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Final State Certification

Final State Certification - 2020

Schedule for final state certification 2019-2020 academic year: to be confirmed
State Certification Board 2019-2020 academic year: to be confirmed
Appeal Commission for the 2019-2020 academic year: to be confirmed

Provisional topics MMA181-182-183 (XLSX, 13 Kb) 


November, 20

To approve a supervisor and title of Master's thesis

march, 13

Opportunity to change a supervisor

april, 14

Opportunity to change a title of Master's thesis 

may, 14 (23:59)

Uploading a Master's thesis to LMS

may, 15 (20:00)

Handing over the paper version to the study office

june, 1-5



Regualtions on Final State Certification
Procedure for Appealing the Results of State Final Certifications
Regulations for Term Papers and Theses Prepared by Students of the Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s Level at the National Research University Higher School of Economics
Regulations on Checking Student Papers for Plagiarism and the Publication of Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s Theses on the HSE Corporate Website 

Admission to the defence

Students who successfully complete the all the courses and provide master's thesis with the response of the supervisor within the prescribed period are allowed to the defence. Persons not admitted to the defence of the thesis are expelled from the HSE.The defence is carried out by the State Certification Board, which is headed by a chairperson approved by HSE Academic Council Topics and supervisors of master's theses are approved by order in the second year of study.

Guidelines for Master's thesis preparation

Guidelines for Master's Thesis_MiM_2019 


Defenсe begins with a student report on the topic of dissertation. The report on the master's thesis takes time up to 20 minutes. For group dissertations, a time of up to 30 minutes is provided. All members of group must be present on the defence. The student should set forth the main content of his dissertation freely without reading a written text. In the process of the report, a computer presentation of the work can be used, visual materials (tables, diagrams) or other material illustrating the main provisions of the work. After completing the report, members of the state examination board ask the student questions that are directly related to the topic of the dissertation or related to the field of research. When answering questions, the student has the right to use printed copy of his dissertation. The presence of thesis supervisor and (or) the reviewer at the defence is not mandatory. After the discussion, the student is given the final word. In his concluding remarks, the student must respond to the comments of thesis supervisor and the reviewer, if any. After the student’s concluding remarks, the defence procedure is considered completed. 


The procedure for organizing and conducting appeals based on the results of state certification tests, introduced in 2015 

Regulations for appeal comission 

Postponement of the defence 

If a student fails to appear for the defence for a proper reason, date of the defence will be postponed for Fall semester under student's request 

Postponement of the defence 

A student who does not pass the final state certification without a proper reason, including receiving unsatisfactory results at the final state certification, is expelled from the HSE and an academic certificate is issued. When a student is reinstated at the Higher School of Economics, the specified student is entitled to pass the final state certification again no earlier than one year and no later than two years after passing the final state certification for the first time. (Regulation on the final state certification, clause 5.1.)

Graduation with honors ("red diploma")

In accordance with federal standards, a diploma with honors is issued to a graduate of the Higher School of Economics, who has passed exams with a rating of “excellent” in at least 75% of all disciplines in the form of the final exam control, enlisted in the diploma supplement, and in other disciplines enlisted in this application - with a rating of "good", and the pass Final State Certification only with excellent marks. 
In accordance with the Regulation on the organization of intermediate certification and ongoing monitoring of student performance at the Higher School of Economics, the retake of a positive assessment at the Higher School of Economics is not allowed.
The spelling of names in English in the European Diploma Supplement is agreed with the staff of the programme office. It is in the student’s interests that it matches international passport.
The student can choose which extracurricular courses to include in the diploma and which not to include.If a student wants to shorten the list, for example, in order to comply with the conditions for obtaining a diploma with honors, the student must write an application at the programme office with a list of desired extracurricular courses for exclution.

Postgraduate leave

Students who successfully completed the Final State Certification in June have the right to apply for postgraduate leave until August, 08 according to the schedule of the educational process). To do this, you must bring an application for postgraduate vacations to the study office until June 10. 

Request for post-graduation vacation (DOC, 31 Kb)