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Final State Certification

Final State Certification - 2023

Schedule of Final State Certification in the 2022-2023 academic year: to be confirmed

State Certification Board for the 2022-2023 academic year: to be confirmed

Appeals Committee for the 2022-2023 academic year: to be confirmed





2nd Module

20 November

Deadline for submitting applications on the topic of theses in the LMS to the supervisor or choosing a topic from those specified in the LMS

30 November

Topic of Thesis and Supervisor approved by the Academic Supervisor/ Academic Council of MA Programme

3rd Module

17 March

Submission of a request for supervisor change (if needed)

4th Module

17 April, 18.00

Submission of a request for title change (if needed)

20 April, 18.00

Deadline for appointing an external reviewer

17 May, 23.59

Submission of the final version of the thesis in LMS system, antiplagiarism check with “Antiplagiat” system

22 May

Deadline for the supervisor review

26 May

Deadline for the external reviewer review

2,6 and 9 June

Master’s Thesis Defence

  Instructions on Thesis/Term Paper module (in Russian) 


Regulations on Final State Certification
Procedure for Appealing the Results of State Final Certifications
Procedure for Writing Theses and Term Papers for Degree Students at HSE University (Annex 8, Regulations on Practical Training) 
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 all the courses and submit their master's thesis within the prescribed period are admitted to the defence. Persons not admitted to the defence of the thesis are expelled from HSE University. 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 the directive in the second year of study.

Guidelines for Master's thesis preparation 2023

Methodological recommendations for the preparation of the Master thesis 


The defence begins with a presentation by the student on the topic of the master’s thesis.  The length of the presentation should not be longer 20 minutes or 30 minutes for individual and group presentations respectively. All group members must be present at the defence. Students present the main content of their theses freely without reading a written text. Students are required to use a computer presentation, e.g. PowerPoint slides; graphs, tables or other material to illustrate relevant aspects of the thesis can be used. After the presentation, members of the State Examination Board ask the student questions that are directly related to the topic of the thesis or related to the field of research. When answering questions, the student has the right to use a printed copy of his/her thesis. 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 concluding remarks, the student must respond to the comments of thesis supervisor and the reviewer, if any, after which the defence procedure is considered completed. 

Postponement of the defence 

A student who does not pass the final state certification without a valid 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 distinction ("red diploma")

Degree certificates with distinction ("red diplomas") are awarded to students who have received an excellent grade for the master's thesis defence and have only good and excellent (no less than 75 % of the total) grades for all courses, internships, projects listed in the diploma supplement. In accordance with the Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessments at HSE University, the retake of a positive assessment (a 4 and higher) is not allowed.

If students have completed optional courses, they can remove these courses from their diploma supplements when approving the draft supplements via their personal account (ELK), "Completion of studies" service.

Post-graduation leave

Students who successfully completed the Final State Certification in June have the right to apply for a post-graduation leave until 12 August 2023, thereby extending their student status. Students submit applications via their personal account (ELK), "Completion of studies" service.

Final State Certification - 2022

Methodological recommendations for the preparation of the Master thesis 2021/2022 

Schedule of Final State Certification MIB 2022 
 State Examination Board MB 2022 

Chairperson: Irina Aleynikova, Deputy Dean, St. Petersburg School of Economics and Management 
Maria S. Plakhotnik, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Management
Natalia Khazieva, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
Konstantin Nefedov, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management

Secretary: Alena Smirnova (aa.smirnova@hse.ru)