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INTRODUCTION

Ph.D. degrees are awarded in one of three disciplinary specializations which are International Politics, International Trade & Commerce and Comparative Socio-Cultural Studies. The degree can be pursued in the course of study in an area concentration. The program is designed to produce graduates who are both outstanding researchers and experts prepared to apply their knowledge and skills to practical problem-solving. Candidates write a faculty-supervised Ph.D. dissertation in English, Korean or their regional specialty language.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

- A minimum of 36 credit hours as advised by program supervisor with the minimum grade point average of
   3.00 out of the maximum of 4.50 points
   (A minimum of 64 credit hours in case of Integrated Master&Ph.D program)
- 2 years (4 semesters) of residence for course work
    (3 years (6 semesters) of residence for course work in case of Integrated Master&Ph.D program)
- One year of Thesis Guidance after course work
- A qualifying examination(Comprehensive Exam) in 3 selected fields
- Proficiency test in foreign languages
- Dissertation proposal defense conducted under a committee of 3 professors
- A dissertation written under the supervision of an advisory professor in the department
- Oral defense of the dissertation conducted under a committee of 5 professors

Duration of Course Work : 2 years (3 years in case of Intergrated MA&Ph.D)

Maximum Stay of School Years

   - Doctoral (Ph.D.): 5 years
   - Intergrated: 8 years (Any absence is not counted in)

Credits required for Completion

   - Doctoral (Ph.D.): 36 credit minimum
   - Intergrated: 64 credits

Credits per Semester

   - Doctoral (Ph.D.): 3 credits ~ 9 credits
   - Intergrated: 3 credits ~ 12 credits

1stsemester 2ndsemester 3rdsemester 4thsemester Total
Concentration
Courses
3 credits 3credits
Major Courses 6 credits 9 credits 6 credits 6 credits 27 credits
Selective Courses 3 credits 3 credits 6 credits
Total 9 credits 9 credits 9 credits 9 credits 36 credits

Comprehensive Examination

Students on the doctoral program have to pass the Comprehensive Examination for the successful completion of their studies. The exam comprises three subjects (two major and one other non-major doctoral course), chosen by the department director under the permission of the GSIAS Dean.

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

Students have to pass the foreign language proficiency test for the successful completion of their studies. The test is held twice a year for students who have registered more than one semester. There is no limit to the number of times the test may be taken.
Dept Subject Note
Int’l Area Studies General English Exemption Allowed
Major Language
Int’l Relations General English
2Foreign Language
Korean Studies: Korean Students Korean Studies: Korean Students
Korean Studies: Int’l Students Major Korean

Alternate scores for General English: Master & Ph.D

Department Exam
TOEIC TOEFL IELTS FLEX  
English Major (North American Studies, EU Studies, U-PEACE, Int’l Development, Int’l Relations) 950 PBT CBT IBT 7.5 901
620 260 105  
Non-English Major 850 580 237 92 7.0 750

D. Exemptions for other subjects

① Master students who have obtained A°can get exemption for the major language subject
② Doctoral students who achieved FLEX 340 or above out of 600 (reading part only)can get exemption for the major language
   (regional language) or second foreign language subject
③ Doctoral students in the Korean Studies Department who achieved TOPIK Level 5 or above can get exemption
    for the Major Korean language subject. (Non-Korean Students Only)
④Native Speaker of English or their major languageregional language) can get exemption for the subject