Master's Qualification Exam

REGISTRATION

– Opinion of the advisor informing in which phase the project is in;

– Indication of examining committee (annex);

– Curriculum of activities carried out during the course (disciplines, articles, congresses, etc.);

– Proof of the research project approval by the Research Ethics Committee (CEUA, CEP-HCRP or equivalent)

Forward documents to email ppg.go@usp.br

SCHEDULE
Check the availability of the examining committee (day and time) and notify the program office 7 days in advance.

EXAMINATION
The exame will consist of de ua public presentation lasting up to 50 minutes of the work of free choice, which may be an update or review, related or not to the topic of the dissertation. In this presentation, the content and teaching methodology of the applicant will be evaluated.
The student who obtains a sufficient grade from the majority of examiners will pass the qualification exam. The final grade (approved or disapproved) will be assigned by the examiners.


Doctorate and Direct Doctorate Qualifying Examination

REGISTRATION

– Opinion of the advisor informing in which phase the project is in;

– Indication of examining committee (annex);

– Curriculum of activities carried out during the course (disciplines, articles, congresses, etc.);

– Project with the partial or final result;

– Proof of the research project approval by the Research Ethics Committee (CEUA, CEP-HCRP or equivalent)

Forward documents to ppg.go@usp.br

SCHEDULE
Check the availability of the examining committee (day and time) and notify the program office 7 days in advance.

EXAMINATION

The exame will consist of de a public presentation lasting up to 50 minutes of the work of free choice, which may be an update or review, related or not to the topic of the dissertation. In this presentation, the content and teaching methodology of the applicant will be evaluated.The student who obtains a sufficient grade from the majority of examiners will pass the qualification exam. The final grade (approved or disapproved) will be assigned by the examiners.


Guidelines for the Format of Dissertations and Theses

1.1 The final work in the master’s course will be a dissertation, and the doctoral course will be a thesis in the traditional form or in the form of a collection of papers. The papers shall be related to the research.

1.2 The structure of the master’s dissertation and doctoral thesis is defined by the publication “Guidelines for Presentation of Dissertations and Theses at USP: delectronic and printed documents”. Part I (ABNT) was published by the Integrated Library System (SIBi) USP and is available on the program’s website.

1.2.1.Classic format of dissertations and theses:

It should contain the following items:

  • Pre-textual elements:

– Cover with author’s name, work title, place, and date;
– Back cover with unit name, author name, work title, advisor name, location, and date;
– Index Card
– Acknowledgement (optional or mandatory. If the author has received financial aid from funding agencies, it is necessary to comply with the current legislation by referring to the support received and the number of the process);
– List of figures, illustrations, equations and tables;
– Abstract in Portuguese;
– Abstract in English;

  • Textual elements:

– Introduction;
– Material and Methods;
– Result;
– Discussion;
– Conclusions;
– Suggestions for future work;
– Bibliography;

  • Post-textual elements:

– Attachment;
– Appendix.

1.2.2. Format of a collection of papers for theses and dissertations (approved by the Coordinating Committee of the program on September 13, 2019):

It shall contain the following items:

  • Pre-textual elements:

– Back cover with unit name, author name, work title, advisor name, location, and date;
– Index Card
– Acknowledgement (optional or mandatory. If the author has received financial aid from funding agencies, it is necessary to comply with the current legislation by referring to the support received and the number of the process);
– Abstract in Portuguese;
– Abstract in English;
– List of figures, illustrations, equations and tables;

  • Textual elements:

– Introduction;
– Objectives;
– Detailed Material and Methods (this section is optional in the textual elements, it can be inserted in the appendices);
– Results: documents published and/or to be published, such as the paper itself, chapter of book, book, with the data regarding the publication and/or submission, shall be sent with the proof of submission or letter of acceptance of the paper;
– Discussion (applicable to cases where there are two or more documents and not mandatory in cases of only one document);

  • Post-textual elements:

– Conclusion;
– Annex (detailed Material and Methods and others);
– Reference

1.3. Additional information:

– For documents already published, the student must attach the authorization of the publisher for its inclusion in the dissertation/thesis.
– The document must be published in scientific journals or annals of conferences, with a reference Qualis of at least A4.
– The dissertation or thesis whose contents deal with research involving humans, animals, biosecurity, and genetic heritage shall present in the annexes the respective approval documents obtained in the competent bodies (Ethics Committees or similar)

Click here to check the rules to acknowledge the funding agencies


Protection of Dissertations and Theses

According to resolution 7493/2018 and CoPGr resolution 7569/2018, the Dissertation or Thesis will be incorporated to the library of the unit and the Digital Library by The Graduate Office of the unit.

Students who have an interest in protecting patents, copyrights, and other rights, own or third parties related to their work, may request the Graduate Committee (CPG) of their unit, upon duly justified request and consent of their advisor, the maintenance, in the reserved collection of the full version of their dissertation or thesis in the Digital Library of theses and dissertations of USP.

The application must be submitted with the consent of the student advisor during the submission of the Dissertation and Thesis.

In case of the granting of the request by CPG, the student must deliver the complete electronic version of the dissertation or thesis, accompanied by a simplified version that contains only the title and the abstract. The complete version will remain in a reserved collection for a period of up to 02 (two) years. During this period, the simplified version will be available in the Digital Library of theses and dissertations of USP.

After the requested period, the student may request again the maintenance of the complete version of the work in the reserved collection, for a new period of up to 02 (two) years. After this period, the dissertation or thesis will be made available in full in the library of the unit and in the Digital Library of theses and dissertations of USP.

After the maximum period of 04 (four) years, in exceptional cases, duly justified, in order to protect the rights of third parties or intellectual property of interest to the University, the CPG may extend the protection of the dissertation or thesis for more 02 (two) years provided that there is a favorable opinion of the USP Innovation Agency when there is an issue affecting technological innovation. We do not consider exceptions the cases related to the student’s own rights or to third parties arising from commercial interests related to the eventual publication of the dissertation or thesis.

The omitted cases will be resolved by the Graduate Board.

Protection request form [click here]


Delivery of the Final Version of the Master's Degree (Deposit)

Step 1: the nomination of the examining committee shall be approved before the digital deposit. Therefore, check the final deposit deadline on the student file in the Janus system and note which date of the CCP meeting the examining committee should be sent for approval. Calendar.

– Examining board nomination form [Regimento nº 6542 of 2013] [RegimentRegiment N. 7.493 of 2018].

The form for examining board nomination shall be sent by email to the program. Upon approval of the examining committee, the Program will return a final document to be used in the digital deposit process.

2º step: the student is responsible for this step and it shall be carried out 48 hours in advance of the deadline. Students must be aware of the rules of the preparation of dissertations and theses, according to the guidelines contained on this page.

The deposit will be digital and the submission is in the Janus system, so before starting the filling, read carefully the guidelines contained on this page:

– Thesis file in the final PDF version (*);

– advisor opinion regarding the work and informing that the applicant is ready for defense;

 – manuscript of the article submitted for publication (*Approved on 15/09/21 by the CCP, the manuscript of the article must not be included in the dissertation file to avoid self-plagiarism);

– proof of the paper submission in a journal with the reference Qualis of at least A4;

– 1 hardcover printed copy (only for students enrolled in Regiment No.


Delivery of the Final Version of the Doctorate or Direct Doctorate (Deposit)

Step 1: the nomination of the examining committee shall be approved before the digital deposit. Therefore, check the final deposit deadline on the student file in the Sistema Janus and note which date of the CCP meeting the examining committee should be sent for approval. Calendar.

– Examining board nomination form [Regiment N. 6542 de 2013][Regiment N. 7.493 of 2018].

The form for examining board nomination shall be sent by email to the program. Upon approval of the examining committee, the Program will return a final document to be used in the digital deposit process.

2º step he student is responsible for this step and it shall be carried out 48 hours in advance of the deadline. Students must be aware of the rules of the preparation of dissertations and theses, according to the guidelines contained on this page.

The deposit will be digital and the submission is in the Janus system, so before starting the filling, read carefully the guidelines contained on this page:

– Thesis file in the final PDF version (*);

– advisor opinion regarding the work and informing that the applicant is ready for defense;

– manuscript of the article submitted for publication (*Approved on 15/09/21 by the CCP, the manuscript of the article must not be included in the dissertation file to avoid self-plagiarism);

– proof of the paper submission in a journal with the reference Qualis of at least A4;

– 1 hardcover printed copy (only for students enrolled in Regiment No. 6542) 


Master's and Doctoral Defense Scheduling

– Alumni Information Form (Link)

– Defense form (attached);

– The form shall be delivered to the program office in advance of eight working days or in the Graduate section from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm with the advance of 7 working days before the defense, not counting the day of defense and holidays.

– Communicate the program the day and time of the defense to schedule the room.

The work will be sent to the examining board by the Graduate section via email. If a member of the examining board requests the printed version, the student should be responsible for sending it.

According to the norms for the presentation of Master’s dissertations and doctoral theses:
1. The defense will be held in a public session in which the student will make a summary of the work in sixty minutes, followed by an individual interview by the members of the Examining Committee;
2. The master’s defense session should not exceed three hours and the doctoral session should not exceed five hours;
3. Once the case has been concluded, the Examining Committee shall meet in a secret session in which each examiner will express their opinion, considering the candidate approved or failed. Each examiner who expresses the disapproval of the student will present his opinion, which will be attached to the report of the Examining Committee (minutes);
4. The result will be publicly disclosed by the Examining Committee, considering qualified the student who is approved by the majority of Examiners.
5. The report of the judging committee will be submitted to the Examining Committee (CPG) for homologation.
6. The title used in the copy of the work at the time of deposit may not be changed, except in cases of spelling or typing errors.


Closed Dissertation or Thesis Defense Session

According to resolution 7570/2018, the presentation of dissertations and theses will be a public defense session, except for cases of secrecy arising from the legal provision.
The closed session of dissertation or thesis defense will be authorized by the Graduate Committee (CPG) to protect patents or industrial secrecy related to the work.
The duly justified application will be presented to the CPG by the student, with the consent of the advisor, at least 60 days before the deposit. For more information, click here.


Corrected Version of the Dissertation and Thesis

It is allowed at the discretion of the advisor and the student, the correction of the approved thesis or dissertation to value the participation of the members of the examining committees, who may suggest changes that improve the quality of the published documents. The maximum deadline to deliver the corrected version is 60 days from the date of the defense. To check the required items, click here.

Atualizado em 23/09/2021<