FAQ – TCC – Trabalho de Conclusão de Curso do MBA USP/ESALQ


Final Paper Stages

Yes. In the first semester of the course, specific classes (recorded) will be made available in the student area, approaching issues related to the Final Paper.

The indication is made based on the student’s area of interest.

Yes, the stages of the research project and preliminary results are worth grades (0 or 10).

The preliminary results must contain the introduction; material and methods; preliminary results; and references. This stage must be elaborated using the Final Paper template and the file post must be done via MOVE-Sistema TCC and within the deadline.

Yes, the presentation must be submitted to the organizing committee via MOVE-Sistema TCC in the format of a .ppt or .pptx file in the period established by the course coordination. This stage must be elaborated using the MBA-ESALQ standard template and identified with the student’s full name.

Yes. The coordination of the program will appoint an advisor to assist the student in the Final Paper elaboration.

Yes. It is possible to request an advisor transfer through a written explanation of the reasons for the request. The coordination of the program will evaluate each case to direct the student to an advisor who meets better their profile. Transfer requests should be submitted to the coordination of the program before the submission of the preliminary results of the paper via e-mail.

For the evaluation of the research project and the preliminary results, the file submitted by the student in the MOVE-Sistema TCC will be considered and the assignment of the grade will be made by the advisor. If the student submits the above stages within the prescribed period, a grade of 10.0 (ten) will be assigned to the activities, provided that the documents contain the topics and the minimum content defined in the guide Instructions for the Final Paper Elaboration. If the documents do not follow the structure and the minimum content, a grade of 0.0 (zero) will be assigned. The grade of each of the stages is equivalent to the test (P) of a taught class.

The final version of the Final Paper, that is, the version that the examining board will evaluate, must be submitted as a digital file elaborated in Word (.doc or .docx extensions), formatted according to the standards of the MBA USP/ESALQ, duly approved by the advisor and identified with the student’s full name. The post must be done via MOVE-Sistema TCC and within the deadline, defined and disclosed with due and necessary antecedence.

Although the student may choose a possible advisor to help in their Final Paper, it is up to the coordination of the program to define the most appropriate advisor for each student, matching the theme of the paper to the research line (field of study) of the accredited advisors.

A elaboração do TCC compreende nove etapas, sendo a primeira etapa relacionada às aulas de elaboração do TCC; a segunda etapa à escolha da área de desenvolvimento do TCC; a terceira etapa é à designação do orientador, realizada pela equipe do PECEGE; a quarta etapa é a elaboração do projeto de pesquisa; a quinta etapa se refere a entrega dos resultados preliminares (título; introdução; material e métodos; resultados preliminares; referências); a sexta etapa abrange o depósito do TCC (título; resumo ou sumário executivo; introdução; material e métodos; resultados e discussão, conclusão ou considerações finais, referências) e o agendamento da defesa; a sétima etapa corresponde à entrega da apresentação da defesa; a oitava etapa compreende a defesa do TCC e as provas finais no Evento realizado pelo PECEGE; e a nona etapa corresponde à entrega da versão revisada do TCC, quando solicitada, em até 30 dias após a defesa.

After the designation of the advisor, the student will have a deadline to submit the research project. The project must contain the title of the project; introduction; objective; material and methods; expected results; schedule of activities; and references. This document must be elaborated in the available paper model and must be sent via MOVE-TCC.

The scheduling of the Final Paper presentation will be performed only via MOVE-Sistema TCC and will be released only after the submission of the finished Final Paper as a digital file (.doc or .docx extensions), and during the period established by the course coordination. The student must schedule the day and time of the presentation, according to the advisor and rooms availability. After the scheduling is performed, it is not possible to change the date and/or time. We recommend that the Final Paper submission be made as soon as possible if the student has any day or time restriction since the number of rooms is limited per schedule.

In case the examining board requests corrections of the paper, the student will have the deadline of 30 days after the Final Paper presentation to submit the final version of the Final Paper (digital file with the .doc or .docx extension) via MOVE-Sistema TCC. The file must be formatted according to the standards of the MBA USP/ESALQ, duly approved by the advisor and identified with the student’s full name. For students who are “in grade recovery” in the presentation, the submission of the revised Final Paper is mandatory, since the revised version of the paper will be re-evaluated to verify whether the student met the requests of the examining board.

Ethics Committee in Research

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No, because the use of any type of text or document without the due quotation of the author is considered plagiarism and/or violation of copyrights, which results in loss of the right of the MBA Certificate.

The insertion of a picture in the paper is not allowed, it is necessary to adapt them in the form of tables.

No, because it is an optional section.

No, since each institution has the option to choose and adopt their standards of writing, quotations and lists of references to be followed. The Final Papers for the MBA USP/ESALQ courses must be mandatorily written following the format of the institution’s standards manual, based on ISO standards. Papers that do not contemplate the format will not be accepted.

The tables must be elaborated according to the institution’s standards for the final paper elaboration, created in electronic worksheets tools or text processors. Tables inserted as figures are not accepted.

When the student chooses to insert the acknowledgments in their paper, the student must thank those who contributed in a relevant way to the elaboration of the paper, but who are not the authors. A maximum of three (3) lines can be used for the elaboration of this topic.

Yes, the paper must contain the topics and sub-topics (elements) described in the Standards for the Final Paper Elaboration.

Yes, the submission of the economic feasibility spreadsheet (.xls or .xlsx) is mandatory only to the students who developed the Final Paper with this theme. To the students that this condition does not apply, there is no need to submit any type of file demonstrating calculations.

Economic feasibility papers use indicators such as intern rate of return (IRR), payback (return time) and net present value (NPV) or non-conventional indicators, such as contribution margin, balance point analysis and others. Papers using these indicators must submit the spreadsheet at the moment of the Final Paper submission and in a single file (excel – .xls or .xlsx), all the data and calculations used for the paper elaboration.

In case of questions, please contact the Advising Team.

Presentation Logistics

The MBA-USP/ESALQ courses last for four (4) semesters, and the final tests and Final Paper presentation are held after the end of the classes on a defined date, disclosed with due and necessary antecedence by the Coordination of the courses, at the Final Paper Event held by PECEGE.

It is not necessary to register for the Event to perform the presentation, the student must schedule their Final Paper presentation via MOVE-Sistema TCC by submitting the final version of the paper.

The presentations will be held via the LINKA Platform, which besides being intuitive, it provides students a unique experience so that they can make the most of this experience. On the platform, virtual rooms are available so that each student can make their presentation and in this virtual room, the student and board members can interact via audio, video, share their computer screen, and communicate via chat.

The Final Paper presentation lasts for a maximum of 1 hour, and the student has up to 20 minutes to present their paper to the examining board, who has up to 40 minutes to question the student and/or make suggestions for the improvement of the presented paper, in sequence, they inform the final grade to the student.

No. The coordination of the MBA-USP/ESALQ offers a standard presentation that must be used to elaborate the presentation of the paper.

After the end of the Event, the coordinators of each course will choose the best Final Paper, considering the best ones evaluated by the examining board. The selection of the winner will take into account criteria such as technical quality (clear, objective and coherent writing); content (objectivity and organization, linearity of thought, good literature review); scientific contribution (relevant theme, innovation in the application of concepts and overcoming gaps in knowledge) or contribution to continuing education and social benefit (relevant theme and innovation in the application of concepts); Probable impacts (academic-scientific or social relevance, practical application for problem-solving and improvements, contribution to the scientific community or the society in a broader way). The result will be disclosed on the digital media of MBA USP/ESALQ (Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, MyClass). The award will be granted in a recognition certificate form and an integral scholarship in one of the Distance Education MBA courses offered by USP/ESALQ, at the discretion of the winner. All the papers with a scheduled Final Paper presentation are enrolled to compete for the prize. The non-accomplishment of the standards for the Final Paper elaboration, established by the MBA USP/ESALQ program, will cause the decommissioning of the paper for the awards.

Due to measures to prevent the dissemination of COVID-19, the University of São Paulo suspended the final tests in in-person format for an indeterminate time, so, the presentation will happen online in a distance education format until new measures and instructions are adopted. In case of change, the students will be informed in due advance so that they can prepare themselves.

Para conclusão do programa o aluno deverá, obrigatoriamente, realizar as provas finais– (i) avaliação de conhecimento e (ii) interpretação de texto/caso na área do conteúdo do programa cumprido pelo aluno. As provas serão aplicadas individualmente e serão compostas por questões de múltipla-escolha. A aprovação nas provas finais é garantida se a média das duas provas for igual ou superior a sete (7,0).
Diante às medidas de prevenção à disseminação da COVID-19, a Universidade de São Paulo suspendeu as provas finais no formato presencial por tempo indeterminado, sendo assim, as provas ocorrerão à distância, até que novas medidas e instruções sejam adotadas. As provas finais serão realizadas via sistema acadêmico antes da defesa do TCC, em data programada pela coordenação dos cursos. Em caso de alteração, os alunos serão informados com a devida antecedência para se programarem.

Sim, pois a defesa do trabalho é pública. Na Plataforma LINKA será disponibilizada uma área para convidados e interessados assistirem a defesa. O link para aqueles que desejam prestigiar a(s) defesa(s) é

The examining board of the Final Paper is composed of two evaluators with a minimum title of Master, and the advisor is one of the members. If the advisor, for some reason, cannot participate in the presentation, another professional associated with the program will be indicated in the needed time in advance to compose the examining board.

Yes. The student can be failed if plagiarism is detected or if the paper does not meet the basic requirements contained in the institution’s guides for final paper elaboration.

No, because the presentations must be held during the Event.

Yes, it is a requirement of the University of São Paulo to the completion of the course of all MBA-USP/ESALQ students.

To follow the Final Paper presentations, guests do not need to register for the Event, just access the link below to watch the MBA USP/ESALQ Final Paper presentations:

Students must present wearing business or business casual attire.

The general average of the Final Paper evaluation will be informed to the students by the members of the examining board immediately after the debate. Three situations are admissible:

Situation 1 – Approved (grade equal to or above 7): the student is approved; at the discretion of the examining board, it can be requested a revised version of the paper including the corrections and suggestions presented by the board.

Situation 2 – Grade recovery (grade under 7.0 and above or equal to 5.0): in this situation, the student must submit a revised version of their Final Paper, within a period stipulated by the coordination of the program, with the changes requested by the board members for a new correction. The material will be reevaluated by the advisor, who will decide whether the paper is fit for approval (grade equal 7.0) or failed (if the corrections requested by the board are not performed). If the revised version is not submitted, the student will be failed instantly (situation 3).

Situation 3 – Failed (grade under 5.0): the student will be considered failed. In this case, the student will be prevented from receiving the MBA Certificate and will lose the right to the title of specialist by the University of São Paulo.