General Information

New students are admitted into the program once a year through a selection process developed by the Program’s Coordinating Committee (CCP). The Public Notice concerning the selection process is published in the Diário Oficial do Estado de São Paulo and on the program’s website.

Every year the public notice specifies the number of slots, the list of documents required for enrollment, the selection phases, the schedule of tests, the date when the results will be disclosed, and the items that will be assessed in the corresponding year. Candidates presenting all the documents required in the public notice will be allowed to test and present proof of proficiency in English or French.

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International candidates must present proof of proficiency in Portuguese within 12 (twelve months) after enrolling in the program by a) taking the CELPE-Bras test (Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners in institutions certified by the Brazilian Ministry of Education; intermediate level is required; or b) being tested by an Examining Committee appointed by the Program’s Coordinating Committee (CCP), composed of three members with a Ph.D. degree; or c) being tested by the Language Center at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences at USP. “Sufficient Proficiency” is required. The tests are valid for two years.

Candidates who concluded an undergraduate program in Letters in a higher education institution, qualifying in one of the languages required by the Program, may be waived of the proficiency test.

The candidates are selected by a Selection Committee nominated by the Program’s Coordinating Committee through two phases:

First Phase (eliminatory): The written test addresses specific topics in the program’s field, with a bibliography disclosed in the public notice in the respective year.

In this phase, the candidates are assessed regarding their comprehension and argumentation skills, synthesis, and redaction, with scores ranging from 0 to 10. The minimum score to be eligible for the second phase is 7.0. The Selection Committee discloses the name of the approved candidates after the assessment.

Second phase (classificatory), composed of 3(three) stages:

1. Analysis of Curriculum Vitae accompanied by all the corresponding documents, considering academic background (5.0) and professional and scientific experience (5.0). The grade assigned to the Curriculum Vitae ranges from 0 to 10

2. Analysis of the pre-research project, considering the following aspects:

a) Relevance of the topic in the context of occupational therapy practices (2.0);
Literature review (1.0);
c) Coherence between justification (1.0), objective(s) (2.0), and method (2.0);
d) Quality of presentation and redaction (1.0);
e) Whether it is equivalent to a Master’s program level (1.0).

The final grade assigned to the pre-research project ranges from 0 to 10.

3. An inquiry in an interview format assesses the candidates’ expression skills, the consistency of argumentation, coherency of ideas, and defense of the proposal presented.

A grade ranging from 0 to 10 will be assigned to this interview, and the minimum score is 7.0 (seven).

The final grade is the average of the grades obtained in each of the three stages in the second phase (i.e., Curriculum vitae, pre-research project, interview).

The candidates will be accepted into the program according to their ranking and the number of slots available. The nominal list of approved candidates is published on the program’s website.

International candidates living abroad can apply and submit online the documents required in the public notice. The written test can also be applied online and be written in Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish, as well as the oral interview. Proof of proficiency in Portuguese must be presented within 12(twelve) months after enrolling in the program.