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Study Regulations for Master Students
Approved by the Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2003.2.26
Article 9 revised in the 6th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2004.1.16
Article 11 revised in the 2nd Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2005.9.14
Articles 4 & 11 revised in the 7th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2006.4.24
Articles 11 & 12 revised in the Xth Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2007.1.26
Article 3 revised in the 3rd Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2008.10.06
Articles 11, 12, 13 & 15 revised in the 11th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2009.01.21
Articles 4, 11 & 15 revised in the Xth Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2009.06.16
Articles 10 revised in the 18th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2011.06.13
Articles 4 revised in the 1st Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2011.09.19
Articles 4 & 11 revised in the 1st Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2012.05.14
Articles 4 & 6 revised in the 2sce Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2012.10.15
Revised in the 4th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2012.12.10
Articles 6 & 10 revised in the 10th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2014.5.12
Article 11 revised in the 5th Institute Affairs Meeting dated 2015.1.12
Issues related to enrollment, course-taking, and examinations of master students in our Institute are processed according to the Study Regulations of the University for Graduate Institutes and related rules of our Institute.
The length of study for our master program is from 1 year to 4 years.
During the study duration, a student should take no more than 12 credits of graduate level courses in each semester.
Students should meet the curricular requirements for our program in the length of study (International Students exempt from taking the seminar course). In addition to the thesis, students are required to take at least 30 credits of courses. Students are not allowed to take courses at other institutes in the first semester; however, special cases can be approved by the Institute Affairs Meeting. Beginning from the second semester, students with an approval from advisors can take courses at any department. A total of 9 credits from other institutes are acceptable at most for graduation.
According to the 151th Teaching Affairs Meeting of our University, master students enrolled in 2009 academic year and after (not including foreigners or students in the on-the-job programs) must complete 4 credits of Required English course(s) (in addition to the previously mentioned 30 credits required for graduation). The regulations for the taking and the exemption of the Required English course(s) are as follows:
Required English course(s): It is compulsory to take 4 credits of English course(s) from the Required English courses for undergraduate students or any English courses at Department of Applied Foreign Languages.
Course exemption: Students who have got the certificate of the 2nd stage of General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) Intermediate Level or the NTUST “Summer Intensive English course” before or after enrollment, can be exempted from Required English course(s).
Students must have their course selections approved by their advisors. For those who do not have thesis advisors yet, their course selections must be approved by their mentors before being submitted to the Institute Chairperson for signature.
Students may apply for transfer credit or course waiver for any graduate-level courses taken prior to entering the institute. Applications are subject to approval based on associated regulations of the Ministry of Education, NTUST, and the Institute.
The selection of a master thesis title requires the approval from the thesis advisor. And the student should register the thesis title to the Institute Office. Only full-time professors at our Institute are qualified to be a thesis advisor. Due to research need, it is allowed to have a professor from other Institutes of NTUST or other Universities as the co-advisor, whose appointment requires the approval from our Chairperson.
A student is under the instructions of his/her advisor in terms of the selection/revision of the thesis title and the writing of the thesis content. Changing advisors require a common consent among the original advisor, the new advisor and the Chairperson. And by mutual agreement between the original advisor and the new advisor, the thesis content should be completely changed. In addition, the work that the student has done as a research assistant must be handed over to a new assistant.
For graduate students, the full mark for a course is 100 and the pass mark is 70(B-). Except for the Final Oral Exam, there is no make-up exam. If a student fails in a required course, he/she should retake it.
One should meet the following requirements before applying the Master Thesis Oral Examination:
One should have completed 4 credits of Required English course(s) (unless he/she is qualified for the exemption of Required English) and 30 credits of other courses, according to the regulations of our institute. The credits of courses being taken in the current semester can be counted.
One should have passed the Thesis Oral Proposal Hearing before he starts to collect the materials for his thesis. In addition, one should have passed that exam at least three months before the Thesis Oral Final Examination.
Before applying the Thesis Oral Final Examination, one should have submitted at least one peer-reviewed academic journal paper or have presented at least one conference paper.
The application of the Thesis Oral Final Examination should be handled according to the following principles:
The scheduled time periods for the examination are from the October to December in the first semester, and from April to June in the second semester, however, special cases can be approved by the Institute Affairs Meeting. The applicants should fill in the “Form to Recommend Thesis Oral Exam Committee Members” and it should be made public by the Institute Office two weeks before the Thesis Oral Final Examination.
The Thesis Draft and Summary must be submitted to the Institute Office two weeks before the Thesis Oral Final Examination. The institute Office will mail them together with a Letter of Appointment and an Invitation Letter to each Oral Examination Committee Member.
Thesis Oral Exam Committee is composed of 3~5 Committee members, among them at least two should be internal members. The selection and appointment of the members are decided by the Chairperson after consulting with the thesis advisor. The Thesis Oral Final Examination will be held only when at least 3 Committee members are present in the Thesis Oral Final Examination.
For a master student who fails in the Thesis Oral Final Examination, if his study time has not exceeded the maximum length of study, the student could apply again the Thesis Oral Final Examination in next semester or in next academic year.
Apart from the requirements by the above regulations, students should fulfill the following additional requirements to be granted the Master Degree in Education:
In the first 4 semesters during the study period, students should attend at least one conference (domestic or overseas) in each semester and provide proof of attendance.
After passing the degree examination, please submit copies of the Thesis to the Institute Office as required, then go through the deregistration (check-out) procedure.
If any plagiarism or cheating in a thesis is detected and proven true by the Thesis Oral Examination Committee, the student involved will be regarded as failed in the degree exam. Even if the degree has been granted, the diploma will be withdrawn and retrieved.
These regulations might be revised to meet the needs of education and research development of our Institute. The effective date and audience coverage of any revisions approved by the Institute Affairs Meeting should be processed according to the resolutions by the Meeting.
Any issues not covered by the above regulations are subject to related laws and regulations of Ministry of Education and regulations of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.