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Postgraduate

Master Degree Program

Regulations of Course Requirements for Postgraduate (MA) Programs

The Department of Asia-Pacific Industrial and Business Management

National University of Kaohsiung

  

I. The regulations are in accordance with National University of Kaohsiung Regulations and National University of Kaohsiung Regulations of Credit Exemption.

II.Research areas:

1. Management Science, Operations Management, Quality Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Service Management

2. Marketing Management, Strategic Management, Science and Technology Management, International Business Management, and Organization & Human Resource Management

III.A minimum of 36 credits (including 0 for dissertation) are required for graduation: 16 for compulsory courses (including 0 for dissertation) and at least 15 for optional courses offered by the Department.

IV.Compulsory Courses:

1. Seminar, Special Topics (4 credits in total: 2 for each course)

2. Methodology (3 credits)

3. Asia-Pacific Business Management, Multivariate Analysis, Business Function (9 credits in total: 3 for each course)

4. Students who are non-management majors and have not taken Principles of Economics are required to take the undergraduate course of Economics(I)(II) or Managerial Economics, which is, however, not included in the credits required for graduation.

V.Optional Courses (a minimum of 15 credits):

    Note that taking optional courses offered by other departments is restricted to those from their MA programs (excluding courses related to seminars, special topics, and/or those equivalent to what the Department provides).

VI.English Proficiency Test

Students are required to pass one of the following English tests before graduation:

1. TOEFL (at least 520 for PBT, 193 for CBT, and 70 for iBT)

2. TOIEC (at least 700)

3. GEPT (high-intermediate level)

Note that the test record must exceed no more than five years before graduation)

VII.All students are required to take one of the language tests above and those who fail to reach the minimum score are allowed to choose from the following alternatives instead (with failed language test as proof):

1. Being a citizen or holding a BA or higher degree in an English-speaking country

2. Studying abroad as an exchange student (Note that the classes have to be taught in English for at least a quarter of the study period.)

3. Completing at least 54 hours of intermediate or high-intermediate English conversation courses at the Language Center of the University, with a certificate of attendance as proof.

4. Writing dissertations in English

5. Presenting dissertations in an international conference abroad

VIII.Students are required to consult with the full-time faculty of the Department for an appropriate supervisor. If co-supervision is needed, one of the supervisors must be a full-time faculty member of the Department.

IX.Students are required to choose their supervisor before the end of the second week of the second semester of their first year. The dissertation topic should be approved by their supervisor and the Chair before the end of the final exam week of the second semester and sent to the departmental office for filing.

X.Request for change of supervisor(s) must be submitted before the end of the first semester of the second year. Students must obtain the new supervisor’s written consent, notify the existing one, and ask for the Chair’s approval. Students can only request for change of supervisor(s) once.

XI.Credit exemption

1. Students can apply for up to 6 credits of exemption (excluding Seminars and Special Topics) for courses taken in other schools before being registered with the Department.

2. Students can apply for up to 9 credits of exemption (excluding Seminars and Special Topics) for courses taken in other departments of the University before being registered with the Department.

3. Students can apply for exemption of up to 1/3 of required credits needed to graduate (excluding Seminars and Special Topics) for courses taken in the Department before being formally admitted to the MA program of the Department.

4. Students can apply for a waiver for management-related courses taken five years before being registered with the Department with a grade of at least 75. This must be approved by the Departmental Committee of Courses.

5. Students can apply for a waiver for credit-based postgraduate courses taken in the University Extension Education Center five years before being registered with the Department with a grade of at least 80 or a ranking which falls within the first 50% of total students taking the requested course(s). This must be approved by the Departmental Committee of Courses.

6. In some circumstances, an examination may be necessary to see if a waiver can be granted.

Any exceptional cases must be processed in the Departmental Committee of Courses.

XII.The regulations will take effect after being approved in the Meeting of College Affairs and passed in the Meeting of Academic Affairs. The same procedure shall be followed if the regulations are to be amended.