한양대학교 국제학대학원

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Foreign Language Examination
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Guideline for Ph.D. Dissertation Evaluation Process
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Guide to Courses

1. Term of Study

Students for both the Master's degree and the Ph. D. degree must normally complete 4 semesters of lectures. For this, they must enroll for two years (four semesters).



2. The credit system

Students for both the Master's degree and the Ph. D. must take 42 credits respectively with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above.
In addition, students must also take 2 prerequisite subjects for 6 credits.

A student cannot take more than 12 credits a semester.

The credit system is as follows:
  • The Credit System for the Master's and Ph. D. degrees
    Courses / Subjects Master's Degree Ph. D. degree
    Subject name Credit Subject name Credit
    Prerequisite -Korean LanguageⅠ
    -Korean LanguageⅡ
    6 -Korean LanguageⅠ
    -Korean LanguageⅡ
    6
    General Required -Methodology in Area Studies I
    -International Relations
    6 -Methodology in Area Studies II
    -International Relations Seminar
    6
    Elective Select any 5 subjects 15 Select any 5 subjects 15
    Major Required -Korean Politics
    -Korean Economy
    -Conducting Business in Korea
    9 -Korean Politics
    -Korean Economy
    6
    Elective Select any 4 subjects 12 Select any 3 subjects 9
    Dissertation     Doctoral dissertation 6
    Total   42   42


Elective subjects

As for Elective subjects, Korean Studies students can take 9 subjects for the master’s course, and 8 for the doctoral course regardless of whether they are General or Major Elective subjects, provided that students must submit the application form for taking Major Elective subjects instead of General with signature of the director of the Department of Korean Studies to the Office of GSIS, and vice versa.


Exemption from Prerequisite subjects

Students who have taken the same lectures in undergraduate or graduate courses can present The Application for Exemption of Prerequisite Subject(s) with a certificate of their record after receiving approval from the Director of the Department of Korean Studies in writing.


Recognition of Acquired credits

Students can take just one subject from another graduate school or department for one semester if they want. In this case, they must have approval in writing from the Director of the Department of Korean Studies.

Students can receive recognition for up to 12 credits through the approval of the Dean in the case they satisfy the following conditions:
  • the acquired subjects from the domestic or abroad graduate school must be equal, or similar to, the subjects taught at GSIS
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • three years for the Master's course student, and five years for Ph.D. student, have not passed since the acquisition of the credits.


NOTE: Even though credit may be granted, the term of study will not reduced.


Grading system:

Marks Grades Evaluation marks
95~100 A+ 4.5
90-94 A 4.0
85~89 B+ 3.5
80-84 B 3.0
75~79 C+ 2.5
70-74 C 2.0
Under 69 F 0
Prerequisite subjects P X
Mark grace I 0


4. GSIS Register Change

Temporary absence from GSIS

A student should apply for the temporary absence in writing before the beginning of each semester if he or she cannot take the lecture for more than one month due to illness (temporary absence for sick leave) or the other inevitable reasons (temporary absence for personal reasons)

A student who does not attend university can temporarily maintain the status of a GSIS student, but this period of temporary absence is not included as a term of study, or as a period under which he/she attends university.

As a rule, a student must apply each semester for this temporary leave of absence. (The maximum permitted is four semesters).

In the case where a student applies for a temporary absence before being given final marks for the semester, he/she will not be given credit for that semester.


Returning to GSIS

A student who wants to return to GSIS after a period of temporary absence must present the Application for Return to School to GSIS office before the beginning of the semester



5. In the case where a student wants to take a specific subject again because of a low grade

This applies to students who

did not acquire the required credits for graduation within 2 years after entry into GSIS

have a GAP under 3.0

did not acquire credits in the prerequisite subjects


Registry for retaking lectures within the period for registration

A student who must acquire just 6 credits or less will pay half of the tuition for that semester.

A student who must acquire 7 credits or more will pay full tuition for that semester.



6. Registration for Doctoral Course

A student who has completed the Ph. D. course must register for studying continuously until receiving Ph. D.

A student who has completed the Ph. D course means that he/she has normally completed 4 semesters (two years) and acquired 48 credits (including prerequisite subjects) with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 or above.



7. Conditions for Graduation

A Student for Master's course must

complete prerequisite subjects required

acquire 42 credits or more (not including the prerequisite subjects)

have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0(B) or above (not including prerequisite subjects)

have successfully completed the foreign language examinations

have successfully completed the comprehensive examination


A student for Ph. D course must

complete prerequisite subjects required

acquire 42 credits or more (not including prerequisite subjects)

have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0(B) or above (not including prerequisite subjects)

have successfully completed the foreign language examinations

have successfully completed the comprehensive examination

have successfully completed the dissertation process