If you have completed a BA or BFA you will be eligible to take an MA in or after the 21st term since you matriculated (i.e. seven years after matriculation). This is not an automatic process and to obtain your MA you must apply to graduate at a degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia) by contacting the College. You must have already had your BA or BFA conferred in order to take your MA, however, they can be conferred at the same ceremony provided that sufficient time has elapsed since you matriculated.

In Oxford (as in Cambridge), the status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred 21 terms after matriculation. Please note the Oxford MA is about reaching a new status within the University and not an upgrade of your BA or an additional qualification. It, therefore, has no subject or class, and the nominals 'MA' should be represented in place of, not in addition to, the 'BA' in the holder's signature and on documents such as CVs e.g. MA (Oxon)

You are not at any point eligible to take an MA if your undergraduate degree is an undergraduate Masters degree (MBiochem, MChem, MCompSci, MEng, MMath, MMathCompSci, MMathPhil, MPhys, MPhysPhil).

To apply for your MA, whether in person or in absence, please email degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk stating:

  • your full name (at matriculation – for married women, this is usually their maiden name)
  • date of birth
  • address
  • phone number
  • matriculation year

Please, note that if you received your BA degree in person, then, unfortunately, you will only be able to receive your MA degree in absentia. This is because of the lack of spaces at the ceremony. If, however, you did not receive your BA degree in person, then you are eligible to receive your MA in person. You may book only after current students have booked their ceremony as many are only able to stay in the UK for a short time after completing their degrees.  Therefore degree ceremonies are usually booked for historic graduands from February onwards for either March or November (July and September ceremonies are usually overbooked) and spaces are very limited though we have recently applied for extra spaces to process our MA students.

There is a £40 administration fee charged by the University. Payment details will be sent to you by email.

For those eligible to take their MA in person, ceremonies usually take place either at 11 am, 2.30 pm or 4.30 pm. Once you are booked for a degree ceremony, the College will organise your graduation. If you are graduating in absence (in absentia), you will receive your degree by post shortly after the degree ceremony. If you would like your degree certificate to be posted to a different address, please email us at degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk and we will make sure that it is sent to the address you want.

For those graduating in person, the College organises everything (registration, gowning and pictures). You will be sent an email 2 months before your graduation, which you must reply in order to graduate. Students are usually allowed a maximum of 3 guests at the ceremony – if you would like more than 3 guests to attend the degree ceremony, then please email us at degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk and we will put you on a waiting list for any extra ceremony tickets. Please, note that the University does not allow children under the age of 7 to attend the ceremony. The College, however, organises a live stream for any guests that cannot attend the ceremony.

The College also usually organises a lunch for you and your guests in either the Hall or the Marquee. You will be asked to register your attendance and supply the names of any guest attending the lunch as well as any access or dietary requirements that you or them may have in the email sent to you by the College. Please, note that while your lunch is complimentary the College charges £25 for guest and requires you to pay for them upfront. Payment instructions are included in the email. Once again, spaces are limited, so we highly recommend that you register your attendance and access or dietary requirements as early as possible.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk.