Unisinos Postgraduate - Economics (MSc/PhD) - In person - Porto Alegre
Academic Master

Economics (MSc/PhD)

In person - Porto Alegre


Porto Alegre


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The UNISINOS Masters Program in Economics provides a broad and solid theoretical and empirical foundation in the fields of Industrial Organization and International Economics. Furthermore, the skills our students develop make them able to work in the public or private sectors, in addition to allowing students to ingress in teaching and researching careers.

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Emphasis: Industrial Organization and International Economics

The area of concentration in Industrial Organization and International Economics examines issues related to the competitiveness of sectors and firms and the effects of international economic integration on countries. These issues are addressed on the empirical and theoretical plans.

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It incorporates advances in empirical investigation and the theoretical plan to the academic activity. The Research focuses on the so-called "industrial studies" related to industrial organization and competitiveness of local industries/production clusters of the Brazilian industrial park, especially those in Rio Grande do Sul. It is also intended that results obtained by the research activity may provide subsidies to the strategies of companies, workers, and the creation of public policies.

It analyzes the theoretical and empirical effects of the economic integration regarding trade and the variables studied by the open economy macroeconomics . In trade, the impacts of the international economic integration are analyzed, both in a discriminatory way (preferential, via trade blocks) as well as in a non-discriminatory way (non- preferential, via WTO), especially about variables such as flows of goods and services, welfare, and economic growth. Regarding the open economy macroeconomics, exchange rate regimes, coordination of macroeconomic policies, and capital flows are examined in more detail.


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Master's Degree Curriculum

The Master's degree courses are structured in three modules: I - basic, of a required nature, composed of three (3) courses that concentrate on leveling content; II - basic with an investigative emphasis, composed of two (2) required courses. Students shall choose one (1) out of two (2) courses according to their line of research; III - elective, composed of non-required courses, where students must take four (4) courses that will be selected under the supervision of their advisor.
The completion of the Master's program requires 30 credits: three (3) required basic courses, corresponding to nine (9) credits; one (1) required basic course with an investigative emphasis, corresponding to three (3) credits; four (4) electives, totaling 12 credits; and a passing grade in the Thesis Project Qualification Test, corresponding to six (6) credits. Each credit is equal to 15 course hours, as shown beside.

Required Courses (9 credits) keyboard_arrow_down

- Microeconomics I (3 credits)
- Macroeconomics I (3 credits)
- Quantitative Methods I (3 credits)

Required Course, with an investigative emphasis (3 credits)* keyboard_arrow_down

- Industrial Organization (3 credits)
- International Economics 1 (3 credits)
(*) The student must choose one of the courses listed above.

Electives (12 credits) keyboard_arrow_down

- Technology Economics (3 credits)
- Regional Economics (3 credits)
- Brazilian Economics (3 credits)
- International Economics II (3 credits)
- Basic Econometrics (3 credits)
- Time Series Econometrics (3 credits)
- Panel Data Econometrics (3 credits)
- Applied Statistics (3 credits)
- Quantitative Methods II (3 credits)
- Multivariate Methods (3 credits)
- International Corporate Finance (3 credits)
- Advanced Topics in International Economics (3 credits)
- Advanced Topics in Industrial Organization (3 credits)
- Special Topics in Economics (1 credit)

Final Course Paper (6 credits) keyboard_arrow_down

- Thesis Defense (6 credits)


The student of the Economics Graduate Programhas at your disposal a faculty composed of doctors with national and international training and recognized professional experience.



Angelica Massuquetti

Angelica Massuquetti

Doutora em Desenvolvimento, Agricultura e Sociedade

Angélica Massuquetti holds a Doctorate in Development, Agriculture and Society from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), with a Sandwich Doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), a Master’s degree in Rural Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She joined UNISINOS in 2000, is currently engaged in research projects and teaching at the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in the field of Economics at Unisinos Business School. She also is Assistant Editor of the Revista Perspectiva Econômica, Leader of the Research Group International Economic Integration (UNISINOS - CNPq) and Editor of Rural Economics of the Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural (RESR). She has experience in Economics, with an emphasis on International Economics, acting mainly on the following themes: International Agricultural Trade, International Economic Integration, International Agricultural Policy, Regional and Rural Economics.

Guilherme Stein

Guilherme Stein

Doutor em Economia de Empresas

I have a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, I have a master's and doctorate in Economics from Fundação Getulio Vargas. I have been an assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Economics (PPGE) at Unisinos since 2019. My subjects of interest are: Causal Impact Assessment, Applied Microeconometrics, Labor Economics, Micro Development and Political Economy. My personal website is: https://sites.google.com/site/steinguilherme/

Janaína Ruffoni Trez

Janaína Ruffoni Trez

Doutora em Política Científica e Tecnológica

Leader of the Research Group on Economic Dynamics of Innovation (GDIN) since 2013. Topics of interest: growth, economic development and innovation technological paradigms and adoption of innovations competition dynamics and sectoral studies firms' dynamics and innovation capabilities, university-firm interaction, proximities and knowledge flows.

Luciana de Andrade Costa

Luciana de Andrade Costa

Doutora em Economia

Ph.D. in Economics from Drexel University (2012). Holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (2002) and a Master's degree in Business Administration (Major in Finance) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (2005). She joined Unisinos in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor engaged in research projects and teaching at Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in the field of Economics at Unisinos Business School. Her research interests are in the areas of Industrial Organization, Health Economics, and Microeconometrics.

Magnus dos Reis

Magnus dos Reis

Doutor em Economia

Professor and Head of the Graduate Program in Economics at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos). Phd. in Applied Economics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (2017), a degree in Economic Sciences (2008) and a Master's degree in International Economics from Unisinos (2012). He is currently a member of the International Economic Integration Research Group and is a member of the supervisory board of the Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia (ANPEC). He has experience and interest in the following areas: International Trade, Econometrics, Trade Policy and Foreign Direct Investment (IED).

Marcos Tadeu Caputi Lelis

Marcos Tadeu Caputi Lelis

Doutor em Economia

Professor at the Economics Program, Unisinos University, Brazil. Ph.D. in Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS - Brazil) with publications in international journals, A1 and A2. He is a Research Fellow at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). He is currently the Coordinator of the Competitiveness and International Economics Research Group, developing research in partnership with public and private institutions in Brazil.

Rafael Kunst

Rafael Kunst

Doutor em Computação

Professor and Researcher at the Graduate Program in Economics at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos). He holds a Ph. D. and an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science; both received from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). His current research interests involve data science, machine learning, next-generation mobile communications, such as 5G and 6G, military communications, Industry 4.0, smart cities, and the Internet of Things. He has extensive experience as a consultant, coordinating and participating in projects with companies from Brazil and abroad. In 2009 and 2010, he was an invited researcher at the University of Pisa, Italy, and in 2020 he was a visiting professor at the IBM Watson IoT Center - Munich, Germany.

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Gisele Spricigo

Gisele Spricigo

Doutora em Economia

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Jose Roberto Iglesias

Jose Roberto Iglesias

PhD in Physics

He graduated in physics at the Instituto Balseiro, Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina, where he completed a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Brazil in Physics in 1969. He did his Ph D in Orsay, France in 1977. In 1986, he approved public examinations for exams and titles and took over as Full Professor at the IF-UFRGS. In addition, he has been a CNPq Research Productivity Fellow since 1979, currently at Senior level. In recent years he has been dedicating to the study of interdisciplinary problems: mainly physics applied to economics and the social sciences, studying problems such as income distribution, opinion propagation, epidemics, crime and risk propagation in complex networks. In August 2019, UFRGS awarded him the title of Professor Emeritus.