Graduation from the Administration and Accounting courses at the Social and Applied Sciences Center (CCSA) requires production of a Cross-Disciplinary Graduation Paper (“Graduation Paper”). The Economics course, in its turn, requires a Monograph. In any case, graduation papers are produced over the course of two consecutive semesters (the seventh and eighth). This is regarded as the crowning moment of the undergraduate program, as it consolidates the efforts and resources allocated to students to provide them with the inputs they need to complete the undergraduate cycle in such a manner as to create value for themselves. This justifies the investments made in the skills of the researchers (Graduation Paper and Monograph advisors), in equipment in libraries and in CCSA’s facilities.
The internships offered in the Social and Applied Sciences Center – CCSA’s programs, pursuant to a Standard Resolution from the Ministry of Education’s Federal Education Council, aim to provide practical supplementation to the knowledge and skills developed therein, and are deemed essential to a proper academic training and professional growth. Through the corporate experience and acquaintance with professionals that internships provide, students prepare to join the labor market.
Mackenzie maintains an area that supports students’ search for internship positions, the Administrative Internships Area (“Área Administrativa de Estágios” – AAE), also known as MackEstágio. In addition to the AAE, students at the Social and Applied Sciences Center – CCSA, through the internships coordination, are entitled to support before and after their internships, in the form of support and guidance activities stemming from CCSA’s contacts and meetings with partner companies.
The purpose of the “Complementary Activities” at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University’s Social and Applied Sciences Center is to add to the comprehensive education of students enrolled in the Business Administration, Business Administration with Foreign Trade Emphasis, Economics and Accounting programs. The integration of theoretical knowledge and practice has been one of the distinctive traits of CCSA’s courses, and contributes to a better understanding of learning, research and extension activities. Out-of-classroom activities are becoming increasingly relevant to students’ professional and scientific training, enabling the skills-building, academic careers, and the acquisition of experiences that regular syllabus activities do not address.
The Extension at the Center for Social and Applied Sciences is based on activities integrated with Teaching and Research in transformative actions through Programs, Projects, Courses, Events and Services, interlacing the segments of the university in order to broaden the reach of the know how to build or acquire in the academy the integral formation of the student and the exercise of social responsibility of Higher Education in meeting the demands of the External Community
Research at CCSA is marked by the development of research projects that gather together professors and students at various levels, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates.
The involvement of undergraduate students in Scientific Initiation research projects has proven itself an important element in the training of the future’s administrators, accountants and economists, as this fosters the ability to search for and select information for the purposes of problem-solving.
The ability to solve problems in innovative ways and based on scientific information has been helping CCSA students to successfully compete in the fierce race for positions in the jobs market.
Every semester, the UPM’s Research Coordination offers the opportunity to engage in research projects to students, in particular those not yet at the internship stage. The best projects by students who are not yet employed are granted scientific Initiation scholarships (PIBIC) from CNPq, IPM and Mackpesquisa. All, however, have the chance to develop volunteer research projects (PIVIC) with support from professors and advisors, as long as their projects are submitted to and approved by the science committee.
CCSA makes available its firstname.lastname@example.org email address for students interested in taking part in research projects to indicate their interest and clarify doubts. It also maintains weekly support sessions where students may obtain information by talking directly to the professor on call.
In an effort to encourage Master’s and Doctors’ candidates’ execution of excellent research projects, scholarships are provided according to predetermined criteria, and made available through different funding sources, such as Mackpesquisa and government-run agencies.
CCSA professors have UPM’s support in the performance of research activities in the form of compensation for hours devoted to this specific purpose, and may also receive grants from Mackpesquisa and outside funders like government-run agencies FAPESP, CNPq, CAPES and more.
CCSA professors have been increasingly successful securing funding, be it from Mackpesquisa or from government-run entities, which bears witness to the quality of the research that has been underway in the Unit.