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Enacted : 12/29/87
Revisions made : 11/30/88, 7/28/90, 11/8/90, 12/4/91, 10/27/92, 10/21/94, 3/1/97,
                             11/17/97, 7/1/98, 11/17/99, 3/1/00, 7/20/00, and 6/1/01
 
CHAPTER 1: General
CHAPTER 2: Admission and Readmission
CHAPTER 3: Registration & Changes in Student Register
CHAPTER 4: Classes and Credits
CHAPTER 5: Term of Study in excess of learn of Study Limit
CHAPTER 6: Non-Degree Program
CHAPTER 7: Foreign Students, etc.
CHAPTER 8: Scholarship
CHAPTER 9: Punishment
CHAPTER 10: Graduate School Committee
CHAPTER 11: Revision
 
 CHAPTER 1: General
Article 1 (Objective)
Through intensive education the POSTECH Graduate School aims to produce creative scientists and engineers capable of researching in-depth theories and producing broad applications of their findings in science and technology; thus, POSTECH will significantly contribute to the advancement of the nation and the human society in general.
 
Article 2 (Program)
POSTECH's Graduate School provides programs for master's degrees (hereinafter referred to as the "Master's Program") and doctoral degrees (referred to as the "Doctoral Program"), and an integrative program combining both master's and doctoral programs (referred to as the "Integrative Program").
 
Article 3 (Awarding of Degrees)
Details on awarding master's and doctoral degrees are stipulated separately, but when students under the Integrative Program meet the requirements for the Master's Program, master's degrees can be awarded.
 
Article 4 (Departments and Quotas)
(1) The Graduate School has departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Molecular & Life Science, Material Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and an interdisciplinary program of Environmental Engineering.
(2) The quota of each program depends on the approval from the Ministry of Education.
 CHAPTER 2: Admission and Readmission
Article 6 (Admission Period)
The admissions period for the Graduate School is no later than 30 days before the start of each semester.
 
Article 7 (Eligibility)
(1) Those applying for the Master's or Integrative Programs should have a bachelor's degree or other qualifications equivalent to it.
(2) Those applying for the Doctoral Program should have a master's degree or other qualifications equivalent to it.
 
Article 8 (Application)
(1) Those applying for each department of the Graduate School should submit the following documents required for each program and pay the examination fee.
(i) Applicants for Master's or Integrative Programs
- Application Form, University Graduation Certificate or Proof for Expected Graduation, Four-Year Undergraduate Academic Records, and Research Outcome or Research Plan
(ii) Applicants for Doctoral Program
- Application Form, Master's Degree Award or Proof of Expected Master's Degree Award, Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Records, Separate copy of Master's Thesis

(2) Those under the Master's Program who want to apply for the Integrative Program should complete the Application Form and submit it to the Dean of the Graduate School.

 
Article 9 (Examination for Admission)
(1) Examination for admission to Graduate School is as follows, but, if necessary, the President can waive the examination or offer alternatives.
(i) Written test
(ii) Document appraisal on academic capability and achievement
(iii) Oral test on major

(2) Details of the examination for those currently in the Master's Program but who want to apply for the Integrative Program are provided separately.

 
Article 10 (Admission Procedure)
Those admitted should submit required documents and make necessary payment.
 
Article 11 (Readmission)
(1) When those who have voluntarily resigned or have been dismissed want to be readmitted, they can be readmitted within the admission quota of the year concerned after being accepted by the Graduate School Committee. However, those falling in one of the following categories cannot be readmitted:
(i) Those whose total term of study has exceeded that stipulated in Article 15(3).
(ii) Those who were suspended as stipulated in Article 15(4).

(2) In regard to category (i) above, the years spent in military service are not included in the total term of study.
(3) Credits earned previously by those readmitted are reappraised in consideration of the contents of courses.

 CHAPTER 3: Registration & Changes in Student Register
Article 11 (Registration)
Students must pay the registration fee and finish course enrollment during the registration period.
 
Article 12 (Leave of Absence)
(1) When students miss over 1/4 of total classes due to unavoidable reasons such as illness, they can take a leave of absence by submitting a Request for Leave of Absence to be approved by the President.
(2) The period of absence cannot exceed two semesters in a row and cannot exceed a total of three semesters in the case of the Master's Program and a total of four semesters in the case of the Doctoral Program, but the years spent in military service are not counted in this case.
 
Article 13 (Returning to School)
(1) Those whose leave of absence period expired and whose reason for absence no longer exists should submit an Application for Returning Students, which must be approved by the President, during the registration period of the relevant semester.
(2) Returning to school after military service is allowed within one year of dismissal from military service, but when the dismissal date from military service falls within the 1/4 date of class days, returning can be approved despite stipulation (1) above.
 
Article 14 ( Voluntary Resignation)
Those who want to resign should submit a Voluntary Resignation Form co-signed by a guardian and approved by the President.
 
Article 15 (Dismissal)
Those falling in one of the following categories will be dismissed after deliberation by the Graduate School Committee:
(i) Those who have not returned in the semester subsequent to the expiration of a leave of absence.
(ii) Those who have not completed the required registration during the registration period in each semester.
(iii) Those who have not completed the required courses within the total term of study allowed.
(iv) Those who have been punished by the Graduate School Committee.
 
Article 15-2 (Request for Redeliberation)
Those who oppose a dismissal decision by the Graduate School Committee can file for Redeliberation no later than two weeks after dismissal notification.
 
Article 16: Deleted
 
Article 17 (Departmental Transfer)
When students currently in the Master's Program want to transfer to other departments, they can do so after obtaining a grant by the Graduate School Committee and final approval by the President. The deadline for such a transfer should be within two semesters after admission.
 CHAPTER 4: Classes and Credits
Article 18 (Class Days)
Class days are at least 30 weeks each academic year (15 weeks per semester).
 
Article 19 (Curriculum)
Details on the composition and operation of the curriculum required of students are stipulated by the President separately.
 
Article 20 (Term of Study and Total Term of Study Limit)
(1) The total term of study for the Master's and Doctoral Programs is limited to two years for each program, while that for the Integrative Program is limited to four years. But those who have satisfied the requirements for graduation by earning credits in advance, having credits transferred from other departments, having acknowledged credits earned in other universities and/or who are recognized for the excellence of a thesis can reduce the term of study by one year in the case of the Integrative Program and by six months in the case of the Master's and Doctoral Programs.
(2) The total term of study for graduate school is limited to three years for the Master's Program, six years for the Doctoral Program, and seven years for the Integrative Program.
(3) When those currently under the Master's Program want to be admitted to the Integrative Program, the total term of study years include the semesters taken under the Master's Program.
(4) The Leave of Absence period under each program is not counted into the total term of study.
 
Article 21 (On-Campus Residence Requirement)
A minimum of two semesters for students in the Master's Program and four semesters for those in the Doctoral Program are required for on-campus residence schooling. Exceptions are allowed upon approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.
 
Article 22 (Completion of Program)
(1) Completion of the Doctoral Program can be acknowledged in special circumstances for those who have completed the credits required in Article 23 with a GPA of B (3.0) or above and who have registered for more than four semesters in the Doctoral Program.
(2) Those who have completed the course program are endowed with research student status of Article 43, having the same authority and obligations equal to students.
(3) Completion times for each program are at the end of each semester.
 
Article 23 (Credits Completed)
The minimum number of overall credits to be completed for the awarding of degrees is 28 for the Master's Program, 32 for the Doctoral Program, and 60 for the Integrative Program. But the minimum number of course credits to be completed is 24 for the Master's Program, 18 for the Doctoral Program, and 42 for the Integrative Program.
 
Article 24 (Course Credits & Research Credits)
(1) Course credits refer to those earned by taking courses from the curriculum separately stipulated by the Graduate School.
(2) Research credits refer to those earned from such research activities as thesis studies, seminars, experiments, etc.
 
Article 25 (Credits Earned per Semester)
Students in graduate programs can earn three to twelve credits each semester, including research credits.
 
Article 26 (Credit Standard)
Course credits are based on over 15 class hours a semester per credit, but research credits for thesis studies, seminars, experiments, and other work are provided separately based on the above standard.
 
Article 27 (Interdisciplinary Credit Acknowledgement)
(1) Credits earned by undergraduate students of this university for courses offered by the Master's Program can be acknowledged as those for the Master's or Integrative Programs.
(2) Credits earned by students under the Master's Program of the Graduate School for courses offered by the Doctoral Program can be acknowledged as those for the Doctoral Program.
(3) The scope of acknowledgement of credits earned in accordance with (1) and (2) under each program is limited to the courses approved by the Dean of Graduate School after due deliberation. Details on this are stipulated separately.
 
Article 28 (Academic Performance Evaluation)
(1) Academic performance for courses with course credits is evaluated based on exam scores, assignments, attendance, and recorded in the following system of grades and equivalent points:
 
Grade Average Point
A+ 4.3
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0
 
(2) Courses with research credits are evaluated as (Satisfactory) S or (Unsatisfactory) U.
(3) When the materials for evaluation are not sufficient, an (Incomplete) I can be given temporarily.
(4) Students withdrawing from a course within nine weeks of enrollment are given a (Withdrawal) W for the course.
 
Article 29 (Credit Acknowledgement & Calculation of Equivalent Points)
(1) Course credits evaluated as above D- or S are acknowledged.
(2) Credits evaluated as "S" are not included in the calculation of average points.
 
Article 30 (Change of Course Enrollment)
Students can change their registered courses during the course correction period with the approval of an advisor.
 
Article 31 (Course Withdrawal)
Students can withdraw from courses within the 4th to 9th week of each semester with the approval of an advisor and the department head, and such withdrawn courses are marked as "W" in academic records. But, if the withdrawal is made within three weeks, it is considered as a cancellation.
 
Article 32 (Makeup Examination)
(1) When students cannot take an examination due to unavoidable reasons such as illness, they must submit a Request for a Makeup Examination after approval by an advisor and the department head.
(2) Makeup examinations should take place before the start of the following semester.
 
Article 33 (Class Days for Credit Acknowledgment)
Students who have unexcused absences for over 1/4 of total classes without providing due reasons are not given credits.
 
Article 34 (Course Reenrollment)
Course re-enrollment is not allowed in principle, but exceptions are made when approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.
 
Article 35 (Acknowledgement of Credits Earned in Other Graduate Schools)
Credits earned in other graduate schools, both at home and abroad, can be acknowledged after deliberation and approval by the Graduate School Committee.
 
Article 36 (Special Lectures)
The Master's and Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School can open special lectures during vacations with the approval of the Graduate School Committee, and credits can be allocated for these special lectures.
 CHAPTER 5: Term of Study in excess of learn of Study Limit
Article 37: Deleted
 
Article 38: Deleted
 
Article 39: Deleted
 
Article 40: Deleted
 
Article 41: Deleted
 CHAPTER 6: Non-Degree Program
Article 42 (Open Lecture)
With the approval of the Graduate School Committee, departments can provide open lectures for those wishing to gain knowledge and techniques necessary for general education and academic research.
 
Article 43 (Research Assistant)
(1) Research Assistants are divided into General Research Assistants and Post-Course Research Assistants.
(i) General RA: General Research Assistantships are provided to those eligible for admission to graduate school who want to take certain courses or studies at the Graduate School after approval by the President, as long as this does not disturb the regular course progression through graduate school.
(ii) Post-Course RA: Post-Course Research Assistantships are provided to those who have completed courses in accordance with Article 22 and who are undertaking research for degrees.

(2) To be a General RA, a student should have the recommendation of an advisor and should pass the examination conducted by the graduate school.
(3) General RAs with excellent research records can be issued a Certificate of Research Outcome in accordance with separate stipulations made by the President.

 CHAPTER 7: Foreign Students, etc.
Article 44 (Required Documents)
Expatriates and foreigners who wish to be admitted to this Graduate School should submit the following documents in addition to those specified in Article 8:
(i) TOEFL Score (for non-English speaking students)
(ii) Recommendations from at least two professors of their current or graduating university.
 
Article 45 (Admission Appraisal)
Admission is appraised by the Graduate School Committee after receipt of required documents specified in Article 44 above, and the recommendation of the department head.
 CHAPTER 8: Scholarship
Article 46 (Scholarships)
Graduate students with excellent academic records and good conduct are provided with determined amounts of scholarship awards.
 
Article 47 (Teaching Assistants & Payment)
Details on the assignment and operation of teaching assistantships are stipulated separately.
 
Article 48 (Prohibition against Duplicate Scholarship Benefit)
A duplicate scholarship benefit is basically prohibited, but exceptions are made for scholarships of a special nature, after being approved by the Graduate School Committee.
 CHAPTER 9: Punishment
Article 49 (Academic Warning)
(1) Those with a GPA below B(3.0) each semester are given an academic warning.
(2) Those who have received two academic warnings during their term of study can be dismissed after deliberation by the Graduate School Committee.
 
Article 50 (Punishment)
Those guilty of misconduct, or violating basic student obligations, can be put under disciplinary action as decided by the Graduate School Committee.
 CHAPTER 10: Graduate School Committee
Article 51 (Composition)
The Graduate School Committee is composed of up to eleven faculty members of this university assigned by the President, including the Dean of the Graduate School, who is assigned to chair the committee.
 
Article 52 (Committee Member Term)
The term of a committee member is two years, but those newly appointed to fill vacancies serve the remaining term of their predecessor.
 
Article 53 (Committee Resolutions)
The Graduate School Committee deliberates and resolves the following:
(i) Issues related with admission, completion, & the awarding of degrees
(ii) Issues related with the opening & closure of departments or majors, and student quotas
(iii) Issues related with the education of students and research
(iv) Issues related with stipulations on the operation of and opening & closure of graduate school programs
(v) Issues related with open lectures and research assistants
(vi) Issues related with student punishment
(vii) Issues related with scholarships & payment of research stipends
(viii) Other issues related with graduate school operation.
 
Article 54 (Convocation of Committee & Resolution)
The Graduate School Committee is convened by a call from the Dean of the Graduate School when necessary, and resolutions are made when voted for by more than half of the registered members.
 
Article 55 (Compliance)
For issues not specifically stipulated in this Regulation, POSTECH University Regulations are observed.
 
Article 56 (Deleted)
 CHAPTER 11: Revision
Article 57 (Revision Procedure)
Revisions on this Regulation are made by the following procedures:
(i) Advance Notice: fifteen days prior to the Academic Affairs Committee deliberation
(ii) Deliberation: the Academic Affairs Committee
(iii) Promulgation: within ten days of Academic Affairs Committee resolution