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Dissertation Submission Period

Master's degree candidates must submit their dissertations within four years of completing the MPA program

Dissertation Submission Eligibility Exam

  • Exam Eligibility
    ① In order to be eligible to take the foreign language exam, students must be registered for at least one semester.
    ② In order to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam, master's degree candidates must be registered for at least 2 semesters and have taken at least 12 credits.
  • Examination Schedule
    ① Comprehensive Exams are held every year on the first Friday of March and September. The dean will announce the date of exams.
    ② Master's Degree Exam is divided between Research Methodology (90 minutes) and Major-specific (120 minutes) exams.
  • Dissertation Research Course
    ① Both master's and doctoral degree candidates are eligible to take the graduate-level Dissertation Research course.
    ② Both Public Administration and Public Policy majors are eligible to take this course; students are able to take up to 6 credits.
    ③ This course is offered on a Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Thus, grades for this course will not be counted towards the student's GPA.
  • Exam subjects and methods
    ① Comprehensive Exam:
    - GSPA academic committee selects the exam subjects and determines the exam methods.
    - Master's level Comprehensive Exam is based on Research Methodology and Major-specific subjects. Students must select the exams according to their majors. The Master's level Comprehension Exam on Public Enterprise Policy is major-specific (Public Enterprise Policy).
  • Substitute English Proficiency Exams
    ① English Proficiency Exams will be substituted with TEPS or TOEFL (PBT scores excluded) scores.
    ② In order to pass the English course requirement, students must score above the minimum on TEPS or TOEFL (receive scores of above 551 (if class of 1999 or prior) or above 601 (if class of 2000 or later)). Students must then submit their scores with the yearly Dissertation Evaluation Documents (due date: 1st semester - early April; 2nd semester - early October).
    ③ If students fall into one of the following categories, the academic committee may consider them to have a satisfactory score on the English Proficiency Exam:
    a. Student meets the minimum English Proficiency Exam score required for admission to GSPA.
    b. Student graduated from a university in an English-speaking country; or the student received a master's or doctoral degree.
    ④ Students who fall under category b (above) will be acknowledged as having received a TEPS score of 701
    ⑤ English Proficiency Exam scores (TEPS, TOEFL, or other internationally accredited English Proficiency Exam scores) are valid for 2 years from the date of examination. However, exam scores that were submitted during admissions or the school-year are valid until graduation.
    ⑥ Scores are valid for only two years from the exact date of the examination.
  • Exam Score Requirements and Makeup Exams
    ① In order to pass, students must receive a score of above 60 out of 100 points on the Comprehensive Exam.
    ② Students who fail the dissertation eligibility exam are able to retake it. There are no limits to the number of times a student can retake the exam.
  • International Students
    ① International students must take Korean as a part of their foreign language exam. The Academic Affairs office holds the Korean language exam in March and September.
    ② The Korean Language Exam is a written exam that lasts for 60 minutes. It is divided between master's level and doctoral level and further divided among different studies (i.e., Humanities, Environmental, the Arts).
    ③ If a student fails the Korean Language Exam more than once, his/her advising professor can recommend the student for the replacement oral exam. The professor must submit the recommendation to the academic committee (or faculty council), upon which the dean can submit the recommendation to the university president. Then, the president can decide to replace the exam with an oral exam conducted by a Korean language studies professor.
    ④ If International students take Korean language courses (Korean language and Korean culture 1&2) during the regular school semesters or seasonal course semesters and receive a grade above C- or Satisfactory (S), they will be exempted from taking the Korean Language exam. However, students will not receive course credits.
    ⑤ The Comprehensive Exams for International Students will be held in March and September. The exam will be composed of literary reviews, interview, and oral exam.
    ⑥ The master's level Comprehensive Exam will be based on Research Methodology and major-specific (public administration, public policy) subjects. Students must select the exams according to their majors.
    ⑦ For the master's level literary review, students must submit a review on Research Methodology and on a subject related to their major (public administration, public policy)

Dissertation Evaluation Application

  • Eligibility
    In order to apply for dissertation evaluation, students must have received (or will receive) the necessary credits for program completion (more than 33 credits) and have passed the Dissertation Submission Eligibility Exam (Foreign Language Exam and Comprehensive Exam).
  • Academic Dissertation Submission Deadline
    ① Students must meet the academic dissertation submission deadline. However, students who were unable to meet the deadline due to reasons related to military services must submit appropriate documents.
    ② If students fail to meet the deadline, they must receive approval from the school (according to Article 9.3 of the Regulations for Degree Completion) for deadline extension.
    ③ According to Article 9.4 of the Regulations for Degree Completion, students are then able to apply for dissertation evaluation.
  • Required documents and dissertation evaluation fee
    ① In order to receive a dissertation evaluation, students must submit the 'Master's Degree Dissertation Submission Application' to their advising professors and receive approval. Then, they must submit the application to the Administrative Office before the specified deadline.
    ② When they submit their 'Master's Degree Dissertation Submission Application,' students must decide whether to: 1. present their dissertation proposal and receive evaluation (intermediate evaluation and final evaluation) or 2. present the dissertation proposal, pay the evaluation fee the following semester, and receive evaluation (intermediate evaluation and final evaluation).
    ③ In order to receive a dissertation evaluation, students must pay an evaluation fee. They must make the payment to a specified bank account and submit the receipt to the Administrative Office.
    ④ There are no refunds once payment is made.
  • Research Student Application
    ① Students that have completed the degree program and would like to receive a dissertation evaluation must submit a research student application. However, those who only want a preliminary evaluation do not have to submit this application.
    ② In order to apply as a research student, students must pay an evaluation fee. They must make the payment to a specified bank account; there are no refunds once payment is made.

Dissertation Evaluation Process

  • Submission of Dissertation Summary and Proposal
    ① In order to receive an evaluation, students must submit a dissertation summary to their advising professors prior the start of each semester (end of February, end of August) - in addition to presenting their dissertation proposal.
    ② Students must submit three hard copies of their dissertation proposal to the Administrative Office before the specified deadline.
    ③ When preparing their dissertation proposals, students must follow the Master's Degree Dissertation Guidelines. Once submitted, proposals cannot be revised or changed.
  • Dissertation Evaluation Committee
    ① The Evaluation Committee is composed of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors with doctoral degrees, and experts from outside of SNU (who hold doctoral degrees).
    ② For each student that submits a dissertation, the director must recommend at least three evaluators from the Evaluation Committee to the GSPA dean. For each student that submits a dissertation, the GSPA dean must select three evaluators from the Academic Committee (chairperson, vice-chairperson, and committee member) to evaluate the dissertation. The dean must ensure that a particular evaluator does not receive too many dissertations to evaluate.
    ③ The advising professor of a particular student who has submitted a dissertation for evaluation or faculty members from outside of SNU (including honorary professors) are not eligible to become members of the evaluation committee.
    ④ Except under special circumstances approved by the dean, the designated evaluation committee will be maintained until the final evaluation phase.
  • Dissertation Proposal Presentation
    ① Students will present their dissertation proposals three weeks after the Dissertation Submission Eligibility Exam.
    ② In order to receive a dissertation evaluation, students must present their proposals at a specific time and place designated by the dean.
  • Intermediate Evaluation
    Prior to the final evaluation, students must receive an intermediate evaluation from their advising professors and submit a confirmation document to the Administrative office by a specified deadline.
  • Final Evaluation Dissertation Submission
    ① In order to receive the final evaluation, students are required to submit three hard copies of their dissertation to the Administrative Office by a specified deadline.
    ② When submitting the hard copies of the dissertation, students must also submit an ‘Acknowledgement of Dissertation Submission for Final Evaluation’ that has been approved by the advising professor.
    ③ Once submitted, proposals cannot be revised.
    ④ All final dissertations must be written either in Korean or in English. When submitting their final dissertations, students must also submit drafts written in Korean and a foreign language. These drafts must include keywords that convey the subject of the dissertation.
    ⑤ If the dissertation is written in a foreign language, students must attach drafts in Korean as well as in the foreign language. The drafts must include keywords that convey the subject of the dissertation and the cover must include the title in both Korean and the foreign language.
    ⑥ The editing format for dissertations will follow Article 8 of the Regulations for Degree Completion.
  • Final Evaluation
    ① The final evaluation will be held at a predetermined place and time under the supervision of the evaluators.
    ② Grades for evaluation are as follows: A (unanimous approval by evaluators), B (2/3 approval), and C (1/3 approval). Students must receive a grade of B or higher to pass the evaluation.
    ③ A grade of B- is considered unsatisfactory, but students are permitted to revise the dissertation for reevaluation.
    ④ A grade of C is considered unsatisfactory, and students are not permitted to reapply for an evaluation for a dissertation with the same title and content. Students must begin the process again-write a new dissertation, present the proposal, etc.
    ⑤ An oral exam will be a part of the final examination. Students must receive a score of 60 or above to pass.
    ⑥ The chairman of the Evaluation Committee must submit an evaluation summary, which will be signed and sealed by all evaluators, to the Administrative Office. Opinions other than the unified agreement among all evaluators may be expressed in the evaluation summary.

Dissertation Evaluation Withdrawal and Extension

  • Dissertation Evaluation Withdrawal
    ① Within the dissertation submission period (within four years of completing degree requirements), students who are unable to continue with the dissertation evaluation (e.g., due to insufficient content, etc) can submit a ‘Dissertation Evaluation Withdrawal Application’ that has been approved by the advising professor.
    ② Students who wish to withdraw from the process after the intermediate evaluation can keep the same dissertation and will be exempted from the intermediate evaluation for one semester. However, if there is a change in the evaluator from the Dissertation Evaluation Committee, the student must receive the intermediate evaluation again.
    ③ Students cannot withdraw from the evaluation process during the last semester of the dissertation submission period.
    ④ Students that wish to reapply for evaluation after a withdrawal must restart the process: they must submit a dissertation evaluation application, pay the evaluation fee, apply as a research student, etc.
  • Dissertation Submission Period Extension
    ① If students are unable to submit their dissertation within four years of completing their degree requirements, they must submit an application for extension as well as any necessary documents within a designated period (end of June, end of December).
    ② The dean and the Academic Committee of Graduate Studies will review the extension application and may approve an extension within a two-year range
  • Registration for Research Student Approval
    ① Students that have passed the four-year submission period as well as the two-year extension period must register again for the research student approval. They are required to submit an application for extension and any necessary documents by the semester just prior to the dissertation evaluation (end of June, end of December).
    ② If the student has a justifiable reason for passing the two-year extension period, the dean and the Academic Committee of Graduate Studies will review the extension application and may approve an extension within a three year range. The result of this review must be reported to the university president.
    ③ Students that receive an extension must register for at least one semester and take at least six course credits. Grades received from these courses will not be counted toward the students’ GPA but will be recorded.
Seoul National University Regulations for Degree Completion
Seoul National University Regulations for Degree Completion
Article 11 (Number of Dissertation Submissions and Submission Period)
① The submission period for undergraduate dissertations is prior to the completion of the degree program. However, under certain inevitable circumstances, students may submit their dissertations up to two times within a two-year period.
② The submission period for master’s dissertations is within four years of program completion, and that of doctoral dissertations is within six years of program completion.
③ Students that submit an extension application because they were unable to meet the above deadline may receive up to a two-year extension, according to the dean’s decision.
④ Periods of military service and pregnancy & childbirth (2 year periods) are exempt from the above specified submission period requirements.
⑤ If the student has a justifiable reason for passing the two-year extension period, the dean and the Academic Committee of Graduate Studies will review the extension application and may approve an extension within a three year range. The result of this review must be reported to the university president.
⑥ In order to submit their dissertations, master’s students that receive the above extension must register for at least one semester and take at least six course credits. Doctoral students must register for at least two semesters and take at least nine course credits. Grades received from these courses will not be counted toward the students’ GPA but will be recorded.

Dissertation Submission

  • Dissertation Submission: PDF File
    ① Students whose dissertations have passed evaluations must submit the original PDF file of their dissertations to the central library within a specified period.
    ② Students must submit their original PDF files to the central library before the dissertation bookbinding submission.
    ③ If students fail to submit their original PDF files within the specified period, their dissertations will be exempt from the honors list.
  • Dissertation Submission (for preservation purposes)
    ① Students whose dissertations have passed evaluations must submit a dissertation for preservation at a designated time and place.
    ② One copy of the dissertation must have the ‘Original Submission Service Consent Form’ attached to the the evaluation approval that has been signed and sealed by all evaluators. The rest of the dissertation must have a photocopy of the signed and sealed evaluation approval attached to the pages.
    ③ The master’s dissertation must be bound with a silver leaf hardcover. Students must submit three copies to the central library and three copies to GSPA.
    ④ After submitting their dissertations, students must print the ‘Confirmation of Dissertation Submission Form’ from the central library’s Online Dissertation Submission System and submit the completed form to the Administrative Office.
    ⑤ Students must then complete a ‘Confirmation of Research Honesty and Integrity’ and submit it to the Administrative Office.
  • Dissertation Printing
    ① The printing of dissertations will follow rules under Article 8 (Binding and Printing) of the Regulations for Degree Completion.
    ② The title on the printed dissertation must be equivalent to the title on the final evaluation summary.

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