Registration for a master thesis & submission
The deadlines for registration for a master thesis and the registration form can be found below ("Registration and submission dates"); there is a registration deadline for each semester.
You must submit one hardback copy of the thesis to the Dean's office and one to the assessor. You must also submit a declaration regarding the master thesis to the Dean's office.
You can submit master theses to the Dean's office any time or place them in the mailbox to the right of the entrance.
The faculty decides upon the master theses during the first faculty meetings of the spring and fall semesters in the middle of February and September. After this meeting, you can approach your supervisor and ask whether you passed.
Extending the submission deadline
Registration is binding and cannot be withdrawn. You can, however, postpone the submission deadline. The form for prolongiation the delivery of the master thesis for the first semester-long extension can be found below.
Attention please: Emeriti may supervise master theses only up to 12 months after they left the Faculty!
If you need a second semester-long extension, the Collegium Decanale will need to approve this. Write a short letter (signed by the supervisor of your thesis), submit it to the Dean's Office (for the attention of Collegium Decanale), explain the reasons for the further delay in writing and enclose any employment or medical certificates as applicable.
Extending for 1 month (to be applied for at the latest (!) 1 week before the official deadline)
An extension for 1 month is possible. Please fill out the form below and let it sign by the supervisor of your thesis. In this case, a graduation in the current session is still possible (see below "dates").
RSL 2005, Art. 42
1. If a master thesis cannot be submittet due to good reasons according to Art. 84 Abs. 2 UniSt within due time, there can be an extension of maximum one semester if the supervisor applies for it.
2. The Dean can permit another extension of another semester if there is a written application.
3. If the deadline is not met and there is no extension, the MA thesis can be written one more time, but there must be a new topic.
Application for the diploma
You can apply online.
All forms are available in front of the Dean's office or on this website.
In order to be complete, a request must include the following:
- The application form (important: current address, title of master thesis)
- Confirmation (major/minor) from your institute, that all credits other than the master thesis are achieved according to the plans of studies and RSL05.
Important: The institutes must set the degree programs to "Subject requirement satisfied" (german: "Fachanforderung erfüllt") in the study profile sheet (green bar, not just a green "E" – does not apply to a master major)!
A minor taken outside of the faculty does not require a written certificate.
- Evidence of the fee for the degree/attainment checks (CHF 300.00), e.g. a printout of the payment transfer via e-banking or receipt if paid at a post office
MA minor degree
Minor taken outside of the faculty (minor at the Faculty of Humanities, major at another faculty)
The institute sets the minor to "Subject requirement satisfied" in the study profile sheet (green bar, not just a green "E"). You then apply for the master's degree to the Dean's Office for your major subject.
Minor taken outside of the faculty (minor at another faculty, major at the Faculty of Humanities)
The Dean's office at the faculty at which you are studying the minor sets the minor to "Passed" in the study profile sheet (green bar, not just a green "E"). You then apply to us for the master's degree. There is no need for a written confirmation or certification.
Minor taken outside of the university (minor at the Faculty of Humanities, major at another university)
The institute sets the minor to "Subject requirement satisfied" in the study profile sheet (green bar, not just a green "E"). You then apply for a summary of attainments via e-mail
or confirmation regarding a minor, which we will send you by post.
Minor taken outside of the university (minor at another university, major at the Faculty of Humanities)
Please enclose a confirmation of your degree course from the university at which you completed the minor (with the overall rating, number of ECTS, dated, stamped, signed) with the request for the master's degree to be issued.
You can pay the degree fee of CHF 300.00 using a payment slip (available outside the Dean's Office) or via an e-banking transfer to the Dean's Office's account:
Giro account: 30-106-9
Account no. 42 18.104.22.168
Clearing no.: 790
IBAN: CH68 0079 0042 3117 1242 2
Faculty of Humanities
Authorization for examination purposes
Authorization for examination purposes is governed in Art. 65 of the regulations on studies and examinations, Art. 8.1 of the regulations on doctorates and Art. 20, 29 and 37 of the regulations on studies and attainment checks. The following people are allowed to assess degree-level work and conduct degree-level examinations in connection with a master's:
- Assistant professors
- Habilitated full-time lecturers (i.e. those qualified to teach at university)
- the faculties' Privatdozierende
If other persons are to conduct examinations, the institute will need to send, for each examination, a request to the Dean's Office for the attention of the Collegium Decanale in order for authorization to be granted for examination purposes.
Are there any requirements regarding the layout of the MA thesis?
There are no special requirements by the Dean's office. Please ask your supervisor or the institute if they have.
The cover sheet must contain:
Institute, supervisor, thesis title, your name, enrollment number, Major subject, your residential address, phone number, email address, date you submitted the thesis.
You must submit one hardback volume to the Dean's office and another one to your supervisor. At the Dean's office, you must also submit the form Declaration of the MA thesis (you can also embed it as last page of your thesis.
Can I exmatriculate myself when I submittet the MA thesis?
Yes, if you have met all other requirements (e.g. submittes course theses, taken written exams).
All credits (not the MA thesis) must only then be added to your KSL profile when you apply for the diploma (see below, "dates").
Do I have to wait to apply for the diploma until the MA thesis was added to my KSL profile?
No, the Dean's office will add the MA thesis to the KSL after the Faculty has accepted your thesis (see below, "dates").
Do I have to be enrolled to get the diploma or attend to the promotion celebration?
Can I get a confirmation that I have an MA degree even before the promotion celebration?
Yes. As soon as you have submitted a complete application for issuing the diploma (see below, "dates"), Mr. Urs Zürcher can issue an official confirmation including all your credits. Before, we can only confirm that we expect the degree to be finished, without records.
Promotion celebration HS17 (Friday, 2017/10/20)
Promotion celebration, Faculty of Humanities
Friday, Oktober 20th, 2017, 5 o'clock
Theatersaal des National Bern,
Hirschengraben 24, 3011 Bern
- The doors will be open at 4.30
- you can bring a maximum of three people with you
- The seat rows 1 to 5 are reserved for PhD students and their friends and families
- Master students and their families and friends can take a seat from row 6
- If all seats are taken, there are additional ones for family and friends on the gallery (NOT MA studets, we need you in the hall!
- The Apéro will be served at approx. 6.15.