* What is the focus of the Graduate courses in Controllership and Accounting at FEA-USP?
The graduate courses in Controllership and Accounting at FEA-USP are stricto sensu, i.e., master’s and doctor’s degrees. They can be taken by any student who has completed an undergraduate course and are focused on the academic and research areas. They are not specialist courses geared toward the job market, i.e., lato sensu graduate MBAs, which are not offered by the PPGCC.
The PPGCC is a pioneer graduate program in Brazil, with more than 50 years of history. Among its graduates are recognized academics, regulators and professionals with great influence in accounting, management and finance in Brazil and internationally.
* What are the Prerequisites for admission to Postgraduate courses?
a) For the Master's program: to be holder of a full diploma from an Undergraduate Course with national validity recognized by the MEC (Ministry of Education) or whose equivalence is or will be recognized by USP. For the Doctorate program: be the holder of a Master's degree with national validity or whose equivalence is or will be recognized by USP.
b) Be approved in the selection process of the respective course (Masters or Doctorate), including:
b1) Proof, upon registration, of proficiency in English.
b2) Presentation of the results of the General Knowledge Admission Tests.
b3) In the case of a doctoral candidates, the submission of a research project to be conducted during the doctoral studies period.
* What does the Master's application (selection) process consist of?
The Master's selection process is carried out in two steps:
1) Carrying out General Knowledge Admission Tests.
2) Interview and curricular evaluation of the candidate by a committee composed of PPGCC professors.
In addition to the two stages, the candidate must present, at the time of registration, (1) certification of proficiency English, and (2) proof that the applicant holds an undergraduate course diploma of national validity or recognized equivalence by USP on the date of enrollment.
* What does the Doctorate's application (selection) process consist of?
The Doctorate selection process is carried out in three steps:
1) Carrying out General Knowledge Admission Tests.
2) Analysis of the (thesis) research project in double blind review system.
3) Discussion of the (thesis) research project and curricular evaluation of the candidate by a committee composed of PPGCC professors.
In addition to the three stages, the candidate must present, upon registration, (1) certification of proficiency in English, and (2) proof that the applicant holds the title of Master with national validity or equivalence recognized by USP on the date of enrollment.
* Which are the General Knowledge Admission Tests accepted in the Application (Selection) Process?
a) ANPAD test, applied by ANPAD (National Association of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Administration);
b) GRE® (Graduate Record Examinations), applied by the ETS (Educational Testing Service);
c) GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test), applied by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council).
The results must be presented at the time of application for the Selection Process. The minimum percentile rank required by the program is 50%.
* What kinds of certificates will be accepted to prove proficiency? And what is the minimum score required?
We accept three certificates as proof of proficiency in English:
a) TOEFL-IBT, minimum score: 65;
b) TOEFL-ITP Level 1, minimum score: 500;
c) IELTS, minimum score: 6.5;
d) Cambridge Assessment English: B2 First (First FCE);
e) ECCE (Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English): Approved (High Intermediate Level Certification, B2);
f) GRE ® (Graduate Record Examinations - 130 a 170). Minimum score: 160 in verbal reasoning;
g) GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test - 0 a 60). Minimum score: 45 verbal section.
Proofs and certifications must be presented at the time of registration for the Application (Selection) Process.
Exclusively for Master's applicants, there is the possibility of using the ANPAD test with a minimum score of 400 points in the English language test:
- ANPAD English Test (0 to 600). Minimum Score: 400 points
Applicants who do not obtain the minimum score in the ANPAD test must, necessarily, submit another proficiency certificate accepted by the PPGCC at the time of registration in the Selection Process.
For Doctoral (or Direct Doctorate) applicants, the ANPAD test will not be accepted as certificate of proficiency, even for Master's graduates at the PPGCC. In these cases, it is necessary to present one of the accepted tests for the Doctoral process (TOEFL, IELTS, B2 First, ECCE, GRE Verbal, GMAT verbal).
* Can I reuse the exams taken?
All ANPAD, GRE, and GMAT General Knowledge Admission Tests and TOEFL-IBT, TOEFL-ITP, IELTS, B2 First and ECCE Proficiency Tests will be valid for four years, unless specifically defined in the call for applications.
* Does the (thesis) Research Project need to be presented for application to the selection process to the Masters and Doctorate?
Only for the Doctoral applicants. It must be entered into the system at the time of registration, in PDF and without identification of the candidate, in English or Portuguese.
* Does the graduate course in Controllership and Accounting at FEA-USP specialize you in any specific area?
Although admission occurs by line of research, the future alumni of the PPGCC will be given the title of Master or Doctor of Science, Controllership and Accounting Program, Concentration Area: Controllership and Accounting: Accounting.
* Which lines of research can I apply for? Can I change line during the course?
The lines of research are:
Line 1 - Controllership and Management Accounting
Line 2 - Accounting for External Users
Line 3 - Finance and Actuarial Sciences
Line 4 - Education and Research in Accounting
Changing line is possible, provided it is justified and agreed to by the supervisor and approved by the CCP.
* How much is the course?
The course is totally free of charge.
* When are the classes held?
The classes are held from Monday to Friday in the mornings or afternoons.
* Is there a charge for enrolling in the PPGCC selection process?
There is no charge for enrolling in the PPGCC selection process. There is a charge for enrolling to take the exams used by the selection process.
* What does the interview consist of?
Master’s degree: A conversation about the applicant’s interests, knowledge about the area, and curriculum.
Doctor’s degree: A conversation about the applicant’s interests, knowledge about the area, curriculum, and previously submitted research project.
* What does the 50% minimum percentile rank?
The percentile represents how well your performance was in a particular edition of the General Knowledge Admission Tests (ANPAD, GRE, and GMAT ) in relation to all others who sat the same edition. For example, if you had the highest score in a particular edition, even if you did not get all the answers right, your percentile will be 100%, indicating that all the others who sat that edition had a lower result than yours. The applicant must be in the upper 50% general percentile rank in order to remain in the selective process.
Note that obtaining the minimum percentile does not guarantee or suggest approval in the selection process or in any of its stages, since the scores are compared and ranked among the other candidates and other aspects are evaluated to fill the available vacancies, according to the call for applications.
* Can I get a scholarship?
Scholarships may be given, but that will only be determined after admission to the program. There is a commission for scholarships that will assess the students’ needs according to the number of scholarships available and the rules of the program. There may not be enough scholarships for all the students and in that case there may be a waiting list.
* When should the TOEFL be submitted?
When enrolling in the selection process.
* Is there a different selection process for foreign students?
No. For equality purposes, the selection process is the same for Brazilian and foreign applicants. Applicants who feel more comfortable with English may choose to take the GRE or GMAT tests instead of ANPAD.