Academic Guidelines / for Ph.D. Students

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at National Chiao-Tung University
Academic Guidelines for Ph.D Students
1.     This guideline has been proposed in order to provide a general instruction and maintain the academic standards of doctoral students of Industrial Engineering and Management at National Chiao-Tung University.
2.     Qualification
a.      Applicants who have obtained a master degree or equivalent from a national or private university, individual colleges, or an accredited foreign institution approved by the Ministry of Education and also passed the entrance exam are qualified to enter the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management as doctoral students.
b.     Master students from this department or other departments of NCTU who have taken courses more than a year, achieved outstanding academic performance (ranked top 1/3 of the class every semester), and passed a distinguished screening process hold by the recruiting committee are eligible to apply for the Ph.D program.
3.     Doctoral students (including fulltime and part-time students) have the freedom to choose a professor from the department as their course advisor or assigned by the department after one month being admitted into the program.
4.     Doctoral program is divided into sub-divisions and students have to choose a division as their major and another as their minor.  Students who wish to change their major or minor will need to obtain permission from departmental committee.  A convener appointed by the departmental director will be responsible for the course planning of each division.
5.     Full-time students are required to complete the degree from two to seven years while part-time students are able to complete with one additional year.  Students who wish to apply for graduation without completing three years of study will have to obtain permission from the departmental committee and office of academic affairs.  Normal doctoral students are required to complete at least 27 credits in order to graduate whereas students who only complete their first year master degree are required to complete at least 42 credits (including courses taken during master year).  The courses for the students will be determined by the thesis advisor and the department will only be responsible for verifying whether enough credits have been reached.
6.     Applicants who were non-industrial engineering major should complete the three basic courses of Theory of Industrial Engineering, Operations Research (I), and Statistics (II).  The courses can be exempt if applicants were able to provide evidence that similar courses had been completed in the past.  (Extra credits will not be awarded for the completion of the above three pre-requisite courses)
7.     All doctoral students enrolled in the department will need to register a Thesis Seminar course each semester.  In addition, students should not register less than six credits in each semester during the first year.  (Above credits does not include credits from special topic studies)
8.     All doctoral students are required to register for a fundamental exam during their years of studies.  The exam will be held in the beginning of second semester each year and students are eligible to register starting their first year.
9.     The fundamental exam for doctoral students includes five undergraduate subjects: operations research, production planning and control, quality management, statistics, and human factor engineering.  The exam for all subjects cannot be taken at separate times and the passing score for each subject is 60.  Those who did not pass the exam have the choice of taking certain undergraduate courses (subjects that they fail) to complete the exam.  If the course were to be six credits (a two semester course), students will have to complete both semesters.  All students are required to pass all five subjects in order to pass the fundamental exam.  (Students who admitted after year 2000 are only allowed to take the exam for each subject once)
10. Students who wish to register for the fundamental exam are required to submit an application form to the department before the deadline.
11. In general, questions of the doctoral fundamental exam will be provided by the professors of the university.  Each subject will be assigned to three (including) or more professors and each professor will be responsible for a maximum of two subjects.
12. The range of the fundamental exam will be primarily based on the exercise questions of undergraduate textbooks.  However the content of the real exam may vary accordingly.  A list for the range of each subject is included in the appendix for reference.
13. Within six months after passing the fundamental exam, doctoral students are required to choose a research direction, a dissertation advisor, and submit a written form to the department. The submitted list of dissertation advisors has to be approved by the department and collated by the administrative meeting of College of Management.  Essentially, students will choose their dissertation advisors from the department.  However under special occasions such as when no professors are available for a specific research field or topic, students may apply for co-direction with professors from another department or school.  Each professor from the department, in each year, is allowed to supervise five master students, two new doctoral students, or only onenewdoctoral student if he/she has ten doctoral students under supervised.  Each professor is allowed to supervise 15 doctoral students (including the suspension students) each year. The professor who has published paper in the journal listed in the Financial Times, UT Dallas or with impact factor above 1.5 in recent three years is allowed to supervise four new doctoral students each year and without total supervision quota limitation.  When two professors co-direct a student, each of them will be calculated as supervising 0.5 student.  However if a professor from the department co-directs a student with a professor from another department, each of them will be calculated as supervising one student.  The number of allowed students listed above applies to students admitted after year 2007.
14. After passing the doctoral fundamental exam, and completing required number of credits, student will be regarded as a Ph.D candidate.
15. After the status of dissertation advisor is verified by the department, students will submit a dissertation proposal to the “Ph.D Dissertation Supervision and Review Committee” with signature of their advisors.
16. After passing the doctoral fundamental exam, the dissertation advisor of Ph.D candidates will recommend two or more supervising members (associate professors or above) in addition to him or herself to form a Ph.D Dissertation Supervision and Review Committee (hereon will be refer to as the dissertation committee).  The dissertation committee will be responsible for supervising dissertation proposals, alteration to research topic, direction, or advisor, progress of the entire dissertation, and the final oral examination.
17. During study period, Ph.D candidates are not allowed to change dissertation proposal (research direction) or advisor regularly.  If for any reason that the research direction need to be changed, candidates will have to submit a written request to the dissertation committee for approval.  In order to change a research direction or topic, candidates will need to follow the procedures stated previously to obtain an approval from the dissertation committee for their new topic and regain the Ph.D candidate status.
18. Ph.D candidates who met the minimum period of study, completed required number of credits, passed dissertation proposal evaluation for over four months,published or accepted two SCI/SSCI/EI international journal articles(article contents must be taken from Ph.D dissertation), or had one journal article with SCI/SSCI impact factor over 0.6, are eligible to obtain formal recommendation (all academic contributions of the candidate will be required to list on recommending documents) from their dissertation advisors to the department.  The department will then pass the record to the Ministry of Education accordingly.  After successfully passing the oral defense exam, the candidates will officially become the Ph.D of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of NCTU.
19. According the “Master and doctoral degree offering regulation”, the doctoral degree examination committee is made up of five to nine members.  The members are usually chosen from experts from the department or outside the school, who not only possess thorough understanding in presenter’s research field but also meet one of the following requirements:
a.      Has taken the position of professor.
b.     Has been an academician or researcher of Academia Sinica.
c.      Has taken the position of associate professor or been an associate researcher of Academia Sinica.
d.     Has obtained a Ph.D degree and made significant academic achievements.
e.      Pursued studies in a rare or specialized field and be able to obtain significant academic achievements.
f.      The qualification for item c and e listed above will be determined by the teacher examination committee of the department.
20. Oral examination will be the primary format of the doctoral degree examination and the following rules should be enforced:
a.      Oral examination should be public and the time, place, and thesis topic should be announced beforehand.
b.     Degree examination members should attend the exam in person and should not entrust other personnel to represent him or herself.  The exam will only start when at least five committee members are present.
c.      The university principal will appoint a committee member as the convener of the exam.  However the dissertation advisor of the student should not be appointed as the convener.
d.     The passing grade for the degree examination will be 70 and full grade will be 100.  Exam will be graded only once and final grade will be the average from all attending members of the committee.  However when more than half of the committee members come to a decision to fail the examinee, no average will be counted and the exam will be considered failing.
e.      If any cheating or plagiarism were found on the dissertation, students will be penalized with a fail grade.
21. As a general rule, doctoral dissertation (including abstract) will be written in Chinese and follow the format stated in the “National Chiao-Tung University Thesis Format Regulation”.  According to the school library regulation, students should submit an electronic copy of their dissertation and abstract and three formal copies (one for the department, one for the school library, and one for the Ministry of Education where the copy will be distributed to destined locations) of their dissertation within one month after they passed their oral defense.
22. If any cheating or plagiarism were to be found on the dissertation of those who had already obtained a Ph.D degree, the degree will be rescinded and the diploma will be returned.
23. During the course of their study, Ph.D candidates will have to submit journal articles under the name of National Chiao-Tung University in order to be recognized by the department.  Upon completion, a copy of the research dissertation also has to be submitted to the department for record filing purposes.
24. Fulltime doctoral students have the responsibility to occupy at least four days on campus each week whereas part-time doctoral students will need to spend three days.  However, students are able to request for shorter occupancy from their dissertation advisor if extra research time is needed.  Depending on different situation, the dissertation committee will determine whether an extension of study will be granted to the students.
25. Doctoral students will be responsible to complete six credits of a foreign language course, assigned by the dissertation advisor.
26. Any revisions necessary to this guideline will follow the procedures stated in the “Master and doctoral degree offering regulation”.
27. This guideline has been carried out after the approval of 2/3 attending members of the departmental meeting, evaluation of the course committee members of College of Management and the university, and the review of the university academic meeting.  Any revision to this guideline will follow the same procedures.


Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at National Chiao-Tung University
Fundamental Examination Contents for Ph.D Students
Operations Research
F. S. Hillier & G. J. Lieberman, Introduction to Operations Research,
Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995
(Section 7.4, Chapters 17, 18, 19, 20, 21excluded)
Production Planning and Control
Gaither N., Production and Operations Management, Seventh
Edition, Duxbury Press, 1996.
(Chapters 5, 6,  Chapters7 pages 252-265,  Chapters 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 excluded)

Human Factors Engineering

Sanders, M. S., and McCormick, E.J. (1992). Human Factors in

Engineering Design. (7th Edition). New York : Mcgraw-Hill.
Quality Management
Introduction to Statistical Quality Control, Third Edition, by Douglas C. Montgomery, Wiley, 1996
(Chapters 2, 3, 8,  Sections 9-5~9-8, Chapters 10, 11, 12, Sections 13-5,
14-2, 14-4, 14-5, 14-7, 14-8 excluded)

Engineering Statistics

Johnson and Milla. Probability and Statistics for Engineers, 1994
(Sections 12.5-12.8, Chapters 13, 14, 15 excluded)