Master’s and Doctor’s Degrees in International Relations

The post-graduation program in International Relations is composed of a Masters and Doctors program. Their objectives are to qualify professors, researchers and high-level professionals related to the field of International Relations, who will be destined to the operate in the areas of higher education in public and private institutions, in companies and corporations, in international organizations and in non-governmental organizations.

The Programs are organized in two separate Areas of Concentration, namely:

International and Compared Politics is an area that is connected to the field of Political Science. Generally known for dealing with issued of domestic politics, the study of Political Science had grown, entering into a specific field that places emphasis on international relations. This area of concentration comprises the following lines of research: The New Global Agenda and Contemporary International Transformations, International System, Regional Integration and Brazil in Comparative Perspective, and, finally, Foreign Politics.

History of International Relations is based on an approach of historic investigation, open to an interdisciplinary dimension. Seeing “events” as a unique phenomenon, historians of International Relations worry less about the general explicative content of international relations than political scientists, and more about the investigation of their medium and long-term tendencies . This area of concentration comprises the following lines of research: History of Contemporary International Relations and History of Brazilian Foreign Policy.

Master’s Degree

The Master’s Degree will have a minimum duration of two and a maximum duration of five semesters, including the end of course dissertation.

To obtain the Masters diploma, students will have to satisfy the following requirements:
a) completion of 28 subject-based credits
b) completion of 5 credits, which correspond to the dissertation, to be approved by and Examination Commission.

By the end of the first semester, students will have to choose an advisor for their dissertation.

By the end of the second semester, in other words, by the end of the first year of the program, students will present their dissertation projects before an Examination Commission.

The curricular structure is organized in three different groups of subjects:

Group 1. Compulsory subjects (common core to both areas of concentration). Composed by 4 subjects, with a total of 16 credits:

  • Historiography of International Relations (4 credits)
  • Theory of International Relations (4 credits)
  • Research Methodology in International Relations (4 credits)
  • Seminary in International Relations (4 credits)

Group 2. Selective compulsory subjects. Students must choose one subject from the following list, for 4 credits:

  • International Relations in the Post-Cost-War World (4 credits)
  • International and Compared Politics (4 credits)
  • Brazilian International Relations after World War II (4 credits)
  • Brazilian International Relations from the Empire to the Vargas Era (4 credits)

Group 3. Optional subjects. Students must choose one subject, according to area of concentration chosen, for 4 credits.

Doctor’s Degree

In order to obtain the title of Doctor, students will have to satisfy the following requirements:
a) completion of 40 credits in subjects;
b) approval in the qualification exam;
c) presentation of a thesis that will represent a significant contribution to the field of study, defense of it and approval by an Examination Commission.

The Doctorate will have minimum and maximum durations of 4 and 8 semesters, respectively.

The program comprises a total of 80 credits, 40 of which must be obtained in subjects and another 40 corresponding to the doctorate thesis.

 The curricular structure is organized in two different groups of subjects:

Group 1. Compulsory subjects (common core to both areas of concentration). Comprised of 4 subjects, with a total of 16 credits:

  • Advanced Seminary in Historiography of International Relations (4 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary in Theory of International Relations (4 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary Research Methodology in International Relations (4 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary International Relations (4 credits)

Group 2. Optional Subjects. Students must choose two subjects from the following list, according to area of concentration chosen, for a total of 16 credits:

International and Compared Politics

  • Advanced Seminary VII in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary VIII in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary IX in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary X in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary XI in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary XII in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Supervised Teaching Practice in International Relations (4 credits)

History of International Relations

  • Advanced Seminary I in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary II in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary III in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary IV in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary V in Directed Studies (8 credits)
  • Advanced Seminary VI in Directed Studies (8 credits)

8 credits are awarded for each Advanced Seminary and 4 credits for Supervised Teaching Practice in International Relations.