E_Part-Time Master’s Degree

Part-Time Master’s Degree

Master students who cannot afford to dedicate at least 40 hours per week to the program are considered part-time (PT) students to POSMEC.

This group is usually formed by professionals that work in companies or other organizations and pursue their degree in parallel, at the pace at which it is possible. To create conditions that allow the development of high quality theses within the statutory deadlines, since July 2014 the conditions of admission in the POSMEC Master’s program in a PT regime were modified by the following resolution: Resolucao_Dedicacao_Exclusiva_Parcial (03-POSMEC-2014).

Application for Admission

Admission for POSMEC Master Degree Program occurs through a selection process. There are two application periods every year:

Beginning of the Master’s Degree Program Application Period
March October and November of previous year
August April and May of same year

The Call for Applications establishes the application periods, the number of places available and the necessary documents to complete the application.

To apply for admission in POSMEC as a part-time master’s student, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Have attended all courses required for the intended concentration area, including those which are mandatory and those recommended by the prospective supervisor, showing an academic performance index of 3 or above (on a scale of 0 to 4);
  • Have elaborated the Master’s Thesis Project beforehand, in accordance with theResolution 02-POSMEC-2014 (Master’s Thesis Project Guidelines) and the prospective supervisor;
  • Show proficiency in English through TOEFL or equivalent. In the case of the TOEFL ITP test, the minimum score required is 47 in the reading section. Foreign students also have to show proficiency in Portuguese;
  • Have the consent of an accredited faculty member of POSMEC stating his/her willingness to be the thesis supervisor.

The courses must have been attended by the applicant prior to the application, through single course enrollment. The deadline for validating courses previously taken is 10 years. The selection committee shall decide how many and which courses can be validated based on their relation with the thesis topic, the quality of the institution in which the courses were taken, and the grades obtained. Courses attended by former students who were previously terminated from the program due to lapse of time or insufficient performance cannot be validated. If the set of courses validated does not meet the above conditions, the applicant will be disqualified.

The Master Thesis Project must be ready at the moment of the application. For this, the previous dialogue with the professor who is willing to advise the Master student is required.

The Selection Process

The selection process has two stages. At first, the applicants are evaluated by the selection committee of the intended concentration area. Several aspects are considered in the evaluation, including the undergraduate transcript, additional courses taken as single courses, CV analysis, reference letters, academic and professional experience, knowledge of foreign languages, etc.

Applicants selected in the first stage are required to present their Master’s Thesis Project orally before an examining committee appointed by POSMEC. This must be done within the deadline established in the Call for Applications. If approved in this second stage, the applicant will be qualified to register as a regular student at the beginning of the next academic term. Starting from the date of registration, the student will have a maximum of two years to complete and defend the thesis.

Documents Required

To apply for admission in POSMEC as a full-time master’s student, the applicant must follow the instructions and deadlines set out in the Call for Applications. The following items are required:

  1. Printed copy of the application form available on CAPG system.
  2. Application form filled out (Application Form);
  3. Document of up 2 two pages containing (a) a study plan stating the intended area of study, (b) the reasons for pursuing a degree in the selected area, and (c) a brief account of the applicant’s academic and professional experiences, with highlight to participation in projects and researches;
  4. Copy of the undergraduate transcript;
  5. Certified copy of the undergraduate diploma;
  6. Two photographs 3×4;
  7. Certified copy of the ID card and CPF (Individual Taxpayer Number);
  8. Certified copy of the birth/marriage certificate;
  9. “Curriculum Vitae” (free form or Lattes);
  10. Transcript showing the graduate courses already taken (if these include courses from other graduate programs, the course descriptions must be attached). The set of courses must be compatible with the requirements of the intended concentration area and result in a performance index of 3 or above (on a scale of 0 to 4), or equivalent;
  11. Copy of the Master Thesis Project, elaborated in accordance with Resolution 02-POSMEC-2014 (Master’s Thesis Project Guidelines);
  12. Statement of consent from an accredited faculty member of POSMEC indicating willingness to be the thesis supervisor.
  13. Two reference letter (Reference Form).

In addition to the above documentation, the foreign applicants must send the copy of the undergraduate diploma with the consular seal of the Brazilian Embassy in the country of origin; copy of the passport data page; and copy of the RNE (identity card for foreigners).

Item 13 must be sent directly to POSMEC by the informant. The other documents must be posted and sent to POSMEC’ office at the address below or hand delivered.

Mailing Address   

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Mecânica/UFSC
Centro Tecnológico – UFSC – P.O. Box. 476 – Trindade
88040-900 – Florianópolis – SC- Brazil