Academic

Graduation Requirements

(Master´s, Doctoral, and Combined Master´s & Doctoral Programs)
To qualify for a degree, a student must earn specified credits during the enrollment term stated below, pass the thesis submission qualification test, submit their thesis, and have it approved.

Master´s Program

  • Enrollment Term
  • 2 years ~ 4 years
  • Credits
  • 24 credits or more
  • Required Subjects ; 9 credits
  • Notice : The Repuired Courses from the Dept. of BMSc
  • 1) From 2010
  • Program Course title(Course number) credits
    Master
    • Research Ethics(990.501,연구윤리)
    • both : Readings in Biomedical Sciences(806.501A, 의과학강독),
    • Topics in Biomedical Sciences(806.502A, 우수의과학자특강)
    • for MD students : Basic Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.505, 초급분자세포의과학)
    • for non-MD students : Structure and Function of Human Body(806.503인체의 구조와 기능)
    9(3)
  • 2) in 2009
  • Program Course title(Course number) credits
    Master
    Doctor
    • both : Readings in Biomedical Sciences(806.501, 의과학강독)
    • Topics in Biomedical Sciences(806.502, 우수의과학자특강)
    • for MD students : Basic Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.505, 초급분자세포의과학)
    • Advanced Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.506, 고급분자세포의과학)
    • for non-MD students : Structure and Function of Human Body(806.503, 인체의 구조와 기능)
    • Introduction to Pathophysiology of Human disease(806.504, 인체 질병의 병태생리학개론)
    • [Biomedical basis for human diseases, (806.622, 질환 발생의 의과학적 이해]
    9
  • Grade
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Thesis Submission Qualifying Exam
  • Students must pass the major courses and foreign language tests to attain the qualification to submit their thesis
  • Required documents
  • a copy of either
    (the candidate should be listed as the paper´s first author)
  • published version of the thesis in a SCI(E) level journal
  • letter of acceptance notice(or Proof of submission) from a SCI(E) level journal (not required from 2011)
  • (In case of rejection) letter of evaluation for publishing the thesis from the reviewer of a SCI(E) level journal.
    (not required from 2011)

Doctoral Program

  • Enrollment Term
  • 2 years ~ 6 years
  • Credits
  • 36 credits or more
  • Required Subjects ; 6 credits (In 2009, 9credits)
  • Notice : The Repuired Courses from the Dept. of BMSc
  • 1) From 2010
  • Program Course title(Course number) credits
    Master
    • Research Ethics(990.501,연구윤리)
    • both : Topics in Biomedical Sciences(806.502A, 우수의과학자특강)
    • for MD students : Advanced Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.506, 고급분자세포의과학)
    • for non-MD students : Biomedical basis for human diseases (806.622, 질환 발생의 의과학적 이해)
    6(3)
  • 2) in 2009
  • Program Course title(Course number) credits
    Master
    Doctor
    • both : Readings in Biomedical Sciences(806.501, 의과학강독)
    • Topics in Biomedical Sciences(806.502, 우수의과학자특강)
    • for MD students : Basic Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.505, 초급분자세포의과학)
    • Advanced Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.506, 고급분자세포의과학)
    • for non-MD students : Structure and Function of Human Body(806.503, 인체의 구조와 기능)
    • Introduction to Pathophysiology of Human disease(806.504, 인체 질병의 병태생리학개론)
    • [Biomedical basis for human diseases, (806.622, 질환 발생의 의과학적 이해]
    9
  • Grade
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Thesis Submission Qualifying Exam
  • Students must pass the major courses and foreign language tests to attain the qualification to submit their thesis.
  • Required documents
  • a copy of either
    (the candidate should be listed as the paper´s first author)
  • published version or acceptance notice of the thesis in SCI(E) level journal with impact factor 10 or more
  • published versions or acceptance notices of the thesis in at least two different SCI(E) level journals.
  • modified from 2011 : submit published version or acceptance notice of the thesis in SCI(E) level journal as below
  • A)sum of impact factor of thesisses must be 10 or more,
  • B)two or more thesisses are required, and at least one thesis must be in top 20% of each SCI(E) category

Combined master´s & doctoral program

  • Enrollment Term
  • 3 years ~ 6 years
  • Credits
  • 60 credits or more
  • Required Subjects ; 12 credits
  • Program Course title(Course number) credits
    Combined
    master´s & doctoral
    • Research Ethics(990.501A,연구윤리)
    • both : Readings in Biomedical Sciences(806.501A, 의과학강독)
    • Topics in Biomedical Sciences(806.502A, 우수의과학자특강)
    • for MD students : Basic Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.505, 초급분자세포의과학)
    • Advanced Biomedical Molecular Cell Biology(806.506, 고급분자세포의과학)
    • for non-MD students : Structure and Function of Human Body(806.503인체의 구조와 기능)
    • Biomedical basis for human diseases (806.622A, 질병발생의 의과학적 이해)
    12(3)
  • Grade
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Thesis Submission Qualifying Exam
  • Students must pass the major courses and foreign language tests to attain the qualification to submit their thesis.
  • Required documents
  • same as Doctoral Program

Thesis Submission Qualifying Exam

Students must pass the major courses and foreign language tests to attain the qualification to submit their thesis.

  • Reason for the exam
  • The Enforcement Ordinance of Education Law, Chapter 121
  • The SNU Degree Provision of Article No.7
  • Qualifications
  • 1)Master´s Program
  • Students who have registered for two semesters or more in any Master's program in one of the graduate schools and have earned a minimum of 12 credits are eligible to take the exam. If a student has failed a certain subject on the already undertaken examination, he or she may take the subject again.
  • 2)Doctoral Program
  • Students who have registered for two semesters or more at any Doctoral program in one of the graduate schools and have earned a minimum of 12 credits (including credits earned during theMaster's program) are eligible to take the exam. However, students admitted to a Doctoral program through the combined Master's and Doctoral program must have registered for at least 5 semesters in their program and have earned a minimum of 24 credits. If a student has failed a certain subject on the already undertaken examination, he or she may take the subject again.
  • 3)For both Master´s and Doctoral Program
  • Graduate school students who are willing to take the exam must attach a copy of Certification of Education of Environmental Protection and Safety to the registration form.
  • Test Subjects, Mark Allotting, and Passing Standards
  • 1)Test subjects
  • A)English language test (substituted by a TEPS or TOEFL score)
  • a TEPS score of 551 of higher is required. [TEPS 551, TOFEL(CBT) 210, (IBT) 77~78]
  • TEPS can be taken any time throughout the program, and its score should be submitted along with the registration form for the exam.
  • For foreign students : Foreign students must pass "Korean Fluency Test". If desired, it can be replaced by one of the lectures from the SNU undergraduate programs of 'Korean Language and Culture 한국어와 한국문화(990.804)'.
  • B)General Examinations
  • Oral Exam
  • Master : Oral exam can be replaced by one or more thesis submitted to the journal. (The candidate should be listed as the paper´s first author)
  • Ph.D : Oral exam can be replaced by published version or acceptance notice of the thesis in SCI(E) level journal. (The candidate should be listed as the paper's first author)
  • 2)Mark Allotting and Passing Standards
  • A)Mark allotting
  • Master's Program - allotted out of 100 marks for each major subject.
  • Doctoral Program - allotted out of 100 marks for each major subject.
  • B)Passing standards
  • In each subject, the passing score is 60 out of 100 for the Master's program and 70 out of 100 for the Doctoral program.
  • Test Subjects, Mark Allotting, and Passing Standards
  • Every March and September (once a semester; twice yearly)

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