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This page refers to Master's degrees outside of Europe and North America. For more information, please see Master's degrees.


In Brazil, after a regular graduation, students have the option to continue their academic career through a Master (a.k.a. strictu sensu) or Post-graduation (a.k.a. latu sensu) degrees.

At the Master's degree ("mestrado", in portuguese, also referred as "strictu sensu") there're 2–3 years of full-time graduate-level studies. Usually focused on academic research, the Master's degree (on any specific knowledge area) requires the development of a thesis, presented (and defended) to a board of PhDs after the period of research. Differently, the "Post-graduation" degree (also referred as "latu-sensu"), also comprehends a 1–2 years studies, but do not require a new thesis to be purposed and defended, being usually attended by professionals looking for a complimentary formation on a different knowledge area than their original graduation.

In addition, a great part of Brazilian universities offers a MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree. Those, nevertheless, are not the equivalent of US MBA degree though, as it does not formally certifies the student/professional with a Master's degree (strictu-sensu) but a post-graduation degree instead. A regular post-graduation course has to comply with a minimum of 360 class-hours, while a MBA degree has to comply with a minimum of 400 class-hours. Master's degree (strictu sensu) does not requires minimum class-hours, but it's practically impossible to finish it before 1,5 year due the workload and research required; an average time for the degree is 2,5 years.

Post-graduation (latu sensu) and MBA degrees can be also offered as distance education courses, while the Master's degree (strictu-sensu) requires physical attendance.

Often serves as additional qualification for those seeking a differential on the job market, or for those who want to pursue a PhD. It corresponds to the European (Bologna Process) 2nd Cycle or the North American Master's.

Hong Kong[edit]

MArch, MLA, MUD, MA, MSc, MSocSc, MSW, MEng, LLM[edit]

Hong Kong requires one or two years of full-time coursework to achieve a master's degree.

For part-time study, two or three years of study are normally required to achieve a postgraduate degree.


As in the United Kingdom, MPhil or Master of Philosophy is a research degree awarded for the completion of a thesis, and is a shorter version of the PhD.


In the Indian system, a Master's degree is a postgraduate degree following a Bachelor's degree and preceding a Doctorate, usually requiring two years to complete. The available degrees include:


MA, MSc, MBA[edit]

Post-graduate studies in Israel require the completion of a bachelor's degree and is dependent upon this title's grades. There exists also a direct track to a doctorate degree for graduate students, which lasts four to five years. Taking this route, the students must prepare a preliminary research paper during their first year, they then have to pass an exam after which they are automatically awarded a Master's degree.


This is relatively new degree, given by private colleges.


In Taiwan, bachelor degrees are about four years (with honors) and there is an entrance examination required for people who want to study in Master and PhD degrees. The course offered for Master and PhD normally is research-based.

The most Foreign Friendly Programs in Taipei, Taiwan are at

1) National Taiwan University College of Management- Global MBA (MBAs in Finance, Accounting, Managemenet, International Business and Information Management)

2) National ChengChi University - IMBA

Programs are entirely in English and Tuition fee cost less than would be paid in North America. As little as US$5000 for and MBA.[citation needed]

As an incentive to increase the number of foreign students, the government of Taiwan and universities have made extra efforts to provide a range of quality scholarships available[citation needed] These are university specific scholarships ranging from Tuition waivers, up to NT$20,000 per month. The government offers the Taiwan Scholarship ranging from 20,000-30,00 per month for 2 years. (US$18,000 - US$24,000 for a 2 year program)