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Degree requirements and Length of curriculum

The MPA is a 2 year program (2.5 years for evening class students); the entire duration of the program should not last longer than 4 years.

Credit and grade requirements

  • Credit requirements
    ① Students need a minimum of 33 credits (including core courses) and must maintain a B (3.0) or better to graduate.
    ② Daytime class students can take at most 12 credits per semester and evening class students can take at most 9 credits per semester.
    ③ All students must take more than one class in their final semester.
  • Grade evaluation
    ① Each course grade will be an aggregate evaluation score based on attendance, learning attitude, exam scores, research reports. Students will be graded on a curve and will be ranked using a forced distribution system.
    ② In order to receive credits for a course, students must attend more than 3/4 of the classes held for that particular course and maintain grades above a D-. However, if students retake a course, the higher of the two grades will be considered the student's final grade for that course.
    ③ Students that receive a grade of F for an elective course, they are not obligated to retake that course. However, students are still required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0/B.
    ④ Student GPA is calculated by multiplying the number of credits of a course by the student's grade for that course, then by diving that number by the number of total number of credits that the student applied for. GPA is rounded to the thousandth decimal.

Curriculum

  • How the curriculum is organized
    ① GSPA’a curriculum is organized according to article 9 of the official SNU Regulations; all of GSPA’s requirements for the fulfillment of this curriculum are considered supplemental regulations to the official SNU Regulations.
    ② GSPA offers its master’s degree programs as a part of its degree program and provides doctoral programs through SNU’s graduate school.
  • Curriculum System
    ① The master’s degree program offers “Courses in Common” and “Elective Courses”.
    ② Courses in Common are composed of Core Courses, Major-specific Core Courses, and Elective Courses. Core Courses are required courses for both Public Administration and Public Policy majors, Major-specific core courses are separated into core courses for each major, and Elective courses are those that are offered to both majors.
    ③ Core courses (within Courses in Common) required for both Public Administration and Public Policy students are “Investigation Methodology” and “Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy”.
    ④ ‘Administrative Theory’ is a major-specific core course for Public Administration majors, and ‘Public Policy’ and ‘Economic Analysis’ are major-specific core courses for Public Policy majors.
    ⑤ Students from both majors can select from Elective Courses.
Master's Degree
Classification Description
Major-specific Core Courses - Public Administration Major: Investigation Methodology, Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy, Administrative Theory (3 required courses)
- Public Policy Major: Investigation Methodology, Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy, Public Policy Theory, Economic Analysis (4 required courses)
Additional Provisions or class of 2010 and prior, the below requirements (refer to previous regulations) must be met (students who change majors must follow requirements of their new major):
* Class of 2009 ~ Current Classes
Public Administration Major: Investigation Methodology, Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy, Administrative Theory
Public Policy Major: Investigation Methodology, Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy, Public Policy Theory, Economic Analysis
* Class of 2006 ~ Class of 2008
Public Administration Major: Investigation Methodology, Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy, Administrative Theory
Public Policy Major: Investigation Methodology, Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy, Public Policy Theory
* Class of 2005 ~ Previous classes
Public Administration Major: Investigation Methodology, Administrative Theory
Public Policy Major: Investigation Methodology, Public Policy Theory
Discontinued Courses Students who are part of Class of 2008 or prior and who would like to retake courses that have been discontinued must take one of the following replacement courses:
(Existing) Seminar on Public Law → (Replacement) Public Administration Law
(Existing) Public Administration and Policy Practice → (Replacement) Quantitative Analysis for Public Administration and Policy
(Existing) Government Accounting Theory → (Replacement) Financial Administration
(Existing) National Security Policy → (Replacement) International Relations
  • Dissertation Research Course
    ① The Dissertation Research Course Thesis Research Course is available to both Master’s and Doctoral program candidates.
    ② This course is offered to both Public Administration and Public Policy majors, and students can receive up to six credits.
    ③ This is a pass/fail course in which students receive either a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).
  • Special Lectures
    ① Special Lectures are available to both Master’s and Doctoral program candidates.
    ② If the subjects of special lectures vary, students may attend over two lectures and receive credits for each lecture attended.
    ③ Students cannot retake special lecture courses, if the subject of the special lecture changes
  • Courses offered at other universities (national or international)
    ① Credits received from major-related courses at other universities will be recognized towards students’ GSPA GPA.
    ② GSPA will recognize up to 12 credits (this includes 6 credits from undergraduate courses that are major-specific) from other universities. However, GSPA will not recognize undergraduate elective courses.
    ③ When applying to take courses at other universities, students must receive approval from the GSPA Dean. GSPA will not recognize credits from courses that have not been approved by the Dean.
    ④ The actual grades that students receive from courses taken outside of SNU will be recorded in the SNU Registrar, but these grades will not be calculated as a part of the student’s average GPA. However, if the course is taken at a partner university, the grades will be taken into account when calculating the student’s GPA.
  • Ph.D. Courses
    ① Candidates can select from 3 courses, excluding Ph.D. core courses (i.e., Research Methodology , Qualitative Research Methods for Social Sciences, Advanced Quantitative Study 1, Advanced Quantitative Study 2).
    ② Special Lecture on Thesis Research is a doctoral level course but it is not included in the 3 courses from ①.
    ③ If candidates decide to take a doctoral level course, they must receive approval from the course professor and the Dean in order to receive credit. However, students can take the Thesis Research course without prior approval.
  • Evening Class Courses
    ① Daytime class students that need to take evening courses due to their jobs can do so.
    ② In such cases, students must complete an ‘Evening Course attendance acknowledgement form’, along with a proof of employment, receive approval from the course professor, and submit the form to the GSPA Admissions Office.
  • English Courses
    ① Beginning with the class of 2008, students must take more than six credits of English Courses. However, Evening MPA students are not required to do so, although it is recommended.
  • Public Internship Course
    ① Public Internship is a graduate level course offered in the second semester of each academic year (to fulfill the 2013 second semester Public Internship requirements, students must have taken an internship between January 2013 to December 2013). This course is not offered to doctoral candidates or other graduate school students.
    ② This is a 3 credit course; although there are no lectures, students earn six practice hours. Students must create a activity report and present an end-of-the-term evaluation.
    ③ Before accepting an internship position, students should verify whether the institution or organize will be provide academic credit. In addition, students should consult the course professor about the particular internship and receive approval.
    ④ For international internships, students must complete at least 60 hours (8 weeks) of work. For national internships, students must complete at least 100 hours (12 weeks) of work. Students must complete at least the minimum hours in order to pass the course.
    ⑤ This is a pass/fail course in which students will receive either a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) according to their activity report, end-of-the-term presentation, and internship evaluation.
  • Public Enterprise Policy Courses
    Public Enterprise Policy Courses are not offered to MPA students.

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