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Dual Degree Program

Sister school: University of Missouri in the United States
This department (hereinafter referred to as Party B) alongside the Center for Multicultural Research, Training and Consultation and the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology of the University of Missouri (hereinafter referred to as Party A) signed the following agreement to improve mutual cooperation. Thus, abilities related to counseling psychology, educational psychology, language and culture, professional work, and research experience can be improved, academic exchange can be promoted, and students’ international view can be expanded.
          
1. Two-way cross-cultural program agreement (BCCIP short-term exchange)
(1) The purpose of the Bi-Directional Cross-Cultural Immersion Program (BCCIP) is as follows: (1) improving awareness, knowledge, and skills of the diverse cultures of the students of the two parties through a short-term and highly professional cultural exchange, (2) establishing personal and professional diverse cultural relations between the teachers and students of the two parties, and (3) establishing a long-term and professional cooperation relation between the two parties.
(2) This BCCIP program is a short-term cross-cultural exchange program that includes a series of preparatory courses. The host school provides diverse professional lectures and events (e.g., diverse cultural research training, workshops, and a study buddy system) and cultural exploration activities and opportunities (e.g., night markets and host family lifestyles).
(3) Each party shall organize and host the BCCIP every other year. The learning exchange visit can be from 2 to 4 weeks. Official approval from both parties should be obtained to extend the visit duration of BCCIP.

2. PhD program exchange student agreement
(1) For acceptance to this exchange program, PhD students must have studied at their original school for at least 1 year.
Excellent academic performance: Students must have an average score of over 80 points (Party B) or 3.0 (Party A). Students should have a TOEFL iBT of over 61 and two recommendation letters from professors (one of which must be from the student’s advisor).
(2) Exchange item: PhD exchange students may select the courses they participate in at exchange school (with no credit) including independent research, internship, and research.
(3) Research project: Every PhD exchange student will be assigned an academic advisor according to the interests of the two parties in the host school; the two will also determine the research project to be conducted at the host school. On the basis of the research project, the host school can add language courses and (or) other related requests according to the regulations. PhD exchange students are allowed to select any course except some courses with limited conditions.
     
3. Double master’s dual degree memorandum (1+1 dual degree system)

(1) Application, educational courses, and locations
Postgraduate students who have been accepted by either party and have registered for admission are qualified to apply for this course. Party B will select and recommend students from Party B who conform to the qualifications to apply for the master’s dual degree course of Party A. The selectin conditions are as follows: having an average semester academic score of at least 80 points, having a TOEFL exam score of 237 points in the computer-based test (CBT) or 92 points in the Internet-based test (IBT), passing the English oral test of a professor from Party A, and having two recommendation letters from professors of Party B. Party A will select and recommend students of Party A who are qualified to apply for the master’s dual degree course of Party B. The selection conditions are as follows: having a GPA of at least 3.5, having competed the application form for the dual degree course (including the student’s personal resumé and learning plan), and having two recommendation letters from professors of party A.
The learning period at the host school should be at least two semesters. Students must finish at least half of the required courses in the master’s degree program in the original school. In addition, students’ total graduation credits should conform to the regulations of both parties to obtain the master’s degree from both schools. The course guides will be presented separately in independent documents.
Students from Party B should complete the courses of Party A on the campus of Party A. Students from Party A should also complete the courses of Party B on the campus of Party B. The learning periods in the two schools need not be consecutive. The courses of the last semester can be completed in the original school. At graduation, the master’s degrees will be awarded by both schools; that is, dual degrees will be obtained.

(2) Education support and other items
[1] Students in the program are responsible for all educational expenses (such as application fee, out-of-state tuition, and student activity fee) and living expenses. However, out-of-state fees are not required.
[2] Registration, performance evaluation, scholarship, student service, student regulations, advisors, and other related matters should conform to the regulations of the two universities. Any outstanding affairs should be addressed according to the regulations of the two universities.
[3] Party B can request Party A to provide detailed course information for qualified students of Party B, and vice versa.
[4] According to the regulations of this memorandum, Party A should provide suitable education courses for students of Party B. The courses should include the following items:
{1} The 24 required credits mandated by Party A should be provided, but internship and thesis credits are not included. The level of at least 15 required credits should be at or above code 8000 (which is the master’s level).
{2} The obtained total graduation credits of the degree of Party A are 30. Students of Party B can waive at most six graduation credits required for the master’s degree courses of Party A.
{3} Every student of Party B must prove that they have basic abilities in the professional field; this involves completing the relevant courses and a master’s thesis under an advisor of Party A or B. The thesis must be approved by an oral defense committee and the advisor of Party A.
{4} Party A agrees to provide the opportunity for at most 10 students to participate in this project with out-of-state fee exemption every year.
{5} Every student of Party B will be assigned an advisor. The two parties will meet regularly to discuss academics and other pertinent matters.
{6} When students from Party B return after finishing courses at Party A, they must count the credits according to the regulations of Party B and register the grades.
{7} Students of Party B should take an applied multicultural course of one to three credits for one school year while learning at Party A. Thus, their understating of the influence of culture in psychology and cultural change can be improved as they experience life as an international student.
[5] According to the regulations of this memorandum, Party B should provide appropriate education courses for students of Party A. The courses should include the following items:
{1} Students of Party A can apply for the Chinese learning course provided by the Mandarin Training Center according to the regulations of Party B. This course is not listed in the master’s degree courses.
{2} Students of Party A must select a division of Party B when applying, and they must meet the graduation credit requirements of that division. Students of Party A can waive at most half of the graduation credits required by the master’s degree program of Party B.
{3} Every student of Party A must pass the master’s degree test that proves the student has basic abilities in that professional field and complete the masters’ thesis under an advisor of Party A or B. This thesis must be approved by an oral defense committee.
{4} Every student of party A will be assigned an advisor. The two parties will meet regularly to discuss academics and other pertinent matters.
{5} Before starting the dual degree of Party B, students of Party A will receive orientation session concerning academics and culture.
{6} They will also have the opportunity to experience Taiwanese culture (e.g., official and nonofficial activities and seminars).
 
4. Bachelor’s and master’s dual degree cooperation agreement (3+2 dual degree system)

(1) Admission approval request before application
[1] A letter from the dean of academic affairs of Party B must be provided to confirm that the student has completed the required courses of the bachelor’s program at Party B. In addition, the date that the student will receive the bachelor’s degree must be specified. Party B must agree that the student enters the dual degree system of the two schools.
[2] Students of Party B must provide the following documents: application form, resumé, study plan, transcript from Party B, and at least two recommendation letters from teachers of Party B.
[3] Before joining the dual degree system, the student must complete all the required courses of the bachelor’s program of Party B (typically during the first 3 years of the bachelor’s program of Party B).
[4] The courses provided by Party A and the dual degree master’s degree program must be verified to conform to the academic goals of Party B.
[5] Students must have an academic average over 80 points and a TOEFL score of at least 580 points (paper-based test), 237 points (CBT), or 92 points (IBT).
[6] The student must have no pending disciplinary procedures at Party B.

(2) Courses
[1] At least 36 to 48 credits of counseling psychology and educational psychology master’s courses must be taken. The courses can include extensive practical elements (such as group counseling, workshops, career training, or internship) but may not include thesis credits. At least 15 credits must have a level code 8000 or greater (which is the master’s level).
[2] If students of Party B wish to obtain the Taiwanese certification for counseling psychologists, they must meet the minimum academic requirements, which include completing a 1-year full-time professional internship under the supervision of a counseling psychologist.
[3] Every student must pass the final exam of Party A to prove that they have the basic abilities required in their professional field.
[4] Party A agrees to provide the opportunity for at most 10 students to participate in this project with out-of-state fee exemption every year.
[5] Every student of Party B will be assigned an advisor. The two parties will meet regularly to discuss academics and other pertinent matters.
[6] Students of Party B should select one to two research credits in at least two consecutive semesters and accept the close instruction from professors of Party A as part of the training.
[7] Students of Party B should select an applied multicultural course of one to three credits for one school year during the first year of study at Party A. Thus, their understanding of the influence of culture in psychology and cultural change can be improved as they experience life as an international student.
[8] In addition, they should have opportunities to experience American culture (e.g., official and nonofficial activities and seminars).

The University of Missouri website: http://education.missouri.edu/ESCP/index.php

The blog set up by the University of Missouri for BCCIP: http://ccc.missouri.edu/category/ccip/

How to Apply MU Dual Degree Program 

fill out and submit after returning to Taiwan.odt

Experience sharing from students who have participated in diverse cooperation exchanges between this department and the University of Missouri:
3+2 bachelor’s and master’s dual degree system:
  Yu-Lien Li.pdfHsin-Yu Wu.pdf
1+1 double master’s dual degree system: Wan-Ling Li.pdfYun-Hsin Kuo.pdfLi-Shin Shih.pdf

Dual Degree Master's Program Handbook.pdf

University of Missouri dual degree system introduction video