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Doctoral Degree

The Admissions page has detailed information on how to apply to be a Doctoral Degree candidate and the Internal Regulations of the Graduate Program in Sociology (in Portuguese) is the complete and official description of the Graduate Program. What follows is a summary of the most relevant information.

Admission process

Students who hold a Master’s degree diploma in Social Sciences are eligible to apply for the Doctorate in Sociology. Students from other areas are eligible if they have been approved in at least three courses in Sociology, Anthropology or Political Science.

The applicants are classified according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of the project of research that the student wants to conduct during the Master’s course.
  • The grade in the written exam (which usually require students to write essays on sociological theory and research methodology), according to the Admission’s Edict.
  • The performance in the oral exam.
  • For native Portuguese speakers, the grade in English exam and the grade in another foreign language exam (either Spanish or French); and for students whose first language is other than Portuguese, the grade in a Portuguese exam.
  • The Curriculum Vitae.

The oral exam might be conducted through video conference for those who live outside of the State of Ceará.

The 15 students who earn the highest scores in the admission process are accepted as Doctoral degree candidates.

About the Doctorate Course

Doctoral Degree candidates have to:

  • Complete at least 60 credits of courses (each credit is equivalent to 4 hours), distributed as 8 credits of obligatory courses, 40 of optional courses and 12 of Dissertation related activities.
  • Understand English, Portuguese and another foreign language (French or Spanish).
  • Pass the Qualification Exam.
  • Successfully defend the Doctoral Dissertation.