Graduation requirements

  1. Students must pass all courses and credits required by the program. In addition to the required 12 credits for thesis, PhD students are required to fulfill 18 course credits during the study period (2 to 7 years). For students without a master’s degree are required to fulfill 30 course credits during the study period.
  2. Students pass the Qualifying Examination for Ph.D. candidacy and also complete one of the approved English language tests:
    GEPT (General English Proficiency Test, Taiwan): High-intermediate level.
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet Based Test (71).
    IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems): Academic Version (5.5).
    TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): 750 and TOEIC SW: 160(S)、150(W)
  1. Before graduation, students are required to take seminar courses for 6 semesters. Courses (I) to (IV) are 1-credit courses, and courses (V) to (VI) are 0-credit courses.
  2. Students need to publish at least :
    (A) First author of an original article (data not from Healthcare database) in a scientific journal which is listed in SCI or SSCI ranked in the top 20 % of the field or with an impact factor 5.0 or higher. IF first author of one paper, which data collected from Healthcare database, is used for graduation, the paper should have an impact factor 10 or higher.
    (B) First author of two papers (one of them data not from Healthcare database) should be a SCI or SSCI listed scientific journal and ranked in the top 50% of the field or with an impact factor 2.0 or higher.
    (C) Only the-first-listed author in papers with co-first authors can be accepted.

※All the publications and presentations must be approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee.
※The content of all publications must relevant to his (her) doctoral dissertation.
※The adviser and co-adviser must be the corresponding author of all publications.
※For published papers, students, adviser and co-adviser must list Institute of Medical Sciences, Tzu Chi University as an affiliate.

The form is for apply oral defense:

Recommendation form for the oral examination of Ph.D degree (PDF) (ODT)
Thesis evaluation form (PDF)  (ODT)
Doctoral Dissertation Format and written Guide