The Master is a program of approximately 2 years, consisting of a set of courses and a dissertation. The student who satisfies the requirements to complete the program is awarded the title of Master of Science in one of the five Postgraduate Programs offered by ITA. In this course, the student has an individual program of studies, choosing subjects together with his / her advisor according to the research theme of the dissertation. The subjects are semestral, and each semester corresponds to an academic term. Below, the main information about the course.


    Selective Process

    The Master is aimed at graduates in higher education courses with the aim of deepening their studies in a particular area of knowledge. See how to apply.

    To enter the Master at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, the student must first  pass by the Admission Process, whose period is well before enrollment, from April to mid-May for those who want to enter the 2nd. Semester, and from September to mid-October for those who want to enter the 1st. Semester of the following year. The specific dates of the Admission Process each year can be found in the Graduate Calendar.


    Enrollment is mandatory for all students and in all academic periods. See how to register.

    Requirements to obtain the Master Degree

    To successfully complete the Master's program, the student must obtain, in a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 academic periods: Approved credit count, with a minimum of 18 credits (attributed by the credit counting commission), minimum average of 7.5 in 2xx courses taken at ITA and approval in the compulsory subjects in your area of ​​concentration. Approval in the English language exam, within up to 2 academic periods after the first enrollment in the Master's course. Approval in the dissertation exam by the examining board.

    Acceptance of the final version of the dissertation by the advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research within the deadlines stipulated by the examining board of the dissertation. For the purpose of deadlines, the ITA Postgraduate and Research Division considers that the first academic term ends on August 31 of the same year and the second ends on January 31 of the following year. The student may request the CPG to extend the maximum deadline for completion for another term. Special Student - students with partial dedication to the course Special Student (AE) is the student who wishes to attend the Postgraduate Program at ITA during an employment contract that prevents full dedication to the course.

    The special student will not have a formal relationship with ITA Post-Graduation, however, he / she can count the credits obtained by taking Isolated Disciplines: up to 18 credits for Master's and up to 12 credits for Doctorate (in the latter case, if he / she has a master's degree). The Selection Process for special students is done in conjunction with that of regular students. He must have a supervisor (professor accredited in the Graduate Program of ITA), who will indicate the subjects in which he can enroll and accompany his research work.

    Dissertation Exam Request

    The student may apply for the Dissertation Exam provided that: Has obtained the necessary credits recorded in the credit score record; Has passed an English language exam; Submit a copy of the complete article, co-authored with the advisor, on a subject related to the dissertation, already published, accepted, submitted or ready for publication, according to criteria specified by each Graduate Program. To apply for the Dissertation Exam, the student must deliver to the area coordinator:

    English exam Minimum score
    TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) 550
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 460 (ITP); 57 (IBT);
    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 3,5
    Cambridge University Exam FCE (First Certificate in English) Level C (45) or superior
    Diagnostic Test in Foreign Languages (TDIE)
    ** valid only for Military and Civil Servants
    Level B1 (76 to 85 points)



    Each student must have a permanent professor or collaborator in the Graduate Program in which they are enrolled. The choice of advisor is made by the student with the consent of the advisor and the area coordinator. It is up to the advisor to assist in choosing the dissertation theme, selecting disciplines consistent with that theme, supervising the dissertation and monitoring the student's academic performance.


    For the supervision of the dissertation, the student may have a co-supervisor. The maximum deadline for requesting co-guidance is 3 academic periods after entering the course. In the case of a co-supervisor already accredited in the Graduate Program, the supervisor must inform the area coordinator, who will request the registration to the Pro-Rectory (IP). In the case of a co-supervisor outside the Program, approval depends on the CPG and the request (see annex below) must be filled out by the student's supervisor and delivered to the Graduate Office.


    A list of Courses Offered is made available every six months. To get approved in a discipline, a minimum frequency of 85% and a grade equal to or greater than 6.5 is required. The final grade of the period is obtained as the average of 3 grades: 1st bimester, 2nd bimester and exam. Only the student with an average equal to or greater than 5.0 in the two months is qualified to take the exam. If there is no minimum frequency, the student fails and does not receive a grade. The student is dismissed from the Postgraduate course if he obtains: Two failures in discipline due to insufficient attendance. Concept D in a discipline; Concept I for the 2nd time, in the same subject considered mandatory in the course; Concept I, for the 3rd time, in subjects taken after entering the course; NS Concept, for the 3rd time, in discipline 3xx or English exam applied by ITA; NS Concept, for the 2nd time, in 5xx discipline;

    Credits Couting

    Before requesting the dissertation exam, the student must deliver to the secretary:

    The request is sent to the student's area coordinator, who appoints the credit counting committee, composed of 3 teachers (one of whom is the student's advisor). The commission may award credits up to the limit of:

    • 2, for the set of disciplines 1xx;
    • without limitation for the set of subjects 2xx;
    • 2, for the set of disciplines 3xx;
    • 1, for the set of disciplines 4xx;
    • 3, for the set of disciplines 6xx;
    • 6, for complete articles accepted for publication or published, co-authored with the advisor, with a maximum of 3 credits per contribution, according to criteria specified for each Graduate Program;
    • 15, for courses taken at PIGM;
    • 12, for the set of isolated disciplines 7xx, and from other institutions, respecting the following limits:
      • up to 12 for the set of isolated disciplines at ITA;
      • up to 9 for the set of Postgraduate courses from other institutions;
      • up to 9 for the set of subjects 7xx.

    The student must have passed the course so that it can be counted. The student must obtain a minimum of 18 credits, a minimum average of 7.5 in 2xx subjects taken at ITA, a minimum of 6 credits in 2xx subjects and approval in the compulsory subjects in his / her concentration area. Courses 2xx, 6xx, 7xx can grant up to 3 credits; 1xx, up to 2; 3xx and 4xx, up to 1 and 5xx does not grant credits.

    Masters dissertation

    The Master's dissertation is an individual work that demonstrates the ability to contextualize existing knowledge and to use research methods and techniques on the topic addressed.

    Dissertation Exam Request

    O aluno pode requerer o Exame de Dissertação desde que: Tenha obtido os créditos necessários registrados em ata de contagem de créditos; Tenha sido aprovado em exame de língua inglesa; Apresente cópia de artigo completo, em co-autoria com o orientador, sobre um assunto relativo à dissertação, já publicado, aceito, submetido ou pronto para publicação, segundo critérios especificados por cada Programa de Pós-Graduação. Para requerer o Exame de Dissertação, o aluno deve entregar ao coordenador de área:

    Master's Nomination Committee Application

    Copy of the article, proof of publication or proof of submission; CV Lattes of members of the board suggested by the advisor; Exemplary of the dissertation; Approval of the Examining Board The advisor must complete and forward to the area representative, by email, the name suggestion form for the examining board: The examining board is analyzed by the Program Council (CPPG) and appointed at CPG meetings (held on the dates indicated by the calendar). The board consists of the advisor, co-supervisor and at least 3 more members: at least one external to ITA and at least one accredited in the ITA Graduate Program. One of the members of the board is appointed president. An internal and an external alternate member are also appointed in case of unavailability of any member of the board.

    Invitation to external member(s)

      • The chairman of the board or adviser informs the student about the approval of the dissertation board by CPG.
      • The president or the student himself (as long as authorized by the first) contacts external members to formalize the invitation. If one of them indicates unavailability, the alternate member must be invited.
      • The student sends copies of the dissertation to all members of the board.
      • The president or the student himself (as long as authorized by the first) consults all members to schedule the date and time of the defense, which must be at least 15 days after the members receive their dissertations.
      • After setting the date, the chairman of the board makes the official statement to the Post-Graduation Secretariat, in an email sent to <>, with a copy to the members of the board and to the PROAP office <>.
      • The Graduate Secretariat (Elenice) sends the invitation letter to external members.

    Dissertation Exam

    The Dissertation Exam comprises: Oral presentation of the dissertation, lasting 50 min; Oral argument, in which each examiner assesses the candidate's knowledge on the topic of the dissertation. The assessment is made in a private meeting after the argument. The expected results are: Approval. The candidate has 30 days to deliver the final version of the dissertation to the secretary. Conditional approval. The bank sets a deadline for the final version, not exceeding 90 days. Disapproval. The candidate may request a new dissertation exam, only once, within a maximum period of one year. The above deadlines cannot exceed the course completion deadline.

    Course interruption cases

    Enrollment lockout is the temporary exclusion from the course for a maximum of 2 academic periods, with the right to re-entry, which can be granted only once, at the proposal of the Area Coordinator. This period is not counted, for the purposes of the course completion deadlines, when requested by medical recommendation or exceptional reason, at the discretion of the CPG. The transfer of a student enrolled in a Graduate Program to another program is carried out at the request of the student . It must have the consent of the supervisor and the coordinators of the programs and areas involved and approved by the Pro-Rector. Exclusion from the course may occur due to: student request; student's health reason; insufficient school performance; do not require enrollment in discipline in the period; cancel enrollment in all subjects in two periods; not meeting the minimum frequency in two subjects; or does not meet the deadline requirements for completion of the course and English exam. In the cases of exclusion above, the student may request, once only, readmission to the Master. Re-entry conditions are submitted to the CPG for judgment (see Regulatory Norms for Graduate Studies). Readmission is also considered as admission to the Professional Master's Degree after exclusion without completion in the Master's Degree at ITA or vice versa. In the case of exclusion due to insufficient academic performance, re-entry can only take place in a different program from which it was excluded. Termination is the exclusion from the Postgraduate Course at ITA without the right to re-enrollment or re-entry and will occur in cases of: disciplinary transgressions (see Regulatory Norms for Graduate Studies); school improbity; indiscipline; or if the student who requested readmission did not meet the conditions for re-entry.


    It is important that the master's student knows the Regulations for Graduate Studies (NOREG 2013), which can be found in the ITA Legislation, in the "Graduate Courses". In the rules of ITA's Graduate Program, we call this course the Academic Master to differentiate it from the Professional Master. Graduate programs may also have additional requirements, as described in CPG Resolutions.