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Frequently asked questions about the Professional Master’s Degree in Macroeconomics and Department of Economics of PUC-Rio

What postgraduate courses are offered by the Department of Economics of PUC-Rio?
A Master’s Degree in Economics, a PhD in Economics, and a new Professional Master’s Program in Macroeconomics and Finance. This document only deals with questions related to the new Professional Master's Degree; more information about Master’s and PhD programs can be found at this link.

Can the course be done at night / part time / at a distance? What are the days and times of the classes?
The Professional Master’s Degree is face-to-face, but part time. The first year’s classes disciplines are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 19:30 to 22:45, with a 15-minute break. The monitors are on Mondays and Saturdays, alternately. Second year classes are from Monday to Thursday (from 19:30 to 22:45, with a 15-minute break). The disciplines with emphasis on Macroeconomics are on Mondays and Wednesdays and the disciplines of emphasis on Finance are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The monitors are on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where will be the classes?
At Gávea campus.

How long is the program?
Two years. Classes begins in February of the first year and the defense of the dissertation occurs in the month of March following the end of the second year. It is possible, but not desirable, to postpone the defense of the dissertation. The maximum term for dissertation defense is 36 months after the beginning of the course. If the student does not defend the dissertation successfully, he / she will be awarded a specialization diploma (latu sensu).

What is the deadline for fulfill all the credits?
36 months.

What happens if the student does not meet all the credits within the established deadline?
The student will be retired.

When will be the classes?
The periodicity is semiannual, with academic semesters from 15 weeks of March to the beginning of July and from August to the beginning of December.

What is the course schedule?
The workload is the same as our Academic Master’s Degree. The total teaching load of the program is 450 hours per class (10 semester subjects of 45 hours) or 30 credits. This total does not include the “Master Dissertation” chair, as it has a flexible load.

Do you offer scholarships?

What is the program cost?
The investment amount is 24 plots of R$ 3,700.00 or 30 plots of R$ 2,960.00. These amounts will be adjusted annually by the IPCA. Payment will be made via bank slip. The amount of monthly payments is independent of the number of credits being paid.

How much is the registration fee?
There is no registration fee.

How many students are admitted per year?
Up to 30 students.

How and when does the admission process for the Professional Master’s Degree take place?
For 2021 there will be no admission process for the Professional Master's Degree program.

When are the results of the admission process announced?
The Selection Notice is always posted at this site..

What languages are used in the courses?
In general Portuguese, with readings in English. There will be occasional lectures and classes in English.

How many classes are open per year?
Only one class is selected per year for start of classes in March.

Is the course recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC)?

What title will I receive after completing the Professional Master’s Degrees?
The program will award a Master’s Degree in Macroeconomics and Finance. Like the Academic Master, the Professional Master's Degree grants a diploma to all students who have fulfilled the credits and who have the Master’s Dissertation approved. The diploma of a Professional Master is recognized by the Ministry of Education / CAPES and guarantees the same rights of an Academic Master and can be used for admission to PhD programs.

Can I join the Professional Master’s Degree without Graduation?

What are the rules for passing disciplines and retirement?
The criteria for passing the courses follow the rules of PUC-Rio. The average for pass the courses is 6.0 (six).