Organizational Matters Equivalency Certificate

Certificate of equivalence for licentiate / diploma and master's

The Swiss University Conference (SUK) has confirmed the equivalence of the former first university qualification (licentiate / diploma) and the new master's titles. A licentiate and a diploma are equivalent to a master's degree. Holders of a licentiate or diploma are thus within their rights to call themselves «master" instead of using their previous title. The licentiate or diploma title and the master's title can only be used as alternatives and not in addition to each other. You are not permitted to use both titles in the same document. If you have a licentiate or diploma, you can use the title of master without having a certificate of equivalence. You are not allowed to define the branch of study more precisely in the title as the content of the former study programs is often different from the new master's degree programs.

  • Holders of the title «Bernese Attorney-at-Law» ("Bernischer Fürsprecher“) can now use the title «Master of Law (M Law)».
  • Title only possible as «Master of Theology (M Th) / of Law (M Law) / of Arts (M A) / of Science (M Sc)».


This certificate is not a master's degree, but confirms the equivalence of both titles. It contains the certificate of equivalence in German and in English. You need Adobe Reader to have the document displayed correctly.

To use the certificate properly, we recommend to download the certificate of equivalence first and open it with Adobe afterwards.

Once you have printed out your certificate of equivalence, send it with a copy of your licentiate or diploma for signing to the Secretariat Vice-Rectorate Teaching.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat Vice-Rectorate Teaching.