Graduate Studies in International Relations Program Profile

University of Brasília’s Graduate Studies Program in International Relations is organized in two different sections: an academic one, called strictu sensu (comprises the Master’s and Doctor’s degrees), and a professional one, called latu sensu, which comprises the Specialization in International Relations Course.

The Graduate Studies Program is directed at qualifying professionals in order to enable them to answer to the transformations in the objects of study of International Relations and Political Science, in the face of multiple facts of deep significance, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the complex process of Globalization. Local and international politics in today’s world can no longer be seen as being made of parochial facts, or of relations among national states. Integrated financial markets, transformations in diplomacy, social movements, multilateral organizations, political parties, NGO’s, international regimes, telecommunications, multiculturalism, global issues such as human rights, protection of the environment, terrorism and drug trafficking, regional integration – all these factors interact in today’s world, forming a new a dynamic reality, explored in many aspects by the subjects in our courses, by our professors and students, as well as by our research activities.

Created in 1984, University of Brasília’s Master’s Degree in International Relations is considered to be the best one in Brazil, as concluded by a Ministry of Education (MEC) commission on improvement of higher education professionals (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior), CAPES/MEC, in evaluations made in 1999 and 2001, in which the program was awarded grade 5. In 2002, the Doctor’s Degree was incorporated to the Institute, prompting a complete reform of all strictu sensu post-graduation programs in International Relations, now considered as Brazil’s most modern and complete.

Guidelines for the selection process of the Institute of International Relations’ strictu sensu post graduation program are published between September and October every year, on this same page (click here).

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