PhD
PhD
I. Curriculum

1. The Program allows for a maximum of 7 years of study. 
2. thirty-two credits (dissertation NOT included) are required.
 (1). Required Courses: 7 credits
     a. Advanced Information Management      (3 credits)
     b. Informaton Mangement PhD Forum (I)   (1 credit)
     c. Informaton Mangement PhD Forum (II)  (1 credit)
     d. Informaton Mangement PhD Forum (III) (1 credit)
     e. Informaton Mangement PhD Forum (IV)  (1 credit)

 (2). Courses Assigned by the Advisor: 12 credits
 (3). Elective Courses: 13 credits
 (4). Fundamental Courses:
     a. Students who have not successfully completed the following fundamental courses before their entrance are required to pass them no later than they advance to PhD candidacy: Computer Networks, Database Management, System Analysis and Design, Management.
     b. Waiving application: Students having related courses before their entrance or having related professions can apply for waiving through Reviewing Committee, with presentation of their transcripts or certificates under advisor's acknowledgement.

 

II. Qualifying Examinations 

The qualifying examinations consist of an written examination and an oral examination. Only does the registered student pass the qualifying examinations and has her/his dissertation proposal approved by the Reviewing Committee (as shall be specified later) can she/he be considered as PhD candidate.

1. Written Examination
The students are required to register for written examination within 2 years of enrollment; those who do not pass the written examination within 3 years of enrollment will not be allowed to continue in the program.
 (1). Schedule
       Written examination is held from June through July every year. Students are required to register for written examination by May 31, with no late applications are accepted. Results are announced by August 31.
 (2). Subjects
       An examination covers 2 subjects, both assigned by the advisor. The available subjects include: Data Mining and Management, Strategy and Organization Research, Networks and Systems, Management Information Systems.
 (3). Grades
       As the full mark is 100 points, the passing threshold is set as 70 points. Those who fail in any subject may register to re-take an exam on it, but such request is limited to only once.
 (4). Waiving Policy
     a. Qualifications: Those who have academic works published within 3 years are allowed to apply for waving. Be noted that the students are required to finish those works (or at least the main body of them) after their entrance to the program, and appropriately demonstrate themselves to be the prime contributor of those works.
     b. Schedule: Waiving applications are conducted twice a year by March and September. Results are announced by April and October after Reviewing Committee's process.
     c. The waiving principles are as follows:
        (a) those in SCI- and SSCI-indexed journals may waive 2.
        (b) those in "Top Conferences" recognized by the department may waive 2.
        (c) those in TSSCI-indexed journals may waive 1.
        (d) those renown international conferences (e.g., PACIS, AOM, HICSS, ECIS, etc) may also waive 1.

2. Oral Examination
 (1). Application Details
       Students are required to submit a research report and an adjunct piece of bibliography (written in Chinese or English) to their oral exam committee, composed by at least 4 full-time faculty members (assistant professor or above), within 1 year of their completion of written exam. The aforementioned documents must be sent to the committee members at least 1 month before the oral exam. The student may re-take the oral exam if failed in the first time. Those who fail the oral exam twice are not allowed to continue the program.
 (2). Postponement
       Oral exam held for the first time may be postponed with the Departmental Meeting's approval at a maximum of 1 year.

3. PhD Candidate
  A student is considered a PhD Candidate only when he or she gained required credits for graduation, passed the qualifying examination, and passed the English proficiency test.
  The English proficiency test threshold can be one of the followings: GEPT High-Intermediate Level First Stage, ITP TOEFL 550, CBT TOEFL 213, iBT TOEFL 70-80, IELTS 6.0, ot TOEIC 750. 

 

III. Academic Progress Review

 

The students are required for academic progress review by October after 1 year of enrollment.
At least one conference paper recognized by the department is required after 3 years of enrollment.
At least one paper in SCI- SSCI- or TSSCI-indexed journal or in "Top Conference" after 4 years of enrollment.
The main body of the papers under academic progress review should be after students' entrance to the program, and appropriately demonstrate themselves to be the first or second author of those works, or to be the first student author with advisors or co-advisors ahead.
Those failed to pass the review will not be allowed to continue in the program.

IV. Dissertation Proposal

 

The students are required to submit a dissertation proposal for advancing to PhD candidacy. The Department will organize a committee to examine the proposal in way of oral examination. Those who do not successfully complete the oral exam for the first time may re-take it at most once. Regulations governing the committee are:
1. The committee is composed by 5-9 readers recommended by the advisor and approved by the Committee of PhD Program Academic Affairs. External readers must constitute at least 1/3 of the committee. Readers, including the advisor, from the NTUIM Institute must constitute at least 1/3 of the committee.The coordinator position is appointed by the chair, and cannot be taken by the dissertation advisor.
2. The readers, while being specialists in the dissertation topic, must also meet any of the qualifications as follows:
 (1) Holding the position of professor, associate professor or assistant professor.
 (2) Holding the Membership of Academia Sinica, or the position of researcher, associate researcher or assistant researcher in Academia Sinica.
 (3) Having remarkable academic contribution to specific field(s).

V. Points
PhD students must fulfill 3 points of publication quota before registering for degree exam. The publication points calculating methods are as follows.
 
Type Points
Top journals recognized by NTUIM Institute  3
SCI- or SSCI- indexed journals  2
Top conferences recognized by NTUIM Institute 2
TSSCI- indexed journals  1
renown international conferences (e.g., PACIS, AOM, HICSS, ECIS, etc) or specifically recognized by NTUIM Institute with acceptance rate under 45% .Download 1

VI. Presentation


Once the PhD candidate finished the dissertation, he or she should submit the dissertation and a recommendation from the advisor to the Committee of PhD Program Academic Affairs for review. When approved, the PhD candidate is to hold a presentation of research results within two months prior to the degree examination. The degree exam shall be held at the Department following normal procedures announced by the University.

 

VII. Degree Exam

 As the full mark is 100 points, the passing threshold is set as 70 points. The points are derived from the average of total points graded by the examiners marked anonymously. If any of the examiners proposes that the dissertation is in need of considerable revision, the examiner(s) may not sign on the dissertation cover sheet until the revision is successfully completed. The candidate fails if more than 1/3 of the examiners give a grade less than 70 points. Those who fail in any subject may register to re-take an exam on it, but such request is limited to only once.