The MA thesis has to be registered with the Department of Examinations and Auditing during the office hours. The topic of your MA thesis will have to be submitted to the attention of the Exam Review Committee ("Prüfungsausschuss") at least two weeks in advance. The topic is selected in consultation with your first supervisor. Potential thesis advisors should be approached by the students during their office hours. All Professors and “wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter” who hold a doctorate and who teach at the Kennedy Institute are eligible. Please use the form "Themenblatt mit Bearbeitungshinweisen" (listed in the section "FAQ - Abschlussphase") and ensure that it is signed by your first and second supervisor (Erst- und Zweitprüfer*in) before submitting it to the Exam Review Committee.
In order to register your thesis, please submit the completed form (both sides) of the "Antrag zur Anmeldung der Masterarbeit", the form "Themenblatt" signed by both supervisors and a valid certificate of matriculation ("Immatrikulationsbescheinigung") confirming that you are enrolled in the MA program in North American Studies. In addition, you will have to provide proof that you completed a total of at least 60 credit points. The proof usually consists of your Campus Management records, and documents testifying to the conversion of classes in case credits have not been registered on Campus Mangement.
After successful registration, you will receive the official confirmation of the title/topic by the Department of Examinations and Auditing. Upon receiving the confirmation ("offizielle Ausgabe des Themas") you have a total of 23 weeks to complete your thesis. Please submit three bound hard copies and a digital version of your thesis in PDF-format (stored on a CD-Rom), including the signed form "Eidesstattliche Erklärung," to the attention of the Department of Examinations and Auditing ("Prüfungsbüro"). Should you send the hard copies via regular mail, the shipment has to be postmarked on the day of the deadline or earlier (i.e. it may arrive after the deadline if it was posted on the deadline at the latest).
After finishing your course work and receiving the grade for your thesis, you will have to fill out the form “Antrag auf Feststellung des Studienabschlusses” and hand it to the attention of the Department of Examinations and Auditing in order to obtain your diploma and final transcript of records.
The official graduation ceremony takes place on the last Saturday of November.