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Postgraduate Regulations

STRICTO SENSU


CHAPTER I

THE ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION


Section I

Purposes

Art. 1 The Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Programs, governed by pertinent Federal Law, by the Statute and General Rules of the Methodist University of São Paulo and by this Regulation, have the following purpose:

I - promote the in-depth scientific training of teachers and researchers for the development of academic activities and high-level professionals;

II - to develop systematic studies and advanced research in the various areas of concentration;

III - stimulate scientific production.


Section II

Deliberative and Executive Bodies

Art. 2 The following are deliberative and executive bodies:

I - Program Collegiate;

II - Coordination of the Program.

Art. 3 The Collegiate of the Program is a deliberative body and consists of:

I - Coordinator of the Program, its President;

II - by at least 07 (seven) and at most 15 (fifteen) permanent professors, elected by their peers, for a term of two (2) years, at the discretion of the Collegiate the definition of holders and substitutes;

III - for 02 (two) student representatives, with one (1) holder and one (1) substitute, elected by their peers, for a one-year term in the case of the Master's degree and;

IV - in the case of a Program with a PhD , in addition to the representatives provided for in item III, other 02 (two) student representatives, being 01 (one) holder and one (01) substitute, elected by their peers, for a term of 01 one year.

Art. 4 The Program Collegiate is responsible for:

I - enforce the rules in this Regulation and ensure compliance;

II - observe, in its deliberations, the norms existing in the General Regulations of UMESP and watch over their fulfillment.

III - to observe the guidelines of the development agencies responsible for the formulation of postgraduate policies, which work in the formation of human resources and in the incentive to research;

IV - prepare, evaluate or propose changes to the program proposal;

V - define the academic activities that grant credits when preparing the program proposal;

VI - analyze and approve the menu and bibliography of the courses of the program;

VII - define and implement strategies for insertion, participation and productivity of teachers in the Program;

VIII - analyze and propose actions that respond to the topics indicated in the official evaluations;

IX - to encourage teaching, research and extension activities in its area of ​​knowledge, promoting, coordinating and supervising their execution;

X - permanently evaluate the development and results of teaching, research and extension;

XI - collaborate with the academic bodies of the Institution;

XII - establish norms for the elaboration of research projects of the Program;

XIII - to approve the appointment of professors to be partr of the examining board for the Qualification Exam, Dissertation Presentation and Thesis Defense;

XIV - approve the professors of the Program who can guide the students in the development and elaboration of the dissertation or thesis;

XV - to examine and decide on the request for re-examination of the Collegiate decision;

XVI - examining and deciding on requests from the student body;

XVII - to subsidize the Program Coordinator in the processes of selection, promotion, licensing and dismissal of professors, under the terms of the General Rules and of the Teaching Career and Salary Plans of the Methodist;

XVIII - to consider and decide on the acts of the Coordinator of the Program practiced ad referendum;

XIX - to carry out other duties delegated to it by the organs of the Superior Administration;

XX - to promote the evaluation of teachers of the Program.

Art. 5 The Program Collegiate meets at least two (2) times per semester and, extraordinarily, upon convocation by the Program Coordinator or by 2/3 (two thirds) of its members, and it must be included in the convocation  the agenda of the issues to be addressed.

Art. 6 The Coordination of the Program, executive body of the Program is carried out by a Coordinator.

Article 7 The Program Coordinator is responsible for:

I - to apply and enforce the norms existing in the General Regiment of the Methodist and watch over them;

II - apply and enforce the rules in this Regulation and ensure compliance;

III - exercise disciplinary power in accordance with the General Rules of the Methodist;

IV - to comply with and enforce, within the scope of the Program, all legal decisions and norms issued by competent official and institutional bodies;

V - to convene and preside over the meetings of the Program Collegiate, with voting right of quality;

VI - forward to the higher levels of the Methodist the proposal of the program, as well as any changes approved by the Program Collegiate;

VII - represent the Program before the authorities and organs of the Methodist;

VIII - provide the competent organ with the subsidies for the organization of the academic calendar;

IX - to elaborate the schedule of classes and activities of the Program;

X - guide, coordinate and supervise the activities of the Program;

XI - supervise the observance of the school system and the fulfillment of the programs and teaching plans, as well as the execution of the other projects of the  Coordination;

XII - inform the Director of the Faculty about the progress of the activities developed in the Program;

XIII - prepare, within the deadlines set by the competent bodies, a report on the activities of the Program;

XIV - submit to the Director of the Faculty subsidies for preparation of the budget proposal of the Program;

XV - to participate in the selection, promotion, licensing and dismissal of teachers, in accordance with the General Regulations and the Teaching Career and Salary Plans of the Methodist;

XVI - to plan and administer the academic activities of the Program, complying with and enforcing the provisions of these Regulations and the norms pertinent to them;

XVII - to exercise the attributions provided for in the General Regiment and those attributed to it by the organs of the Superior and Intermediate Administration of the Methodist;

XVIII - guide the didactic-scientific activities pertinent to the Program;

XIX - to decide on student requirements related to matters for which he has a delegation to  and to refer the other cases to the assessment and deliberation of the Program Collegiate;

XX - stimulate and maintain contacts and understandings with national and foreign organizations interested in fostering the development of postgraduate programs;

XXI - stimulate understanding with Higher Education and Research Institutions, aiming at scientific, cultural, teaching and technical exchange;

XXII - to promote scientific events related to the production of the Program.

 

CHAPTER II

OF THE ACADEMIC ORGANIZATION


Section I

Didactic-Academic Organization

Art. 8 The didactic-academic organization of the Program consists of the set of activities defined by its Collegiate in the proposal of the program.

Art. 9º The proposal of the program must contain, consistently and coherently with the evaluation standards of the national postgraduate system:

I - objectives;

II - area (s) of concentration;

III - lines of research;

IV - research projects

V - curricular structure, specifying the compulsory and optional academic activities that grant credits and are subject to evaluation, and academic activities that only confer credits.


Section II

Academic Degrees

Art. 10 The academic degrees conferred by the Stricto Sensu Programs are:

I - Master (Academic and Professional)

II - Doctor

Sole paragraph. The diploma conferring the respective degree will be issued with the indication of the concentration area in which the student was titled.

Art. 11 To obtain the degree of Master, the student must meet the following requirements:

I - demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language; In the language of sacred texts when applicable;

II - fulfill, with approval, the credits defined in the proposal of the Program;

III - obtain approval in the Qualification Exam;

IV - obtain approval in the Presentation of the Dissertation.

Art. 12 To obtain the degree of Doctor, the student must meet the following requirements:

I - demonstrate proficiency in foreign languages; In the language of sacred texts when applicable;

II - fulfill, with approval, the credits defined in the proposal of the Program;

III - obtain approval in the Qualification Exam;

IV - obtain approval in the Defense of  the Thesis.

Sole paragraph. The delivery of the diploma is subject to the protocol of the final version, complying with the requirements of § 3 of Art. 35.


Section III

Credits

Art. 13 The academic activities necessary to obtain the academic degree are expressed in units of credit.

Sole paragraph. The unit of credit corresponds to 15 (fifteen) hours / class.

Art. 14 The student must complete at least 30 (thirty) credits for the Master and 48 (forty eight) credits for the PhD in academic activities, taking into account the requirements of each Program.

Sole paragraph. Of the total credits required, at least 70% (seventy percent) must be fulfilled in the Program itself.
 

Section IV

Credit Utilization

Art. 15 The regular student may require the use of credits taken in Stricto Sensu Graduate Programs, accredited  by the MEC, and must present the following documents:

I - original document issued by the institution of origin, containing the teaching plan of the course and the title of the professor-in-charge, the hours of the course and the final grade clearly indicating approval in the course.

Paragraph 1. The utilization of credits referred to in the caput of this article will be decided, after examination of each case, by the Program Collegiate.

Paragraph 2. In the case of an incomplete Master's Degree, students may have equivalence of up to twelve (12) credits in couses, when carried out in the period up to 05 (five) years, and up to nine (9) credits in courses, when performed in a period superior to 05 (five) years.

Paragraph 3. In the case of a Doctorate not completed, students may have the equivalence of up to 18 (eighteen) credits in courses, when carried out in the period of up to 05 (five) years, and up to 15 (fifteen) credits in courses, when performed In a period exceeding five (5) years.

Art. 16 The regular student may require the use of credits obtained in Graduate Programs of Foreign Institutions, and must present the following documents:

I - school record issued by the institution of origin containing the hours of the subject to be used and the concept clearly indicating the student's approval;

II - the title of the professor-in charge of the subject, together with the teaching plan of the same;

III - the documentation must be authenticated by the competent Brazilian consular authority in the country of origin, in addition of being translated into Portuguese by a sworn translator.


Section V

Deadlines

Art. 17 The student will have a minimum term of 12 (twelve) and a maximum of 24 (twenty four) months, to deposit in the Postgraduate Secretariat the final version of his dissertation.

Art. 18 The student will have a minimum period of 24 (twenty four) and a maximum of 48 (forty eight) months, to deposit in the Postgraduate Department the final version of his thesis.

Art. 19 The presentation of the dissertation or the defense of the thesis will take place in public session, before examining board.

Sole paragraph. The presentation of the dissertation and the defense of the thesis will be carried out in a period not exceeding 60 (sixty) days from the date of the constitution of the Examining Board by the Program Collegiate.


Section VI

Extension of Deadlines

Art. 20 To the student approved in Qualification Exam is allowed to request an extension of the term for the delivery of dissertation or thesis, within 90 (ninety) days before the end of the term of office, by means of a justification in which it explains the inescapable difficulties that impede the development of its research within the regulatory deadline, along with the schedule with forecast of completion, as well as the advisor's opinion, for appreciation by the Collegiate.

§ 1º Based on the justification presented, in accordance with the opinion of the pprofessor-supervisor, the Program Collegiate will decide on the authorization or not of the requested term.

Paragraph 2. The extension shall begin in the month following the expiration of the student's term of office.

Paragraph 3 - The presentation of the dissertation and the defense of the thesis must occur no later than 06 (six) months, from the end of the period of validity.

Paragraph 4 - Granted an extension of time by the Program Collegiate the student must enroll immediately and exclusively in the orientation activity until delivery of the text to be submitted to the Examining Board at the Postgraduate Secretariat, respecting the extension period defined by the Collegiate of the program.


Section VII

Number of vacancies

Article 21 The number of places offered in each Program shall be fixed considering the proportion of the teaching time available in the Program and the guidelines issued by the higher bodies of the Methodist and CAPES.


Section VIII

Advisor-Professor

Art. 22 The orientation of dissertation and thesis should be carried out by a professor holding a doctorate degree and a member of the Faculty of the Program.

Paragraph 1 - To the Professor-Advisor, selected among the teachers who are part of the Program and approved by the Collegiate of the same, it is advisable to guide the student in the development and elaboration of the dissertation or thesis.

Paragraph 2 - In no case, the orientation of a teacher who has up to the third degree of kinship with a student of the program will be allowed.


Section IX

Evaluation

Art. 23 For activities that are subject to evaluation according to the program proposal, the following Grades should be used:

I - A - Excellent - 9.0 to 10.0

II-B-Good - 8.0 to 8.9

III - C - Regular - 7.0 to 7.9

IV - D - Insufficient - less than 7,0

§ 1º The Grades A, B, C with minimum frequency of 75%, grant approval, giving right to the corresponding credits.

Paragraph 2 - Situations that do not allow the assignment of a definitive grade will be expressed by the letter "E" and indicate pending issues that must be solved within a maximum period of 01 (one) month, from its publication.

§ 3º Pending not resolved within the period indicated in the previous paragraph will automatically lead to the grade "D".

§ 4 After the publication of the grades, the student will have 01 (one) month to request the revision of the evaluation results and frequency of the courses taken in that semester.


Section X

Failure

Art. 24 Failure to perform credit and evaluation activities may occur in the occurrence of one or more of the following situations:

I - frequency of less than 75% of the workload present in the academic activity, not being entitled to the corresponding credits and workload.

II - obtaining the grade D, which does not grant credits, although the activity appears in the school record.

Paragraph 1 - The student who fails in up to two activities that grant credits and evaluation may retake them, in order to replace them in his / her school record, being entitled to the corresponding credits in case of approval and minimum frequency of 75%.

§ 2 The activities that grant credit are subject to the  proof of the frequency of 75%.


Section XI

Cancelation

Article 25 The termination of the student of the Program to which he is linked may occur in the occurrence of one or more of the following situations:

I - to stop enrolling regularly, in each term, within the deadline established in the Academic Calendar of the Graduate Programs;

II - not return to the course within the regular term of enrollment of the semester subsequent to the period of cancelation;

III - be failed in three or more academic activities that confer credit and evaluation;

IV - not submit within 1 (one) year proficiency of foreign language, language of sacred texts when applicable or Portuguese language for foreigners;

V - fail, twice, in the Qualification Exam;

VI - fail in the Presentation of the Dissertation or Defense of the Thesis;

VII - at the request of the interested party;

VIII - fail to comply with any activity or requirement within the regimental deadline;

IX - use of ideological falsehood in the presentation of documents and information about himself/herself.

X - use of plagiarism proven by report of the inquiry Commission ;

XI - insufficient academic performance, decided by the Program Collegiate, observing the following procedures:

a) The supervisor must communicate the unsatisfactory situation regarding his / her academic performance to the Coordination of the Program, in a written and duly substantiated report;

b) The student will be notified by the Coordination of the Program with the consent of the advisor;

c) After hearing the student, the supervisor will propose a timetable with a fixed term, indicating the activities to be carried out and the results to be achieved;

d) After this period, the advisor will issue a new evaluation opinion to the Coordination of the Program;

e) In the event of insufficiency, the Coordination refers the matter to the Program Collegiate for final decision making.

§ 1 The semester report, prepared by the supervisor, with the student's knowldge, will be filed in his academic record, next to the Postgraduate Secretariat.

§ 2 The return of the disconnected student will only take place through a new selection process.


Section XII

Qualification Exam

Art. 26 The Qualification Exam includes the evaluation of the student's academic life report and the dissertation project or thesis.

Art. 27 The Qualification Examination will be held before an examining board composed of 03 (three) professors holding the doctor's degree, being indicated and presided over by the professor-supervisor.

Single paragraph. The request for a Qualification Examination can only be sent to the Program Collegiate with the approval of the Teacher-Advisor, which is expressed through its own form.

Art. 28 The application for a Qualification Examination may only be submitted to the Collegiate of the Program with the consent of the Professor-Advisor, who expresses himself through his own form.

Single paragraph. The participation of relatives up to the third degree of the counselor, the counselor and the other members of the examining bank mentioned in the caput of this article will not be allowed.

Art. 29 The result of the Qualification Examination is expressed through an approved or failed grade.

Art. 30 Students who receive a grade that is not approved in the Qualification Examination may be retested in a period not exceeding six (6) months, from the date of First examination, after consent of the teacher-supervisor, respecting the deadlines established by articles 18 and 19 of this regulation.

Art. 31 For enrollment in the Qualification Examination the student should:

I - demonstrate proficiency in 01 (one) foreign language for master's degree and 02 (two) for doctorate, respecting the specificities of each program;

II - have successfully completed all credits in subjects required by the Program;

III - present 04 (four) copies of the research project according to the norms established by the Program Collegiate.

Art. 32 Exceptionally and subject to the following criteria, the Examining Board of the Qualification Examination may recommend to the Program Collegiate the passage of the student directly examined to the doctorate (Direct Doctorate), in the following situations:

I - Upon request of the interested party through a specific form provided by the Postgraduate Secretariat;

II - When the quality of the project and the erudition of the student in front of the Examining Bank so recommend it;

III - Based on the advisor's opinion, based on the student's proven scientific output and Curriculum Lattes.

§ 1 The decision to recommend the student to the Direct Doctorate shall be taken by unanimous decision of the Examining Bank.

Paragraph 2. The Examining Bank shall formally forward its decision to the Program Coordinator, who shall submit it for analysis to the Program Collegiate.

Paragraph 3. In case of a favorable opinion of the student to the Direct Doctorate, the Program Collegiate will request the opinion of a teacher external to the Institution regarding the quality of the project, the relevance of the scientific production and the professional experience of the student.

Paragraph 4. The external reviewer shall forward his opinion to the Program Collegiate, which shall issue a conclusive opinion.

Paragraph 5 - The final decision on the application for a Direct Doctorate must be issued within a period of no more than 60 (sixty) days, counted from the Qualification Examination of the Masters mentioned in the main section of this article.

Art. 33 The transition to the PhD, understood as change of level, will be admitted until the 18th (eighteenth) month, counted from the admission to the Master, and will take place in the semester subsequent to the approval.

Art. 34 CAPES scholarship holders promoted in advance and directly from the masters to the doctorate, in addition to complying with the provisions of this regulation, must submit to the specific norms of this promotion agency.

 

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