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Academic Advisor Assignment

New students in the Master’s, Combined Master’s/PhD, and PhD Programs must decide on an academic advisor within the period set by the department. Each student must decide on an academic advisor thorough individual contact and interviews with professors. To confirm the decision, the student must obtain the academic advisor’s written approval on the designated form of the department and submit this to the head professor for final approval.

Course Requirement (Credit Hours)

A Master’s Program student must earn 30 credit hours required for the degree under the approval of the academic advisor. A Combined Master’s/PhD Program student must earn 54 credit hours required for the degree under the approval of the academic advisor. For obtaining only the Master’s degree, the Master’s Program requirement shall be applied. A PhD Program student must earn 60 credit hours required for the degree under the approval of the academic advisor. Up to 30 credit hours earned during a master’s degree program may be included in the 60 credit hours. The grade point average required for a degree is 3.0 or higher.

Comprehensive Examination (Qualifying Examination)

Master’s and PhD Program students must pass a comprehensive examination prior to the preliminary thesis evaluation. For the Combined Master’s/PhD Program, if a student seeks to graduate with just the Master’s degree, then the student must follow the Master’s Program rules; and if a student seeks to graduate with a PhD degree, then the student can skip the Master’s Program comprehensive examination and follow the PhD Program rules. For the Master’s Program, the comprehensive examination must be taken within three semesters. The comprehensive examination consists of the student making an oral presentation to a committee of full-time faculty and the committee deciding on passing or not passing based on the presentation results, For the PhD Program, the academic advisor, in consultation with the head professor, forms a five-member committee, and based on the student’s oral presentation, the committee decides on passing or not passing. The PhD Program comprehensive examination must be taken at least one semester prior to the expected semester of graduation. Up to one committee member for the Master’s and two members for the PhD Program can be from outside the university.

Preliminary Thesis Evaluation

A student who has passed the comprehensive examination and obtained approval of the thesis proposal is qualified to receive the preliminary thesis evaluation. For a Master’s Program student, the preliminary thesis evaluation can be obtained during the semester in which the thesis proposal has been approved. For a PhD Program student, the preliminary thesis evaluation can be obtained at least one semester after the semester in which the thesis proposal has been approved. The preliminary evaluation consists of the student oral presentation on the thesis and the decision on passing made by the preliminary evaluation committee. The preliminary evaluation committee is formed with the consultation of the academic advisor and the head professor. For the Master’s thesis, the committee is made of three members; and for the PhD thesis, the committee has five members. Up to one member of the Master’s degree evaluation committee and two members of the PhD degree evaluation committee can be from outside the university. The preliminary evaluation can be done during the expected semester of graduation or the semester preceding it.

Thesis Evaluation

A student who has passed the preliminary evaluation and faithfully modified and supplemented the thesis, as well as satisfied the scholarship activities requirement for graduation, is qualified to receive the thesis evaluation. The thesis evaluation consists of the student’s oral presentation on the thesis. The thesis evaluation committee is made of three members for the Master’s thesis and five for the PhD, with the academic advisor automatically included. Up to one member of the Master’s degree evaluation committee and two of the PhD can be from outside the university. The thesis evaluation must be passed within eight semesters for the Master’s degree and 14 semesters for the PhD.

English Proficiency Examination Requirement for Graduation

As a requirement for graduation, students in the Master’s, Combined Master’s/PhD, and PhD Programs must take an English proficiency examination (choose one from TOEFL, TOEIC, or TEPS) and attain a minimum score of 500 for TOEFL, 585 for TOEIC, or 470 for TEPS.

Academic Activities Requirement for Graduation

As a requirement for graduation, students in the Master’s, Combined Master’s/PhD, and PhD Programs must participate in academic activities through domestic or foreign academic journals and conferences approved by the academic advisor. To be qualified for the Master’s thesis submission, a student must have at least one paper published or approved for publication in a prominent domestic or foreign academic journal, or presenting at least one paper (publishing in a compilation of conference papers) at a domestic or foreign academic conference. The graduating student must be a primary author of the published or presented paper. To be qualified for the PhD thesis submission, a student must have at least two papers published or approved for publication in a prominent domestic or foreign academic journal. The graduating student must be a primary author of at least one of the published paper.