Hello. In this article we will cover how to do masters. Master’s degree is a higher education level that confers the title of master and is accomplished after a long undergraduate degree as a bachelor’s degree.
After the master’s degree, there is a doctorate which is a course more focused on advanced research. The doctorate is usually academic and is less available in the professional version.
The master’s degree and doctorate make up the so-called stricto sensu postgraduate courses, that is, postgraduate studies in the narrow sense.
Stricto sensu Postgraduate
Stricto sensu postgraduate education is a course system designed to foster scientific research and advanced training.
The immediate objective is to provide the student or doctoral student with a deepening of knowledge that allows to achieve a high standard of scientific or technical-professional competence, impossible to acquire in the scope of undergraduate.
The stricto sensu postgraduate courses are masters and doctorates. They have a level of education and deepening of knowledge superior to the courses offered in specializations and graduations.
Masters and doctorate courses confer titles which are registered in diplomas. These titles allow people to use the terms Master or Doctor before the name.
Postgraduate studies that are neither masters nor doctoral are called lato sensu postgraduate studies and offer certificates of specialization to graduates.
Any course that requires an undergraduate degree to join is called a lato sensu graduate. That is, postgraduate studies in a broad sense because it is a course that requires undergraduate as a prerequisite for admission, but is not a master’s or doctoral degree.
The stricto sensu graduate distance
There are currently several masters and even doctoral programs in the world that can be taken with the help of a computer.
Unfortunately, the alternatives of Brazilian masters that can be done by computer aid are scarce. Get to know all the distance learning masters in Brazil.
Master’s degree course
Holders of Brazilian Masters degrees use the term “Me” to designate that they are masters and some use the term M.Sc. which comes from English: Master of Science. Usually, masters require a final job called master’s dissertation.
A common mistake is for people to think that MEC accredits masters degrees. MEC accredits private and federal institutions and authorizes them to offer undergraduate higher education, in addition to registering lato sensu postgraduate courses.
Accreditation of masters and doctorate courses
For institutions based in Brazil, Capes is the body that accredits and regulates master’s and doctoral programs.
It is noteworthy that Capes regulates only the courses offered by educational institutions based in Brazil and that each country has its own system of regulation and control of education and higher.
Many countries in the world have bachelors, masters and doctorates as major academic titles which are obviously regulated and accredited by the competent bodies of the country where the educational institution is based.
How to do masters
You need to apply for a position to do a master’s degree, whether in Brazil or in another country. Usually, the selection process is done in the following steps:
- Evidence (not all)
- Academic and professional curriculum
- Pre-Project or Memorial
- Interview (not all)
In most courses, enrollment to participate in the master’s selection process is done online.
Many of Brazil’s master’s degrees require proof and others evaluate the interested by the professional and academic curriculum.
In other countries such as Argentina, USA and Canada, candidates are selected by documents, interviews and evidence of academic and professional results without taking exams.
Almost all masters and doctoral programs in Brazil and also in other countries request and evaluate the candidate’s curriculum. The curriculum is typically assessed by the academic and professional background of each master’s degree candidate.
Academic transcripts are always sought and evaluated in terms of grades, assignments and achievements throughout the undergraduate program. The curriculum can be an eliminatory or qualifying item in the selection of master’s courses.
Some institutions in Brazil request a reflective memorial from the candidate and others request a research project or pre-project or dissertation pre-project.
In addition, the student must have the opportunity to do the project throughout the academic masters as in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Doctoral dissertation pre-project
The doctoral candidate must prove that he or she has the ability to perform scientific research.
The doctorate is an advanced course in academic research. One of the most important steps is to undertake a research pre-project which is also called a thesis pre-project in some educational institutions.
The memorial is an alternative to the pre-project research for entry into masters degrees.
Personally, I believe the memorial model makes more sense for a master’s degree and the full project model should be used for a doctorate only.
Memorial is a reflective content produced by the master student to show his alignment with the master course.
It is noteworthy that the adequacy of the future master’s degree to the institution must be a two-way verification. The educational institution should verify that this applicant has the profile it seeks and the applicant should verify that the institution and the master’s or doctoral program will meet their personal and professional goals.
In this view, a reflective memorial better serves the purpose of a master’s selection than a (pre) research project.
Completion of Master and Doctorate Selection
The model presented here is an overview of selection and each institution has its selection process and its well-defined stages.
Obviously, the best institutions have more interested people, so they can make a more rigorous selection.