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Concerning the selection process:
a) What does the selection process involve?
A: The selection process is defined by the Public Call for Candidates published on the website (http://www.fearp.usp.br/ppgcc). It usually involves individual interviews, proof of specific knowledge and admission tests for specific business areas, such as GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test®) and ANPAD (National Association of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Administration).
The ANPAD test takes place three times a year. The results are sent directly to the FEA-RP office as part of the selection process. The tests are paid for by the applicant. Further information about these tests can be obtained on the tests respective websites: GMAT®, http://www.gmac.com/gmac: GRE®, www.ets.org/gre/ ANPAD, http://www.anpad.org.br/teste.php. The selection committee has no preference regarding the tests.
b) I'm graduating this year. Can I take part in the selection process?
A: Yes, you can. It is not necessary to have graduated to register for the selection process. You can participate in the selection process in parallel with the final year of graduation. If approved for course enrollment, usually in February, you must present a certificate of course completion stating the date the graduation was held, even if you still have not got a diploma in hand.
c) Is there any priority of selection in terms of origin (country or State of the federation), or age limit?
A: No. Students of all ages who meet the conditions of the Public Call for Candidates, Brazilians or foreigners, residing in the State of São Paulo or not, have the same priority.
d) Is the selection of candidates tied to the number of places per research line?
A: Yes. For the Master’s as well as the PhD, as from 2013, the candidates are approved according to their results among the candidates in the research area chosen. The choice of one of the research areas is done on the registration form. Candidates should be familiar with the projects each of the advisors in each area are developing, as listed on the website.
About the course:
a) What is the difference between this academic Master’s and an MBA?
A: There are several differences. Firstly, the academic Master’s in Brazil awards the title of “Master of Science”, and allows the students to continue their academic career in the PhD. On the other hand, the MBA grants the title of “specialist”, does not allow direct continuity in the research career and is focused on themes of interest exclusively to the market, in which the students seek tools and solutions for daily use. Our Master’s, however, is focused on applied research, of interest to businesses and governments, developing depth and critical thinking on a theme. In summary, in the MBA, the student consumes knowledge while, in the Master’s, the students learn to produce knowledge.
b) Is the Master’s paid? Are there fees?
A: No. The academic Master’s program of the University of São Paulo are public and free. You will be a regular student at theUniversity of São Paulo. This will give you free access to all facilities of the Ribeirão Preto Campus and of FEA-RP, such as the library, common and study rooms, WI-FI internet in the school, databases, and all the academic activities of the course. The students are, however, responsible for all relocation costs from their hometown or, if applicable, any installation and residence costs in the city of Ribeirao Preto.
c) Are the classes presential? How frequent are they?
A: Classes are weekly. The students have to enroll in the compulsory disciplines, with a new schedule defined each semester. The elective disciplines are also weekly, but permit greater flexibility in the choice of hours and days of the week.
d) Is it possible to work and follow the course?
A: Yes. However, a minimum commitment of 20 hours weekly for study and to carry out research is required, in addition to the workload in the classroom. We emphasize that the course takes place during the day, with classes in the morning and afternoon, on previously determined weekdays. The flexibility of schedules is the responsibility of the student,s negotiated with their employer.
e) How can I meet the advisors?
A: You may contact faculty advisors anytime via email, setting up an appointment for an informal chat, or for submitting your project ideas. See the list of advisors, and which lines of research and themes of interest you have in common. Also, pay attention to events held by FEA-RP/USP, sign up for them and socialize to meet us.
Regarding scholarships and facilities in the city:
a) Is there a possibility of getting a scholarship to pay for my full dedication to the course?
A: Yes. There are also scholarships that are allocated to students with exclusive dedication to the course. They are called “Capes-Social Demand”. The distribution of these scholarships usually takes place in April/May, according to the overall classification in the selection process among the applicants. The priority is for new students, and the duration is of six months, during which it is recommended that the students submit a project to the funding agencies for the remainder of the course. Our professors can guide you in this regard.
b) Is it possible to combine the scholarship with another professional activity?
The restrictions imposed by the funding agencies awarding scholarships (CAPES, CNPq, FAPESP or similar) need to be considered. Usually, there are restrictions imposed by these agencies on professional practice concurrent to receiving a scholarship.
c) How can I commute frequently or settle in the city?
The city offers a variety of regional and national flights, as well as high quality services and affordable housing. The campus of USP in Ribeirão Preto has a residence for postgraduate students that can be used by students if booked in advance.
a) I am a foreign student, how do I enroll in the Master’s?
There are two ways. Through the selection process (see the 2012 Public Call for Candidates) or through the PEC-PG program. For further information.