Recognition of PhD degree

Submitting the application

Accredited higher education institutions or establishments, public and private organizations which belong, according to the law, to the national system of research and development, recognize PhD diplomas, issued by:

  • accredited institutions of higher education or research-development institutions from a Member State of the European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation
  • accredited institutions of higher education or research-development institutions included in the list of prestigious universities from other countries, approved by the Minister of Education, regularly updated,
  • accredited institutions of higher education or research-development instittutions subject to international mutual recognition agreements signed at intergovernmental level or Interuniversity level,

only for the purpose of admission to postgraduate programs, achieving habilitation, employment in a research or teaching position at one of the institutions or the units mentioned above, according OMENCS no. 5923 / 06.12.2016 approving the methodology for the recognition of PhD diploma and doctorate title in science or in a professional field, obtained abroad.

C.N.R.E.D. recognizes:

  • PhD degrees obtained from accredited higher education institutions or research-development institutions from abroad for other purposes than those specified for universities
  • PhD degrees obtained from universities in third countries other than those in the list of prestigious universities.

Submitting the application

Public Hours: Monday-Thursday 09:00-11:00, 14:00-16:00  Friday 09:00-11:00

  • by mail or express courier

Ministry of Education Registration Office

12 Spiru Haret street, room 1, District 1, 010176, Bucharest

    Required documents

    Required documents

    1. Application form – for file submission in physical format

    2. The PhD Diploma

    • copy, if the study document is issued in Romanian, English, French, Spanish, Italian language
    • copy and certified translation in Romanian language for the documents issued in other languages
    • for diplomas obtained in Moldova applicants must submit the doctoral thesis in PDF format; disertation papers which are not written in Romanian will be accompanied by a summary in PDF format, in Romanian, English or French; PDF documents will be written on a CD

    3. Any other document that may be requested for evaluation purposes if applicable, for example the document which attests the field of study

    • copy, if the study document is issued in Romanian, English, French, Spanish, Italian language
    • copy and certified translation in Romanian language for the documents issued in other languages

    4. Identification paper  – copy

    • passport / identity card
    • proof of legal name change – copy  and legalized translation (if applicable)
    • proof of protection in Romania (if applicable)

    5. Proof of payment for evaluation fee – 100 lei – paid only by foreign citizens

    The fee can be paid in lei:

    • at the CNRED Cashier’s Office

    Monday to Thursday, between 9:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00

    • by Payment Order / Postage Mandate / Banking transfer indicating the account below:

    Beneficiary: Ministry of Education
    Tax Registration Number: 13729380
    BankActivity of Treasury and Public Accounting of Bucharest Municipality – ATCPMB
    IBAN Code: RO86TREZ70020E330500XXXX
    BIC Code: TREZ


    • through Ghiș       individuals            legal persons   


    From abroad, the payment can be made in Euro via bank transfer in the account below:

    Beneficiary: Ministry of Education
    Tax Registration Number: 13729380
    BankRomanian Commercial Bank – BCR, branch University
    IBAN Code: RO35RNCB0080005630300077
    BIC Code: RNCB

    The fee will be calculated according to the National Bank of Romania official exchange rate on the day of the payment.

    ImportantThe beneficiary’s IBAN number along with owner’s and employer’s name (if applicable) must be referred to on the proof of payment!

    Authentication of study documents

    1. Diplomas from Moldova do not need any form of authentication. If PhD diplomas from the Republic of Moldova cannot be found at the applicant must submit an authenticity certificate issued by the competent authorities, in copy;
    2. The Hague Apostille is requested for diplomas from countries which are parties to the Hague Apostille, issued by the competent authorities in the issuing countries. The Hague Apostille is requested for diplomas from Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus;
    3. Diplomas issued in countries which are not parties to the Hague Apostille Convention shall be authenticated or accompanied by an authentication certificate from by the competent authorities in the issuing countries:

    • Legalization/Authentication is done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the issuing country, the Embassy/Consular Office of Romania in the issuing country and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the issuing country, the issuing country’s Embassy/Consular Office in Romania and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; for countries where Romania does not have a diplomatic mission or countries which do not have diplomatic missions in Romania, the study documents shall be legalized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the issuing country;
    • Legalization/Authentication exemption is allowed under the law of an international treaty to which Romania is party or on a reciprocity basis.

    List of countries for which the authentication of study documents is requested

    Evaluation of documents

    Evaluation of documents

    The processing time is 30 days from the date of registration of the application, which should include proper and complete documents.

    If considerable research or correspondence to obtain necessary information is required, during unusually busy periods or when circumstances beyond our control prevail, the time span as indicated above may be extended.

    This deadline may be extended in additional verifications or where CNRED submit the file for evaluation to the National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (C.N.A.T.D.C.U.).

    Check the status of the file by accessing File status check

    Issuing the certificate

    Issuing the certificate

    • in electronic format, in the PCUe platform, for the requests sent online
    • CNREDworking hours: Monday to Thursday,  between 09:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00

    National Centre for Equivalence and Recognition of Diplomas
    12 Spiru Haret street, district 1, 010176 Bucharest

    • By mail, to the address indicated in the application
    • By courier –  payment upon reaching destination – the courier service is contracted by the applicant

    The certificate  is issued to the holder or  to a person authorized by power of attorney.

    Duplicate release

    Duplicate release

    In case of loss, partial or complete damage of the certificate, a duplicate can be issued upon submission of official request and the following documents: copy of the diploma which was recognised; copy of personal identity document; a notary statement regarding the loss or damage of the certificate – original.

    Appealing procedure

    Appealing procedure

    CNRED’s decision can be appealed through the Ministry of Education’s Registration Office or by post, within 30 days from the day the decision reached the applicant.


    Alina NISTOR, Counselor


    Phone: 021 405 63 12, Fax: 021 313 10 13


    Gabriela LEŢCAI, Counselor


    Phone: 021 405 56 40, Fax: 021 313 10 13



    Issuing of certificates

    Phone: 021 405 63 23, Fax: 021 313 10 13


    Video tutorial for the online transmission of files, through the electronic Single Point of Contact