Structures and Disciplines

(Last updated in: 01/16/2017 - 6:32pm)

The curricular structure is based on: four mandatory disciplines; eight elective disciplines; one professional intervention/guidance discipline; each of which is worth two credits.

Total credits for award of degree

  • Disciplines: 26 (twenty six) credits
  • Dissertation: 9 (nine) credits
  • Reference: 1 (one) credit = 15 (fifteen) hours

Total: 35 (thirty five) credits. 

Deadline for completing the program: 22 (twenty two) months, including approval and public presentation of the Final Coursework.

Regular Schedule:

  • Classroom sessions: quarterly;
  • Total duration of course: 22 months;
  • Diploma awarded at end of course: Master of Public Administration. 

Intensive Schedule:

  • Classroom sessions: 13 weeks (total);
  • Gaps between classroom sessions: about six weeks;
  • Total duration of course: 22 months;
  • Diploma awarded at end of course: Master of Public Administration. 

Final Coursework and Presentation

In order to complete the program, each student must prepare a final coursework project that may be a dissertation resulting from fieldwork conducted by the student under the guidance of a professor.  The final coursework shall be prepared in one of the following formats:

  • dissertation
  • in-depth case study
  • diagnostic report and analysis

The final coursework must be presented to a public panel consisting of three professors with PhDs, one of whom must be the adviser from the MPA tenured faculty, one an invited professor from the institution and one from outside the FGV/EBAPE.
In order to present the project and complete the course, the final coursework project must be approved, and the student must have completed the 26 (twenty six) credits required, with a final grade of at least 7.0 (seven) for the complete set of disciplines followed during the course (mandatory and elective). 

After completing these procedures, students may request their Master’s Degree certificates.


Mandatory Disciplines

  • Government, State and Society
  • Research Methodology
  • Public Policies
  • Public Administration Theory

Professional Intervention/Orientation Disciplines – mandatory, select one

  • Analysis of Public Policies and Organizations
  • In-Depth Case Study

Substantive Elective Disciplines – eight disciplines to be selected

  • Administration and Development
  • Good Governance and Public Transparency
  • Financial Accounting in the Public Sector
  • Evidence-Based Public Policy Design
  • Inequality, Poverty and Politics
  • Political Economics in Latin America
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Teaching Strategy
  • Structure and Processes and Public Organizations
  • Ethics and Culture
  • Social Control and Management
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Governance for Public Organizations and the Tertiary Sector
  • Governance for Results
  • Public Policies Laboratory I
  • Public Policies Laboratory II
  • Case Study Method
  • Qualitative Methods Applied to Decision-Taking in the Public Sector
  • Public Sector Budgets
  • Organizations, Diversity and Liberal Relation
  • Planning Public Organizations
  • Brazilian Politics: Social Policy
  • Defense Policies and Military Organizations
  • Public Policies and Population
  • Public Policies, the Environment and Sustainability
  • Regulatory Policies
  • Networks in Public Administration
  • Brazil’s Political System: Institutions and Public Policies
* Elective disciplines will be offered, depending on the availability of Faculty and the number of students interested in each of them.