As part of COPPEAD's mission to train teachers who can create and disseminate new knowledge in Administration, the Doctoral Program was launched in 1989, in order to advance knowledge in the area of Administration and Business Management.
The program was structured to complement the training of professionals in teaching, research and consulting areas, who have already great experience and are looking for an academic standard of excellence. Students benefit from high-level studies, being trained on a scientific-methodological vision and solid theoretical foundation. Besides taking compulsory and elective courses, students must pass a qualifying examination in their concentration areas so they can be considered, in fact, candidates for a Doctor's degree. The requirements for the degree are complemented by a research thesis, which is an original work in the field of interest of the candidate. The program lasts four years and requires students' full-time dedication.