What is the deadline for submission of the necessary documentation for registration in the selection process for the Doctorate Course?
You must submit all the requested documents until November 1st, 2019 at the Academic Secretary’s Office of COPPEAD.
The main admission test is the GMAT, more frequently offered. Alternatively, the ANPAD test is an acceptable replacement, offered 3 times a year (February, June and September).
I have recently finished a master’s course in Administration, for which I had to take the ANPAD test. Do I have to take the ANPAD test again?
You probably will. The validity of the ANPAD test is three years, while the GMAT test is valid for five years.
I have the certificate of an English course I finished a few years ago. Do I have to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test?
The TOEFL is mandatory, regardless of the certificates you may have obtained.
For the GMAT the minimum desirable score is 550 points and for the ANPAD test, 400 points. As for the TOEFL, the minimum desirable score is 90 points.
You can do the tests again (in the same year) to try to reach the required score. But do not forget that you have to submit all documents and test results by the closing date of the selection process informed in the public notice.
The subjects and research structure was idealized in order to demand availability from the student, inside COPPEAD’s premises, during the first 18 months of the Doctorate Course (until the performance of the Qualification Examination). After this time, the student must be totally directed towards their Doctoral dissertation. Such activity does not require constant presence, but full dedication from the student is still indispensable. You are the one to judge your own capacity of fulfillment of such demands.
It is hard to estimate the duration of the Doctorate, as there are several variables involved (your experience in research, the depth of your knowledge in the chosen area, the kind of research you intend to conduct, etc.). Be realistic and be prepared to dedicate around 4 years to your Doctorate.
During the year, the classes will occur in different days of the week, so you will have to go to COPPEAD really often during the credits period. It is expected that during the research phase the student uses COPPEAD’s premises and frequently remains in the Institute.
Your advisor must be a full-time faculty member at COPPEAD with a Doctorate degree. You may find them examining the Faculty Members list at this website.
In order to know about the interests of a certain faculty member, you may start by searching for the LATTES curriculum. Look for the bibliographic production; if you find any work which seems interesting, try to obtain it. It is only after having a nice idea about the research interests of a faculty member that you should approach them in person.
What is the importance of the pre-proposal of the dissertation project that I have to present at registration?
It is of utmost importance, as we are going to use it to evaluate if we are able to advise you in the indicated interest area.
The pre-proposal must have a maximum of four thousand words, 1,5 spacing, explicating the kind of research the candidate wishes to undertake at COPPEAD, as well as a brief description of the feasibility and importance of the research within the academic context. It must explain your idea for a dissertation project and quote a minimum of literature that supports it. It is recommended that your pre-proposal contains: title of the project; your name; name of the faculty member who you think will be able to supervise you; brief description of the idea and some indication of the importance/significance of the theme; suggestion of the literature (use academic books and articles) which enables to describe your knowledge in the referred area; questions that you presume will be answered at the end of the research; indication of the methodology to be utilized and of necessary sources of data.
In case I am selected to take the Doctorate course, will I be compelled to undertake the proposed project?
Not necessarily. It is normal that a student ends up significantly modifying their original proposal, based on a more detailed literature review, comments from their advisor or even other professors and colleagues.
There are scholarships from CAPES, CNPq and FAPERJ, which are offered for students who do not have any other source of income. Normally, it is not difficult to obtain such scholarship, but COPPEAD does not provide any guarantee that you will obtain it.