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Graduate Requirements

IMPIS requires completion of a minimum of 30 credits and a MA thesis (project) for graduation. Students need to complete all their courses in 2-4 years to fulfill all the program requirements.

*The requirement of graduation credits is adjusted from 33 credits to 30 credits since academic year 2016/17; this adjustment is also applied to students who was enrolled in academic year 2015/16.

Course Requirements

Core courses - 12 Credit
Elective courses -18 Credits 
Non-IMPIS courses - 9 Credits (taught in Chinese and English and included in elective courses credits)

M.A. Thesis (M.A. Project) 

Students may report their thesis topics and find thesis advisors after the end of the first semester. Thesis advisors can be any professor from higher education institutions of accredited by the Republic of China Ministry of Education.  
Students must pass the oral exams for thesis proposal and thesis, respectively, in the designated period of study.
 

Thesis Proposal Defense 

1. After the first semester, the application for oral exam (thesis proposal) can be submitted each semester. 
2. The application for thesis proposal oral exam should be submitted to IMPIS office 2 weeks before the proposal oral exam. 
3. One hardcopy of the thesis should be submitted and displayed in IMPIS office 2 weeks before the proposal oral exam. 
4. Each oral exam committee members should receive one hardcopy of the thesis proposal from students 2 weeks before the exam. 
5. The thesis exam is failed if 2/3 professors marks student ‘fail’. 
6. Students who fail in the thesis exam may resubmit applications and retake the thesis exams the next semester. 
7. The committee consists of at least three members, including one advisor. At least one member should be affiliated to non-NCCU.
 

Thesis Defense 

1. Students who have passed the thesis proposal oral exams the last semester, and have completed the minimum 30 credits of requirement may apply for the thesis exam. (*Thesis proposal exam and thesis exam cannot be in the same semester.) 
2. Students must apply for thesis exams online and submit the application two weeks before the exam. 
3. One hardcopy of the thesis must be submitted and displayed in IMPIS for 2 weeks before the exam. 
4. Each oral exam committee member should receive one hardcopy of the thesis 2 weeks before the exam. 
5. The exam committee should consist of those in the proposal defense. However, members could change under the permission of the advisor. 
7. The thesis exam is failed if 2 of 3 professors give scores lower than 70 or if the average score is 69 (out of 100) and below. 
8. Students who fail in the thesis exam may resubmit applications and retake the thesis exams the next semester. 
9. Students who fail again will not receive the diploma and will terminate their study in the program.