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Dissertation Submission Period

Doctoral degree candidates must submit their dissertations within six years of completing the 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, doctoral degree candidates must be registered for at least 3 semesters and have taken at least 18 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 Doctoral Degree Exam is divided between Research Methodology (180 minutes) and Major-specific (180 minutes) exams.
  • Exam subjects and methods
    ① Comprehensive Exam:
    - GSPA academic committee selects the exam subjects and determines the exam methods.
    - Doctoral level Comprehensive Exam is based on Research Methodology and Major-specific subjects (Public Administration, Public Policy). Students must select the exams according to their majors.
  • 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 a score of above 701 on TEPS). Students must then submit their scores with the yearly Dissertation Evaluation Documents (due date: 1st semester - early April; 2nd semester - early October).
    ③ In order to pass the English course requirement, students must score above the minimum on TEPS or TOEFL (receive a score of above 701 on TEPS). Students must then submit their scores with the yearly Dissertation Evaluation Documents (due date: 1st semester - early April; 2nd semester - early October).
    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.
    3. c. Student is a Ph.D. candidate that has fulfilled the English Proficiency Exam requirements for the GSPA master’s program (MPA: above 601, Public Enterprise Policy major: above 551) and has studied or worked for over a year and six months in an English-speaking country.
    ④ Students who fall under categories b and c (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 The doctoral level Comprehensive Exam consists of two subject tests. In order to pass, students must receive a score of above 70 out of 100 points on the subject test. The two subject tests will be graded separately.
    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 doctoral 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 doctoral level literary review, students must submit two reviews on Research Methodology and two reviews on a subject related to their major.

Dissertation Evaluation Application

  • Eligibility
    ① In order to apply for dissertation evaluation, students must have received (or will receive) the necessary credits for program completion (more than 42 credits) and passed the Dissertation Submission Eligibility Exam (Foreign Language Exam and Comprehensive Exam). In addition, students must fulfill performance requirements for the following: record of published articles on academic journals & dissertation proposal presentation completion.
    ② Students are required to get a specified number of their articles published on major academic journals (confirmation of publication is also acknowledged).

  • <Published Article - Scoring Criteria for Level of Contribution>
    ※ For co-authored articles, level of contribution is scored equally
    Level of Contribution
    Format Level of Contribution
    Single Author 100%
    2 Authors 70%
    3 Authors 50%
    4 Authors 40%
  • Required documents and dissertation evaluation fee
    ① In order to receive a dissertation evaluation, students must submit the ‘Doctoral 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 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.
    ③ 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.
    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 Proposal
    ① In order to become eligible to present the dissertation proposal, doctoral candidates need to fulfill the following requirements: complete a minimum of 39 credits necessary for degree completion and pass the Dissertation Submission Eligibility Exams (Foreign Language Exam and Comprehensive Exam).
    ② Students will present their doctoral dissertation proposals during the first month (March, September) or each semester. Any presentations made beyond this period will be acknowledged as the following semester’s dissertation proposal.
    ③ Students cannot apply for dissertation evaluations during the semester in which they presented their proposal.
    ④ Of the students that have passed the Dissertation Submission Eligibility Exams, those that hope to make their presentations during the semester just prior to their degree completion must receive the dean’s approval.
    ⑤ Presentation evaluators will consist of the faculty members, including the student’s advising professor. There must be at least three evaluators
    ⑥ All presentations of dissertation proposals must be open the public. Students must communicate with their advising professors, set a date for their presentations, and notify the Administrative Office.
    ⑦ The results of the dissertation proposal presentations must be edited according to GSPA’s ‘Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Presentation Results’ format and submitted to the Administrative Office.
  • Dissertation Evaluation Committee
    ① The Evaluation Committee is composed of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors with doctoral degrees. Experts from outside of SNU (who hold doctoral degrees) may also be eligible to be on the committee and their qualifications are as follows:
    ㉠ Faculty member from another university: associate professor or higher in rank
    ㉡ Researcher at a Research Agency: Ph.D. and over two years research experience
    ㉢ Other experts with experience/background equivalent to ㉠, ㉡
    ② The director must recommend qualified evaluators to the GSPA dean in order to create a Dissertation Evaluation Committee. At least two outside experts must be a part of the committee.
    ③ The GSPA dean must select evaluators from the Academic Committee (one chairperson, one vice-chairperson, and three committee members) and report the final decision to the Academic Committee of Graduate Studies.
    ④ 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.
    ⑤ Except under special circumstances approved by the dean, the designated evaluation committee will be maintained until the final evaluation phase.
  • Dissertation Evaluation
    ① There will be at least three doctoral dissertation evaluations, and they will be overseen by the dean.
    ② Evaluations will be open to the public and will be held the week following the last day of the evaluation fee payment period.
    ③ After each evaluation, students must record the contents and results of the evaluation (can usea recording device).
    ④ Students must review and report evaluation results (revisions, modifications, etc).
    ⑤ Students must notify the evaluators of the dissertation proposal and summary at least one week prior to th evaluation.
  • 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 In order to pass the final evaluation, 4/5 of the evaluators must agree to pass the dissertation.
    ③ An oral exam will be a part of the final examination. Students must receive a score of 70 or above to pass. However, 4/5 of the evaluators must give the student a score of 70 or above.
    ④ After the final evaluation, students must submit the following documents to the Administrative office: Preliminary Evaluation Report, oral exam score report, ballot, dissertation evaluation summary, evaluation results.
    ⑤ Students who do not pass the evaluation are not permitted to reapply for an evaluation for a dissertation with the same title and content.

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 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 According to the Regulations for Degree Completion, under special circumstances, the evaluation period can be extended for one semester. This must be a unanimous agreement among the members of the evaluation committee and must be approved by the Academic Committee of Graduate Studies.
    ② Once the evaluation period has been extended, the previously approved number of evaluations will be acknowledged. In the following semester, applicable students will be exempt from submitting an evaluation summary and evaluation fee; however, they will have to register again for the research student approval.
    ③ Doctoral candidates or research students who were unable to meet the submission deadline are also eligible to receive a one semester extension.
  • Dissertation Submission Period Extension
    ① If students are unable to submit their dissertation within six years of completing their degree requirements, they must submit an application for extension as well as any necessary documents within a designated period.
    ②The dean and the Graduate Academic Committee will review the extension application and may approve an extension within a two-year range
  • Extend term for paper submission
    ① Students that have passed the six-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 Graduate Academic Committee will review the extension application and may approve one extension. The result of this review must be reported to the university president.
    ③ Students that receive an extension 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.
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 Graduate Academic Committee 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 four 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.

Dissertation-Official Publication

  • According to the Regulations for Degree Completion, those who have been awarded a Ph.D. must publish their dissertations within one year of completing the degree program. However, this regulation does not apply if the dissertation has already been published or if the dean has acknowledged that the dissertation should not yet be published.
  • After the evaluation, students can publication (due to reasons related to patent application, confidential information, invasion of privacy, etc.) by submitting an application - requesting that the dissertation not be open to the public - to the Academic Affairs office.
  • Dissertations are published in books, academic journals, periodicals, international academic journals, academic seminars, and etc.

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