学位论文标准
MBA Dissertation Standard
(I) MBA Dissertation Topic Selection and Writing Requirements
(1) At the end of the fourth term, MBA students will have dissertation instructors under whose guidance the research direction should be set. The topic should be decided after reference searching, materials collection and investigation. By the middle of the fifth term, students are expected to complete “MBA Dissertation Topic Selection Report and Dissertation Work Implementation Plan”
 (2)The topic of the dissertation should closely match the current situation in China’s economic reform and opening up, or other practical problems like enterprises’ march into the market and the development of large and medium-sized enterprises.
 (3) MBA dissertation topic debate meeting should be organized by dissertation instructors. At the meeting, discussions and arguments will be made by experts of the discipline or the close disciplines (with at least three instructors included) on the research scope, value, significance, problems to be solved, research program and research progress. The relevant research can only be conducted after the approval on the dissertation topic report.
 (4) MBA dissertation writing should last no less than one year (it mainly includes four stages: collection and reference reading, enterprise investigation, opening and writing.) The valid period of the dissertation writing should last more than half a year, and the references both in Chinese and foreign languages should be no less than 20.
(5) The number of Words in the dissertation should be no less than 20,000 and the abstract part should be no less than 500 words. The dissertation should be written in Chinese and typed out by the computer. As for the specific format requirements, please refer to “Chongqing University Regulations on Master’s and Doctor’s Degree Dissertation Writing Format”.
(II) MBA Dissertation Academic Requirements
MBA dissertation includes academic papers, case compilation, research report, diagnosis and analysis. Students are expected to form their new understandings, and their research methods and findings should be of some value to the practice or of some guidance to social progress and economic development. The case compilation, research report and diagnosis and analysis should originate from the students’ actual practice. The dissertation should reveal the writer’s solid theoretical foundation, special expertise and strong capability in carrying out scientific research or independently undertaking special technological work.
MBA dissertation should be independently completed by postgraduate students under the guidance of their instructors.
(III) MBA Dissertation Grading and Evaluation
(1) The Grading should be focused on the following three points.
a) Capability of employing the theories learned in analyzing and solving problems
   b) The depth and width of the writer’s knowledge and his new views reflected in the dissertation
c) The practical value of the dissertation (its economic and social benefits)
(2) MBA students are expected to hand in the dissertation one month ahead of the defense time. The MBA office should verify the qualification of the students who apply for the master’s degree. The verification is based on “Chongqing University Instructors’ Review on MBA Dissertationsimply named as form M3” submitted in “Postgraduate Education and Administration System” by the supervisor, and those qualified dissertations will be sent for appraisal.
(3) MBA dissertation appraisal adopts double-blind review. For each dissertation, there are two copies. One should be appraised by an associate professor or above from the institute or other similar disciplines of the same university (or with intermediate professional title and the qualification of master’s supervisor); the other should be reviewed by an expert with advanced professional title from other economic management departments or enterprises.
(4) If one reviewer’s conclusion is negative, the writer should revise his dissertation within a designated time span according to the suggestions offered by the reviewer. The revised dissertation will be appraised for the second time by the reviewer. If both reviewers hold a negative view against the dissertation, the application for the master’s degree will be denied. Three months later, the applicant should submit the dissertation again for review.
(5) The dissertation reviewer should write down the detailed comments on the dissertation, and the comments should be submitted for reference of the dissertation defense committee.
(三) MBA学位论文答辩
(IV) MBA Dissertation Defense
MBA dissertation defense work should be organized in public by MBA office under the authorization by the degree evaluation sub-committee of the institute.
(1) MBA dissertation defense committee should consist of five experts with associate professor title or above (or Master’s supervisor with intermediate professional title), among whom at least one is an expert with associate advance professional title or above from the outside economic management department or enterprise. The supervisor of the applicant should avoid participating in the defense.
(2) MBA dissertation defence is done on the spot, that is, each student should respond immediately to questions raised by committee members after the presentation. One question and one answer each time. (The next question will not be asked unless the answer to the previous question is completed.) Students are expected to go through the defence process one by one.
(3) The defense work by MBA dissertation Defense Committee should be carried out according to the prescribed process, and the vote is done by the secret ballot. The approval of the dissertation requires a two-thirds majority of members attending the committee. The decision of approving the dissertation should be announced and signed by the president of the defense committee and submitted to the academic degree evaluation sub-committee of the institute for review. After the review by the sub-committee, the decision will be sent to the academic degree evaluation committee of the University for the Final Decision on conferring the degree.
(4) If the MBA dissertation is recognized as unqualified, the writer can resubmit the revised version for anonymous review three months later. Upon the approval by the review, the dissertation can again enter the defense process. The Academic degree evaluation sub-committee will not review those dissertations failing in the defense process.
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