The MA thesis has to be registered with the Department of Examinations and Auditing during their office hours. To register your thesis, you have to provide proof that you completed a total of 60 credit points. The proof usually consists of your Campus Management records, and documents testifying to the conversion of classes.
You also have to fill out the forms “Anmeldung zur Masterarbeit,” and “Themenblatt mit Bearbeitungshinweisen,” which both can be found on the Website of the Department of Examinations and Auditing.
Potential thesis advisors are approached by the students during their office hours. All Professors and “Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” with a doctorate at the Kennedy Institute are eligible. One of the reviewers needs to be either a Juniorprofessor, Professor, or Privatdozent. Please discuss ideas for thesis topics before asking them to sign the “Themenblatt.” After the form has been signed by both advisors, it has to be handed in at Prof. Jobs' office to obtain his signature as the head of the Exam Review Committee. The form should be handed in with Prof. Jobs at least two weeks before the registration date in order to obtain the signature in time.
Please bring all the filled out forms, as well as copies, and a valid certificate of matriculation to register your thesis.
After successful registration, you have a total of 23 weeks to complete your thesis. Please send the thesis in pdf form to both your advisors and to the Department of Examinations and Auditing. In addition, three bound hard copies, including the signed form "Eidesstattliche Erklärung," have to be handed in at the Department of Examinations and Auditing. In case you send the hard copy via post, the letter has to be postmarked on the day of the deadline, at the latest.
After having finished your course work and received the grade for your thesis, you have to fill out the form “Antrag auf Feststellung des Studienabschlusses” and hand it in at the Department of Examinations and Auditing. The official graduation ceremony takes place on the last Saturday of November.