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Grduate School of Yonsei University Statute

CHAPTER 1. Goal
Article 1. Goal
In accordance with the Christian spirit, the Graduate School of Yonsei University aims to develop human culture and cultivate leaders by exploring creative theories and scientific methods.
CHAPTER 2. Programs and Enrollment Limitations
Article 2. Programs
The Graduate School provides Master’s Degree programs and Doctoral Degree programs, as well as combined Master’s/Doctoral Degree programs, hereafter “Combined programs.” The Graduate School also provides research programs in which degrees are not conferred.
Article 2.2 Interdisciplinary Programs
The Graduate School provides two main degree programs, which are the Interdisciplinary program which is jointly organized and operated by two or more departments, and the “Hak-Yon-San” Joint program, which is organized and operated according to contracts made with research institutes or industries.
Article 2.3 Brain Korea 21 Project Team
The Graduate School sets up Brain Korea 21 Project Team as a degree program that is organized and operated for the Brain Korea 21 Project.
Article 3. Limited Entry
(1) The number of students for each degree program is set by the Steering Committee of the Graduate School. However, the quota for the Combined programs is set within the quota for the Doctoral Degree programs.

(2) The following students are considered enrollees of a separate quota, notwithstanding sub-article 1.

1. Entrusted students under the regulations of the Ministry of Education.

2. International students whose parents are both foreigners, Korean residents living abroad, or foreigners who have completed education programs equivalent to the elementary, secondary and tertiary education of Korea.
CHAPTER 3. Admission
Article 4. Admission and Selection Timetable
(1) Entrance to the Graduate School (including transfer and re-admission) is set before the first day of each semester.

(2) Selection for admission is basically during each semester. However, a special selection procedure following the schedule set by the Steering Committee of the Graduate School may be employed.
Article 5. Qualification to Apply for Admission
A person who applies to a degree program in the Graduate School:

1. Master’s Degree program

a. has obtained or will be obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited college or university in Korea or abroad.

b. has been recognized, according to the law, to have obtained equivalent or higher qualifications than above.

2. Doctoral Degree program

a. has obtained or will be obtaining a Master’s Degree at an accredited college or university in Korea or abroad.

b. has been recognized, according to the law, to have obtained equivalent or higher qualifications than above.

3. Combined program: Applies to “1” of this article.

Article 6. Admission Procedures
(1) Applications for admission and all supplemental forms are considered first when selecting students for each department of the Graduate School. Written tests and interviews may be followed as needed in each department program.

(2) In the selection procedure for Master’s programs, as far as the Project Team and Education/Research Team designated for the Brain Korea 21 Project are concerned, the Liberal/Social Science field, Natural Science field, and Engineering field must select 50% or more from the students that are graduates of colleges or universities other than Yonsei, provided that the number must be 40% or more in the year 2000 and 45% or more in 2001.
Article 7. Application Procedures
A person applying for admission must submit all prescribed components of a complete application and the application fee.
Article 7.2 Transfer
(1) Vacancies may be allocated to transfer students within the quota of students admitted per year.

(2) The regulations for transfer are set separately.
Article 7.3 Re-admission
A person may obtain permission for re-admission only once:

1. if a vacancy occurs in the normal quota

2. if the person had been removed under article 8 or 11.
CHAPTER 4. Enrollment, Temporary Withdrawal, Removal, Return
Article 8. Enrollment and Enrollment Fee
Each student of a degree program must enroll as follows within the designated period of time each semester and pay the enrollment fee previously stipulated.

(1) Each student must pay the enrollment fee prescribed within the designated period of time. The students of the Master’s Degree program and Doctoral Degree program must enroll by regular enrollment for the first four semesters and after this period, the students must enroll by research enrollment until they comply with all the requirements for the degree sought.

(2) The students of the Combined program must enroll by regular enrollment for the first six semesters and after this period, the students must enroll by research enrollment until they comply with all the requirements for the degree sought.

(3) The rules of the Master’s Degree program apply to the students of the Combined program who have only completed the requirements for the Master’s Degree.

(4) A student who has fulfilled all the requirements for a degree may reduce the regular enrollment by one semester.
Article 9. Rights of Enrolled Students
A regular enrollee is entitled to take credits, sit for various qualifying examinations, and receive academic advice and supervision for his or her thesis. A research student is entitled to sit for various qualifying examinations, receive academic advice and supervision for his or her thesis, and take the additional credits needed to complete the requirements for the degree sought. However, a research student must pay extra enrollment fees for the additional credit hours.
Article 10. Transfer and Refund of Enrollment Fee
(1) A student who withdraws temporarily for compulsory military service is entitled to transfer the enrollment fee and other fees under the Statutes of the university and according to the related civil laws.

(2) If a student withdraws temporarily or resigns after paying the enrollment fee, the fee is refunded. The amount of the refund is determined according to the related civil laws and regulations concerning the administration of the enrollment process.
Article 11. Temporary Withdrawal
(1) A student who has a special reason to be absent for more than one third of the semester must submit an application for temporary withdrawal and receive permission to withdraw.

(2) The total period of temporary withdrawal must not exceed two years (four semesters) for Master’s programs and three years (six semesters) for Doctoral or Combined programs, but the number of times is not limited. A student who temporarily withdraws for compulsory military service can receive permission during his period in service.
Article 12. Return
A student who temporarily withdrew and wishes to return must submit an application for return following the prescribed procedure within the designated time limit and receive permission to return.
Article 13. Removal
If a student breaches one of articles 8, 11, 12 or 36 of this Statute or is liable to the removal punishment under articles 21.2 or 41, the student is dismissed from the school.
Article 14. Resignation
A student who wishes to resign must follow the procedures previously stipulated.
CHAPTER 5. Program Provisions
Article 15. Completion and Credits
(1) The minimum credit amount required in order to complete the Master’s Degree program is 30 credits.

The minimum credit amount required in order to complete the the Doctoral Degree program is 30 credits.

(2) The minimum credit amount required in order to complete the Combined program is 54 credits, and the rules of the Master’s Degree program apply to students of the Combined program who have only completed the requirements for a Master’s Degree.

(3) A student must fulfill the minimum credit amount according to regulations in order to complete the program.

Article 16. Credits for Each Semester
(1) A student may take up to 12 credits per semester. A student in the research program may take up to 6 credits per semester.

(2) For students who have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at a different department, each department determines the requirements of supplementary classes the students should take according to its own policy. However, the credits of the supplementary classes must not exceed 12 credits and students cannot take more than 12 credits per semester, including the supplementary classes.

(3) The credits of the supplementary classes are excluded from the total credits required to complete the program.
Article 17. Credit Recognition
(1) Credits gained at other colleges or universities inside and outside of Korea may be recognized as credits needed to complete the program, but it is limited to less than half of the credits required.

(2) Credits may be recognized if they are gained according to the regulation on cross-credits between graduate schools.

(3) The details of the credit recognition of each department and the person to whom the credit recognition regulations apply are set separately.
Article 18. Semesters (Repealed)
Article 19. Courses
Courses are set according to the curriculum of each department, and students are to choose courses according to the direction of the department chair.
Article 19.2 Interrelated Operation between Degree Programs
(1) Bachelor’s programs and Master’s programs may be operated in interrelation and a student may take up to 12 credits in the Master’s program while studying for the Bachelor’s program.

(2) The credits gained in the Master’s program mentioned above may be recognized as credits for the desired Master’s Degree. However, those credits are not included in the credits needed to complete the Bachelor’s program.
Article 20. Examination and Re-attendance
(1) Examination Grades and points are as follows.

(2) If a student retakes the same course, the higher score is recorded.

GRADE POINT EXPLANATION
A+ 4.3 Execellent
A0 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3 good
B0 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3 Acceptable
C0 2.0
C- 1.7
F 0 Poor
W 0 Withdraw
P,NP 0 Audit, Research
Article 21. Average Point for the Credits to be Recognized
If a student attends classes for more than two thirds of the semester and his or her average point is higher than a C?(1.7), the credits are recognized. However, the minimum point average required to obtain a degree is 3.0(Bº) or more.
Article 21.2 Warning for Poor Average Point
A warning is given to a student whose average point for each semester is below 2.0. A student is dismissed from school if he or she is warned twice of a poor average.
CHAPTER 6. Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
Article 22. Comprehensive Qualifying Examination for Thesis
(1) If a student obtains all the credits required and passes the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination, he or she may submit a thesis.

(2) Any necessary matters in relation to the administration of the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination are settled according to the regulations of each department.
Articles 23. - 26. (Repealed)
CHAPTER 7. Thesis
Article 27. Research Plan
A student who passes the comprehensive qualifying examination must submit its results with a research plan.
Article 28. Thesis Submission
If a student is approved of his or her research plan, he or she is provided with research supervision for over one semester for a Master’s program student, and over two semesters for a Doctoral program student, and after that he or she may submit a thesis.
Article 28.2 Thesis Submission for Combined Program
(1) The rules for Master’s Degree programs apply to students who have only obtained a Master’s Degree.

(2) The rules for Doctoral Degree programs apply to students in a Combined Degree program.
Article 29. Thesis Standard
The thesis is to be presented in Korean. However, if approved by the thesis advisor, it may be submitted in a language other than Korean and there will be a separate standard.
Article 30. Time Limit
The completed thesis must be submitted within the designated time upon permission of the thesis advisor or the department chair.
Article 31. Examiners
The professors approved by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the nomination by the department chair examine the thesis. The examiners are constituted of three people for a Master’s thesis and five people for a Doctoral thesis.
Article 32. Thesis Examination and Oral Examination
The appointed examiners conduct the thesis examination and the oral examination of the candidates.
Article 33. Head Examiner
Upon the nomination of the department chair, the Dean of the Graduate School appoints one of the examiners as the Head examiner to lead the examination. The Head examiner has the same voting right as other examiners.
Article 34. Examination Decision
The thesis examination committee decides on the degree award by the majority of the votes, which is two-thirds for the thesis for a Master’s Degree and four-fifths for the thesis for a Doctoral Degree.
Article 35. Revision
If a thesis is rejected, the student can amend and submit the thesis again after one semester. A candidate must complete his or her degree program without receiving a degree if the candidate fails in the re-examination of his or her thesis.
Article 36. Time Limit for Submission of Thesis
(1) A thesis must pass the examination within four years for a Master’s Degree, seven years for a Doctoral Degree, and eight years for a Combined Degree from the student’s admission date.

(2) Temporary withdrawal and the removal period are not included in the period stated above.

(3) A student is granted a two-year extension by the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, provided that there is a reasonable excuse.
CHAPTER 8. Research Student, International Student, Open Lectures
Article 37. Research Student
A person who possesses a degree and wishes to attend a lecture at the Graduate School may do so as a research student, provided that he or she has passed a qualifying examination. The research student must pay the designated attendance fee but the credit for attendance is not recognized. The student will be issued a certificate of attendance.
Article 38. International Student
A foreigner who wishes to be admitted to the Graduate School must have a good standard of Korean language skills, and this student will be admitted disregarding the quota for each department if he or she passes a special examination for foreigners. The Graduate School appoints particular departments to set up exclusive degree programs for international students and if a student is admitted to such programs, his or her Korean language skill is not considered.
Article 38.2 Open Lectures
(1) Open lectures are set up to provide education to students who wish to learn about business, culture and research, or wish to acquire technical skills, provided that the lectures do not affect the regular lectures.

(2) The Dean of the Graduate School announces the course name or title, time, number of students, and place of these lectures at the beginning of each semester.
CHAPTER 9. Student Association
Article 39. Student Association
(1) The student association is a self-governing organization.

(2) The details of the administration of the association are set separately.

(3) Matters in relation to the administration of the association (projects, budget, accounts) or to the amendments of the regulation should be approved by the Steering Committee of the Graduate School.
CHAPTER 10. Award and Discipline
Article 40. Scholarship
Scholarship is awarded to students according to separate regulations.
Article 41. Discipline
Students who breach the expected standards of graduate students are penalized.
Article 42. Conferment of Degree
If a student completes all the required courses and passes the thesis examination following the qualifying examination, the Steering Committee of the Graduate School passes a vote upon the request of the Dean of the Graduate School to approve the conferment of his or her degree, after which the President of the University confers the degree.
Article 43. Degree Classification
The classification of degrees conferred at the Graduate School is described in Appendix I.
CHAPTER 12. Honorary Doctor’s Degree
Article 44. Qualifications
An Honorary Doctor’s Degree is conferred to a person who has specially contributed toward the development of Korea’s art and culture or has provided distinguished services to the improvement of human civilization, or has seriously contributed to the development of the university.
Article 45. Degree Classification
The classification of the Honorary Doctor’s Degrees conferred at the Graduate School follows the classification of the Doctor’s Degree under article 43 and the degrees are classified according to the nature of the contribution.
Article 46. Conferment Procedure
The President of the University confers the Honorary Doctor’s Degree, following the vote of the Steering Committee of the Graduate School.
CHAPTER 13. The Organization of Offices
Article 47. Organization
In the Graduate School, there is a Dean, Associate Dean, Brain Korea 21 Project Team Leader, and a department chair of each department and interdisciplinary program.
Article 48. Department Chair and Thesis Advisor
In each department and interdisciplinary program, there is a department chair in charge of educational matters, and a thesis advisor who supervises and guides each student’s studies and research.
Article 49. Constitution of the Steering Committee of the Graduate School
The Steering Committee of the Graduate School (“Steering Committee”) is constituted under this article. Members are constituted of at least seven professors from the university who are appointed by the President of the University, and the chairperson is the Dean of the Graduate School.
Article 50. Steering Committee Member’s Term of Service
The term of service is two years. However, if a vacancy occurs and a person is appointed to fill up the vacancy, that person’s term of service is the remainder of the unfinished term.
Article 51. Steering Committee’s Consideration and Resolution
The Steering Committee is to consider and resolve the following matters:

1. Matters of admission, removal, and course completion approval of a student

2. Matters of setting up and abolishing a course or an academic field and limiting the number of students

3. Matters of teaching plans

4. Matters of the establishment and abolishment of various rules and regulations in relation to degrees, the Graduate School or the Steering Committee

5. Matters concerning the grant or support of scholarships or research-related expenses

6. Other matters concerning the affairs of the Graduate School.
Article 52. The Method of Resolution at the Steering Committee
The chairperson may call a Steering Committee meeting when necessary. The Steering Committee meeting is opened by the attendance of the majority of members, and the majority of two-thirds may pass a resolution. The chairperson has a voting right.
CHAPTER 14. Application of Other Statutes
Article 53. Application of Other Statutes
The statute of Yonsei University is applied to matters that the Statute of the Graduate School does not mention, for example: matters concerning the school year, each semester, the number of school days, public holidays, the day of completion, fees, awards, and discipline regulations.
Article 54. Enactment of Regulations
The regulations for the execution of the statute are enacted by the Steering Committee of the Graduate School.
Additional Provisions
(1) Commencement and Laps of Time Regulations

This statute is effective as of the day of approval by the Ministry of Education (May 18, 1974) and the time regulations for students enrolling before this date are as follows:

1. A student who was admitted before February of 1974 must, despite article 15 of the statute, obtain 24 credits or more if he or she is enrolled in the Master’s program.

2. A student who completed the required courses for a degree before February of 1974 and enrolled as a research student for at least two semesters may, despite article 28 of the statute, submit a thesis as soon as he or she passes the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination.

3. The time limit for the thesis of a Doctoral program is 12 months from the admission date. This applies to students who were admitted before February of 1974, despite article 36 of the statute. However, a student who was admitted before March of 1962 and had completed the required courses for a Doctor’s Degree must receive the thesis examination results by the end of the first semester of 1974.

4. The old statute and old regulations for conferment of a degree apply to students of the Old-Regulation Doctor’s Degree program.

(2) The amended statute is effective as of the second semester of 1976.

(3) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1977.

(4) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1978.

(5) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1980.

(6) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1982.

(7) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1983.

(8) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1984.

(9) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1988.

(10) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1989.

(11) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1990.

(12) 1. The amended statute (articles 13, 36, 47, new title of chapter 14, move article 55 to the additional provisions) is effective as of March 1, 1991.

2. The former statute applies to students admitted before the amendment, despite article 13 and 36 of the amended statute.

(13) The amended statute is effective as of March 1, 1991.

(14) The amended statute (articles 13, 24) is effective as of March 8, 1991.

(15) The amended statute (article 3) is effective as of March 1, 1992.

(16) The amended statute (article 3) is effective as of March 1, 1993.

(17) The amended statute (article 3) is effective as of March 1, 1994.

(18) The amended statute (article 38) is effective as of October 26, 1993.

(19) The amended statute (articles 4-7, 16.2, 19.2 (new)) is effective as of December 20, 1993.

(20) Article 46 of the amended statute is effective as of January 1, 1994 and article 3.2 (new) is effective as of March 1, 1994.

Article 3.2 applies to students admitted since the second semester of 1994.

(21) The amended statute (article 10) is effective as of March 1, 1994.

The amended statute applies to students admitted since the first semester of 1992.

(22) The amended statute (article 3) is effective as of March 1, 1995.

(23) The amended statute (articles 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11.2, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19.2, 20, 26, 29, 36, title of chapter 8, articles 38.2, 43, 47) is effective as of May 11, 1995.

The former statute applies to students admitted before the amendment, despite articles 8, 12, and 13 of the amended statute.

(24) The amended statute (article 3) is effective as of March 1, 1996.

(25) The amended statute (article 47, additional provision 23) applies to students admitted since the second semester of 1995.

(26) 1. The amended statute (article 20.1) applies to students admitted since 1997 and does not apply to students admitted before this date.

2. The amended statute (articles 3, 3.2) is effective as of March 1, 1997.

3. The amended statute (article 43) is effective as of the second semester of 1996.

(27) The amended statute (articles 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25.2, 26, 28.2, 36) is effective as of March 1, 1998. However, it applies to students admitted to a Master’s program of the Combined program since 1998, and separate rules apply for the details concerning this issue.

(28) The amended statute (articles 2, 2.2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15, 16, 19.2, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 25.2, 26, 27, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 40, 45) is effective as of March 1, 1999.

(29) The amended statute (article 2.3 (new), article 6 to article 6.1, article 6.2(new), article 43(Appendix I), article 47) is effective as of November 25, 1999. However, article 6.2 applies only to the Project Team and Education/Research Team designated for the Brain Korea 21 Project.

(30) The amended statute (article 3) is effective as of March 1, 2000.

(31) The amended statute (articles 3.1, 5) is effective as of 2001.

(32) The amended statute (article 43[Appendix I]) applies to those conferred a degree in the first semester of 2000.

(33) The amended statute (articles 4, 6, 8, 15, 17, 19.2) applies to students admitted since 2002.

(34) The amended statute (article 3.1) is effective as of 2002.

(35) The amended statute (articles 2, 3, 6, 7.3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 17, 19.2, 38, 44, 47, 48) is effective as of December 20, 2001. The amended statute (article 13) is effective as of August 31, 2001.

(36) The amended statute (articles 10, 16.2, 16.3) is effective as of September 1, 2002.

(37) The amended statute (articles 3.1, 4.2, 7.3, 13, 16.1, 21, 21.2, 23, 27) is effective as of September 1, 2003.