In addition to a master’s or doctoral degree, ENS graduates may earn an institutional diploma at the end of their studies. The ENS Diploma encompasses a specific set of academic work that complements each student’s individualized course of study.
Certain requirements towards the completion of the diploma may be met by validating active participation in research seminars, research placements or internships in France or abroad, written reports on personal work, translations, articles, or other teaching or tutoring activities for secondary students from underprivileged areas.
In order to obtain the ENS Diploma, at least one third of a student’s supplementary coursework must belong to a different discipline from that studied for the master’s degree. If at least two-thirds of these components form a coherent unit in another discipline, he or she may receive a diploma with the mention of a "minor.".
The ENS Diploma is generally completed in three years.