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Dual Degree Program

Sister school: The Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology In the College of Education at the University of Missouri,  U.S.A

Whereas the above-named institutions recognize that renewing their Memoranda of Understanding would be of mutual benefit and would serve as an indication of continued interest in cooperation, it is understood that:

1. Bi-directional Cross-Cultural Immersion Program (BCCIP short-term exchange)

(1) The BCCIP is a program designed to:

  1. Promote EPC and ESCP students’ cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills through a short but intense professional exchange in another culture.

  2. Promote personal and professional cross-cultural relationships among faculty and students.

  3. Establish a long-term professional collaboration between NTNU and MU. 

​​​​​​(2) The BCCIP is a short cross-cultural immersion program, including preparatory meetings. The MU College of Education and NTNU EPC provide a variety of professional lectures and activities (e.g., multicultural research training, workshop, a buddy system) as well as cultural exploration activities and opportunities (e.g., night markets, living with host families) for the visitors.

(3) MU’s ESCP program and EPC at NTNU will host the BCCIP every other year.  Lengths of stay for BCCIP can range from 2-4 weeks in a study immersion program. An extension of stay for BCCIP must be officially approved by both institutions.

2. Doctoral Student Exchange

(1) Duration of Stay

The duration of stay for doctoral exchange students at the host institution shall normally be between a period ranging from two months for up to one academic year, subject to the agreement of the two institutions.

(2) Application and Acceptance

The student participating in the exchange program under the terms of this MOU shall be selected initially by the home institution; the host institution shall make the final acceptance decision in each case. The following selection criteria will generally apply but may be varied in appropriate cases:

  1. Students will have completed at least one academic year of doctoral work prior to participation in the exchange;
  2. Good academic standing, as reflected by an average academic score of at least 3.5GPA (NTNU) or 3.0(MU) in previous academic work at the home university and two letters of recommendation with one being from their major academic advisor. In accordance with the Graduate School, visiting international students must provide proof of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (iBT, with no section below 17; a recommended score of 100 for clinical training purpose) or an IELTS score of 6.5 with no bands lower than 6.0.
  3. A Plan of Study that is acceptable to the host institution.

(3) Exchange Items

Doctoral exchange students will be enrolled in 1 credit course, which may include Independent Study and Practicum at the MU College of Education or at NTNU, as well as participate in research. 

(4) Study Plan

Each exchange student will be assigned an academic advisor at the host institution prior to submitting an application and based on mutual interests. Each doctoral exchange student shall determine the study plan at the host institution in consultation with academic advisors of both the home and host institutions. Depending on the study program, language requirements and/or other prerequisites may be imposed in accordance with the regulations of the host institution. The doctoral exchange student will normally be permitted to audit classes unless these classes are subject to limited enrollments.
As part of this exchange, MU will provide an academic and cultural orientation program for EPC students.


3. Master’s Dual Degree Program (1+1 dual-degree program)

(1)  Application, educational courses, and locations

  1. Students accepted and enrolled in a master’s degree program from either department are eligible to apply for this program. There is no restriction on the number of students admitted. EPC shall assist in identifying and recommending qualified EPC students to matriculate into the Master’s Dual Degree Program based upon an average score of at least 3.5 GPA from NTNU, a required score of 80 TOEFL (Internet-based), IELTS 6.5 or Duolingo 105; an oral interview by ESCP faculty and two letters of recommendation from EPC faculty. ESCP will assist in identifying and recommending qualified ESCP students to matriculate into the Master’s Dual Degree Program based upon a 3.5 GPA from MU, an application for the Master’s Dual Degree program (including their personal statement and plan of study), and three letters of recommendation from ESCP faculty. All students must then follow the regular application procedures at the host institution.

  2. The education period at the host university shall be a minimum of two semesters.

  3. Graduates shall have completed at least half of the required credits at the home master’s degree program, and meet the graduation credit requirements of both departments. The menu of courses that will fulfill degree requirements will be listed on separate documents.

  4. For EPC students, the classes shall be conducted at the MU and its environs. For ESCP students, the classes shall be conducted at the NTNU and its environs. Periods of study at the two universities do not have to be continuous. The final term can be completed at home university. Graduates are to receive dual degrees, one from each university.

(2) Education support and other items

  1. ESCP and EPC students will be responsible for the full cost of their education (i.e. application fees, tuition, and student fees) as well as all living costs. In addition, while EPC students are at MU, EPC students must pay MU non-resident educational tuition and NTNU computer and Student Insurance fees (to NTNU). And while ESPC students are at NTNU, ESPC students must pay the international educational tuition.

  2. For enrollment, grade evaluations, scholarships, student services, student code of conduct, advising, and similar related matters, the applicable regulations for each university shall be followed. For other matters, regulations from both universities will be followed.

  3. EPC may request MU’s ESCP, and vice versa, to provide detailed information regarding the education program for the qualified EPC students.

  4. Under the MOU, MU’s ESCP shall provide appropriate academic programs for the EPC students. The education program shall include the following:

  1. Twenty-four (24) credit hours in course work must be taken at MU as required in the counseling psychology Master’s degree program of study, but excluding practica and theses credits. At least 15 credits must be at the 8000 level or above (i.e., graduate level courses only).

  2. The total number of credit hours for graduation for the counseling psychology program is 30 credit hours. Up to 6 program-related graduate credit hours can be transferred to MU from NTNU for graduation;

  3. Each student must pass a final examination to demonstrate mastery of fundamental principles of the work included in this course of study through a master’s project under the direction of the student’s advisor at MU or NTNU, and approved by the MU faculty advisor.

  4. ESCP will provide scholarships to offset costs to EPC accepted into this program, the scholarship amounts may vary from year-to-year. The number of said scholarships will be determined and communicated to the NTNU point of contact person during the recruitment period on an annual basis.

  5. Each EPC student will be assigned an academic advisor and they will meet periodically to discuss academic matters and any other issues and concerns;

  6. EPC students can transfer the credits from MU according to NTNU regulations when they have taken the classes at MU.

  7. EPC students will enroll in a one to three credit applied for cultural psychology course during the fall and spring semesters of their year of study at MU to enhance their understanding of the role of culture in psychology as well as the cultural transitions they are experiencing in the U.S. culture as an international student.
    Note: Students applying for the Master’s Dual Degree cannot take the internship-related courses in MU. (Please check page 9 of the handbook at the bottom of the website page for the relevant regulations.)

        V. Under the MOU, EPC shall provide appropriate and academic programs for MU ESCP students. The program shall include the following:
  1. ESCP students can enroll in courses provided at the Mandarin Training Center at NTNU. Credit from such courses cannot be applied toward the master’s degree.
  2. MU ESCP students must choose the program of EPC when applying and must meet the requirement of each program of EPC. MU ESCP students can transfer up to half of the credit hours from MU to NTNU for graduation;
  3. Each student must pass a final defense to demonstrate mastery of fundamental principles of the work included in this course of study through a thesis project under the direction of the student’s advisor at NTNU or MU, and approved by the NTNU thesis committee.
  4. Each ESCP student will be assigned an academic advisor and they will meet periodically to discuss academic matters and any other issues and concerns;
  5. An academic and cultural orientation program for ESCP students offered before beginning the Master’s Dual Degree; and
  6. Opportunities to experience Taiwanese culture (e.g., formal and informal settings and arrangements, seminars, etc.)

4. Coordinated Bachelor's-Master's Degree Program (3+2 dual degree program)

(1) Pre-Application and Admission Requirements

  1. NTNU will ensure that each CDP nominee:
    1.  Has a letter from the Provost of NTNU specifically stating that the student has completed requirements to receive a degree from NTNU; and that NTNU is fully supportive of the student entering the CDP between NTNU and MU.
    2. Will provide an application form, curriculum vitae, study plan, NTNU transcript, and at least 2 recommendation letters from NTNU departmental faculty.
    3. Will finish all required courses towards the baccalaureate degree at NTNU (normally during the first three years of their NTNU undergraduate degree program) before enrolling in CDP.
    4.  Has established that course offerings available at MU and the participating CDP Master’s degree programs are compatible with her/his academic goals.
    5. Has fulfilled an average score of 3.5 GPA academic performance at NTNU, and adequate proficiency in the English language [i.e., 80 TOEFL (Internet-based)(recommended score of 100 TOEFL for clinical training purpose); IELTS 6.5 or Duolingo 105, exceptions to the scores will be made on a case-to-case basis]
    6.  Has no disciplinary action pending at NTNU.
      Important reminder: If your TOEFL score is less than 100, you will not be able to take the internship-related courses in MU. Please check page 9 of the handbook at the bottom of the website page for the relevant regulations.)

(2) Registration and Enrollment Requirements

  1. Thirty-six (36) to forty-eight (48) credits hours in course work must be taken at MU as required in the MU counseling psychology Master’s degree program of study, including a broad range of applied experiences (e.g., group counseling, workshops, career coaching, practica as available) but excluding thesis credits. At least 15 credits must be at the 8000 level or above (i.e., graduate-level courses only).
  2. Students seeking licensure in Taiwan as a counseling psychologist must meet the minimum academic requirements for licensure in Taiwan, including successfully completing a full-year internship under a licensed counseling psychologist.
  3. Each student must pass a final examination at MU to demonstrate mastery of the fundamental principles of the work.
  4. ESCP will provide scholarships to offset costs to EPC students accepted into this program, the scholarship amounts may vary from year-to-year. The number of said scholarships will be determined and communicated to the NTNU point of contact person during the recruitment period on an annual basis.
  5. Each EPC student will be assigned an academic advisor, and they will meet periodically to discuss academic matters and any other issues and concerns.
  6. Students will enroll for 1 to 2 credits across at least 2 semesters of research in which they will work closely with a faculty mentor as a part of their training; and
  7. Students will receive support from the department and the College of Education Office of Global Engagement to facilitate their cultural transition as international students, and to develop a meaningful understanding of U.S. culture while enhancing their own cultural adaptability and comprehension of the role that culture and cultural contexts play in psychology.
  8. Opportunities to experience American culture (e.g., formal and informal settings and arrangements, seminars, etc.);

(3) Tuition and Fees

EPC students will be responsible for their application fees, tuition fees, and student fees, as well as their living costs. ESCP will provide scholarships to offset costs to EPC students accepted into this program, the scholarship amounts may vary from year-to-year. The amount of said scholarships will be determined and communicated to NTNU point of contact person during the recruitment period on an annual basis.
In addition, while EPC students are at MU, EPC students must pay MU non-resident educational tuition and NTNU comter and puStudent Insurance fees (to NTNU).


5. Others

(1) The Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology in the University of Missouri website
(2) How to Apply for MU Dual Degree Program 
(3) Estimated tuition fees for undergraduate students in NTNU to attend 3+2 dual degree program in MU. 
(4) Report of participation in various collaborative exchanges between NTNU and MU.odt  (Blank form: fill out and submit after returning to Taiwan)
(5) Experience sharing from students who have participated in diverse cooperation exchanges between this department and the University of Missouri:
  1.  3+2 bachelor’s and master’s dual degree system: 110王韻婷.pdf110林芷羽.pdf110馬佳歆.pdf
  2.  1+1 double master’s dual degree system: 105李婉綾.pdf105郭昀昕.pdf106石瀝新.pdf
(6) Dual Degree Master's Program Handbook
(7) University of Missouri dual degree system introduction video