Note: The following regulations is applicable for the students enrolled in the academic year 2023/2024. For other academic years, please refer to the one in the right sidebar.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours are required for graduation, which includes 27 credit hours for elective courses and 6 credit hours for dissertation.

Fundamental Qualifying Examination

  1. Graduate students are required to complete three out of the following five courses (taken in undergraduate or master period can be counted) in order to pass the Fundamental Qualifying Exam. The corresponding substitutes are also listed below:
  2. Fundamental Qualifying Course Name (Undergraduate Level) Substitute Course Name (Graduate Level)
    Production Planning and Control (I) Advanced Production Planning and Control
    Production Scheduling
    Production Planning
    Quality Control (with lab) Advanced Quality Control
    Engineering Statistics Experimental Design
    Probabilistic Analysis
    Operations Research Mathematical Programming (I)
    Facilities Planning (with lab) Advanced Facility Planning
  3. The abovementioned substitute courses can be counted toward the elective courses requirement if they are taken while studying during the IEM PhD program.
  4. The "Dissertation Adviser Agreement" must be completed and turned in after passing the Fundamental Qualifying Exam signed by the dissertation adviser.

Advanced Examination

Student is required to complete the Fundamental Qualifying Examination and the course requirements before applying for the Advanced Examination. The Advanced Examination related rules are as follows:

  1. Graduate student must complete the Academic Research Ethics Education Course according to the regulations of Yuan Ze University Academic Research Ethics Education Course Implementation Highlights, before the end of the first academic semester. At the latest, the course must be completed and passed before the Advanced Examination application. The student will not be allowed to proceed the Advanced Examination without completing the Academic Research Ethics Education Course completion.
  2. PhD Graduate students should complete the Advanced Examination within the first 4 academic years (not including temporary leaves).
  3. Prior to the Advanced Examination, the student must turn in the Application Form of the PhD Advanced Examination.
  4. In accordance with the specialty and requests of dissertation committee members, the examination may be conducted in written, oral or both formats. The committee must be comprised of a minimum of three members (include the dissertation advisor), at least 1/3 of which should be associate (or above level) professor.
  5. Upon completions of the Fundamental Qualifying Examination and Advanced Examination, the student becomes a PhD candidate.

Dissertation Proposal Defense

Three months after passing the Advanced Examination, the PhD candidate can apply for the Dissertation Proposal Defense and form the dissertation committee comprising at least 5 members (including dissertation advisor) from in and outside of YZU with 1/3 or above from each. The related rules are as follows:

  1. The committee members from the IEM department shall be the same as in the Advanced Exam. If any changes are needed, the PhD candidate must apply and obtain the committee agreement with IEM approval.
  2. The committee is responsible for conducting oral examination with respect to the proposal and its relevance to the Industrial Engineering and Management professional field. A written examination of a specialized subject related to the proposed research may be requested by the committee.
  3. Prior to the Proposal Defense, the PhD candidate must turn in ”Dissertation Proposal Check List”, ”Dissertation Advisor’s Recommendation” and ”Dissertation Proposal Form”. The student must turn in ”Dissertation Proposal Approval Form” after passing the Dissertation Proposal Defense.

Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense can only be applied after three months of the Dissertation Proposal Defense and the completion of publication requirements. The related rules and regulations are as follows:

  1. Two or more articles must be published in renowned journals, with at least one in SSCI/SCI class journals or two in EI class journals. The published articles must originate from and directed related to the dissertation and must be accepted with proven acceptance letters to satisfy publication requirements. Other than student’s dissertation adviser, the student needs to be the first author of the published articles. If the following situations occur, the number of papers will be counted differently:
    i. Articles with author(s) who is (are) not the student’s committee member(s): can only be counted as one-half paper.
    ii. Articles with authors of other students: can only be counted as one-half paper.
    iii. Articles with both cases i.) and ii.): can only be counted as one-fourth paper.
  2. One or more conference papers are published in domestic or international conference proceedings and presented in international conference.
  3. Committee members should be the same for both the Dissertation Proposal Defense and the Dissertation Defense. If not, the student must apply and obtain the committee agreement with IEM approval.
  4. PhD students should complete the originality check for their dissertation before the defense, with a standard no higher than 20% for the comparison report. On the day of the defense, students should submit the "Dissertation Originality Comparison Report" to the advisor and the committee for review, and undergo an oral examination and a professional field conformity check. After completing the defense, students need to conduct another originality check on the final version of the dissertation and have it confirmed by the advisor. The final version of "Dissertation Professional Field Conformity Check Form," "Dissertation Originality Comparison Report," and the dissertation should be submitted to the department office for record.
  5. Prior to the Dissertation Defense, the PhD candidate must turn in the ”Dissertation Defense Check List”. After the Dissertation Defense, the ”Final Defense Grading Report” and the ”Dissertation Defense Report Form” must be turned in to the IEM office.

Tentative Course offering

Note: ★ indicates the course might be offered in English

Category: Optimization and Global Logistics Management

Course ID Course Name & Title Credits
IE503 Simulation★ 3
IE507 Mathematical Programming (I)★ 3
IE518 Time Series Analysis and Forecasting★ 3
IE533 Probabilistic Analysis★ 3
IE538 Experimental Design and Applications★ 3
IE579 Transportation Management★ 3
IE581 Service System Design★ 3
IE607 Heuristic Optimization★ 3
IE613 Topics in Supply Chain Management★ 3
IE622 Managing for Business Excellence★ 3
IE630 Advanced Project Management★ 3

Category: Intelligent Manufacturing and Big Data Analysis

Course ID Course Name & Title Credits
IE517 Inventory Systems and Control★ 3
IE531 Advanced Quality Control★ 3
IE534 Production Scheduling★ 3
IE562 3D Visual Simulation and Virtual Reality★ 3
IE574 Data Visualization★ 3
IE590 Machine Vision★ 3
IE599 Data Mining★ 3
IE614 Data Pattern Recognition and Classification★ 3
IE619 Design and Construction of Virtual Reality Systems★ 3
IE624 Usability Engineering★ 3
IE626 Introduction and Practice of Internet of Things (IoT)★ 3
IE627 Blockchain Principles and Practices★ 3

Category: Common Courses

Course ID Course Name & Title Credits
IE608 Technical Writing★ 3

1. Courses listed above might not offer every academic year. They are generally offered in the span of 2 years, and subject to change without further notice. (exact courses offering for each semester can be found on YZU website).
2. ★ indicates the course might be offered in English. You should double check it before enrolling the course.
3. You may discuss with the course professor for possible lecturing in English which must be based on his/her final decision.
4. You are responsible to plan ahead base on courses’ availability at different semesters and their corresponding prerequisites.