to help you celebrate the completion of your master’s degree. Participation is voluntary.
All graduation ceremonies for master’s students are held twice a year in Ceremonial Hall 1 in the LC building (Library & Learning Center).Each individual program has a ceremony for its own graduates, to help keep the proceedings personal and intimate. You are very welcome to bring your friends, family, and guests to the ceremony.
Music is provided by the WU Choir or the WU String Quartet.
After the ceremony, you can treat yourself and your guests to a buffet. You can choose from a selection of food and drinks before the event. Your individual choice of food and drinks will be ready on a pre-reserved cocktail table at the end of the ceremony. For more information on catering your event from Library Cafe & Catering, click here or look in the folder you will be given when you register for your ceremony.
Click here to view and order photos of the event as keepsakes.
- E_Folder_Ablauf.pdf (pdf, 273 KB)
Registrations for graduation ceremonies are binding and will not be accepted until you have picked up your graduation documents in the Study Service Center. A fee of € 80 applies if you wish to participate in the academic ceremony. You’ll have to pay the fee by ATM card when you sign up for the ceremony.
Registrations for graduation ceremonies are subject to availability and can only be made for the next scheduled ceremony. Unfortunately, we cannot accept advance registrations.
DatesPlease find the next scheduled date for your program’s graduation ceremony here.
Graduating in AbsentiaInformation on graduating in absentia
You can also graduate in absentia and collect your certificate and rolled diploma without attending a graduation ceremony. To do so, you will need to file a request with the Study Service Center during office hours. The documents will be printed together with the documents for the next scheduled academic graduation ceremony (bachelor’s or master’s) and will then be available for collection. A fee of € 30 applies if you wish to graduate in absentia. It has to be paid by ATM card when you come to the Study Service Center to request graduation in absentia.
Next possible collection date: December 18, 2017 or later
(if requested on or before November 24, 2017)