Research Tracks, Coursework and Workshops

(Last updated in: 04/12/2018 - 4:47pm)

MSc Program: Classes begin in January, and the course lasts no more than 24 months, divided into four quarters during which students must obtain 24 credits - the equivalent to 12 courses of 30 hours - and then write their Master’s thesis. In addition to these courses, students are expected engage in research projects with professors at the School.

PhD Program: Classes begin in August, and the course lasts no more than 48 months. During the first eight quarters, students must obtain 36 credits - the equivalent to 18 courses of 30 hours). Subsequently, students must submit a conceptual paper (middle of the second year); submit and present the dissertation proposal (third year) and finally present and defend the dissertation(end of the fourth year). Additionally, students must also engage in research projects with professors at the School, in order to strengthen their skills and enhance their academic records.


The MSc and PhD include four research tracks:

a) Behavioral & Decision Sciences: Focus on individual decision making processes.
b) Strategy, Management & Organizations: Focus on processes at the organizational level.
c) Finance: Focus on business economics, asset pricing, corporate finance, banking and financial decision making.
d) Institutions, Policy and Government: Focus on the institutional level and policy-making processes.

Each student must follow one of the tracks and may select as electives the mandatory courses from other tracks, as well as the list of elective courses available.
The conceptual knowledge obtained in each of the tracks may be used in the Public and Business Administration fields. Similarly, qualitative and quantitative methods can be applied.

Courses by Research Track

Mandatory Method Courses (MSc)

Course Hours Professor
Statistics IA 30h Rafael Goldszmidt
Statistics IB 30h Cesar Zucco Jr.
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis 30h Robert Gregory

Mandatory Method Courses (PhD)

Course Hours Professor
Statistics IIA 30h Lars Norden
Statistics IIB 30h José Fajardo
Advanced Survey Methods 30h Rafael Goldszmidt

MSc students must complete all method courses and at least two courses from the track of interest.

PhD Students must complete at least three out of the four statistics courses (Experimental Design and Analysis, Advanced Survey Methods, Statistics IIA, Statistics IIB) and at least three courses from the track of interest.

Track Courses

Behavioral Sciences and Decision Sciences

The Behavioral and Decision Sciences track consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and courses whose main purpose is to better understand how individuals and teams make decisions in contexts relevant to business and governments.

Track Coordinator ( Eduardo B. Andrade )

Track Courses (MSc and PhD)

Course Hours Professor
Consumer Behavior 30h Eduardo Andrade
Organizational Behavior 30h Ishani Aggarwal
Adaptive Behavior in Complex Adaptive Systems 30h Alexandre Linhares
Financial Decision Making 30h Patrick Behr
Advanced Theories of Leadership 30h Filipe Sobral

Strategy, Management & Organizations

The Strategy, Management & Organizations Research Track strives to understand management phenomena in organizations at the public and business levels. The topics discussed in this Research Track include Organizational Theory s, Competitive Strategy, Internationalization, Governance and Control, Organizational Culture and Management Processes.

Track Coordinator (Olivier Bertrand)

Disciplina da Linha (Mestrado e Doutorado)

Course Hours Professor
Marketing Models & Strategy 30h Fabio Caldieraro
Corporate Finance 30h Lars Norden
Innovation Management 30h Paulo Figueiredo
Strategy 30h Flavio Vasconcelos e Ronaldo Parente
Financial Instruments 30h José Fajardo
Information & Organization 30h Luiz Antonio Joia
Organizational Theory 30h Alexandre Faria


The Finance track consists of a set of courses ensuring in-depth study of essential issues in Business Economics, Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, Banking and Financial Decision Making. There are also courses on key econometric methods used in finance, specialized workshops and research events organized by the Center for Banking and Finance Research in Rio (CBFR)

Track Coordinator ( Lars Norden )

Track Course (MSc and PhD)

Course Hours Professor
Business Economics 30h Fabio Caldieraro
Corporate Finance 30h Lars Norden
Asset Pricing 30h José Fajardo
Advanced Corporate Finance 30h Murillo Campello
Financial Decision Making 30h Patrick Behr

Institutions, Policies and Government

The Institutions, Policy &Government track covers the study of political institutions, public policy and government in comparative perspective. The key issue addressed by this track is: How and when do political institutions affect government, policy-making, and public policy outcomes? Theoretical and methodological tools related to comparative political economics are used to investigate the functioning of political institutions, political systems and the policy-making process, as well as their effects on public policies and economic performance.

Track Coordinator (Carlos Pereira)

Track Course (MSc and PhD)

Course Hours Professor
State, Government, and Society 30h Sonia Fleury
Comparative and Historical Methods 30h Octavio Amorim
Checks & Balances and Regulatory Policy 30h Carlos Pereira
Comparative Politicial Institutions 30h Cesar Zucco
Political Economy of Public Policy 30h Daniela Campello
Public Management 30h Alketa Peci

Graduate Seminars

All MSc and first-year PhD students must sign up for Graduate Seminars I & II. During these seminars, researchers are invited to present and discuss their recent research projects. The Graduate Seminars are held throughout the academic year, depending on the availability of guest researchers.


In addition to method courses and to the substantive courses from the three Research Tracks, MSc and PhD students may also sign up for additional elective courses and workshops.


As well as these elective courses, the program offers workshops – intensive fifteen-hour courses taught by well-known professors from Brazilian and international institutions.