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Course Work


1. Length of Study 
a. The Master Program must be completed within 2 to 4 years for international students and 2 to 5 years for local students. 
b. The scholarship for international students expires 24 months after enrollment. 

2. Pre-requisite Courses 

Pre-requisite Courses
Statistical Methods
Managerial Economics
Managerial Accounting  


a. All Master students, including students in suspension, are required to take the three pre-requisite courses if they have not previously taken these courses at either graduate or undergraduate level. 
b. An exemption is possible if students have already taken the course at undergraduate or graduate level. Students are required to submit an application for Course Exemption within 4 weeks after the first day of the enrollment period of first semester. 
c. The pre-requisite courses must be completed within two years after enrollment. 
   i. If the pre-requisite courses are not exempted, students must complete the courses within two years after enrollment. 
   ii. If students take pre-requisite courses in IIMBA during the summer, they will be credited in the coming Fall semester. However, these courses will NOT be counted as part of the required thirty-nine  (39) course credits required for graduation. 
d. To have a courses, please refer to exemption regulations in item 4. 


3. Course Requirements for Master Students 
The Master program requires each student to fulfill a minimum of forty-five (45) credit hoursconsisting of thirty-nine (39) credits for course work and six (6) credits for the thesis. 
Note : the calculation of the Final Average Grade will be : 
   1) Average Grades During the Academic Years --- 50% 
   2) Thesis --- 50% 

Of the thirty-nine course credits required, the following courses must be included: 
a. At least one (1) methodology course 
b. Research Method One (After having successfully completed at least eighteen (18) credit hours, including at least one (1) methodology course) 
c. Three (3) other core courses (additional core courses taken will be counted as electives) 
d. Eight (8) elective courses 


4. Policies for IIMBA Course Exemptions and Waivers 
The IIMBA Program allows students to either be exempted from or waived of certain courses. The following are the rules that pertain to course waiving and exemptions: 

 

a. Course Exemptions (No credits transferred) 
Students may choose to be exempted from pre-requisite courses if they have already completed similar subjects in the past. Please note, however, that the program will not credit any courses that students are exempted from. 

The exemption is only for the pre-requisite courses. Please note that these pre-requisite courses will not credit toward your graduation credits, but will be credited in the immediately followed fall semester. 
Submission of exemption application documents are not automatically granted exemption. The application for the exemption is subject to the approval of the review committee and the IIMBA faculty. 
The following are the courses and qualification for exemption: 
 

Pre-requisites Courses  
Statistical Methods 
Managerial Economics 
Managerial Accounting  

 

APPLICANT QUALIFICATION: COURSES COMPLETED WITH A GRADE OF 70 OR ABOVE IN COURSES OF SIMILAR CONTENT COMPLETED AT SCHOOLS OF UNDER-GRADUATE LEVEL OR ABOVE FOR AT LEAST 3 CREDITS. 
*PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT THIS RULE ONLY QUALIFIES THE STUDENT FOR THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR EXEMPTION. 
Application Procedures: 

1. Submission of the Exemption Form: 
(1) Application Period: within 4 weeks after the first day of the enrollment period of first semester. 
(2) Required Documents: 
(a) Fill out the “Course Exemption Application Form” (this is emailed to you by the IIMBA Office. You can also get this form from the IIMBA Office if you did not receive an email). 
(b) A copy of the transcript with requestd course (s)(please also bring the original transcript while you submitted the application). 
(c) A copy of the syllabus of the courses to be exempted. 

Note: Please make sure that the grading system used by your university and the courses to be exempted are clearly stated 


2. Exemption Ways: 
Documents Evaluation: Documents are reviewed by Subject Matter Experts forming the Exemption committees. The decision of the review committees is final. 

3. After Evaluation: 

If you fail the exam (Passing grade: 70 pts) or evaluation, then you need to take the IIMBA Pre-requisite courses (The courses offered during summer vacation). These courses should be taken within the IIMBA department. 

4. Application timetable: 

For more detail information about exact time, please pay attention to the IIMBA office announcements regarding this matter. 

 

b. Course Waiver 
Students may also choose to waive certain courses. Waived courses will be credited in the IIMBA program. 
There are no restrictions to which courses may be waived. However, there is a maximum number of credits that are allowed for waiving. 
Maximum Credits for Waiving 
 

 
Courses Taken Maximum Credits Received of Waived Courses
Courses Taken in IIMBA Credit Program  18 Credits 
Courses Taken in EMBA/AMBA Credit Program  6 credits 
Courses Taken in NCKU Credit Program   6 Credits (50% of the original credits will be counted)  
Courses Taken in other universities   6 Credits (50% of the original credits will be counted)  

   

APPLICANT QUALIFICATION: WAIVERS MUST BE BASED ON COURSES COMPLETED WITH A GRADE OF 70 OR BETTER IN COURSES OF SIMILAR CONTENT COMPLETED AT SCHOOLS OF GRADUATE LEVEL (OR ABOVE) TO APPLY. 
Required Documents: 
1. Submit a completed “Application for Credit Transfer” 
2. Submit an Original Transcript 
3. Submit a Syllabus of the courses to be waived 
Note: 

  • 1. All students (including students in suspension) should submit the application for Course Exemption or/and Course Waiver within 4 weeks after the first day of the enrollment period of first semester. This is the only chance to apply for exemption / waiver consideration. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • 2. Students transferring from the EMBA/AMBA departments should submit the application for Course Exemption or/and Course Waiver up to the maximum of 9 credits. After this, if students would like to exempt or/and waive more courses, he/she needs to apply for the “Application of Exception”. 


5. Policy for Taking Courses in Other Departments 

Students may take business related graduate-level courses in other departments under the College of Management (i.e. EMBA, AMBA) with the following restrictions, 

a. A maximum of six (6) credits coursework can be accepted. Thus, credits that have already been waived during your first month of Year 1 will be counted toward the quota for the maximum number of transferred credits allowed. 

b. Credits from courses taken in other departments cannot be counted as credits of your core courses. These credits can only be used as your electives credits. That is, you must complete all your core courses in the IIMBA program. 

c. You are not allowed to take a course in another department if that same course is offered in the IIMBA program in the same semester. 

d. Students who want to take courses in other departments must consult with their advisor and the IIMBA office before registering for the course.