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Thesis Defense Information

The Master Program is designed to be completed in 2 years, with a maximum of 4 years (international students) and 5 years (local students). Students may select 1 to 4 courses per semester and apply for their proposal/final defense according to their respective individual progress. 

 

A. PREPARATION BEFORE THESIS DEFENSE 

 

Step 1: Choose your thesis advisor. 

TIMELINE: SELECT YOUR THESIS ADVISOR AND COMPLETE THE FORM BEFORE THE END OF YOUR 2ND SEMESTER OF ENROLLMENT 
Students may choose their thesis advisor based on interests and research fields. 
Refer to the IIMBA website’s faculty page or Advisor List (Office will announce it every semester). 
*Regulation for Batch 104 and before (including those who enrolled in 2013 Spring Semester] 

  • 1. Please accomplish and submit the form to the IIMBA office before the end of your 2nd semester of enrollment. 
  • 2. When selecting your thesis advisor, please ask the full-time professors and project-appointed professors of IIMBA first. If none of these professors can accept you, then this is the only time you can go and ask the supporting professors of IIMBA. If none of them still can accept you, then you can ask the adjunct professors of IIMBA to be your thesis adviser. (You need to get all the signature from full-time and projected appointed professors of IIMBA and then you can find the supporting professors of IIMBA) 
  • 3. A professor’s bandwidth (advising load) for supervising students (The advisng load is counted for a full school year): 

             a. Full-time/ Project Professors of the IIMBA: Maximum of 10 students for one school year (with a   Minimum of 3 students) 
             b. Supporting Professors of the IIMBA: Maximum of 5 students for one school year 
             c. Adjunct Professors of the IIMBA: Maximum of 3 students for one school year 

  • 4. Thesis advisor from outside of IIMBA or not affiliated with IIMBA will not be allowed. 
  • 5. Please be aware of the maximum capacity of each professor. 
  • 6. The procedures of choosing advisor: 

            a. Before the 12th week of school calendar: please ask all the IIMBA full-time and project professors first. 
            b. During 12th week to 17th of school calendar: Only if all the IIMBA full-time and project professors have signed that they are not able to have you as advisee.

               Then you can select the IIMBA co-assigned (supporting) and adjunct professors as your advisor and get their signature. 


Note : The capacity of each professor is counted on a school year basis (including one fall semester and one spring semester). If you are not sure of the capacity of each professor, please check with the IIMBA Office. 
*For Batch 105 and after (including those enrolled in 2013 fall semester] 

  • 1. Please accomplish and submit the form to the IIMBA office before the end of your 2nd semester of enrollment. 
  • 2. When selecting your thesis advisor, please ask the full-time professors and project-appointed professors of IIMBA first. If none of these professors can accept you, then this is the only time you can go and ask the supporting professors of IIMBA. If none of them still can accept you, then you can ask the adjunct professors of IIMBA to be your thesis advisor. 
  • 3. A professor’s limit for supervising students: 

*The Capacity of each professor is counted on every semester which you are enrolled. If you are not sure of the capacity of each professor, please check with the IIMBA office 

a. Full-time/ Project Professors of the IIMBA: 

i. Fall Semester 

 If the number of enrolled students is 60 or less: 8 students maximum for the enrolled semester 

 If the number of students enrolled is more than 60: 10 students maximum for that enrolled semester 

ii. Spring Semester 

 If the number of enrolled students is 10 or less: 2 students maximum for the enrolled semester 

If the number of enrolled students is more than 10: 3 students maximum for that enrolled semester 

b. Supporting / Adjunct Professors of the IIMBA 
i. Fall Semester 

If the number of enrolled students is 60 or less: 2 students maximum for the enrolled semester 

 If the number of enrolled students is more than 60: 3 students maximum for that enrolled semester 

ii. Spring Semester 

 If the number of enrolled students is 10 or less: 0 students maximum for the enrolled semester 

 If the number of enrolled students is more than 10: 1 student maximum for that enrolled semester 

  • 4. Selecting the thesis advisor from outside of IIMBA or not affiliated with IIMBA will not be allowed. 
  • 5. Please be aware of the maximum capacity of each professor. 
  • 6. Co-supervision is not allowed. 

 


Step 2: Prepare for and complete proposal / thesis writing. 


Students must use the official IIMBA thesis template, follow the IIMBA thesis format regulations, and use the EndNote software for their thesis citations and references (and follow general APA 5th regulations). The thesis proposal should generally contain: Introduction, Literature Review, and Research Methodology. 
Note: For local students starting with Batch 102, the proposal defense is not required. It will be decided by the student’s advisor. 

 


B. APPLYING FOR PROPOSAL DEFENSE 
Requirements: Current enrollment in, or successful completion of, Seminar in Business Administration (SBM) 
TIMELINE:

1) FOR GRADUATION IN JUNE: 
(A) THE PROPOSAL DEFENSE WILL START TOWARDS IN THE END OF THE 3RD SEMESTER (THE END OF THE 3RD SEMESTER – AROUND JANUARY) 
(B) THE PROPOSAL DEFENSE MUST BE COMPLETED IN THE BEGINNING OF THE 4TH SEMESTER (WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE BEGINNING OF THE 4TH SEMESTER) 

2) FOR GRADUATION IN JANUARY: 
(A) THE PROPOSAL DEFENSE WILL START TOWARDS IN THE END OF THE 3RD SEMESTER (THE END OF THE 3RD SEMESTER – AROUND JUNE) 
(B) THE PROPOSAL DEFENSE MUST BE COMPLETED IN THE BEGINNING OF THE 4TH SEMESTER (WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE BEGINNING OF THE 4TH SEMESTER) 

 

Step 1: Determine the proposal defense committee and set the date. 

1. For international students, the IIMBA office arranges a fixed proposal date. 

   a. Committee members: The IIMBA office will arrange at least three (3) IIMBA full time faculty members ( including project professors) 
   b. Proposal defense registration period: 

      For proposal defense scheduled towards the end of the 3rd semester: 

      During the 8th week to the 12th week of school calendar 

      For proposal defense scheduled towards the beginning of the 4th semester: 

     Two weeks before the semester begins 

Note: The IIMBA office will announce the exact proposal date/venue and committee members after registration of proposal defense. 
Note: Before the registration, you need to submit your English Proficiency Certificate (TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS) to the office, if you have not done so already. 

2. Local students must organize the thesis defense committee under their advisor’s approval. 
   a. The defense committee – including your advisor – must consist of 3 to 5 members. 
   b. At least two of the committee members must be from the IIMBA. 

 

Step 2: Get your draft approved by your advisor before you submit the registration application form. 

At least three (3) weeks before the scheduled proposal date: 
Provide completed proposal draft to your advisor for approval. 

Note: Three (3) weeks before proposal date is an estimation – you should confirm this with your advisor as they may require you to hand it to them earlier. The approved version proposal draft may take more than 3 weeks, so please remember to keep in touch with your advisor as often as you can.  

 

Step 3: Get your thesis format approved by the Format Checkers while you are processing and filling out the registration application form. 

At least two (2) weeks before the scheduled proposal date: 
Provide revised proposal draft (including all revisions required by your advisor) to the Format Checking Center through their email address (brilliantcheckers@gmail.com) for style check. 

  • Note 1: The Format Checking Center is formed by a group of IIMBA students responsible for proof-reading the thesis format. They will only check the format of your thesis, not the content or grammar. The process of getting your format approved may take between three days to more than a week, depending on how well you were able to follow the formatting regulations. 
  • Note 2: If you are unable to get your format approved prior to one week before your proposal date (i.e. if you do not submit it on time, or if your format does not adhere to the regulations and you do not correct it in time), YOUR PROPOSAL SCHEDULE WILL BE CANCELLED. You will then have to make arrangements for a new proposal date. 


Step 4: Send an electronic copy of your thesis to the IIMBA office via email to do the Turn It In Similarity Checking while you are processing and filling out the registration application form. 
At least two (2) weeks before the scheduled proposal date: 
Provide revised proposal draft (including all revisions required by your advisor) to the IIMBA Office (em53011@email.ncku.edu.tw) for Turn It In Similarity Checking. 

Note 1: The IIMBA office will send the result to your advisor and you at the same time. All you need to do is just go through the results and then discuss with your advisor to see if you get approved or not. 

 

Step 5: Distribute printed copies of your thesis proposal to your committee members and submit the defense application form to IIMBA Office 
One (1) week before the scheduled proposal date: 
Distribute your printed copies of your thesis proposal to your committee members (if you are unsure what it should look like, ask your advisor or the office to see an example). 

Note: Students are responsible for submitting their thesis proposal copies to the committee members themselves, and getting their signatures. 


Step 6: Post-proposal procedures. 
(1) After finishing the proposal defense, return the thesis defense package to the IIMBA office and gather the comments from the committee into a Thesis Review Form. 
(2) Revised your proposal according to the committee’s comments and then get the approval from all the committee within one month after your proposal defense. 
(3) After getting all of the committee members’ approval, then you can continue on to the following steps of your thesis. 

 

 

C. APPLYING FOR FINAL DEFENSE 
Requirements: 1) Complete graduation course work credit check (39 credits, including all required/core/elective courses). 2) Final Defense date at least 3 months after the Proposal Defense. 
TIMELINE: 
 1) FOR GRADUATION IN JUNE: FINAL DEFENSE MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 30.
 2) FOR GRADUATION IN JANUARY: FINAL DEFENSE MUST BE COMPLETED BY JAN 15. 

 

Step 1: Determine Final Defense committee and set the date. 
1. The defense committee – including your advisor – must consist of 3 to 5 members. 
2. At least two of the committee members must be from the IIMBA in Tainan campus. 
3. The final defense has to be held in Tainan campus. 

  •    If by any chance for inevitable reasons, the student has to complete the defense in Taipei, the student needs to submit an “Application of Exception” to the Director to get approval. If and when an approval is obtained, the student has to pay for the transportation fees for committee members. 


Step 2: Get draft approved by advisor. 
At least four (4) weeks before scheduled final defense date: 
Provide completed final thesis draft to your advisor for approval. 
Note: 4 weeks before proposal date is an estimation – you should confirm this with your advisor as they may require you to hand it to them earlier. The approved version proposal draft may take more than 4 weeks, therefore please remember to keep in touch with your advisor as often as you can. 
Note on writing quality: It is each student’s responsibility that their writing is of academic standard and quality. Upon recommendation by committee member(s), a student will be requested to find a native English speaker to edit thesis a) abstract, b)introduction (chapter one) and c) conclusion (final chapter) at the very least; any fee incurred will be the responsibility of the student. 


Step 3: Apply for final defense date. 
At least three (3) weeks before the scheduled final defense: 
Fill out the thesis defense application form and submit the following information to the IIMBA Office: 

  • Thesis topic/advisor 
  • Final Defense committee list 
  • Final Defense date 

Note: Students are responsible for any late submissions which might result in the delay of the final defense, as it may take more than one (1) week for the final defense administrative procedure to be processed by the University. 

 

Step 4: Get format approved by the Format Checkers. 
At least three (3) weeks before final defense date: 
Provide revised thesis draft (including all revisions required by your advisor) to the Format Checking Center via their email address (brilliantcheckers@gmail.com) for style check. 

Note: The process of getting your format approved may take between three days to more than one (1) week, depending on how well you were able to follow the formatting regulations. 
Please NOTE: Again, if you are unable to get your format approved prior to two weeks before your final defense date (i.e. if you do not submit it on time, or if your format does not adhere to the regulations and you do not correct it in time), YOUR FINAL DEFENSE WILL BE CANCELLED. You will have to then arrange a new final defense date. 

 

Step 5: Send an electronic copy of your thesis to the IIMBA office to do the Turn It In Similarity Checking. 
At least three (3) weeks before final defense date: 
Provide revised thesis draft (including all revisions required by your advisor) to the IIMBA Office (em53011@email.ncku.edu.tw) for Turn It In Similarity Checking. 

Note 1: The IIMBA office will send the result to your advisor and you at the same time, all you need to do is just to go through the entire result documents and then discuss with your advisor to see if you are approved or not. 


Step 6: Distribute copies and submit completed application. 
At least two (2) weeks before final defense date: 
1. Distribute hard copies to your committee members and get their signature. 

Note: Students are responsible for submitting their thesis copies to the committee members themselves. The accomplished application form must then be submitted to the IIMBA Office. 
2. Submit the accomplished thesis defense application form to the IIMBA Office. 

Note: If students complete the final defense after July 1, the students’ graduation status will be postponed to the next semester. As a result, students must pay for the tuition/miscellaneous fees and select a 0 credit seminar course (for which there is no credit fee). Please control your own progress towards your final defense and submit the application in time. 

 

General Schedule for Thesis Defense

  Graduate in June  Graduate in January  
Identify a thesis advisor and select thesis topic Before the end of the 2nd semester of enrollment Before the end of the 2nd semester of enrollment
Apply for and complete Proposal Defense Before 3/31 Before 10/15
Apply for and complete Final Defense Before 6/30 Before 1/15