National Chiao Tung University
Department of Electronics Engineering and Institute of Electronics
Instructions for Master’s Programs
Amended by Curriculum Planning Committee on August,26, 2008
Applicable to recruitments of 2008
I. Admission Requirements:
1. Students who pass the entrance examination can enter the Master’S program.
2. During the last year of undergraduate study, students recommended by their respective
colleges and have passed the qualification exams for admission can enter the Master’s
3. Students who are not citizens of the Republic of China and do not possess legal status of
overseas Chinese are eligible to apply for admission into the Master’s program if they fall
into the category of both the Article 5 of the “Regulations Regarding International
Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan” published by the Ministry of Education and the
“Foreign Student Admission Guidelines” of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU).
4. Students who cannot start their studies on time due to serious illness or military service
can defer their admission by the registration deadline provided that appropriate written
proof(s) can be given.
II. Limitations on Academic Years:
1. Students must finish their programs within at least one and maximum of up to four years,
with the exception for those who work during their studies in which case are allowed to
extend for an additional year.
2. A Master’s student of any NCTU’s electronics-related institutes may pursue the doctoral
degree at the Institute at the end of his/her second semester if the student is ranked
among the top one third of his/her class (excluding grades from exempted courses), or
the student’s other academic performance is deemed as outstanding by his/her respective
institute. Such application to the doctoral program requires recommendations from at
least three professors from the student’s respective institute. The application shall be
submitted to the Recruitment Committee of the Department/Institute for initial approval,
then to the Evaluation Committee of Upgrade to Doctoral Program, and further to the
President for final approval.
3. A student who needs to take a leave of absence shall acquire consent from his/her
adviser and the Director of the Institute. A leave of absence can be taken in the unit of
either one semester or one year. A maximum of two years of leave is allowed. In the
case that the student cannot resume his/her study from a two-year leave due to serious
illness (requires a certificate of diagnosis from a public hospital); the student may apply
for one additional year of leave, where the Institute shall transfer the application to the
Ministry of Education for approval. A student on leave for one or two years who wants
to resume his/her study before the end of the on-leave period may be allowed to do so by
applying to the Institute. For male students, this is contingent on the fact that he has not
received his draft call order from the military; otherwise early resumption is not
permitted. If a student on leave is drafted to the military and cannot complete his service
within two years, he may apply to extend his leave of absence period by obtaining proof
from his military service unit. Upon completion of his military service, the student may
apply to resume his studies by providing his certificate of discharge.
III. Credits and Courses:
1. Every Master’s student must complete at least twenty-four (24) credit hours of
graduate-level courses before graduation (In addition, 4 credits of Thesis Research are
also required). Those courses shall include:
- 15 credits of technical courses from the student’s area of specialization including 9
credits of required courses and the rest related to the Institute of Electronics.
- Graduate Seminar [0 credit]: every student must enroll in Graduate Seminar for at
least three semesters before graduation, except for those who graduate in one year, in
which case should take the seminar course for both semesters the student is enrolled
in. Since 2007, for each semester in a foreign country, approved exchange students
can waive Seminar of Electronics for one semester.
2. The required courses that are NOT counted towards the above mentioned 24 credits are as
- Orientation to Research (taken at the 1st
semesters, total of two semesters)
- Seminar (taken at the 3rd
semesters, total of two semesters. Exception is
given to those finishing their studies within one year, in which case they may waive
the course. For those finishing within 1½ year, they shall enroll in this course for
one semester only.)
- Lab Courses (taken in order to gain access to the Semiconductor Lab and the Device
and Circuit Characterization Lab.)
3. Transfer of Credits (counted towards the fulfillment of the 24 credit hours)
Application of credit transfer is limited to electronics-related courses that were
completed with a grade higher than 85 at accredited institutes and up to 6 courses are
allowed for such transfer. In addition, for credit transfer of more than 3 courses, the
excess courses taken (the 4th
courses) must belong to the student’s area of
specialization at the Institute. A student who seeks a transfer of credits must submit an
application together with an official transcript to his/her thesis adviser or the Director of
the Institute within the first semester after his/her enrollment into NCTU. If there is any
delay in filing the application, it needs to be additionally approved by the Academic
Committees of the Institute.
A student who has taken a required course offered by the Institute with a grade not
below 70 may waive this course by following proper application procedures if the course
was not considered for credit transfer. Such a course shall not be counted towards the
fulfillment of the 24 credit hours. Note that the courses to be waived, if taken during the
student’s undergraduate studies, must not have been counted towards the fulfillment of
the student’s bachelor’s degree. The student’s official undergraduate transcript should be
accompanied in such a case.
4. Courses taken outside of the Institute can be considered for credit transfer only if they are
optional courses. Credit transfer for required courses can only be done if those courses
were taken at the Institute.
5. Reentering students or students who have taken the Institute’s Master’s courses before
entering the Master’s program may apply for credit transfer. The credits to be transferred
shall not exceed half of the credit hours required for graduation.
6. A student who wants to take (at most three) courses outside of his/her area of
specialization at the Institute shall submit an application with proper explanation to
his/her thesis adviser and the Director of the Institute by the add/drop deadline.
IV. Thesis Adviser:
2 A student must choose a thesis adviser and submit the Thesis Adviser Appointment
Form within one month from the beginning of his/her first semester at NCTU. A student
may choose his/her thesis adviser among the full-time faculty members of the Institute. A
student who wants to have a joint adviser other than a full-time faculty member of the
Institute must obtain permission from his/her primary thesis adviser. Students who want to
change their thesis adviser must obtain permissions from the original adviser, the new
adviser and the Director of the Institute.
Undergraduate students who were recommended to enter the doctoral program directly
but fail to pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam may return to the Master’s program getting
approval from the Department & Institute Administration Meeting and the President.
Students who change their area of specialization during or after the transition to the Master’s
program will have to abide by the regulations stated in the Change of Area of Specialization.
The students must also resubmit the Thesis Adviser Appointment Form within two weeks
after the transition to the Department & Institute Administration Meeting.
V. Change of Area of Specialization
Master’s students who seek to change their area of specialization after their second
semester need recommendation from their adviser. The application for such a change shall
be submitted to the Institute for approval. A student who has been granted such a change
must complete at least 36 credit hours
before his/her thesis defense.
The student needs to accumulate at least 15 credit hours (including required courses) each
from the original and new area of specialization.
A student may have his/her thesis defense if he/she
z has completed the required coursework and the required credit hours within the limit of
the study terms,
z has passed the required examinations in accordance with the Master’s program, and
z has submitted his Master’s thesis.
Students who fulfill the requirements stated above and pass the thesis defense will be
conferred the Master’s degree. A student whose courses for graduation will be completed at
the end of the semester that he/she plans to have his/her thesis defense may have the defense
BEFORE the completion of courses under the recommendation of his/her thesis adviser. In
such a case, the Master’s degree will be conferred after the completion of all the courses. If
all the courses are not completed by the end of that semester, then the result of the thesis
defense will be deemed invalid.
The thesis defense 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 guidelines:
A. The oral examination should be held in public with its time, place and thesis title
announced in advance.
B. Members of the examination committee should attend the examination in person. No
substitution or proxy arrangement is permitted. The examination can only be held under
presence of at least three committee members.
C. A chairperson (other than the thesis adviser of the student) will be appointed by the
3 President among the members of the examination committee.
D. The student can pass the exam if he/she obtains a score of 70 or above (out of a total of a
100). However, the student can fail the exam regardless of what the average score is if
majority of the committee members issues a score that is below 70.
E. The student can fail the examination if plagiarism or fraudulence is found and confirmed
by the examination committee.
F. If a member of the examination committee is physically absent from the examination,
he/she is considered to have waived his/her right to serve on the examination committee.
That member may not ask for a make-up exam nor sign on the Thesis Approval Form.
G. In compliance to the policies of the National Library, students should upload an
electronic copy of their thesis and submit three printed ones — one to his/her enrolled
institute, another to the school library, and the other to the Ministry of Education for
archiving — within one month after they pass their defense.
4 Required Courses for Master’s Program
Amended by Curriculum Planning Committee on June, 15, 2005
Approved by the Department & Institute Administration Meeting on June, 7, 2006
Amended by Curriculum Planning Committee on August,26, 2008
Students must finish all required courses of the Institute’s Master’s program. A student who has
taken a required course offered by the Institute with a grade not below 70 may waive this course by
proper application procedures if it was not considered for credit transfer. Such a course shall not be
counted towards fulfilling the credit requirement for graduation.
★ Common Required Courses for Solid State and Systems Group:
1. One out of the following three courses is required:
Solid State Group: Seminar on Electronics
Systems Group: Seminar on Electronics
Lee and MTI Science and Technology Forum
(Students must pass such a course repeatedly for at least 3 semesters, except for those
finishing their studies within one year, in which case they shall pass such a course
repeatedly for 2 semesters. Since 2007, approved exchange students who have spent a
semester at a foreign country can waive Seminar on Electronics for one semester.)
2. Master’s Preliminary Research (1 credit each for both semesters of the first year. This
will not be counted towards the fulfillment of the 24 course credit hours)
Master’s Thesis Research (1 credit each for both semesters of the second year. This will
not be counted towards the fulfillment of the 24 course credit hours, except those students
finishing their studies within one year may waive this course, and those finishing within
1½ year may waive this for one semester.)
3. Students who need access to the Semiconductor Lab and/or Device and Circuit
Characterization Lab must take the corresponding training courses, whose credits will not
be counted towards the fulfillment of the 24 course credit hours.
★ Solid State Group
(1) Required: Semiconductor Physics and Devices (I)
(2) 2 out of 5 Technical Electives below are required:
a. Solid State Theory
b. Solid State Physics
c. Advanced Electromagnetism (I)
d. Quantum Mechanics
e. Other technical courses from the Institute
The graduate level Quantum Mechanics course requires one of the following
undergraduate courses as prerequisite: Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum
Chemistry, Quantum Physics, or Solid State Physics.
(3) A Master’s student belonging to the Solid State group who has not earned credits on any
of the following courses: Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Chemistry, or
Solid State Physics, must make up his/her credits by taking the undergraduate level
Quantum Mechanics course. (Please refer to p. 13 of the application form.)
★ Systems Group
3 out of 6 Technical Electives below are required:
a. Digital IC Design
b. Analog IC Design or RF IC Design
c. Computer Architecture
d. Special Topics in Computer Aided Design or VLSI Test and Design for Test
e. Advanced Digital Signal Processing
f. Digital Communications