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ADMISSIONS

Master’s Program

 

Applicants for the Master’s Program shall be evaluated and selected through

three qualifying stages: 1) written exam in the field of anthropology; 2) foreign

language proficiency test (English); 3) analysis of applicant’s research

proposals, curricula and academic records. Selected applicants shall be

summoned for an interview on the subject of their research proposal (oral

examination).

The Program's Coordinating Committee shall appoint a Committee on

Admissions formed by three faculty members. The latter shall be responsible for

preparing and grading the anthropology and proficiency exams; evaluating the

candidates’ curricula, academic records, research proposals and other required

documents; interviewing and ranking the candidates.

Upon approval by the Program’s Coordinating Committee, the Committee on

Admissions shall announce through public notice the list of documents required

for the application; the format, duration and content of the written exams; and

the specific evaluation procedures at the three stages. The above-mentioned

information shall be published on the GPSA website and the Sao Paulo State

Official Gazette.

The selected applicants shall be ranked on the basis of the grades obtained at

stages 1 (anthropology written exam) and 3 (evaluation of research proposal,

CV, academic record, and interview), according to the terms defined in the

Program’s Admissions public notice. Applicants obtaining grades higher than or

equal to seven (7.0) shall be admitted.

 

Doctoral Program

 

Applicants for the Doctoral Program shall be evaluated and selected through

three qualifying stages: 1) written exam in the field of anthropology; 2) foreign

language proficiency test (English and French); 3) analysis of the candidate’s

research proposal, curriculum and academic record. Selected applicants shall

be summoned for an interview on the subject of their research proposal (oral

examination).

 

The Program's Coordinating Committee shall appoint a Committee on

Admissions formed by three faculty members. The latter shall be responsible for

preparing and grading the anthropology and proficiency exams; evaluating the

candidates’ curricula, academic records, research proposals, and other required

documents; interviewing and ranking the candidates.

 

Upon approval by the Program’s Coordinating Committee, the Committee on

Admissions shall announce through public notice the list of documents required

for the application; the format, duration and content of the written exams; and

the specific evaluation procedures at the three stages. The above-mentioned

information shall be published on the GPSA website and the Sao Paulo State

Official Gazette.

 

The selected applicants shall be ranked on the basis of a final grade consisting

of the weighted average of the grades obtained in qualifying stages 1

(anthropology exam) and 3 (evaluation of research proposal, CV, academic

record, and interview), according to the terms defined in the Program's

Admissions public notice. Applicants obtaining grades higher than or equal to

seven (7.0) shall be admitted.

 

Direct Doctorate Program*

 

*For GPSA-USP Master’s students only

Applicants for the Direct Doctorate Program shall be evaluated through three

qualifying stages: 1) written exam in the field of anthropology; 2) foreign

language proficiency test (English and French); 3) analysis of the candidate’s

research proposal, curriculum and academic record. Selected applicants shall

be summoned for an interview on the subject of their research proposal (oral

examination).

The Program's Coordinating Committee shall appoint a Committee on

Admissions formed by three faculty members among the supervisors in the

Graduate Program. The latter shall be responsible for preparing and grading the

anthropology and proficiency exams; evaluating the candidates’ curricula,

academic records, research proposals, and other required documents;

interviewing and ranking the candidates.

Upon approval by the Program’s Coordinating Committee, the Committee on

Admissions shall announce through public notice the list of documents required

for the Direct Doctorate application, the format, duration and content of the

written exams, as well as the specific evaluation procedures at the three stages.

The above-mentioned information shall be published on the GPSA website and

the Sao Paulo State Official Gazette.

 

Direct Doctorate applications require a letter of motivation justifying the request,

to be accompanied by copies of the candidate’s previous works (such as

published or unpublished papers, books, and dissertations) based on which the

Committee on Admissions shall assess the applicant’s academic qualifications.

 

Additional observations on the foreign language proficiency test

 

1. Proficiency in foreign languages may be vouched if Test of English as a

Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Test (IELTS) certificates for

English; and Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (DELF) or Diplôme

Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF) certificates for French are presented.

The certificates must be valid for five years from their date of issue. The

requested minimum scores or grades for the acceptance of these certificates as

valid proof of proficiency in foreign language shall be determined by the

admission’s public notice published on the GPSA-USP website and the Sao

Paulo State Official Gazette.

 

2. Upon application, a request for the validation of the proof of English or

French proficiency obtained by applicants when admitted to the Master’s

Degree Program may be considered by the Program's Coordinating Committee.

 

3. Proficiency in Portuguese is required for the admission of applicants who are

non-native Portuguese speakers and shall be evaluated through a specific

exam as set forth in the Admissions public notice. Applicants approved at

intermediate and advanced level CELPE-BRAS exams shall not be required to

present further proof of Portuguese language proficiency.

 

4. Applicants who are non-native Portuguese speakers and have passed the

Portuguese proficiency exam when applying for the Master’s Degree program

are not required to take the exam again when applying for the Doctoral Degree

program.

 

5. Native English or French-speaking applicants are not required to pass the

proficiency exam in their mother tongues. They might submit an exemption

request to the PPGAS administrative office upon application.