Step by step of the selection process

I decided to take a graduate degree.

Now what?

The first step is to choose whether it will be lato sensu or stricto sensu. Lato sensu are specializations, including the MBAs (Master Business Administration). The School of Administration of the UFRGS offers several courses – check out at

If you want to study Academic Master’s or Doctorate degree, your graduate program will be stricto sensu – the category offered by the PPGA – Graduate Program in Administration of the UFRGS. In this case, see how the selection process works:

1. The PPGA offers courses in Academic Master’s and Doctorate degree in Administration for eight areas of concentration. The courses are free and the selection process is according to a public notice published annually (usually in September). Therefore, the selection process begins in the year before the entry year – the person willing to join the course in 2019 shall participate in the selection process beginning in 2018.

2. To participate in the PPGA selection process, it is fundamental to take the ANPAD (National Association of Graduate and Research in Administration) test. Without such test result, it is not possible to compete for positions of the PPGA. The ANPAD test takes place three times a year: in February, June and September, at several places in Brazil, and taking it is the responsibility of the interested party. All information about the test and registration are found at When you enroll in the test, you’ll indicate in which institutions you would like to study. The UFRGS’s program is the PPGA.

The ANPAD test is valid for two years. Therefore, if you took the test in 2017, for example, you can use its result until 2019.

3. The result of the ANPAD test takes about a month to be published on the test website. The PPGA has no participation in this process; the test is elaborated and evaluated by the ANPAD. The interested party is responsible for verifying the result.

A minimum of 300 points is required in the ANPAD test to participate in the PPGA selection process. This is the cut-off score.

The PPGA selection process occurs in sync with the ANPAD test – if you take the September test, don’t worry: the PPGA public notice will only be published after the results are released.

4. Around September of each year, the PPGA publishes, in its page on the EA website, the public notice for admission in the following year. The number of positions, selection criteria for each area of concentration, required documents and schedule, among other information, are specified. Before you attach documentation, you need to define your area of concentration (learn more about them in the public notice and on the PPGA website). Each area of concentration has its own selection criteria, which may be resume analysis, interview and/or the preparation of a WIP (Work Intentions Plan), described in the public notice.

5. Once you have defined your area of concentration and with the ANPAD test result in hand, it is time to gather the documentation. All documents are described in the public notice. Pay attention to the delivery deadline – documents delivered after closing will not be accepted. It is also very important to submit all the documents – if any is missing, the registration will not be homologated.

The undergraduate diploma is not one of the documents required at this time. It is possible to apply for a Master’s or Doctorate degree before graduating, but it must be presented at the time of enrollment.

One of the documents to be submitted is the proof of payment of the registration fee related to the selection process. The public notice explains how the payment should be made.

6. The documents delivered to the PPGA secretariat are sent to their respective areas of concentration. The coordinators analyze them and define who will be the participants in the following stages. If there is a face-to-face interview, the secretariat will contact the candidate to schedule it.

Candidates who do not live in Porto Alegre can do the interview through video conference.


7. The preliminary result is usually published, also on the PPGA website, in approximately 45 days.

Other information:

  • Scholarships: CNPq and CAPES scholarships are offered after the student’s admission through proper public notice. The entry process occurs prior to the scholarship process.
  • Quotas: PPGA offers quotas for black people, Indians and special visa holders (refugees). The PPGA areas of concentration will decide the number of positions to be filled, and of which 20% will be accessed by quotas. To learn more, contact the PPGA secretariat:
  • UFRGS card: PPGA students are UFRGS students. They have access to the entire University structure, including libraries, University restaurants and much more.

PPGA secretariat: | (51) 3308.3471

Learn more about the Master’s and Doctorate programs in the PPGA Guide (click here to download it in Portuguese).