How to become a student at PPGEC


Initial information

The Civil Engineering Graduate Program (PPGEC) offers only master’s and doctoral degrees (no specialization courses are offered). The degrees are free of charge, that is, there are no enrollment or tuition fees. The courses require the attendance of the students and they take place on weekdays, in the morning and afternoon periods (although in some cases courses may be scheduled for the evening).

Application guidelines for regular students

Regular students are those who have been approved in the selection process for a place in the master’s or doctoral degree program.

For the master’s degree program, applications for admission open twice a year to begin in the first or third trimester. There are no applications for the second trimester.

Applications for admission to the doctoral degree are open in all three trimesters.

Prospective students should consult the Academic Calendar for the respective year on PPGEC website for information on places available via the selection process. When the Call for Applications is published on the website, prospective students should note the opening and closing dates for application. They should also note the number of places available per faculty member and the lines of research within the concentration area for which the places will be offered. It is advisable to learn about the methods and criteria that the Selection Committee will apply in the selection of applicants.

In order to apply, prospective students will need to access the following address: and  fill out the application form. Once all of the information requested has been provided, the form should be printed and submitted along with all of the documents required, as stated in the Call for Applications. The applicants need to know in which of the Program’s areas of concentration their project lies, in order to select one of the lines of research. This information can be obtained on our website, on the “lines of research” section.

On the application form, applicants need to fill out the name of a faculty member from the chosen area of concentration who could be their supervisor. The Call for Application will provide information on the availability of each member for supervision.

The admission and selection process takes place in two stages and the evaluation is carried out by the PPGEC Selection Committee. In the first stage, the project is analyzed and, if approved, the applicant will pass to the second stage. In the second stage, the curriculum and other documents related to the applicant (along with the appropriate forms of proof), as detailed in the Call, are analyzed.

The applicants must read the Call for Applications carefully since a failure to provide any of the required documentation will result in the application being declined by the Selection Committee.

For each Call, the PPGEC offers only a reduced number of scholarships and thus, unfortunately, they cannot be offered to all students in the program. The  Scholarship Commission, based on a set of criteria defined by the Program, is responsible for allocating the scholarships to the applicants who were best placed in the selection process.

Application procedures for students taking single courses

Each Call for Applications will indicate the possibility for students to register for single courses at PPGEC (in both the master’s and doctoral  programs).

The set of criteria for the selection are the same applied to the regular students.

This non-degree option is directed toward prospective students who are unable to dedicate themselves exclusively to the Program because they are currently in employment. These students can attend 1 or 2 courses per trimester until they complete the 6/12 courses (master’s/doctoral degree) required by the Program. At any time, non-degree students can apply for admission to PPGEC to become regular students by going through the regular selection process. In this case, the single courses taken by the student can be validated in their academic transcript, as long as they adhere to the student’s research theme.