A master’s course requires 24 credits; a doctoral course requires 60 (recognizes up to 27 credits from a master’s course); a combined course requires 60.
Article 5 (Supplementary Course System)
Supplementary courses are not assigned for those with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy.
Supplementary courses may be assigned for those with a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than pharmacy, if deemed necessary by the academic advisor and the curriculum committee after an overall review of major courses completed in lower course programs.
Article 6 (Comprehensive Exam)
For a master's program, the comprehensive exam consists of more than two (2) subjects from the basic core courses (including at least one 3-credit subject) and for doctoral and combined master's-doctoral programs, the exam consists of more than three (3) subjects (including at least two 3-credit subjects).
The exam is held in both June and December, and the specific date will be decided by the academic affairs committee of the graduate school.
In order to pass the comprehensive exam, students must receive at least 70 points (out of 100 points in total).
Those who earn a score over 50 points but below 70 points are given one chance to retake the examination. Those who earn a score below 50 points are not eligible for re-examination and their graduation will be deferred by one semester.
If a student enrolled in a combined master's-doctoral program wishes to transfer their degree course to a master's program and receive a master’s degree instead, such a decision should be made at least one semester before the transfer, then the student must pass the comprehensive exam for the master's course and submit their thesis for the degree.
Article 7 (English Exam)
For the English exam, the original or a copy of the official language test results should be submitted to the administration office by the end of April or October. If the results are kept as a copy, the copy shall be sealed and kept after the administration office verifies it in comparison to the original.
The pass cut-off scores for the English exam are as follows: 173 points for TOEFL (CBT); 61 for TOEFL (IBT); 585 for TOEIC; 468 for TEPS; and 5.5 for IELTS.
Applicants may be assessed to satisfy the English language requirements after enrolling in a special English language program offered by the graduate school and obtaining a certain number of credits or above.
Article 8 (Qualifying Examination for the Combined Master's-Doctoral Program)
The qualifying examination may be taken by those who received a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The examination committee consists of three members including the academic advisor, and shall review the candidate’s qualification based on an oral presentation regarding the relevant research topic.
The qualifying examination shall be conducted in June or December after consultation with committee members. If the relevant course was established in the same semester as the exam, the examination questions for basic core courses shall be formulated by a faculty member who taught the same course in the previous semester.
Article 9 (Supervision and Examination of Dissertation)
Academic advisors for master’s students shall be assigned at the beginning of the second semester.
Master’s thesis committees may include more than one external faculty member, while doctoral dissertation committees must include at least one external faculty member (refer to internal regulation sample).
Committee members shall be appointed by the dean based on recommendations from academic advisors and heads of department.
Committee members cannot be replaced after the commencement of the thesis examination process, barring unavoidable circumstances.
For master’s degree theses, the thesis examination and oral exam shall be conducted over a single occasion, while success in the examination shall be determined by approval from two-thirds of the committee. For doctoral dissertations, the dissertation examination and oral exam shall be conducted separately on at least one occasion each, while success in the examination shall be determined by approval from four-fifths of the committee.
Following the examination process, the relevant department office will organize a thesis conference, in which master’s candidates shall give poster presentations, while doctoral candidates shall give oral presentations. The schedule of the thesis conference shall be decided by the head of department through the faculty council.
The dissertation examination for each program shall proceed as follows.
A. Master's Program
(1) Submission of the master's thesis and examination committee recommendation form:
After consultation with the academic advisor regarding the date of thesis examination and committee members, master’s students who desire to graduate in the winter semester shall submit the examination committee recommendation form to the administration office by the first Friday of December, and those who desire to graduate in the summer semester by the first Friday of June.
B. Doctoral Program
(1) Formation of a dissertation guidance committee: Within one year after passing the qualifying examination (comprehensive exam), doctorial students shall form a dissertation guidance committee consisting of three members including the academic advisor, and submit the results of the dissertation examination to the administration office after the completion of the first round of the examination process. The dissertation guidance committee shall convene a committee meeting at least once a year with the student giving a presentation in order to monitor the student’s dissertation progress, offer advice, and decide whether to submit the dissertation.
(2) Submission of doctoral dissertation and examination committee recommendation form: Once the submission of dissertation is determined by the guidance committee, doctoral students who desire to graduate in the winter semester shall submit the committee recommendation form to the administration office by the first Friday of November, and those who desire to graduate in the summer semester by the first Friday of May.
Article 10 (Graduation Requirements)
A master's candidate must present an article as the first author on more than one occasion at national academic conference or submit more than one paper to academic journals.
A doctoral candidate must publish the key contents of the doctoral dissertation as the equivalent of two publications in prestigious journals under the Science Citation Index (SCI).