Graduation ceremony

Master and diploma

Having successfully completed all requirements of a Master’s program, you must apply for your degree certificate. It is not awarded automatically.

This page provides further information about the application procedures and the dates of the degree presentation ceremonies.

If you need your diploma quickly for a job application or registration for a subsequent program, you can request a digital excerpt from the diploma register from DUO. This has the same value as the diploma. More information.

Application procedure

Master degree certificate awarded at presentation ceremony

When you have passed all the mandatory courses and you are nearing the completion of your thesis, you can apply for your degree certificate online.  It is possible to apply for the ceremony up until 5 weeks before the date of the ceremony. If you are too late with your application for the graduation ceremony, it can only be processed for the next ceremony. 

Not present at the ceremony

If you have met all graduation requirements but do not wish to attend the presentation ceremony (or are unable to do so), then you will receive an email from the Student Administration. If you don't have the possibility to come to the Student Desk, you can give anyone else authorization to pick up your diploma and grade lists. For giving authorization use the following form: authorization form.

If you would like to receive your diploma during the next ceremony or pick it up immediately as soon as this is possible again, please leave a note in your email or on the application form.

Master degree certificate awarded upon defense of thesis

This procedure applies if your faculty or program does not have a degree presentation ceremony and/or you wish to obtain your degree certificate immediately after you defend your thesis.

When you have passed all the mandatory courses and you are nearing the completion of your thesis, you can apply for your degree certificate online.  Download the application form.

Read the instructions which accompany the application form carefully. Complete the form, ensuring that all information is correct and legible, and submit it to diploma@tilburguniversity.edu at least three weeks prior to your thesis defense. In addition, a graduation room will be reserved for you at the Student Desk if you fill out the Contact Form Student Desk with the subject 'room reservation graduation master'.  Provided you have fulfilled all other graduation requirements, you will receive confirmation of your defense and graduation date by e-mail.

My program does not organize a graduation ceremony

If there is no organized graduation ceremony of your program, it is possible that the program itself offers alternatives in order to receive the diploma. You will hear about this through the program. If there is no alternatives offered by the program, you will receive a message from Tilburg University about how you can still receive your diploma. You will receive this message via the e-mail address you entered in Studielink. Master degree students have to apply for their degree certificate online. You can download the graduation form.

Other topics

Thesis defense is not your final graduation requirement

In some cases, the thesis defense is not your final graduation requirement, or your program may not require you to defend the thesis in person. The following procedure then applies:

When you have passed all the mandatory courses and you are nearing the completion of your thesis, you can apply for your degree certificate online.   Your final subject may have culminated in an oral examination, the results of which have yet to be posted on the website. For getting your diploma please, download the graduation form

Authorization

If you don't have the possibility to come to the Student Desk, you can give anyone else authorization to pick up your diploma and grade lists. For giving authorization use the following form: authorization form.

Distinction

If you receive the diploma during the defense and you qualify for a judicium, you can submit a request for this to the Student Desk.

Please include the following information:

  • Reason for this request:
  • Names of the members of the Examination Committee:
  • E-mail address:
  • Phonenumber

Please note that this takes 3 to 4 working weeks. As soon as your documents are ready, you will receive a message to pick up your documents. 

All Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates are given the degree supplement along with the degree certificate itself. This is a document explaining the nature, level, context, content and status of the program which has been successfully completed.

Termination or renewal of your registration

Graduating in a month other than June, July or August

Having obtained your Master’s degree, you must decide whether you wish to renew your registration at the university. If not, you may be entitled to a partial refund of the tuition fees. For further information, see De-enrollment. If you wish to continue your registration for the same program, no action is required. Registration for a different Master’s program takes effect from 1 September (or from 1 February in some cases). You must then follow the standard registration procedure, observing the relevant deadlines.

Graduation in June, July or August

If you graduate in June, July or August, there is usually no advantage to terminating your registration. You are not eligible for any refund of your tuition fees and registration will lapse automatically on August 31. For information about re-enrollment please check the website Registration

Graduation in September

If you have not completed all graduation requirements by September 1, perhaps because you have yet to defend your thesis, you must register for the new academic year. You will receive an email with details of the procedure, dates, etc.

Award of degree certificate on or after September 1

You do not have to be registered as a student at the time of the degree presentation ceremony. Provided you have completed all graduation requirements (including a pass mark for the thesis) by September 1, you can therefore terminate your registration (or allow it to lapse automatically), even if the ceremony is to be held in September or October.