1. According to Article 5 of the “Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan” published by the Ministry of Education and the “Foreign Student Admission Procedure” of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), only the students, who are not citizens of the Republic of China and do not possess the legal status of overseas Chinese, are eligible to apply as international students.
2. International students who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree at accredited universities in Taiwan or other countries are eligible to be considered for admission to the Master Programs offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Computer Science (CS) Colleges at NCTU.
3. A newly admitted graduate student may defer his/her enrollment for one semester with the permission of the director of the enrolling institute. The student must submit a request for deferred enrollment along with documents explaining the reasons for the deferral before he/she registers at NCTU. The request will only be approved if it is justified with compelling reasons.
1. The term of study for a master degree is one to four years.
2. A student may apply for leaves of absence from his/her enrolled institute. The leaves must be approved by the thesis advisor of the student and the director of the program. The leaves may last one or more semester(s) or academic year(s). The total duration of leaves is normally limited to four semesters or two academic years. Extended leaves of absence those last more than two academic years will be approved only if the student suffers from a serious chronic illness, and the diagnosis is certified by a public hospital. The application of extended leaves of absence must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs.
1. Every master degree student enrolled in EECS International Graduate Program must complete at least twenty-four (24) credit hours of graduate-level courses before graduation. The curriculum should consist of the following four
Major Technical Courses [6 credits]
The major technical courses are determined by the Curriculum Committee of academic institutes in the ECE and CS Colleges. These courses are listed in the “List of Major Technical Courses”.
Common Technical Courses [9 credits]
The common technical courses include all the major technical courses and other graduate-level technical courses offered by NCTU ECE & CS Colleges.
Elective Courses [9 credits]
The elective courses include all the common technical courses and all graduate level courses offered by the University System of Taiwan (UST). Accreditation of courses taken outside of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science areas must be approved by the Academic Committee of the program, and should apply them before the add and drop deadline.
Graduate Seminar Course [Mandatory, 0 credit]
Every student must pass the graduate seminar course for at least three semesters before graduation. For those students who graduate in one year, they should take the seminar course in both semesters. Students who transferred only from CS college can waive seminar course requirements of this program.
2. The official undergraduate transcript must be submitted upon enrollment for those whose undergraduate major are not electrical engineering, computer science or related field. The committee of EECS International Graduate Program reviews and evaluates whether the student has taken electrical engineering / computer science fundamental courses (minimum three) as undergraduate. If the student does not meet this criterion, the student must complete and pass the fundamental courses that are assigned by EECS IGP director, EECS IGP associate director and student advisor within three semesters after enrollment.
3. Every student must take 2 courses or at least 4 credits of Chinese language courses (which cannot be counted toward fulfillment of EECS International Graduate Program) before and during their study at NCTU. Students who pass Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) or other Chinese language proficiency test can waive the Chinese language course requirements.
4. Every student should take an independent study course every semester throughout their study at NCTU. Their performance in the independent study is evaluated by their thesis advisor. Every student must complete at least two independent study courses with passing grades before graduation. The independent study courses are not counted toward fulfillment of course requirements.
5. Every student must complete the “Academic Research Ethics Education course” in the platform from “Center for Taiwan Academic Research Ethics Education”. This course requires students to take an exam after completing it. This exam must be passed before the end of the first semester of their first study year. Students who fail to do so will not be able to apply for the Master Degree Examination.
6. Students who have an oral examination should complete the “Turnitin system” for the reference of the degree examination committee.
7. Transfer of Credits
At most three graduate-level courses completed at other accredited institutes with passing grades may be counted toward the fulfillment of the course requirements of an enrolled student. A student who seeks a transfer of credit must submit an application for credit transfer to the program within the first two weeks after his/her enrollment into NCTU. The student should provide official transcripts and courses information to substantiate the application. Whether the credits are eligible for transfer shall be considered according to the university’s Guidelines for Credit Transfer. The application must be approved by the supervisor of this program.
8. A student who fails to complete the course requirements and/or pass the master degree examination within his/her term of study will be dismissed from the program. His/her enrollment at NCTU will also be terminated.
1. A student must select a thesis advisor and submit the Thesis Advisor Agreement Form within his/her first semester at NCTU. Student may select his/her thesis advisor among the full-time faculty members of ECE and CS Colleges. Student who wants to receive joint supervision from faculty members of other institutes must obtain the permission from his/her thesis advisor.
2. Every student should submit a thesis proposal six months prior to his/her application for a Degree Examination.
3. In order to change thesis advisor, a student must obtain permissions from the original advisor, the new advisor and the director of the program.
1. Master students who have satisfied the following criteria may take the Master Degree Examination.
a. Those who have completed the required coursework and the required credit hours within the limit of their study terms.
b. Those who have passed the required examinations in accordance with the master programs.
c. Those who have submitted their master thesis in English.
Students who met the requirements stated above and passed the master degree examination administered by the examination committee will be awarded the master degree.
2. Under normal conditions, students should take their master degree examination after completing all the required coursework. In some cases, with the recommendation of the thesis advisor, a student may take the master degree examination before completing his/her courses. The degree will be awarded upon the successful completion of all the courses and the earning of sufficient credit hours. The master degree examination will be deemed invalid if the student fails to satisfy the requirements before the end of the semester.
3. The Master Degree Examination is usually conducted in the form of an oral examination. An additional written examination may be held, if necessary. The examination should be conducted according to the following rules.
d. The oral examination should be held in public with its time, place and thesis topic of the candidate to be announced in advance.
e. Members of the degree examination committee should attend the examination in person. No substitution or proxy arrangement is permitted. The examination can only be held with at least three committee members in attendance.
f. Committee of the master degree examination should consist of 3-5 members. The committee members need to satisfy at least one of the following conditions:
i. Who had been a professor, an associate professor or an assistant professor.
ii. Who had been an academician, researcher, associate researcher or an assistant researcher in ACADEMIA SINICA.
iii. Who possesses a Ph.D. degree, and does excellent in academia.
iv. Who has great achievements in special research fields.
iii. and iv. should be recognized by a certain committee of this program. Relatives of the students cannot be members of the degree examination committee.
g. A chairperson (other than the thesis advisor of the student) will be elected within the examination committee.
h. The student is deemed passing the examination if he/she obtains an average score of seventy (70) or above out of one hundred (100). Nevertheless, when the majority of the committee members issue failing scores (lower than 70), a decision of failure will be made without calculating the average score.
i. A student who passes the examination will receive comments and suggestions for revision as guidelines for the revision of the thesis from the committee. Once the thesis is revised, it shall be reviewed by the committee that agrees with the revision. The thesis is considered passed if a minimum of 2/3 of the committee will sign the “Oral Defense Committee Review Form” and the grade of the oral defense is final.
j. The student is deemed failing the examination if plagiarism or fraudulence is found and confirmed by the examination committee.
k. A student who has failed his/her master degree examination may take the examination one more time in the following semester or academic year. A candidate who fails the examination for a second time will be dismissed from his/her enrolled program.
l. If a member of the examination committee is physically absent from the examination, he/she is regarded to waive his/her right to serve in the examination committee. He/ she may not ask for a make-up examination nor sign on the Thesis Approval Form.
m. Conformed to the policies of the national library, students should submit an electronic copy and two printed copies of their thesis. One to the school library and one for the Ministry of Education for archiving within one month after they passed their master degree examination.
4. Every student must complete the graduation procedures before he/she may obtain his/her diploma/degree.
1. The rules and regulations stated in this document shall be administered after they are approved by the Curriculum Committee of ECE and CS Colleges, and the University Academic Office. Any revision to this guideline must follow the same procedures.
2. Any regulation not mentioned above should be processed according to the related rules of NCTU.
3. If any discrepancy exists between the English texts and the Chinese texts of the academic regulations, the Chinese texts prevail.