The aim of the graduate Program is to: (a) train highly qualified researchers-teachers and professionals; (b) produce relevant and innovative knowledge for the field; (c) contribute to regional development. The Master’s degree intends to prepare graduates on theoretical and methodological skills and competences for research, teaching and practice in the chosen field, and also to encourage integrity and ethics in the production and dissemination of knowledge. The Doctoral degree intends to further develop students´ deeper theoretical insights into one area of research, as well as to buffer methodological skills necessary to carry out innovative investigations, with visibility and interdisciplinary potential. The Doctoral degree aims to provide advanced training as a preparation for researchers-professors who wish to develop a research and/or a lecturer career.

Founded in 1987, the Graduate Program in Psychology (GPP) offers Master’s and Doctoral degrees in three core areas of Psychology: Clinical Psychology, Human Cognition and Social Psychology. The program is a national and international reference in Psychology and has been awarded grade 6 by CAPES. It is supported by CAPES’ Program for Academic Excellence (Programa de Excelência Acadêmica – PROEX).

The Master’s and Doctoral degrees comprise courses and activities covering (a) methodology, (b) teaching training, (c) research training and (d) specific training in the selected core areas of expertise. Emphasis is given to one-on-one meetings with the adviser, GPP scientific meetings, teaching internships, internal seminar for the project’s pre-qualification, project’s qualification examination, scientific publications, actions for social insertion and extension activities. The set of courses and activities aim to train teachers and researchers to be leaders of scientific psychology.

Hence, the GPP relies on advanced technological resources for teaching and research. Collaboration with other professors/researchers from the program and is very common and the students are encouraged to address their research subjects from an interdisciplinary point of view. The GPP maintains agreements and partnerships with other programs of excellence in Psychology and related fields.

Capes Grade: 6
Master’s: 24 credits Doctorate: 36 credits
Master’s: minimum of 12 and maximum of 30 months
Doctorate: minimum of 24 and maximum of 54 months