The accreditation of the MasterS level Gradaute Course in Chemistry occurred on March 7, 1990 (Process no. 23038.002545 / 89-24, Opinion no. 295/90 CRFEI DOU 04.04.90).
The first step to the formation of the Gradaute Program was the creation of a crital mass of qualifies researchers. Once this was achieved, research groups were formed, based on the common interests and mutual colloboration between the researchers. This allowed the little grant funding to be pooled and the researchers to focus on a few principal research areas. In 1992, the Program expanded, adding the Area of Analytical Chemistry as well undergoing an extensive reform of its curriculae with a decrease in the number of compulsory credits and new rules for student entrance, with choice of the desired areas.
The growth of the Area of Organic Chemistry impulsed the solicitation of the creation of the doctoral level which was approved in 1994 (GTC / CAPES (GTC/CAPES Official Letter recommendation No. DAA/GTC-6994 of July 19, 1994). In 1999, the doctoral level was expanded to include the Areas of Analítical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. In 2016, the Area of Hysical Chemistry was created at the masters and doctoral levels.
Throughout its trajectory, the Program has sought to maintain excellence in research. In 1998, it attained an "international" rating after evaluation by an international committee coordinated by CAPES. In 1996, the Program obtained a rating of 6 by CAPES and maintained this until 2007, when it obtained the top rating of 7. In 2013, this was adjusted to 6.
The PPGQ is part of a select group of Brazilian programs that have access to CAPEX PROEX (program of excellence) funding.