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Master

Department of Communication Engineering
Academic and Other Requirements for the Master’s Program
 
Augmentation of the global demand for communications and the demand for high-speed and diversified information transfer has enabled telecommunications to thrive around the globe and made an increase of the demand for advanced communication engineers. Currently, telecommunications have become the focus industry promoted by the government. Moreover, it has introduced a good number of major telecommunication projects in order to improve the domestic R&D capacity, to promote technological development, and to enhance the global competitiveness of telecommunications in Taiwan.
 
Since introducing the master’s program in communication engineering in 1979, the Department of Communication Engineering of NCTU has become a major academic institution for the education and cultivation of advanced communication engineers on the island. The program is divided into the systems, wave majors, and candidates may apply for admission to the program through either (1) screening test or (2) entrance examination. Number of candidates accepted by individual admission channels will be determined by the Postgraduate Students Enrollment Committee of DCE in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education and the actual R&D needs of DCE. Postgraduate students are required to fulfill the requirements as stated in this document before the conferment of a master’s degree. Matters not provided herein shall be subject to the relevant rules and regulations of NCTU.
 
1.        Requirements and other rules of admission through screening test
1.1      Applicability
(1)      Group A
(2)      Group B
1.2      Qualification
1.2.1  Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree, including those who will graduate in the same year of admission.
1.2.2      Letter of recommendation
Candidates are required to submit two letters of recommendation written by former teachers (assistant professor or higher status) or managers of his/her employer.
1.3      Contents of screening test
Data review.
1.4      Other requirements are subject to the enrollment brochure of the year.
 
2.        Requirements and other rules of admission through entrance examination
2.1      Applicability
(1)     Group A
(2)     Group B
2.2      Qualification
2.2.1          Full-time students
Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree obtained from a domestic private or public college or university accredited by the Ministry of Education regardless of the field of concentration, including those who will graduate in the same year of admission.
2.2.2          Part-time students
Candidates must satisfy the requirements of full-time students and (1) are currently employed by a government agency, school or private/public sector; or (2) teachers of private/public schools with at least two consecutive years of teaching experience. All part-time students must submit an agreement on continuing education issued by the employer.
2.2.3          Contents of examination
Written test and data review.
2.2.4          Other requirements are subject to the enrollment brochure of the year.
 
3.        Academic and graduation requirements
3.1      Required credits for graduation: 24 (not including Graduate Seminar and Academic Dissertation Research).
3.2      Required courses
3.2.1        Common required course:
(1) Graduate Seminar: to be taken subject to students’ groups in four semesters.
(2) Academic Dissertation Research: to be taken in four semesters.
Students of advanced graduation shall not subject to the restrictions. However, they should take Graduate Seminar and Academic Dissertation Research in all the semesters in the study period.
3.2.2        Major courses: 6 credits (see Appendix A: List of Major Courses), the courses must be offered by DCE.
3.2.3        Selective courses: 18 credits
3.3      Taking courses not offered by DCE from other departments
Students may take courses related to electrical engineering and computer science. If students desire to take courses in other fields, they must apply for permission from the advisor and director of institute. (Application form as shown in Appendix B)
3.4      Taking courses offered by DCE from other departments
Students who take courses offered by DCE from other departments must apply for permission from the course teacher and advisor with special reasons (e.g. conflicts in schedule). Students must ask the course teacher and advisor to provide a certification showing that they need to take such courses from other departments. (Application form as shown in Appendix C).
3.5      Students may take courses from the National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, except for summer/winter programs. Students must apply for permission from the advisor and the director of institute before doing so; otherwise, no credit obtained from such courses will be considered.
3.6      No credit obtained from courses of other sources (e.g. summer/winter schools or MOE-approved credit programs) will be considered.
 
4.        Requirements of thesis
4.1      Students must select a thesis advisor in accordance with the rules and regulations as stated in Appendices D, D-1 and D-2 and submit the Agreement of the Thesis Advisor (Appendix D) to DCE after completing the registration of the first semester. A thesis advisor must be one of the DCE teachers. If a student desires to select a joint thesis advisor from other departments, such advisor must be an active full-time assistant professor or higher status of a college or university or an NCTU part-time professor, assistant professor or associate professor. If such advisor is a non-teacher expert, his/her qualification must be evaluated by the Academic and Teacher Evaluation Committee. DCE does not encourage students to select a joint advisor from other departments when teachers of DCE still have vacancies for students.
4.2      If a student needs to change an advisor, s/he must obtain written consent from both the original advisor and the new advisor. Or the qualification of the new advisor can be evaluated by the Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee.
4.3      For special situation, the advisor can terminate the work to guide the student after the application submitted by the advisor is accepted by the Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee.
4.4      Students must submit the title (or proposed title) of their thesis to DCE via the advisor six months prior to the oral defense; otherwise DCE will not consider his/her application for an oral defense.
4.5      Students should write a thesis (including an abstract), practically, in Chinese in accordance with the NCTU Master’s Thesis Format. Students must post the abstract of their thesis on the website in accordance with the National Library Requirements and submit four copies of their thesis (one to DCE, one to NCTU Library, and one to the collection units as instructed by the MOE) within one month from passing the oral defense.
 
5.        Conferment of degree
5.1      Students must complete all required courses, obtain the required graduation credits, pass the required evaluations and submit a thesis before they can apply for an oral defense. NCTU shall confer the master’s degree upon students who have successfully passed the oral defense (see Appendix E for the qualification of members and organization of the oral defense committee). Students may apply for an advanced oral defense with recommendation from the advisor if they have submitted the thesis before the completion of study. NCTU shall confer the master’s degree upon such theme after they have completed all required courses, obtained the required graduation credits and passed the required evaluations.
5.2      An oral defense for master candidates shall be conducted orally according to the following regulations, and a written report may be needed, if applicable.
5.2.1        An oral defense shall be opened to the public. The schedule, place and thesis title shall be announced prior to the test.
5.2.2        All committee members shall participate in the defense in person. No representative shall be accepted. An oral defense shall only be conducted in the presence of at least three committee members.
5.2.3        The president of NCTU shall appoint a committee chairperson from among eligible NCTU teachers, not including advisors of the student participating in the defense.
5.2.4        The passing grade of the oral defense is 70 marks and 100 full marks. Evaluation shall be made for once. The score of candidates shall be the average of scores given by all committee members participated in the defense. Nonetheless, if the score given by half or more of the committee members participated in the defense is below the passing grade, that candidate will have failed and no average will be calculated.
5.2.5        If a candidate is found guilty of plagiarism, that candidate will be failed.
5.3      An oral defense shall be conducted according to the DCE calendar. Where a postponement is needed, the oral defense shall be held no later than January 31 for the first semester and July 31 for the second semester.
5.4      Students must complete the master’s program within one to four years, and part-time students may apply for extended study for a term of one year.
5.5      Students will be ordered to drop out if they fail to pass the oral defense within the normal maximum period of study.
5.6      If a student is found guilty of plagiarism by the Oral Defense Committee after the master’s degree has been conferred upon him, NCTU shall withdraw the degree and take back the certificate that has been issued to that student.
 
6.        Requirements for upgrade to the PhD and evaluation test for the PhD
6.1       Upgrading to the PhD after initially registering for a master’s program
6.1.1       See Appendix: F Requirements for Upgrade to the PhD for details.
6.1.2       See Appendix: G Application for Upgrade to the PhD for details.
6.2       Evaluation test
If a DCE student initially registering for a master’s program is interested in upgrading to the PhD, s/he may take an evaluation test before the completion of the master’s program. The charge of test will be NT$2,000 for each subject. If s/he passes the test, s/he may apply for a refund of the bond. The results of evaluation will be valid for two years. If students register for the DCE doctoral program within the validity of the test results, they may be transferred into the official PhD entrance examination results.
 
7.        Other requirements
7.1      Students who have taken the DCE master’s program within the past three years and with a score at 70 or higher marks may apply for credit exemption within one week from the beginning of every semester by submitting the list of courses and a transcript to DCE. The maximum credits of exemption should not exceed 12 credits. (Students included in the Five-Year Bachelor’s/Master’s Program by DCE, NCTU shall not subject to the restrictions.) Students must submit the contents and the name of courses both offered by other departments or schools and desired to be exempted in the DCE to prove the similarity in an application for credit exemption (see Appendix H-1 (relevant course) and Appendix H-2 (non relevant course) for details). The application will be accepted after the approval of the course teachers and DCE chairperson. Application for credit exemption with courses not available from DCE will be accepted after the evaluation done by the Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee.
7.2      Students may take courses offered by the master’s program for not more than 19 credits a year.
7.3       
7.3.1     According to Article 2 of the Gist of Part-time Work Regulations for Postgraduate Students of Public and Private Universities and Independent Colleges promulgated by the Ministry of Education, ‘postgraduate students who have not received scholarships or grants established by MOE may take up part-time work related to the area of research offered by the school with the consent of the chairperson or director of the department or institute for which they enrolled. The chairperson or director of the department or institute and advisor may, with reference to the academic results of students, reduce the number of credits to be obtained each year or the period of study of such students. Additionally, the Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee may request these students to submit a thesis proposal if they are found doing sideline work outside NCTU without prior permission from the school. They must pass the evaluation of the committee (the committee may review the proposal with experts outside DCE) before they can apply for an oral defense. (See Appendix I: Application for Permission to Do Sideline Work Outside of School for details)
7.3.2     Students who receive scholarships or grants from MOE must apply for permission from the advisor and the Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee before working outside the school (including summer and winter breaks) for more than five hours a week. If students are found violating this, they shall be punished according to Article 5 the Gist of Part-time Work Regulations for Postgraduate Students of Public and Private Universities and Independent Colleges promulgated by the Ministry of Education, postgraduate students violating the regulations on part-time work for postgraduate students or making false statement in the report shall be punished. Students receiving scholarships and/or grants from MOE shall refund to the school and subsequently to MOE.’ Additionally, the Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee may request these students to submit a thesis proposal if they are found doing sideline work outside NCTU without prior permission from the school. They must pass the evaluation of the committee (the committee may review the proposal with experts outside DCE) before they can apply for an oral defense. (SeeAppendix I Application for Permission to Do Sideline Work Outside of School for details)
 
8.        This Requirements and amendments thereto shall be proposed Institute for Student Affairs and Admissions Committee and implemented after being passed by the DCE staff meeting or voting of DEC.
   
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