The Post-Graduation Program in Social Communication of UFMG started its activities in 1995, with the Master's degree (Resolution n.13 / 94, of 29/09/1994, of the University Council) and had the quality of its proposal recognized by CAPES already in the first evaluations to which it was submitted, obtaining concept 4 in the evaluation corresponding to the years 1996-1997; and obtained concept 5 in the evaluation corresponding to the period of the three consecutive years (1998-2000). In 2003 the PhD degree was created (Resolution no. 06/03 of 08/21/2003), and was also recommended at the level of excellence by CAPES, receiving grade 5, evaluation confirmed in the next three years 2004-2006 and also in 2007-2009. In the period from 2010 to 2012, the Program received the concept 6 from CAPES evaluation, recognizing its consistent intellectual production, social insertion and growing internationalization process. In the four subsequent years of evaluation, from 2013 to 2017, the Program received once again a grade of 6, confirming the consolidation of its trajectory, especially regarding these three topics above mentioned. In 2017, the PPGCOM won the Capes Theses Award in the Communication and Information Area (Mariana Souto's Thesis was pointed as the best national PHd work, directed by Professor Cláudia Mesquita and Co-oriented by Ângela Marques). In 2018, PPGCOM won two major awards: UFMG Thesis Grand Prize in the Major Areas of Humanities, Applied Social Sciences and Linguistics, Letters and Arts group; and CAPES Thesis Award 2018 - Best Thesis in the area of Communication and Information, offered by the Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination - CAPES (both agreed to Daniel Reis Silva's Thesis, directed by Prof. Márcio Simeone).
The PPGCOM UFMG performed consistently in the last four-year assessment, achieving the best concepts in all aspects. The production of its teachers presents excellent distribution and balance. The frequency with which teachers publish in higher level journals is high above the area average. The publication in scientific journals and international books, a fundamental criterion for the award of grade 6 in the last three-year evaluation, has grown in the last four years (2013-2017), particularly in prestigious journals. All teachers are implicated in international cooperation, involving European, North American and Latin American institutions. The result has been the holding of international events in Brazil and abroad; publication of books, chapters and articles in foreign journals; short courses in addition to the usual practice and growing student and teacher exchange. Extension projects include social solidarity and regional actions. The students that accomplished their master and/or PhD integrate, as teachers, several colleges of Communication in the country. Participation of teachers as members and referees in the main Scientific Associations and Journals of the area is remarkable. PPGCOM proposal is very well elaborate; presenting consistent, ongoing and expanding activities of internationalization of its activities, whether in international cooperation and agreements financed by the countries involved; in the training of masters and doctors in co-tutelage system; publications resulting from PPG faculty research with different countries of the European, African, North American and South American. Thus, the UFMG was nominated for note six (6), maintaining the concept awarded in the previous the three-year period of evaluation. The average titling time for the master's degree is 25.5 months, considered 'VERY GOOD' according to the parameters established by the area. The average titling time for the doctorate is 46.87 months, considered 'VERY GOOD' according to the parameters established by the area.
Adequate infrastructure, with its own facilities and shared with the undergraduate. It has its own classroom and 12 offices for teachers, as well as spaces for some of the research groups. Students and researchers have access to library and journal collections. Points out that PPGCOM has been making efforts to expand and renew the bibliographic collection through the acquisition of titles with resources from the PROF budget, from UFMG itself and from specific notices, such as those of FAPEMIG.