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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements of Graduate
  Degree Requirements Comprehensive Examinations
Master's Program
  • 1) A student in the master's program must obtain a total of 24 credits in courses on research methodology and in their chosen research area. Credits earned from other departments can be used to fill this requirement, only under the discretion of the student's advisor or the graduate program director. Master’s students must take "Professional Issues in Mind, Brain, and Psychological Science" in their first or second semester.
  • 2) Non-psychology majors can take up to five undergraduate courses in psychology with the academic advisor’s discretion. The courses are decided by the academic advisor after reviewing course equivalency. The core undergraduate courses in psychology must include"'Introduction to Psychology I' and 'Introduction to Psychology II.'
  • 3) If any of these requirements should change during the course of the student's term, he/she can choose between the old and the revised requirements, when authorized by the graduate program director.
  • 4) Credits earned from other departments can be approved only under the discretion of the student's advisor.
  • 5) A student in the master's program can take the doctoral courses only under the discretion of the student's advisor.
The comprehensive examination for the master’s students is composed of two parts: (a) research methodology (1 subject, 100 points per subject) and (b) specialty area (2 subjects, 100 points)
  • 1) Students decide one subject within the research methodology area.
  • 2) The subjects in each specialty area are listed below.
    • ① Clinical and Counseling Psychology : Psychodiagnosis, Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, Personality Psychology
    • ② Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience : Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience, Advanced Cognitive Psychology, Advanced Bio psychology, Advanced Learning Psychology
    • ③ Industrial and Organizational Psychology : Industrial Psychology, Organizational Psychology
    • ④ Consumer and Advertising Psychology : Consumer Psychology, Advertising Psychology, Method in Consumer Psychology
    • ⑤ Cultural and Social Psychology : Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology
Doctoral Program
  • 1) Students in the doctoral program must obtain a total of 36 credits. Among those 36 credits, 18 credits must come from their areas of specialization. Credits earned from other departments can be used to fill this requirement, only under the discretion of the student's advisor or the graduate program director.
  • 2) Students in the doctoral program must publish at least two research articles in professional journals, as a first or corresponding author for at least one article, which should be approved by the dissertation committee before submitting their doctoral dissertation.
  • 3) The students with a master degree in non-psychology majors in the doctoral program should meet the prerequisites of the master’s students with an undergraduate degree in non-psychology majors.
  • 4) If any of these requirements should change during the course of the student's term, he/she can choose between the old and the revised requirements, when authorized by the graduate program director.
  • 5) Credits earned from other departments can be approved only under the discretion of the student's advisor.
  • 6) A doctoral student can take the master's courses only under the discretion of the student's advisor.
The formats of the comprehensive examination for the doctoral students are as follows.
  • 1) The student’s academic advisor can organize the evaluation committee (minimum of two faculty members including the academic advisor) after four academic semesters since the admission of the student. The comprehensive examinations must include a written test and an oral test of which format may be decided by the evaluation committee. Upon completion of the examination, the academic advisor must complete and an evaluation form which contains the titles and dates of the oral and written test, summary of the evaluation and the final grade. This policy is effective for students who are admitted in the spring semester of 2014 or later. Students who have entered the program prior to the spring semester of 2014 may choose between the current format and the format specified in the graduate school bulletin effective at the time of their admission, after attaining permission from the graduate program director .
  • 2) Doctoral students in Clinical and Counseling Psychology Program can choose between the common format(rule 1)) and a paper-and-pencil test in the following subject areas: Advanced Psychodiagnosis, Advanced Psychopathology, Advanced Psychotherapy, Advanced Personality Psychology
The program for students admitted into the doctoral program without a master’s degree
  • 1) Students admitted into the doctoral program without a master’s degree must take a total of 54 credit hours. Credit hours earned from other departments must be approved by the academic advisor or the graduate program director. to be considered as the partial fulfillment of the requirements.
  • 2) The graduation requirements for students admitted into the doctoral program without a master’s degree are not different from those for the doctoral students. The students with an undergraduate degree in non-psychology majors should meet the prerequisites of the master’s students with an undergraduate degree in nonpsychology majors.
  • 3) Students in the master’s program may transfer to the doctoral program without a master’s degree if approved by the graduate program director.
  • 4) Students accepted into the doctoral program without a master’s degree are not required to submit a masters’ thesis prior to continuing work towards a doctoral degree. If students decide not to pursue a doctoral degree, a master’s degree may be awarded only to those students who have satisfied the requirements for the master’s program and have successfully defended their master’s theses.
  • 5) If any of these requirements should change during the course of the student's term, he/she can choose between the old and the revised requirements, when authorized by the graduate program director.
  • 6) Credits earned from other departments can be approved only under the discretion of the student's advisor.
 

※ For more detailed information about graduation requirements, please check graduate school website (http://graduate2.korea.ac.kr/gradeng/index.do).