Doctorate in Administration


Program Description

The doctorate course focuses on the administration area, which is concerned with the management of organizations that conduct business in the domestic and international environment. This involves issues of local adaptation and global integration, analysis of domestic and international markets, and distribution of Marketing, Production and Innovation (Research and Development) activities, Internationalization strategies and knowledge transfer between subsidiaries, entry modes, and allocation of resources.


Research lines

The course is organized in two lines of research presented below.


It involves studies and research aimed at building knowledge related to the dimension of marketing. It covers studies related to consumer behavior, marketing actions, neuroscience, branding, and marketing management in important sectors such as agribusiness, franchises and retail in the domestic and international markets.

Coordination: Profa. Dr. Thelma Rocha Rodrigues

International Management Innovation & Strategy

It involves studies and research that understand innovation and strategy in the internationalization process of companies, encompassing the planning and structuring of international functions, the global value chain, the role and strategy of subsidiaries and the internationalization process in several sectors such as infrastructure, banking , pharmacist, education. It also covers interdisciplinary and integrated training through knowledge of innovation in the international environment, involving studies on strategic innovation management, collaborative innovation, innovation in subsidiaries of multinational companies.

Coordination: Prof. Dr. Ilan Avrichir

What you will learn

The course has a workload of 600 hours, composed of the following subjects:

Compulsory Courses

  • Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Elements of Philosophy of Science
  • Theoretical Foundations in International Management (for line of research on Strategy and Innovation in International Management)
  • Qualitative Research Methods I
  • Quantitative Research Methods I
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Marketing Theory (for International Management Marketing research line)

General Electives

  • Teaching Internship in Administration
  • Theory of the Practice of Higher Education
  • Academic Writing Seminars
  • Training in Epistemology

Electives for the International Management Marketing line

  • Metrics and Scales in Marketing
  • Agribusiness and Food Marketing
  • International Management Marketing
  • International Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing and Diffusion of New Products in the Global Environment
  • Advanced Marketing Topics

General Electives on Strategy and Innovation in International Management

  • Theory of Organizations in a Global Environment
  • Public-Private Partnerships in International Business
  • International Strategy and Innovation
  • Global Innovation Management
  • International Strategy and Emerging Markets
  • Internationalization of Companies with a Focus on Innovation

Credits required in subjects **: 32 (12 in compulsory and 20 in elective) = Credit Hours 480

Credits in Mandatory Complementary Activities: 4 (Credit Hours: 60

Thesis Supervision Credits: 20 = Credit Hours: 300

Total: 56 (Credit Hours: 840)

Period: afternoon and night

** Some subjects may be offered in the English language

Selective process

12 (twelve) doctoral vacancies will be offered, which may or may not be filled, according to the selection and classification criteria listed below:

  • Evaluation of research documentation and pre-project
  • English exams
  • Oral test
  • ANPAD test


Know the types of scholarships accepted in the course:

Promotion agencies


PROSUP Integral

Monthly fee exemption after the period of implementation and receiving support.


Aid to cover school fees (tuition).


There is no fee released, depending on the approval of the individual application of the scholarship application, with the consent of the advisor.

Institutional Scholarship

Offered by ESPM

Scholarships offered by the Institution itself, to work with the program and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Stricto Sensu, at times established by the coordination. They include total or partial exemption from tuition.

CAPES and institutional scholarships will be implemented in March. Thus, the student who is awarded the scholarship must be aware of the payment of the enrollment fee and the monthly fee for the month of February. The renewal of the scholarship will be conditioned to the performance obtained and requirements demanded by the fellow in the Semester and Annual Evaluation of the Student.

More info here.

For start dates and registration periods, please contact us.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

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