History

Both Master and Doctoral Graduate Programs in Administration (PPGA) of the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting (FEA) of the University of São Paulo (USP) were created in 1975.

In 2015, PPGA-USP celebrated its 40th anniversary; it is considered, therefore, the oldest graduate program in Brazil. Concurrently, PPGA is one of the graduate programs that reached the best evaluations provided by CAPES, a major research funding agency in the country. PPGA is currently part of PROEX (CAPES’ Excellence Program) and was graded the score 7 for two times straight during the period 2007-2009 and during 2010-2012. Our program is solidly investing in its international integration by providing the international community with the knowledge of Business Administration studies carried out in Brazil. The program also supports the involvement of the faculty and students in exchange programs in order to boost the accomplishment of research and academic publications in an international environment.

One third of the disciplines offered by PPGA are being taught currently in English, which emphasizes the effort towards internationalization. The academic community can also appreciate the journals developed by PPGA; the three journals are currently being published by one of the largest publishers in the world (Elsevier), and two of them (RAUSP and RAI) are being published exclusively in English. The Graduate Program also invests in high quality research and publications, which can be noticed when analyzing that 88% of the faculty published articles in excellent journals during the years 2013 and 2016 (these journals were classified as Qualis A1 and A2, a Brazilian system that classifies scientific production). It is also important to mention that 60% of the permanent faculty coordinates projects financed by the main funding agencies in the country (CAPES, CNPq and FAPESP), which emphasizes the concern of the program in generating high level scientific production.

It is relevant to point out the pioneering role played by PPGA in training qualified human resources over the past years. PPGA is responsible for the qualification of – until the year 2016 – 1,760 students (1,075 Masters of Science and 715 PhDs). One can affirm, therefore, that PPGA is the program responsible for the qualification of the most Masters and PhDs in the area of Administration in Brazil.

Besides the significant social impact brought up due to the qualification of Masters and PhD, who usually pursue the academic career and become professors, PPGA has also set as priority some supportive activities with other educational institutions belonging to different graduate programs. One example of such activity is the accomplishment of the DINTER project, initiated over the past triennium and developed in association with the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM, in Portuguese) and UNIPAMPA. Other relevant project in such context is the so-called Casadinho Project, which was developed along with the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. Currently, new partnerships are being developed, such as the implementation of DINTER and other projects developed in association with the State University of Amazonas (UEA, in Portuguese), in the city of Manaus.

Still with regard to partnerships with national and international institutions, some other relevant cooperation mechanisms were established over the past years. The partnership between FEA-USP and FGV/EASP, UNINOVE, USCS, UPM, Mackenzie and ESPM, for instance, enables students from PPGA to attend classes offered by any of these institutions. There is also a strong partnership in academic researches between FEA-USP and these others educational institutions.

Regarding international partnerships, PPGA recently established an alliance with the University of Porto, which shall enable the so-called double major for Master students.