Doctoral Program in Public Administration and Government (CDAPG)

Objective: Doctoral Program in Public Administration and Government (“Doutorado em Administração Pública e Governo” – CDAPG) candidates are trained to contribute to the construction of cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge in public management and policies in Brazil. The program focuses on training researchers and professors who are capable of producing relevant research at the domestic level, by establishing a dialogue with international literature and experience.

Target audience: It is intended for those who have Master’s degrees in Government and Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Sociology, Economics, International Relations, and other related areas. A Doctoral degree should  first serve the growing demands of the job market for professors and university researchers in the field of Public Administration and Governance, Public Policy, Administration, Social Sciences or the public sector. The course also provides professionals with a top academic qualification, who can work in both state research centers, such as IPEA, IBGE,  SEADE and the João Pinheiro Foundation and in non-governmental organizations. Finally, the content and maturity obtained during the program may be useful to professionals who work with senior public policies.

Degree awarded: PhD in Public Administration and Government

A Doctoral degree qualifies the professional to work as faculty in courses and university programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and requires  knowledge of Public Management, Public Policies and the functioning of the contemporary state. He/she can also combine national and international  research group issues as a researcher in the Public Administration and Government areas. He/she can also work in executive positions in public organizations and non-governmental institutions, where deeper academic knowledge can make  a strategic difference.

Concentration areas: Our research degree program in Public Administration and Government is organized according to concentration areas. This means that we strongly encourage applications that are aligned with our concentration areas. At the time of the application, the applicant will choose his/her Concentration area in order of preference.

Program duration: The minimum duration is 24 months and the maximum is 54 months.

a) Doctoral students who do not have a Master’s degree must obtain at least 48 credits* in courses and seminars. The curriculum of this program is composed of credits from the Master’s Program (Table 1) and others specific to the Doctorate. (Table 2).

b) Doctoral students who hold a Master’s degree are exempt from the credits corresponding to the Master’s Program, and must only obtain the credits specific to the Doctorate (Table 2).

Table 1

Master’s Program in Public Administration and Government

  • Compulsory courses (3 credits for each course)
  • Elective courses (2 credits for each course)
  • Research Seminars: 7 meetings (1.5 credits for each Seminar)
  • General Seminar: 7 meetings (no credits)

Each credit corresponds to 15 class-hours

Compulsory courses : 15 credits

Methodological Education:
- Scientific Methodology: 3 credits
Public Administration and Government Education:
- Political Theory: 3 credits 
- Economy: 3 credits
- Management and Public Organizations: 3 credits
- Public Policies: 3 credits

Elective courses: 8 credits
- Courses offered by the Research Area of the student : 6 credits 
Methodological Education: 2 credits

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

General Seminar: no credits, mandatory attendance (2 semesters)

Dissertation:  4 credits

TOTAL: at least 30 credits.

Table 2

Specific to the DOCTORAL Program in Public Administration and Government

  • Compulsory courses (2 and 3 credits for each course)
  • Elective courses (2 credits for each course)
  • Research Seminars: 7 meetings (1.5 credits for each seminar)
  • General Seminar: 7 meetings (no credits)

Compulsory courses: 5 credits

Methodological Education:
- 2 credits chosen from a group of courses 
Public Administration and Government Education:
- Advanced Topics in Public Administration and Government: 3 credits

Elective courses: 8 credits

- Courses offered by the Research Area of the student

Research Seminars offered by tthe student’s chosen Concentration area: 3 credits, (2 semesters)

General Seminar: no credits, mandatory attendance (2 semesters)

Doctoral Internship: 2 credits

TOTAL: 18 credits

TOTAL CREDITS:

1. Doctoral students who do not have a Master’s degree must obtain at least 48 credits* in courses and seminars.

2. Doctoral students who hold a Master’s degree are exempt from the credits corresponding to the Master’s Program, and must only obtain the 18 credits specific to the Doctorate.

During the Admission Process, the examining committee may determine whether the candidate will need to obtain additional credits

In the case of poor performance, the student may be redirected to the Master’s Program.

Credit Recognition: Students can seek exemption or credit recognition for subjects 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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