General information about the program

Created in 1975, the PPGA at FEA-USP is one of the oldest graduate programs in Management in Brazil, as well as one of the most highly evaluated by CAPES, having obtained a score of 7 (seven) on three consecutive occasions, in the 2007-2009, 2010-2012, and 2013-2016 evaluations.

The PPGA at FEA-USP is composed of two program levels, the ACADEMIC DOCTORATE and the ACADEMIC MASTER’S, focusing on the area of MANAGEMENT and seven research lines: Strategies and Organizations; Finance and Organizational Economics; People Management in Organizations; Innovation and Technology Management; Internationalization of Companies; Marketing; and Socioenvironmental Responsibility.

MASTER’S

The Master’s program in Management aims to begin its students’ training in research and teaching activities in Management. The program is free and strictly academic in nature. To obtain the title of Master, students must achieve a certain number of credits in courses and/or other complementary activities (such as publishing articles in scientific journals) and publically defend a master’s dissertation, all within a 30-month period.

The courses are taught on working days (there are no weekend classes) and only during the day (from 8 am to 12 am or from 2 pm to 6 pm).  As such, students should ideally be fully dedicated to the program. In general, each course lasts 4 hours a week, but there is also a choice of concentrated courses throughout the year. Depending on the hourly load of each course, the number of credits awarded can vary. For example, PPGA courses lasting 15 weeks with 4 hours per week award 8 credits, while courses lasting 8 weeks with 4 hours per week award 4 credits. Master’s students must complete at least 60 credits in courses and/or other activities foreseen in the rules. Two courses are obligatory in the Master’s program: Research Methodology in Management and Tutoring I. Tutoring forms part of teacher training and involves the students engaging in tutoring activities in classes of the Undergraduate program in Management.

As well as the courses, the students need to develop and defend a Master’s Dissertation, which consists of a study supervised by a mentor professor, whose elaboration should demonstrate the capacity to systematize the existing literature on the topic addressed and the capacity to use the methods and techniques of scientific investigation.

DOCTORATE

The Doctorate program in Management aims to deepen students’ training in research activities in Management. The program is free and strictly academic in nature. To obtain the title of Doctor, students must obtain a certain number of credits in courses and/or complementary activities (such as publishing articles in scientific journals) and publically defend a Doctoral Thesis, all within a 48-month period.

The courses are taught on working days (there are no weekend classes) and only during the day (from 8 am to 12 am or from 2 pm to 6 pm).  As such, students should ideally be fully dedicated to the program. In general, each course lasts 4 hours a week, but there is also a choice of concentrated courses throughout the year. The credits awarded can vary depending on the number of classes in each course. For example, courses lasting 15 weeks with 4 hours per week award 8 credits, while courses lasting 8 weeks with 4 hours per week may award 4 credits. Doctoral students awarded the title of Master by USP or an institution recognized by it must complete at least 60 credits in courses and/or other activities foreseen in the rules. Only one course is obligatory in the Doctorate program: Tutoring II. Tutoring forms part of teacher and researcher training and involves the students engaging in tutoring activities with the Graduate Program in Management.

As well as the courses, the students need to develop and defend a Doctoral Thesis, which consists of a study supervised by a mentor professor, whose elaboration should demonstrate, besides the capacity to systematize the existing literature on the topic addressed and the capacity to use the methods and techniques of scientific investigation, an original and relevant contribution to the latest knowledge on the topic addressed.