QUALIFICATION EXAM (EQ)
The Qualification Exam is required in both the Master’s and Doctorate programs.
The enrollment in the qualification exam is the student’s responsibility and must be carried out within the maximum period established by the program in this Regulation (items VII.2, VII.3, and VII.4).
It is not required to fulfill the minimum number of credits before the exam.
The exam must be taken no later than 60 days after enrollment.
The postgraduate students who do not take the exam in the period foreseen for their course will be disconnected from the program, according to item III of article 49 of the USP Postgraduate Regulations.
The examining committee must consist of three members, with a minimum degree of doctor, and their training must be defined in these Regulations in each of the courses (master’s or doctorate).
1.1 Master’s students must register for the exam within a maximum period of 11 (eleven) months after their first enrollment in the program.
1.2 The objective of the qualification exam in the master’s degree program is to evaluate the quality of the students’ research project as well as their ability to execute it.
1.3 In the master’s, the exam will consist of the evaluation of the research project related to the topic of their dissertation.
1.4 The project must be delivered to the postgraduate program in digital media (pdf file) when the student enrolls in the exam.
2.1 The doctorate student must register for the qualification exam within a maximum period of 11 (eleven) months after starting the deadline count in the program.
2.2 The objective of the qualification exam in the Doctorate is to evaluate the candidates’ ability to develop their thesis project, within their research area independently.
2.3 For the Doctorate with an area of concentration in Economic Theory, the exam consists of a written assessment to demonstrate proficiency in three areas: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Econometrics. The exam must be taken no later than 60 (sixty) days after enrollment.
2.4 For the Doctorate with an area of concentration in Development Economics, the exam consists of a written assessment to demonstrate proficiency in four areas: Macroeconomics of Development, History of Economic Ideas, Brazilian Economy, and Theories of Economic Development. The exam must be taken no later than 60 (sixty) days after registration.
2.5 The examining committee for the qualifying examination, for both Master’s and Doctorate and Direct Doctorate, will be made up of three examiners, with a minimum degree of doctor, one of whom may be the supervisor.
3 Direct Doctorate
3.1 The Direct Doctorate student must register for the qualification exam within a maximum period of 23 (twenty-three) months after starting the deadline count in the program.
3.2 The objective of the qualification exam in the Direct Doctorate is the same as that of the Doctorate. The exam will be carried out according to the Doctorate’s rules.
4 Failing the Qualification Exam
The student who fails the qualification exam can enroll to repeat it only once and must register again within 14 days after the first exam.
The second exam must be carried out within 60 (sixty) days after the second registration. If the failure persists, the student will be disconnected from the Program and will receive a certificate for the courses taken.