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Admission PhD

The doctoral program offered by the Department of Industrial Management aims to nurture future academics who wish to pursue a career in a higher education/research or become high-level managers in business and industry. 
Admission to our doctoral program is very competitive. While academic credentials are important for a successful application, we also pay great attention to the fit of students to both, the program and the research interests of our academic faculty. The DIM does not offer a fast-track PhD program ("Direct Pursuit PhD program"), i.e. a postgraduate degree is required. Scholarships and/ or tuition fee waivers are available for outstanding applicants.

• Applicants for the PhD-program in Industrial Management should hold a master's degree from an accredited institution in Taiwan or overseas, showing evidence of above-average academic achievement
• Applicants should have completed a research-oriented master's thesis in a relevant area, such as business, economics, engineering,or  information technology


How does the admission process work?

We wish to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, and welcome applications by all suitably qualified prospective students from different backgrounds. For international applicants, the admission decision is based on written documents, we usually do not hold interviews/ admission exams. The documents have to be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs, but will be reviewed by the DIM admission committee which carefully considers each application on an individual basis. 
The DIM admission committee considers:

• the academic results in your postgraduate studies (i.e. the transcripts of your Master's degree)
• the quality of your Master's thesis (only research-oriented Master's thesis in a relevant area are accepted)

• your Statement of Purpose (500 words) where you have explain your academic background and the specific reasons and  why you wish to join our department's PhD-program

• the level of endorsement expressed in the recommendation letters


How to apply? 

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Industrial Management is possible both in the fall and in the spring term, please refer to the NTUST Academic Calendar for the admission deadlines. Detailed information on the application process, fee payments etc is offered by the Office of Academic Affairs. Once you have received your Letter of Admission, the Office of International Affairs will assist with the enrollment process and getting settled at Taiwan Tech. The OIA also provides information on scholarship and funding. 

What do I need? Application Checklist  

 Master’s Degree Certificate  ü
 DIM administered entrance exam   Ø
 DIM administered entrance interview  Ø
 One recommendation letter ü
 Statement of Purpose (500 words )    ü
 Curriculum Vitae    ü
 Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL iBT500 or its equivalent ü
 Apply online via NTUST Application Platform  ü

Credit waivers and credit recognition

After enrollment, students can apply for credit waivers to be exempted from taking courses at Taiwan Tech. The maximum of  waived credits must not exceed 50% of the credits required for graduation, i.e. not more than 15 credits taken at other institutions can be transferred. Relevant supporting documents, i.e. copies of university transcripts and course descriptions, need to be submitted. 
The following conditions apply (for detailed information on credit transfer, please refer to the regulations issued by the Office of Academic Affairs)

• The name of the course and the number of credits that you wish to waive has to correspond to the name of the DIM-course and to its number of credits
Credits gained from EMBA courses cannot be transferred
The courses which you submit for credit transfer must have been completed successfully. The credits to be transferred may not be included in the credit requirements of your master's degree
The minimum period of study of the PhD-program in Industrial Management is two years, i.e. if you are granted credits waivers, you will still have to enroll at Taiwan Tech for at least two years within which you have to fulfill all requirements for graduation

Last update: 1 July 2023