The evolution of brazilian graduate business administration programs

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Claudia Brito Silva Cirani
Heloísa Helena Marques da Silva
Milton de Abreu Campanario


The objective of this study is to analyze the evolution of graduate programs (doctorate, master's and professional master's) in Brazilian business administration. The study utilizes the GeoCAPES database from the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). The information from 1998 to 2011 includes four triennial periods of CAPES graduate program evaluations and the first two years (2010 and 1011) of the current triennial of evaluation. Within this series, it is possible to not only verify the development of the programs, but also to compare basic indicators, such as number of authorized programs, grades, teaching staff, students enrolled and titled at the national and regional levels. As an exploratory study, it uses descriptive statistical analysis presented through tables and figures. The conclusions show a positive quantitative and qualitative development over the fourteen years of the studied indicators. Although master's and PhD programs in business administration have grown over the years, an uneven regional distribution still remains in Brazil, concentrated in the richest regions and with private universities showing strong growth at this level of education.


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Cirani, C. B. S., Silva, H. H. M. da, & Campanario, M. de A. (1). The evolution of brazilian graduate business administration programs. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 16(6), 765-805.