Graduation Requirement

Graduation Requirement—(1) M.A program

The graduation requirement of the M.A program in U.S and Canadian Studies department consists of three parts; course work, thesis, and foreign language fulfillment. Firstly, the total credits of the course work is minimum 40 and the student cannot take more than 15 credits per semester. Moreover, duration of course work is minimum 2 years, while the maximum stay of school years is 3 years. More specific course list is as follows:

subject credits content
Special lectures P/F M.A students take special lectures for two semesters.
Foreign Language 4 M.A students complete two foreign language classes for two semesters.
※ Option: English or French
Concentration course 9 Among politics, economics, socio-cultural studies, M.A students choose one and takes 9 credits of their concentration course.
Mandatory course 3 Seminar on US-Canadian Studies class should be taken.
Area major course 15 M.A students are required to take 15 credits of any classes provided in the department of US-Canadian Studies regardless of concentration.
selective 9 M.A students should finish 9 credits of any courses of GSIAS.
total 40

Secondly, in order to graduate, M.A students of the U.S and Canadian Studies should pass two Foreign Language Examinations. One is regional language requirement. Getting A0 or A+ in your chosen foreign language class is required. The second one is called general English test exam. Getting minimum score of the enlisted English test below is required based on your Foreign Language option, which are English or French. All of the students in our department has picked English for this requirement.

TOEFL TOEIC FLEX IELTS
English 620(PBT), 260(CBT), 105(IBT) 950 901 7.5
French (non-English) 580(PBT), 237(CBT), 92(IBT) 850 750 7.0

Lastly, M.A program in our department can be either thesis plan or non-thesis plan, and many allow students the option to choose. Basically, the thesis option has more research, while the non-thesis has more classes. The thesis should be written in English or French and submitted within 5 years after completion of all course work. Non-thesis students will take 6 more creits, which means the non-thesis students take 46 credits to be graduated. Some specific classes for additional 6 credits, or “논문대체과목” is to be noticed later. Below is the schedule of the thesis submission.

order Required documents Period content
Registration of thesis defense Application for thesis defense Early March/ September Before registration, foreign language requirement should be completed.
Open thesis defense presentation Thesis Proposal Presentation Evaluation Form Early May/ November The presentation date will be set by the student representative of the department.
Thesis guidance
※ At least three times of advisor’s guideline is required.
Mid May/ November On the thesis approval form, the procedure of the thesis guideline should be written.
The draft thesis for committee should be delivered to each committee members
Submission of thesis approval form and the draft thesis for committee thesis approval form and the draft thesis for committee
Report of the thesis Late May/November The report date will be set by the student representative of the department.
Reporting the result of Thesis Defense Master’s Thesis Defense Report Early June/December Student can successfully defend his master’s thesis when two-third of the committee members grant more than 80 out of 100.
Submission of printed thesis Printed thesis Early July/December The actual submission of the printed copy of the thesis is critically important for graduation.

 

Graduation Requirement—(2) Ph.D. program

The graduation requirement of the Ph.D. program in U.S and Canadian Studies department consists of four parts; course work, foreign language fulfillment, thesis, and comprehensive exam. Firstly, the total credits of the course work is minimum 36 and the student cannot take more than 3 credits per semester. Moreover, duration of course work is minimum 2 years, while the maximum stay of school years is 5 years. More specific course list is as follows:

subject credits content
Concentration course 9 Among politics, economics, socio-cultural studies, doctoral students choose one and takes 6 credits, including mandatory class of the concentration section.
Area major course 24 Doctoral students are required to take 24 credits of any classes provided in the department of US-Canadian Studies regardless of their concentration.
selective 9 Doctoral students should take 9 credits of any courses of GSIAS.
total 36
※ Ph.D. Student must consult with the head of our department before course registration.

Secondly, in order to graduate, Ph.D. student of the U.S and Canadian Studies should pass two Foreign Language Examinations. One is regional language requirement. Getting more than 340 score of the FLEX test of your foreign language is required. The second one is called general English test exam. Getting minimum score of the enlisted English test below is required based on your Foreign Language option, which are English or French. All of the students in our department has picked English for this requirement.

TOEFL TOEIC FLEX IELTS
English 620(PBT), 260(CBT), 105(IBT) 950 901 7.5
French (non-English) 580(PBT), 237(CBT), 92(IBT) 850 750 7.0
※ The foreign language requirement can be waived if you got a master’s degree program in the U.S and Canadian studies department.

Thirdly, Ph.D. Student should also pass the comprehensive examination. Following is the detailed information about the exam.

– Subject: Two Major Subjects + One Concentration Subject (Research Methods) chosen by Head of our department.
– Eligibility: Doctoral Students who have completed (are expected to complete) the course work.
– Application: Please check the notice at the GSIAS website in March or September. The exam takes place once a semester and students are required to submit the application form to the GSIAS Office. Students who fail the exam can retake it until they pass. For retaking the exam, application fees are required per subject.
– Passing Grade: 70 out of 100

Lastly, the doctoral students in our department should take one step before submitting their dissertation. First of all, the doctoral student should get a review of the Ph.D. dissertation proposal from professors. Below is the detail.

    • The eligibility of the proposal: Registered more than 4 semesters, Acquired 36 credits of requirements, and Completed or register “Thesis Guidance 1”.
    • The submission of the application: submit an application form (Download the form attached), the thesis proposal, and a payment receipt of the evaluation fee. The Evaluation fee cost KRW 150,000.
    • The submission of the evaluation form: 1) Thesis advisors (3 advisors including your major professor) should submit the evaluations of students’ thesis proposals (Download the form attached) to the Head of the Department after the public presentation session. 2) The Head of Department should gather the evaluation packages of the candidates from the belonged department and submit them to the administrative office.

※ The review should be conducted orally by the respective student and the paper should be no longer than 40 pages. The review of the thesis proposal is also opened to the public.

  • The evaluation: It should be more than 80 point out of 100.

After this, in order to submit the dissertation, students must ①complete all course work, ②pass both comprehensive exam and ③foreign language exam, ④pass the proposal test and ⑤ being advised by his/her professor at least more than two semesters. Below is the detail schedule of the submission of the dissertation.

order Required documents Period content
Registration of thesis defense Application for thesis defense Early March/ September Before registration, foreign language requirement should be met.
Submission of thesis approval form and the draft thesis for committee thesis approval form and the draft thesis for committee Early May/ November On the thesis approval form, the committee members’ name should be written.
The draft thesis for committee should be delivered to each committee members.
Thesis guidance
※ At least three times of advisor’s guideline is required.
Mid May/ November This is conducted individually between the student and the professor.
Reporting the result of Thesis Defense Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Report Early June/December Student can successfully defend his Ph.D. dissertation when four-fifth of the committee members grant more than 80 out of 100.
Submission of printed thesis Printed thesis Early July/January The actual submission of the printed copy of the thesis is critically important for graduation.