The EHESS offers three internationally-recognized Graduate Degrees and a Diploma specific to the EHESS. It also offers Postgraduate Programmes and Adult Education. The School welcomes students of all ages in the pursuit of academic and professional development.


The Masters programme runs over two years. Modules are pluri-disciplinary. The programme is designed to prepare students for a PhD programme.



The PhD is the ultimate goal of the courses offered at the EHESS. It provides training in how to conduct professional research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The EHESS particularly encourages doctoral theses undertaken as part of cotutelle agreements (between the EHESS and a higher education institution in another country).


EHESS Diploma

This Diploma is awarded to students who have followed a cours, a programme of study at the EHESS and have produced an assessed piece of work under the supervision of a Personal Study Director. The assessed piece of work is tailored to the individual interests of the student. The Diploma constitutes an academic qualification for a personal research project, which can lead on to a Master or PhD. The EHESS does not ask for pre-requisite qualifications for students to enrol on a Diploma programme.


Academic Habilitation (Habilitation à diriger des recherches)

This qualification provides national recognition for established researchers who already have a PhD certifying them as doctoral and postdoctoral research supervisors. It is awarded to a researcher in acknowledgement of their scientific achievements, the originality of their research, their mastery of a research approach or strategy in a sufficiently large area of science or technology, and their ability to advise and provide guidance for young researchers.


Continuing Education

The EHESS Learning Circles Programme runs activities to disseminate research findings in a variety of formats: conference series, training for local council members, and professionals in private enterprises.