Full-Time MBA


Program Description

Full-Time MBA

Coppead is one of the best business schools in the world and offers the only Full-Time MBA in Brazil that follows international quality standards in training business leaders for global performance. For that reason, the program has partnerships with 42 business schools in all continents. In addition, because we are part of the most traditional Brazilian Federal University, the program is 100% tuition-free and corresponds in Brazil to a stricto sensu master degree (“mestrado”).

At Coppead, students are immersed in an international and diverse environment, during a program entirely offered in English which receives candidates from various countries and states in Brazil. This allows for a differentiated classroom experience associated with the development of global networking. Our students are challenged to reinvent themselves as leaders and global citizens who make a difference. That is why we understand our program as an opportunity for transformation, through business training, where students take distance from their daily practice, and, above all, craft a new version of themselves.

About the Course

For Coppead, the development of a leader should be based on the articulation of several initiatives of personal transformation: the acquisition of solid conceptual knowledge in business, the development of soft skills essential to successful managers, strategic career planning and the development of critical thinking to a position of protagonism in the business scenario.

The program offers an intensive 660 hours of mandatory and elective courses associated with other complementary activities over 18 months.

The Full-Time MBA program is structured in three main thematic axes:

Content: Solid conceptual formation in business management through a wide range of courses to build general management training. During the first year, the student should take 570 hours of courses. In addition to the core courses aligned with the best Full-Time MBA programs in the world, the program also offers the opportunity to customize the curriculum, in which the student can choose the preferred courses to his or her professional career.

Career: Career development activities are offered since the first term, favoring the students’ reflection on their professional trajectories and developing strategies of replacement. The career activities culminate with the MBA Internship and Networking Week, where students begin their return to the job market.

Research: There are 90 hours of individual tutoring applied to the development of a research project, in which the student develops skills such as critical thinking, the application of concepts, field research, presentation and development of scientific articles.

After 18 months, students have the opportunity to participate in the Exchange Program, attending a period in one of Coppead’s partner schools. Students who choose this modality can complete the program in 24 months.

Coppead also adopts a unique teaching methodology in Brazil, centered on the student. The COPPEAD classroom is organized around the debate, adopting methodologies such as case method, laboratories and experiences, games, and role-playing. Thus, our students develop skills such as negotiation, argumentation, teamwork, decisions under pressure and time management.

The Full-Time MBA has a duration of 18 months, full time. It is a tuition-free program, and it is the student's responsibility to cover the cost of materials, transportation, housing, and meals. Depending on the availability of resources from official agencies such as Capes, CNPq and Faperj, as well as companies, scholarships are offered during the Program. However, the number of scholarships offered is variable and may not meet demand.


Our program includes 4 terms, each one lasting 10 weeks. In each term, students must attend the core courses and may customize their experience through the choice of electives courses.

At the end of each course, students are expected to take an exam, deliver an essay or a project. In the last period of the first year, students choose their academic advisors and begin to develop their master’s research project which should be completed at the end of the program.

In the second year of the program, students will be able to participate in the MBA Internship and the Multicultural Projects course, which provides a consulting experience teamed up with students from San Diego University. Furthermore, students may enroll for the Exchange Program Module according to their grades and the universities’ requirements.


At the end of the program, students must develop a research project under the supervision of a COPPEAD professor who should be presented in the format of an academic paper. This activity aims to develop students’ research skills by combining the academic support of knowledge production in each area with the existing market dilemmas. These articles then cand be presented at conferences and published in national and international journals of relevance.

Projects in Multicultural Teams

This one-week program consists of graduate students from the University of San Diego (USA) working together with Full-time MBA COPPEAD students in projects for Brazilian companies addressing current and significant problems identified by these companies. Participants are divided into mixed teams and receive a project in which they work together for 4 days and present their findings on the fifth day to a faculty council of the University of San Diego, COPPEAD and representatives of the company. The course is a formal discipline worth credits and is incorporated into the Coppead Full-time MBA program.

Exchange Program

In the second year of the program, students may participate in the Exchange Program and attend some courses at foreign partner universities. Coppead has agreements with several foreign universities internationally accredited for the excellence of their Business programs from the five continents.


Coppead offers several initiatives to support its students in the process of returning to the job market. In addition to courses on career development and more specific career paths such as the consulting career, students also have individual meetings with the Full-Time MBA coordinator, allowing students to plan their professional paths and identifying gaps to be filled throughout the program.

In addition, the MBA Internship program allows students to initiate contact with the job market. At the end of the program, Coppead hosts Networking Week, in which several companies from varied sectors present their businesses and job opportunities. As a result of these initiatives, most of our students return to the job market within a few months and in strategic positions.

MBA Internship

At the beginning of the second year of the program, Full Time MBA students have the opportunity to participate in an MBA Internship and begin to apply their acquired knowledge in real companies. During ten weeks, students participate in challenging projects in real companies and have the opportunity to familiarize with the company, its core business and to develop a network that can make a real difference in their career. Some full-time positions have already become available for students following a successful MBA Internship experience, which demonstrates the importance of this program in the process of employment after completion of the program.

Networking Week

The Networking Week is an annual event aimed at COPPEAD Full-Time MBA students in which companies come to COPPEAD to meet and possibly hire young executives. In the last events, the following companies were present:

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

The COPPEAD Graduate School of Business of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is a business school globally recognized for its excellence. At COPPEAD, research and knowledge are the central axes ... Read More

The COPPEAD Graduate School of Business of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is a business school globally recognized for its excellence. At COPPEAD, research and knowledge are the central axes of all activities. Thus, in daily interactions with students, companies and other market players, the knowledge we produce directs the nature of our delivery in the classroom and interaction with society. This is the basis of our mission and vision, and what we believe to be our contribution to society. Read less
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