Postgraduate studies

New regulations since 2005 divide postgraduate studies at Mexican universities and research centers in two main categories:

  • Targeted at professional development
  • Especialización: A 1-year course after a Bachelor's degree (Licenciatura), which awards a Specialization Diploma (Diploma de Especialización).
  • Maestría: A 2-year degree after a Bachelor's degree (Licenciatura), which awards the title of Master (Maestro).
  • Targeted at scientific research
  • Maestría en Ciencias: A 2-year degree after a Bachelor's degree (Licenciatura), which awards the title of Master of Science (Maestro en Ciencias).
  • Doctorado en Ciencias: A 3-year degree after a Master's degree (either Maestría or Maestría en Ciencias), or a 4-year degree directly after the Bachelor's degree (Licenciatura) for high-achieving students, which awards the title of Doctor of Science (Doctor en Ciencias).