Completing Your Studies
Graduates of the doctoral program in Social and Economic Sciences are awarded the academic degree "Doktor/in der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften" (Doctor in Social and Economic Sciences, Dr.rer.soc.oec.)
The academic degree "Doktor/in der Rechtswissenschaften" (DOctor of Law, Dr.iur.) is awarded on successful completion of the doctoral Program in Business Law.
Graduates of PhD programs are awarded the academic degree PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).
The Diploma Supplement is a bilingual document (German and English) issued to all graduates of WU Vienna University of Economics and Business at graduation in addition to their degree certificate. The Diploma Supplement is issued automatically and free of charge. It facilitates academic and professional recognition of European degrees, thus increasing the transparency of qualifications, and 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 and 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.
Sample Diploma Supplement issued by WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
For more information on the Diploma Supplement, please visit the following pages:
To celebrate your success, you can participate in a graduation ceremony for graduates of WU's doctoral programs. There are two graduation ceremonies each year, one in the winter and one in the summer semester. You do not have to take part in a graduation ceremony, though - the academic degree is already awarded on collection of the notification of conferral of degree.
The graduation ceremony takes place twice a year in Ceremonial Hall 1, building LC (Library&Learning Center). Enjoy the ceremony with your friends and family - all your guests are welcome!
Music is provided either by the WU choir or the string quartett of WU.
Snacks and drinks are offered after the ceremony. Bar tables can be booked in advance of the event. Further information is available in the folder that you get on registration for the ceremony.
Photographs of the event can be viewed and ordered here.
Registration for the graduation ceremony
Registration for a graduation ceremony is binding and only possible after you have collected the graduation documents at the Doctoral Office.
The graduation ceremony costs 80€. The amount can be paid by ATM card in the Study Service Center / Examinations Office (no cash payments accepted) or by bank transfer. Please note that bank transfer forms stamped in your bank’s self-service area and online banking printouts cannot be accepted as proof of payment.
We are sorry that due to the continuous high number of Covid infections in Vienna and the lack of a provision for the organisation of events in a safe environment, we have to cancel all academic ceremonies for the present. We will offer new dates in autumn (September/October) and will publish them here as soon as possible.
DatesHere you can find the current dates for graduation ceremonies
Graduating in AbsentiaInformation about the possibility to graduate in absentia
If you choose not to attend a ceremony, you can graduate in absentia. To do so, you will need to file a request with the Study Service Center / Examinations Office during office hours to have your certificate and rolled diploma issued. These documents are printed during the preparations for the upcoming academic graduation ceremony and are then available for collection during opening hours. A fee of € 30 applies if you wish to graduate in absentia. It can be paid by ATM card in the Study Service Center / Examinations Office (no cash payments accepted) or by bank transfer. Please note that bank transfer forms stamped in your bank’s self-service area and online banking printouts cannot be accepted as proof of payment.
Collection from 18 December 2020 onwards.
(requested on or before 04 December 2020)
Graduating sub auspiciis
Prerequisites for graduating sub auspiciis
Graduating under the auspices of the federal president is possible if you
have passed the upper classes of secondary school with honors
have passed the school-leaving examination with honors
have received the best grade in all subjects of your university studies and in the viva voce of your doctoral studies
have written a dissertation that has been evaluated with the grade exellent by your assessors
have completed your studies within the average duration of studies, unless there are good reasons why you have taken longer (for example illness), and
your behaviour at university and outside has been exceptional.
Applications should be addressed to the Rectorate of WU and submitted to the Study Service Center, desk 3, Study Regulations Office.
After the notification of conferral of degree has been collected, graduating sub auspiciis praesidentis is no longer possible.
When graduating sub auspiciis, no notification of conferral of degree is issued!