Program Introduction

Qualification for and throughout the Program

The CBI Program is designed for students who are enrolled in a five-year, four-year doctoral program or who are in their second year of graduate school. For the CBI screening process, applicants must draft an essay and submit a recommendation letter from their supervisor. In addition, they must undergo an exam which is task-based and involves group work. Subsequent steps involve a written test workshop and interviews. Examiners will make their decisions based on these results. For students who are going on to their second year at graduate school, we evaluate the knowledge, skills and English level which have been acquired.

Requirements for Advancement

Students in the five-year Cross-Boundary Innovation (CBI) Program are required to undergo a preliminary qualifying examination (Advancement Exam) at the end of their second year and a qualifying examination (QE) at the end of their third year. A pass grade is required at both stages for advancement. Students in the four-year CBI Program must pass the QE at the end of their second year.

Advancement Exam

This is a required review that students in five-year courses must undergo at the end of their second year. Evaluation is based on students’ achievements in their graduate degree programs (credits attained, research progress) as well as the credits and grades earned under the CBI Program. Students are also assessed on their grasp of the fundamental skills, knowledge and outlook laid out under the CBI Compass. CBI students in the four-year course do not take the Advancement Exam.

QE (Qualifying Examination)

This is a required review that students in five-year courses must undergo at the end of their third year. Students in four-year courses undergo the QE at the end of their second year. Results are based on students’ academic evaluation from their faculties as well as the credits, grades and language ability attained under the CBI Program. Students are also assessed on their grasp of the fundamental skills, knowledge and outlook laid out under the CBI Compass.

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