Master’s Programs


Forestry, Agriculture, and Veterinary Sciences

Our program has been offered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences since 1989, and it is taught by academics from the Institute of Animal Production along with collaborating professors from other academic departments and professionals from the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA). The objective of the program is the training of specialized professionals who are highly skilled both scientifically and technically and able to perform in the areas of teaching, research, and animal production.

Program Director: Juan Pablo Keim
Email: juan.keim@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1747 [Secretary]

The objective of this program is to train professionals with an interdisciplinary education in the sciences associated with the management and conservation of natural resources, with a solid scientific-technical base in the area of forests and the environment. Graduates will be capable of developing scientific studies and proposing innovative approaches and solutions in the utilization, management, and conservation of natural resources, as well as in the sustainable production of forests and the associated industries, with a clear understanding of the evolving socioeconomic and climatic context.

Program Director: Mauro González
Email: graduadosforestal@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1491 [Secretary]

The Master of Plant Science program was created in 1985 by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. It is taught and designed primarily by academics from the Institute of Plant Production and Health, and it is supported by the active participation of other institutes from the faculty and the university as well as researchers from other institutions. The program’s objective is the education of specialists in a way that strengthens technical abilities and research and problem-solving capacities in the public and private sectors linked to the area of plant science.

Program Director: Esteban Basoalto
Email: esteban.basoalto@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1747 [Secretary]

This program is offered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and taught by academics from the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Soils in conjunction with professors from other academic departments. The objective of the Master of Soil Science program is to train professionals who are highly skilled scientifically, capable of carrying out research, undertaking teaching duties, or developing new science and technology in the management and conservation of soils and waters, as well as in the area of soil fertility and plant nutrition.

Program Director: Dante Pinochet
Email: dpinoche@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1747 [Secretary]

The Master of Food Science program is directed at students and professionals who have completed undergraduate programs in food engineering, agronomy, biochemistry, and similar areas that have a solid foundation in the hard sciences of the agri-food field. The program responds to the need for greater graduate-level coverage in topics related to food science, instilling advanced theoretical knowledge as well as methodological tools for scientific research and development of good practices in the areas of food production, processing, and quality control. Advanced food technology is emphasized, as well as the instrumental analysis of food products.

Program Director: Kong Shun Ah Hen
Email: kshung@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1747 [Secretary]

The objective of this program, offered at the university’s Puerto Montt Campus, is to strengthen professional skills through the integration of new knowledge and the application of scientific and technological tools in problem-solving and decision-making in the areas of environmental issues and biosecurity in aquaculture. It is intended for professionals and undergraduate degree-holders in fields related to aquaculture, Chilean and foreign students alike, and especially those who work in industries, businesses, or institutions that utilize aquaculture and/or hydrobiological resources in development, research, innovation, management, or control of the aquatic environment.

Program Director: Carlos Molinet
Email: cmolinet@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 65 2277122 [Secretary]

This academic program is offered by the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences’ Institute of Animal Science in conjunction with other institutes of the Austral University of Chile. Animal science is a diverse and complex ensemble of specialized knowledge areas centered on biology and animal management. In this multidisciplinary program, farm animals are emphasized, particularly in terms of food production processes that are sustainable and ethically acceptable, which supports Chile’s governmental policies calling for the development of the nation as as “agri-food powerhouse.” Students entering this program will be taught through expository classes with abundant audiovisual material, practical visitations and training, and seminars and talks with specialists, forming an integrated approach to the confrontation of problems in basic and applied science in the area of animal science.

Program Director: Nancy Jerez
Email: nancy.jerez@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1548 [Secretary]

This scientifically-oriented academic program is offered by the Institute of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, which is part of the university’s Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, in collaboration with other academic departments. It is a multidisciplinary degree program that emphasizes both theoretical and practical education aimed at addressing problems in both basic and applied science in the area of animal health.

Program Director: Javier Ojeda
Email: javierojeda@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1548 [Secretary]

This is a scientifically-oriented degree program offered by the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences’ Institute of Preventive Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with other institutes. Preventive veterinary medicine entails a mode of addressing problems and an ensemble of activities aimed at the prevention of health risks both in animal and human populations, and with an emphasis on the areas in which those realms overlap. The program provides a solid theoretical and practical education in the maintenance of animal health through specific techniques of population-level diagnosis of health situations, feasibility studies, and implementation and administration of programs aimed at modifying specific situations. These activities resonate heavily with the preservation of human health in scenarios of shared health issues (human and animal); environmental health, in terms of agricultural production; and socioeconomic impact, in terms of the development of human activities.

Program Director: Cristóbal Verdugo
Email: cristobal.verdugo@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1548 [Secretary]

Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction

This program provides students with the skills necessary to to help advance the engineering sciences in the areas of acoustics and vibrations. This occurs through training in theoretical concepts, practical laboratory activities, individual guided study, and the development of a master’s thesis. Graduates will be prepared for development, technical innovation, and the generation of scientific research in the field with a high degree of autonomy. In particular, students in this program are trained to model, analyze, and predict the behavior of highly complex acoustic and vibratory systems and to solve practical problems with innovative and sustainable solutions. This begins with a process of scientific investigation, which is developed in line with the procedures and demands required by modern techniques in this area.

Program Director: Jorge Arenas
Email: jparenas@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1860 [Secretary]

This program is oriented toward the training of professionals to efficiently solve complex engineering problems. Graduates will be capable of applying knowledge in both study areas—including phase transformation, physical metallurgy, mechanical design, energy transfer, and automatic control—in the search for innovative technological solutions to problems in the productive and academic sectors. Education in these areas will be carried out through applied research that is both technical and interdisciplinary.

Program Director: Ernesto Zumelzu
Email: ezumelzu@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1860 [Secretary]

This is a professional master’s program that has both on-campus and distance components. It is aimed at enhancing, upgrading, and applying skills and abilities in the disciplinary areas associated with environmental and contextual design, and with effective civic participation, through sustainable interventions in the built environment at various scales. The program includes three areas of development and situated research: contextual theory and design, environmental design, and participatory design. These three areas form the curricular centerpieces of the program, whose training equips students to perform assessments, carry out analyses, and provide sustainable solutions and interventions in a relevant and situated manner. This master’s degree seeks to enable professionals with advanced theoretical and practical proficiency, allowing them to handle their professional careers in line with the demands of diverse cultural content, current environmental challenges, and the effective incorporation and participation of the public. Graduates of this program will be responsible for leading design processes within multidisciplinary work groups, actively advancing social innovation from an environmental, contextual, and participatory perspective.

Program Director: Andrés Horn
Email: andres.horn@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 244 4301 [Secretary]

Life and Physical Sciences

This master’s program, offered by the Faculty of Sciences, aims to educate students capable of independently carrying out and communicating the processes involved in the generation of biotechnological products. Students will also be capable of performing diagnostic biochemical assessments in the productive sector. The program satisfies the economic demand for highly qualified personnel in this field, and it also links university-level scientific and technological research to the productive sector. Likewise, it produces graduates with an up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge base and with the skills necessary to work in biotechnology research laboratories or to advance to doctoral programs in this field.

Program Director: Sergio Leiva
Email: sleiva@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1299 [Secretary]

The principal objective of this program is to educate professionals with a solid scientific foundation that allows them to identify and address issues related to genetics or its implications, both in terms of basic and applied science. It promotes the use of the hypothetico-deductive model in experiments, as well as inductive reasoning oriented toward the analysis of public or bioinformatic databases. The program’s research areas include population genetics; comparative and functional genomics; conservation genetics and genetic resources; and systematic, biogeographical, and evolutionary genetics. Students are equipped with a knowledge base that will allow them to pursue more advanced studies, and they also graduate with the capacity to develop professional activities in the academic, public, or private spheres.

Program Director: Pablo Sáenz
Email: pablo.saenz@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1299 [Secretary]

This master’s program was created in 1975 and is overseen by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Sciences. Its general objective is to impart both traditional and cutting-edge scientific knowledge about bacteria, viruses, and fungi in order for professionals in the area of biology to deepen their knowledge of microbiology and become active and capable in research in the discipline.

Program Director: Eduardo Valenzuela
Email: evalenzu@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1299 [Secretary]

The objective of this program, developed by the Faculty of Medicine, is to train professionals with a solid theoretical and practical knowledge base in human pathology, allowing them to develop both teaching and research activities.

Program Director: Carlos Figueroa
Email: cfiguero@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1410 [Secretary]

The principal objective of this program is to train professionals with a robust and integrated education in the ecological sciences, allowing them to develop academically in a way that corresponds to both the academic and professional worlds. This is achieved through training in modern theoretical foundations and up-to-date methodological tools related to the multiple areas in which the ecological sciences are applied, including both present issues and future challenges. This program also emphasizes participation and connections with the university’s other faculties, with the objective of generating a cross-disciplinary vision of ecological problems.

Program Director: Roger D. Sepúlveda
Email: rogersepulveda@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1299 [Secretary]

This master’s degree, offered by the Faculty of Sciences, represents the first and only graduate program of its type in the nation. Students are imparted with the theoretical, experimental, and methodological foundations necessary to design, develop, and promote research activities and management of paleontological heritage. The program is centered on learning and generation of knowledge about the evolution of living organisms over the history of our planet and their interactions and environmental contexts, as well as the legal framework that regulates this discipline. This program is endorsed by the Chilean National Monuments Council.

Graduates from this master’s program prepare, present, oversee, and develop projects and scientific consultations in the area of paleontology through a solid knowledge base including not only the discipline itself, but its legal context at both national and international levels. They are also capable of managing and carrying out research and activities based in paleontology for businesses that require these services, utilizing their command of the relevant laws and norms. Lastly, graduates are able to evaluate, utilize, and combine strategies to bring about better protection and conservation of paleontological heritage.

Program Director: Karen Moreno
Email: karenmoreno@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1299 [Secretary]

This program provides students with theoretical, experimental, and methodological tools that constitute a specialization in this knowledge area, which entails an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological components of hydrological systems and their relation to the economic and social activities of humans. In addition, graduates gain the capacity to design and develop research activities and to manage surface hydrological resources.

Program Director: Carlos Oyarzún
Email: coyarzun@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1299 [Secretary]

Medicine and Human Health

The Master of Health Sciences program seeks to increase the critical mass of professionals who approach their careers with a transdisciplinary perspective at a time when society calls for new indications, models, curriculums, methodologies, and learning strategies from institutions of higher education. This is also an era in which new studies are required in order to face complexities that no single discipline can resolve on its own. As such, this program’s objective is to contribute to the education of graduates capable of taking on complex tasks in their workplaces, generating innovative approaches that are systematic, ethical, and effective, and participating in the management of their institutions. It also supports the production of local evidence with research and intervention projects that address relevant situations in the work environment. The program has a solid theoretical, methodological, and personal framework that allows students to lead and assume responsibilities, with efficiency and efficacy, in the various spaces of the public and private health systems.

Program Director: Cecilia Molina
Email: cmolina@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1410 [Secretary]

The Faculty of Medicine’s post-graduate Medical Specialist programs have a long and renowned history in the education of medical professionals. However, rapid scientific and technological changes, growing demand for more effective medical solutions, and difficulty finding jobs in academic institutions and health centers—along with the continual necessity for professional modernization required by our society—merit innovative proposals in the formation of specialists and subspecialists. This master’s program helps to answer that call, representing an opportunity for medical specialists and subspecialists who are interested in obtaining an academic credential oriented toward the generation of scientific knowledge within their sub-specialities.

Program Director: Miguel Concha
Email: migconch@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1410 [Secretary]

The objective of this program, developed by the Faculty of Medicine, is to educate professionals of the highest level who possess the capacity to carry out specialized research and teaching in the field of neuroscience.

Program Director: Esteban Rodríguez
Email: erodrigu@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1410 [Secretary]

Social Sciences and Humanities

The Austral University of Chile’s Master of Business Administration is a professional graduate program that utilizes the classic approach of the “MBA” degree, as it is ubiquitously known and recognized. Our MBA deeply analyzes all areas of business management, and it is adapted to all relevant necessities in the areas of modern business and organizational leadership. Students are imparted with a global and integrated vision of the 21st century business, which helps to develop technical knowledge and management skills in parallel. The program is oriented toward undergraduate degree holders from various disciplines who are interested in developing their managerial abilities for decision-making in complex organizations.

Program Director: Guy Boisier
Email: guy.boisier@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1601 [Secretary]

The objective of this master’s program, which has a professional orientation, is to train specialists capable of addressing the management and development of touristic businesses and destinations from a multidisciplinary perspective. Additionally, graduates will possess fundamental skills allowing them to innovate in the tourism sector. The program entails a fruitful interchange between professionals and students, emphasizing real-world application and education in the most advanced methodologies and techniques available in diverse areas of modern tourism business and organization management. These areas include strategic planning, leadership and management of human capital, and territorial and touristic marketing, among others. Likewise, highly significant areas for local, regional, and touristic development are covered in-depth, including land-use planning; the evaluation of environmental, economic, and sociocultural variables in projects and development programs; and tourism research.

Program Director: Pablo Szmulewicz
Email: pszmulew@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1601 [Secretary]

The SPRING Program (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies) is a professional master of science (M.S.) program which, upon completion, is granted by the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany) in conjunction with the Austral University of Chile, or alternatively with one of the other universities in the program’s international network. SPRING has been considered as one of the top ten internationally-focused master’s programs in Germany, and it received official recognition from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2006. The program has a duration of two years: the first year is spent at the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), and the second is spent at one of the universities associated with the program, either in Chile (Valdivia), Ghana (Kumasi), Tanzania (Dar-es-Salaam), or the Philippines (Manila).

Program Director: Felix Fuders
Email: felix.fuders@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1601 [Secretary]

This program aims to prepare professionals who are highly skilled in research in the area of education policy and management, allowing them to comprehend and resolve issues in diverse organizational contexts. The program covers concepts including interdisciplinary study and international perspectives, as well as introducing complex and contextual analysis, approaching educational phenomena at the organizational and sociopolitical scales. Students will work with both quantitative and qualitative methodological designs oriented toward interpreting and understanding critical nodes in the education system, fostering sound decision-making based on valid and relevant information. Likewise, case studies and other methodological approaches will be considered as areas for the development of applied research methods and strategies for cultural transformation based on critical thinking and participation.

Program Director: Alberto Galaz
Email: alberto.galaz@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1312 [Secretary]

This program is intended to educate specialists equipped with solid theoretical and methodological foundations in research, analysis, and problematization of the contemporary creative and cultural processes present in Hispano-American literature, largely from interdisciplinary perspectives. The program promotes academic production among students through material support for attending conferences and seminars and, above all, for publishing in scholarly journals.

Program Director: Roberto Matamala
Email: matamala@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1312 [Secretary]

The term contemporary thought indicates that the curricular focus of this program is concentrated primarily on problems of modernity, including the configuration of a new subjectivity and its consequences in the epistemological, political, and ethical spheres. In chronological terms, while the educational goals of this program largely correspond to philosophical questions and arguments arising in the twentieth century, its development also demands the rigorous analysis of their nineteenth-century precursors. As such, contemporary thought as envisioned by this program extends from the critical reflection of the nineteenth century to the question of the end of modernity that we encounter in the present day.

Program Director: Roberto Chacana
Email: roberto.chacana@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1312 [Secretary]

This program, taught by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the Austral University of Chile in conjunction with the University of Girona (Spain), aims to educate professionals with expertise in legal culture, both Hispanic in particular and occidental in general. Graduates will develop a keen understanding of the historical evolution, current issues, and possibilities for future development of the principal areas of juridical knowledge. The program intends to educate jurists capable of reinterpreting, constructing, and comprehending law, and who are able to theoretically sustain their practical legal claims. Likewise, students will learn to situate the juridical tradition in the global context in which it is developing and, through this knowledge, cultivate the capacity to provide solutions that are reasoned, comparative, and supported by an extensive legal culture.

This master’s program breaks from the general tendency of current legal studies by not seeking specialization in a concrete technical area, but rather educating students from a theoretical perspective that will allow them to face any challenge that may arise in practice. They are provided with an extensive, solid foundation in the field that will enable them to form intelligent and original solutions. The program confers an enduring education: beyond studying rules and regulations, which are ever-changing, here the focus is on how they came to be, why they were produced as such, and where current normative and cultural changes are leading.

Program Director: Daniela Accatino
Email: daccatino@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1942 [Secretary]

This program was created in 2005 in order to respond to a growing demand for professional specialization studies by active professionals practicing law in Chile. It currently offers three concentrations: public law, private law, and criminal law and procedure. The objective of this ensemble of concentrations is to offer high-level tools for continuing education and professional upgrading. These tools are directed at a legal community primarily composed of practicing lawyers and public administration officials.

Program Director: Álvaro Núñez
Email: alvaro.nunez@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1942 [Secretary]

This program addresses the study and analysis of the great issues of the twenty-first century (water, poverty, violence, climate change, ecosystem destruction, and biodiversity, among others). This academic endeavor is carried out from a transdisciplinary perspective.

Program Director: Manfred Max-Neef
Email: manfred@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1601 [Secretary]

This program aspires to provide graduates with the tools needed for an integrated understanding of rurality in Latin America, as well as those necessary to contribute to rural development. These topics are approached with a local perspective and with special attention to small and family businesses and to local sectors and actors with limited access to resources. The program is fully accredited and is coordinated by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in conjunction with the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities. The Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences also collaborate in the delivery of this master’s degree, allowing for a truly interdisciplinary education.

Program Director: Juan Lerdon
Email: jlerdon@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1747 [Secretary]

This highly academic master’s program is aimed at deepening and updating knowledge in history and the social sciences, developing research, and fomenting an interdisciplinary perspective in the study of current issues. The program is focused on the history of the present, a new specialization within the field of history that addresses the present era. This area is understood not just as the study of the recent past, that of generations that are currently living, but also as a redefinition and reflection upon the activity of historiography in particular. The distinctive characteristics of the present call for the field of history to work with the social sciences in an interdisciplinary manner, sharing theories, methodologies, and general knowledge. Graduates from this program are expected to be capable of forming a synthesis from the problems studied, thereby obtaining a comprehensive vision of the present, and of developing a heightened understanding of the relationships that exist among different aspects of our reality. The program intends to strive for historical truth while demystifying the present. It follows that the student of the history of the present has a social responsibility and an ethical and civic commitment to the development of his or her academic endeavor.

Program Director: Fabián Almonacid
Email: falmonac@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1312 [Secretary]

This master’s program has been offered since 1998 by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities. It has been designed to impart a global understanding of communication and its impact on culture, as well as to set out a dialogic and reflexive paradigm aimed at educating graduates capable of supporting processes of sociocultural development.

Program Director: Claudio Valdés
Email: cvaldes@uach.cl
Tel.: +56 63 222 1312 [Secretary]

The objective of this program, which is offered at the Puerto Montt Campus, is to deliver a high quality education in integrates theoretical and practical factors linked to the work of the clinic with adult patients. This is carried out from a perspective that highlights three approaches to clinical psychology: post-rationalism, the systemic perspective, and psychoanalysis. This is a professional master’s program organized based on a four-semester study plan, and it is intended for psychologists, those with undergraduate degrees in psychology, or doctors with psychiatric specialties who are interested in developing skills linked to clinical psychotherapy with adult patients in both public and private contexts. The program aims to train professionals who are critical, reflexive, and competent in the field of adult clinical psychology. Graduates will possess the knowledge, capabilities, and aptitudes necessary to work effectively in psychotherapeutic and mental health contexts, both public and private, from post-rationalist cognitive, systemic, or psychoanalytical perspectives.

Program Director: José Cabrera
Email: jcabrera@smp.uach.cl
Tel.: +56 65 227 7122 [Secretary]