Master's Program in Business Administration (CMAE)

Objective: The main objective of the Master's Degree in Business Administration (CMAE) is to provide advanced scientific knowledge in Administration with an emphasis on qualification for the career of professor and researcher. The qualification seeks reflection on the state of the art on key Administration issues, with a stimulus to the scientific method and analytical tools.

Target audience: For those with a bachelor’s degree in  Business Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Engineering and similar areas who are interested in working in research and in acquiring knowledge that will enable them to achieve an outstanding professional performance.

Degree awarded: Master’s in Business Administration.

A Master’s degree qualifies the professional to participate in research projects, to teach in education institutions and to collaborate with institutions that require cutting-edge knowledge in business administration.

Concentration areas: The student will develop his/her dissertation related to one of the School’s concentration areas. They must choose the area upon registration for the admission process and use it as the main basis of knowledge in the development of their work.

Program duration: The minimum duration is 12 months and the maximum is 30 months.
Students must obtain at least 30 credits* in courses, seminars and with a dissertation. They must follow the structure below:

Master's in Business Administration

  • Compulsory Courses (3 credits for each course)
  • Elective Courses (2 or 3 credits for each course)
  • Research Seminars: 7 meetings (1.5 credits for each seminar)

Each credit corresponds to 15 class-hours

Compulsory  Courses: 12 credits

Scientific Training:
- Research Methods :  3 credits
- Quantitative Research Methods: 3 credits 
- Qualitative Research Methods: 3 credits

Management Training:
- Organizational Theory: 3 credits

Elective Courses: from 9 to 12* credits
- The student must obtain at least 6 credits* in the courses offered by the student’s chosen Concentration Area. The student can also obtain 3 credits in courses  offered by other Concentration Areas or Programs.

* The leader of the student’s chosen Concentration Area may determine that the student needs to obtain 3 additional credits in courses offered by his/her Concentration Area.

Research Seminars offered by the student’s chosen Concentration Area: 3 credits  (2 semesters)

Dissertation: between 3 and 6 credits 
*If the leader of the student’s chosen Concentration Area determines that students need to obtain 3 additional credits n courses offered by his/her Concentration Area, they can obtain 3 credits from a dissertation. If the leader of the student’s chosen Concentration Area determines that student do not need to obtain 3 additional credits,  the student can then obtain 6 credits from a dissertation.

TOTAL: at least 30 credits, but, during the Admission Process, the examining committee may determine whether the candidate will need to obtain additional credits. 

Transfers between degree courses (from the Master's to the doctoral program) are possible in some circumstances, depending on performance and proof of publication, as analyzed by a committee.

Credit recognition: Students can seek exemption or credit recognition for courses already taken, in accordance with specific requirements as set out in the Graduate Program Rules. The decision will be made by the Graduate Program Coordinator, after consulting the Teaching and Research Departments.


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