Master Degree Requirements

1. Graduate students studying for their master degrees have to complete the master's program between one and four years.

2. The graduate students studying for their master degrees of the Institute have to complete at least 24 course credits (excluding the master's thesis).

3. In response to the definition changes for master class A and master class B, the required courses this year's master classes freshmen must take are as follows:

(1) Students should spend at least two years taking 4 seminar course credits (zero credits for the two semesters in the first year; 4 credits for the two semesters in the second year). To encourage the excellent students to graduate early, students may apply to take the seminar courses with credits earlier. The related regulations are as follows:

● For students who want to graduate one semester earlier (i.e. graduate after one and a half years of study):
        Qualification Review: Excellent students need to be approved by their advising professors first, and apply for taking the seminar courses with credits earlier before January 31 or before July 31. While applying, the applicant needs to submit complete written documents, including the first semester transcript of master class, undergraduate transcript, plan for taking courses in the future, plan for future study, past research performances and outcomes, the sealed recommendation letter written by the advising professor (a clear assessment of the student's performances and potential in learning and research), to the Academic Committee for approval, and take the courses after the approval is granted.

● For students who want to graduate two semesters earlier (i.e. graduate after one year of study):
        The regulation is the same as that mentioned above, except that the first semester transcript of master class is surely not needed and the application needs to be approved by the Review Committee established by the Department Head. And the student will take the seminar courses with credits earlier after the approval is granted.

(2) Other courses a student should take will be determined after the student discusses with his/her advising professor and the approval is given by the professor (students not selecting their advising professors yet should ask the Academic Committee of the Department to help them take courses). Every student has to choose 3 required courses from those listed below. Students who have completed any courses listed below in college may submit an application to the Academic Committee for course waivers approval. And the students do not have to take the waived courses after the approval is granted. But the credits of the courses will not be contained in the required course credits for graduation.

Fields Core Courses Basic courses
(codes starting with U; only Class B students who have not completed these courses need to choose)

Synopic- dynamic Meteorology and Severe Weather field

Advanced Synoptic Meteorology,
Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics,
Mesoscale Meteorology,
Advanced Numerical Weather Predication (NWP)

Introduction to Atmospheric Science,
Synoptic Meteorology I,
Synoptic Meteorology II,
Atmospheric Dynamics I,
Atmospheric Dynamics II,
Climatology

Climate and Earth System field

Dynamic Climatology,
Global Atmospheric Circulation,
Climate Diagnostics,
Earth System Models

Environment and Atmospheric Physical Chemistry field

Air Pollution,
Atmospheric Remote Sensing,
Atmospheric Physical Chemistry,
Boundary Layer Meteorology

(3)At least half of the number of credits needed for graduation must be the credits of courses offered by the Department (including the courses chosen at NTNU for exchange and excluding the 4 course credits of seminar).

 

4. Students who have completed any required courses (and at least get 70 grade points) before enrolment may submit application to the Academic Committee for course waivers approval. And the students do not have to take the waived courses after the approval is granted.

5. The credits of graduate courses (codes starting with M) completed in college can be contained in the credits needed for graduation, but are limited to 6.

6. The minimum passing grade points for each course are 70.

7. Every student needs to choose at least one course offered by the Department. The Institute may reject the enrollments of those who intend to circumvent this requirement.

8. The master's thesis (6 credits) should be conducted during the semester when the application for the master's degree defense is submitted. For the information about how to write a thesis, please refer to the Academic Writing Education Center, NTU(http://www.awec.ntu.edu.tw/)or choose the courses on "Elementary Technology English Writing" and "Advanced Technology English Writing

9. Students whose major in college is not atmospheric sciences (or atmospheric physics) need to take the 2 credits of "introduction to atmospheric sciences".

10.  If graduate students studying for their master degrees want to directly take courses of which the code starts with D without completing the related prior courses, he/she should receive the instructor's approval beforehand.

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