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Academic Administration

Graduation

UST Degree Requirements

According to UST regulations, a degree can be obtained if all of the following requirements are met
  1. 1Completion requirements: Completion of the Minimum term of study for each program, Completion of the minimum number of credits, and the GPA is B0 (3.0) or higher
  2. 2Paper Publication
  3. 3Pass the comprehensive exam
  4. 4Submission of Official English test score
  5. 5Passed the thesis dissertation
  6. 6Completion of Newcomers’ Program
  7. 7Satisfying campus-specific degree requirements

Subject to change depending on the revisions of academic regulation

CRITERIA FOR DEGREE CONFERRAL BY CAMPUS AND SCHOOL Download

Minimum term of study : The minimum years to complete a course of study

Minimum term of study - Master's, Doctoral, Integrative Provide information
Master's Doctoral Integrative
2years 2years 4years

Reduction of the Course of Study

Students who get the minimum credits for receiving a degree may graduate early; 6 months maximum for master's and doctoral students and 1 year maximum for integrative Courses students.

You can apply for Shortening of the Minimum term of study at the UST portal. Detailed information will be on UST homepage.

UST Minimum Credit Requirements

Note There are cases where the required major courses are designated for each major. So students have to check the campus /Major degree requirements.

Requirements for students entered from the spring semester of 2019

Requirements for students entered from the spring semester of 2019 - Classification of Credits, Evaluation, Required Credits
Classification of Credits Evaluation Required Credits
Master's Program Doctoral Program Intergrative Program
Classes Common Core courses Percentage 2 2 2
Major courses Percentage 12 12 24
Research Field research Percentage 12 12 24
Seminar S/U 2 2 4
Total 32 32 60

In order to complete the total required number of minimum credits, students must complete additional coursework with at least the minimum number of credits for each program
E.g.: Master’s and Ph.D. students are required to receive 2 common core course credits, 12 major course credits, 12 field research credits, and 2 seminar course credits for a total of 28 credits. Thus, they must earn an additional 4 credits in any courses they choose to meet the required 32 total credits.

Requirements for students entered from Fall semester of 2016 until Fall semester of 2018

Requirements for students entered from Fall semester of 2016 until Fall semester of 2018 - Classification of Credits, Evaluation, Required Credits
Classification of Credits Evaluation Required Credits
Master's Program Doctoral Program Intergrative Program
Classes Common Core courses S/U, Percentage 3 3 3
Major courses Percentage 12 12 24
Research Field research Percentage 12 12 24
Seminar S/U 2 2 4
Thesis S/U 3 3 3
Total 32 32 58

Requirements for students entered from the Fall semester 2012 until Spring semester of 2016

Requirements for students entered from the Fall semester 2012 until Spring semester of 2016 - Classification of Credits, Evaluation, Required Credits
Classification of Credits Evaluation Required Credits
Master's Program Doctoral Program Intergrative Program
Classes Common Core courses S/U, Percentage 3 3 6
Major courses Percentage 12 12 24
Research Field research Percentage 12 12 24
Seminar S/U 2 2 4
Thesis S/U 3 3 6
Total 32 32 64

Paper Publication

Doctoral Degree (Integrative)
  • Publish 1 or more articles in internationally renowned academic journals including SCI as the first author, or if the president acknowledges that his/her research performance is equivalent to the above criterion after a review by the Graduate Committee

    Corresponding Research Performance: Paper publications in SCIE or SSCI

Master’s Degre
  • Publish 1 or more articles in professional journal(domestic or international), or if the president acknowledges that his/her research performance is equivalent to the above criterion after a review by the Graduate Committee

    Corresponding Research Performance: Oral or Poster presentation at international conferences

Common
  • Criteria for degree conferral by campus / school
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  • Must meet the detailed campus requirements (*inquire campus representative for more information)
  • All research records are acknowledged only by the student’s affiliated institution (UST)

Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive Examination - Classification Details
Classification Details
Eligibility A student who has acquired or is expected to acquire the course credits(common core course and Major course) and Research Credits(Field Training and Seminar).
Schedule March(Spring semester) and September(Fall semester) every year

The above schedule is subject to change, Pleases refer to the website notice for details.

TOPIK - Test of Proficiency in Korean (For Special admission)

Level 2 or above (For students enrolled in 2013 ~ 2017)

Exempt from freshmen in 2018(Criteria for degree conferral by campus and school can be contained the TOPIK score)

Official English Test score(Common requirement)

  1. 1Exemption from submitting official English score if submitted at the time of admission or if UST graduates enter UST
  2. 2In the case of deferred submission of official English scores, the English score higher than the above criteria must be submitted within the specified period.
Foreign Language Exam - Type of Exam, TOEFL(iBT,PBT), TOEIC, TEPS(TEPS (Before '18.5.12.), New TEPS(After '18.5.12.)), IELTS
Type of Exam TOEFL TOEIC TEPS IELTS
iBT PBT
(Revised)
Obtained exam score 79 59 730 342 6

Only score earned in the last two years is accepted

Thesis/Dissertation (Required for both doctoral and master’s degree)

A candidate may request a review for thesis/dissertation evaluation if he/she (1) fulfills respective credit requirements, (2) passes a comprehensive qualifying exam, (3) receives a recommendation from an academic advisor.

Classification

Classification - Classification, Details
Classification Details
Required for All Courses(Master's/Doctoral/Integrative)
  • Students who have acquired credits according to the article 40 of the academic regulations (acquiring credits by course) or who projected to acquire credits by course registration for the relevant semester
  • Students who have passed the comprehensive examination
  • Students who have received recommendations from their academic advisors
Doctoral/Integrative
  • Students who have passed the evaluation for doctoral thesis proposals(Paper publication needed to apply the dissertation evaluation from freshmen in 2017)
Schedule for Evaluation
  • Spring Semester - Evaluation Period (Apr. – June) → Submit printed copy (Jul. 10) degree conferral (Aug.)
  • Fall Semester - Evaluation Period (Oct. – Dec.) → Submit printed copy (Jan. 10) degree conferral (Feb.)

Refer to academic manual for detailed information

Newcomers’ ODYSSEY

(Starting with the new students of the Fall semester 2016, the completion of all the subjects for newcomers odyssey)

UST graduates who have already completed the Newcomers' ODYSSEY are exempt from attending it as a degree requirement when enrolling in UST.(If UST graduates enter UST, Newcomers` ODYSSEY is exempted.)

Notes

  • There may be campus-specific requirements for paper publication, in such case both UST requirements and campus-specific requirements must be satisfied in order to acquire degree.
  • UST must be listed as an affiliated institution to qualify as a valid research achievement.
  • You have to check the Plagiarism and have to submit the result of it. See the notice at UST hompage