Graduate Program


The Graduate Program in Education at the School of Education of the University of São Paulo was established in 1971. Since then around 1,600 Thesis and 1,800 Dissertations have been produced.

The Program has an average of 130 accredited professors and 750 students regularly enrolled in the Masters, Doctoral and Straight Doctoral* courses.

* for candidates whose academic merit allows them to pursue a doctoral degree without a former Masters’ degree.


2018 2017 2016
Masters’ Students 266 312 316
Doctoral and Straight Doctoral Students 439 476 447
TOTAL 705 788 763

The Program is accredited and assessed by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior), a body of the Ministry of Education in Brazil, under the code 330020010001P6. Results of the assessment are sanctioned and published by the National Board of Education every four years, and currently the Program is assessed 5 in a 3-7 scale.


The Graduate Program in Education at the School of Education offers Masters’, Doctoral and Straight Doctoral degrees. Since its establishment, the program has had different configurations. Currently it is organized in 6 Focus Areas within the broad educational field: Culture, Philosophy and History of Education; Scientific, Mathematical and Technological Education; Education and Social Sciences: inequalities and differences; Education, Language and Psychology; State, Society and Education; and Teacher Education, Curriculum and Pedagogical Practices.

Due to its tradition and relevance, over the last four decades, the Program has attracted candidates from all over the country, and its masters and doctors have a significant presence both in the national and international scenarios. Several alumni develop their professional activities in Brazilian Universities, in Grade School Educational Systems, in Policy and Systems Management, as well as in prominent Research Institutes. The Program has a firm commitment with the development of research focused on issues concerning public school education.

It is our understanding that the stricto sensu Graduate Program in Education has an important role in educating critical professionals who are capable of producing and disseminating knowledge about diverse educational phenomena in our country. Therefore, it fosters knowledge production in association with educational practices through research that consistently combines theoretical and practical approaches. This becomes particularly explicit by means of: (1) innovative educational theories and practices; (2) professional development focused on teaching, research and public management of non-formal educational environments as well as all levels of formal educational environments; (3) cooperation among researchers and public educational systems, mainly; (4) national and international knowledge dissemination; (4) international partnerships in teacher education and research.

In sum, the Program aims to:

  • develop research and educate professionals in the field of education on themes and issues associated with educational systems in their different levels and modalities, and the multiple social spheres in which education is rooted;
  • prepare teacher-researchers for higher education.