The present study had as objective to understand the relationship between academic advisors and graduate students and their influences in the process leading from research to the completion of thesis and dissertations in São Paulo/Brazil graduate programs in Accounting. The methodology adopted was qualitative collecting data and information through interviews. Results indicated that in the choice process academic advisors valued technical characteristics of the students. However students tended to be appreciative of the advisers affectionate and personal characteristics. It was also verified that the orientation qualifies graduate students for authoring articles in periodicals and that many problems could be explained by the nature of the relationship between advisors and their advisees.
Relationship advisors/advisees; master degree; accounting; thesis; dissertations