I. Orientation. The orientation for the new students is held after the semester starts. The date is to be announced.
II. First-year Advisor. Students may specify their preference for an advisor. The assignment is determined based on a student’s preference
as well as the availability of an advisor. Please note that a student’s first-year advisor may not be his/her thesis advisor in the second year
III. Credit Requirement. The Master’s degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, 18 of which must be selected from the core courses, 6
of which are credit hours for the Master’s thesis (Independent Study), and 2 of which are seminar attendance and participation (Seminars in
A. The core courses consist of three mandatory courses and five other courses, described as follows.
Three mandatory core courses:
1. Microeconomics I (3 credit hours)
2. Econometrics I (3 credit hours)
3. Macroeconomics (3 credit hours).
Student must take all the above three courses in the first semester of year one.
The other five core courses: Students must take at least three of the following five courses.
1. Mathematical economics (3 credit hours), taken in the spring semester of year one. This course starts one week prior to the
beginning of the fall semester. Students must attend the two sessions—9:10am to noon on Monday and Thursday—during
the first week of the course.
2. Econometrics II (3 credit hours), taken in the spring semester of year one.
3. Microeconomics II (3 credit hours), taken in the spring semester of year one.
4. Macroeconomics II (3 credit hours), taken in the spring semester of year one.
5. Mechanism Design (3 credit hours), taken in the fall semester of year two.
B. Students must complete a Master’s thesis, which requires registering for the course of Independent Study (3 credit hours per
semester) with a student’s thesis advisor for both semesters in year two.
C. Students must register for Seminar in Economics (1 credit hour per semester) in the spring semester of year one and the fall
semester of year two.
IV. Thesis Advising. A thesis advisor should generally be one of the full-time faculty in the Institute. A student may choose an out-of-institute
professor as a thesis advisor if he or she has taken a course instructed by that professor in a course offered in the Institute. Students
often approach potential advisors toward the end of the spring semester of year one. In general, a faculty member cannot advise more
than five students in a class.
V. Course Overload. Students generally cannot take more than four 3-credit hour courses (thus excluding Seminars in Economics,
Economic Growth, and International Economics) in a semester. A first-year (second-year) student registering for more than four 3-credit
hour courses must obtain course-overload authorization from Director of the Institute (the thesis advisor). Students intend to take more
than 15 credit hours must obtain authorization from the thesis advisor, Director, and from the University.
VI. Course Taking Outside the Institute. Students are allowed to take up to 6 credit hours of courses outside of the Institute or the
University. Courses taken outside of the Institute must be related to economics, and are subject to the approval of Director (the thesis
advisor) for the first (second) year students.
VII. Qualification for Scholarship. Students are encouraged to apply for the following scholarship if they meet the criteria described below.
Receiving scholarship does not disqualify one from applying for assistantship.
A. Year one: Based on the scores of the entrance examination, students admitted to the program ranked first and second among the exam takers can be awarded NT$30,000 and NT$20,000, respectively, in the fall semester. To continue to receive the scholarship in the spring semester, students must have the average scores of the core courses rank top 30 percent in class.
B. Year two: Based on the average score of core courses in year one, students who rank first and second in class can be awarded NT$30,000 and NT$20,000, respectively, each semester in year two.
VIII. Keys. Each student is provided five keys to Rooms SS4019, SS0012, and SS1015, the gate to the College of Social Sciences, and
an individual mailbox. Each room is described as follows.
Room SS4019 is the computer lab, located on the 4th floor of the College of Social Sciences building.
Room SS0012 is a research lab, located in the basement of the College of Social Sciences building.
Room SS1015 is also a research lab, located on the first floor of the College of Social Sciences building.
IX. Email. The Institute uses school email address (@student.nsysu.edu.tw) assigned to each student for all the correspondence of student-
related matters. Important information or announcements are also posted on the website of the Institute: