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 Development Office on degree_day@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

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 BFA. It, therefore, has no subject or class, and the nominals 'MA' should be represented in place of, not in addition to, the 'BA/BFA' in the holder's signature and on documents such as CVs.

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
  • date of birth
  • address
  • matriculation year

Please note that if you received your BA or BFA in person, then you will usually only be able to receive your MA degree in absentia. This is because of the lack of spaces at the ceremony. However, if you did not receive your BA or BFA in person, then you are eligible to receive your MA in person.

You will be booked on to a ceremony 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 November or the following Spring (July and September ceremonies are usually overbooked) and spaces are very limited. 

Once you have been registered for a degree ceremony, you will receive a confirmation email from the Central University and then the College will organise your graduation. The ceremonies usually take place either at 11 am, 2.30 pm or 4.30 pm; if you are graduating in absence (in absentia), you will receive your degree by post shortly after the degree ceremony. Please make sure that that the contact details you provide us with are kept up to date in order to receive the degree certificate at the correct address.

For those graduating in person, the College organises each aspect (registration, gown hire, photography and celebration lunch). You will be sent an email approximately 2 months prior to your graduation with further information about how to book these individual items, which you must reply in order to graduate. Students are usually allowed a maximum of 2 guests at the ceremony, and it is rare for additional tickets to become available. Please note that the University does not allow children under the age of 7 to attend the ceremony. However, the College organises a live stream of the ceremony for any guests that are unable to access the Sheldonian Theatre.

The College also organises a three-course lunch for you and up to five 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 anyone in your party may have in the email sent to you by the College. If your guests themselves, or any of their requirements change, it is imperative that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can change the table plan and inform our Catering team.  Please note that while lunch for graduands is complimentary, the College charges £25 per guest and requires you to pay for them in advance, (instructions will be 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.