Graduate Programs

Agronomy Graduate Program

Agricultural Sciences
Master’s Program and Doctoral Program
The Agronomy Graduate Program (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Agronomia - PGA) of the State University of Maringá (Universidade Estadual de Maringá - UEM) has offered Master’s and Doctoral Degree since 1995 and 1999, respectively. The program is recognized as part of a group of excellence in Brazilian graduate programs. PGA prepares professors, researchers and other specialized professionals that are likely to contribute largely to agriculture nationally and internationally. It emphasizes research that enhances crop efficiency for food, bioenergy and fiber production, aiming to promote sustainable usage of the land resources, and also improve the environment.

The program has three concentration fields: Vegetable Production, Soil and Plant Nutrition, and Plant Protection.

The graduate program academic staff consists of 23 tenured professors, PhDs. 19 of these educators are associated with the Department of Agronomy (Departamento de Agronomia - DAG), and the others work in the following departments: Department of Cell Biology and Genetics (Departamento de Biologia Celular e Genética - DBC), Department of Biochemistry (Departamento de Bioquímica - DBQ), Department of Biology (Departamento de Biologia - DBI) and the Department of Chemical Engineering (Departamento de Engenharia Química - DEQ). Currently, there are about 150 graduate students enrolled in the program and about 90% of them are full-time students.

The Master’s Program involves 24 credit hours, and the period required for the students to finish their studies is two years (24 months). The Doctoral Program involves 48 credit hours, and the period for the graduates to conclude the program is 42 months (three years and a half). A credit hour is equivalent to 15 hours of lessons, or 30 hours of laboratory work or field activity. The students must present and defend their dissertation (for the Master’s Degree) or their thesis (for the Doctoral Degree).

PGA receives scholarships and research fundings from government agencies, such as the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - CAPES), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico - CNPq), the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos - FINEP) and also from the State of Paraná Government (Fundação Araucária). Additional funding sources come from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária - Embrapa) and from the private sector.

Foreign students are encouraged to apply for the CNPq-TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) scholarships. The program has received financial support from CAPES in the last few years for Doctoral Degrees, supporting visiting researchers in international institutions in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Gustavo Tudisco Favaretto
Aline Yuri Kiminami

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