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Ph.D. Requirements & QE

The following information is detailed criteria on receiving a Ph.D. in the School of Computing, and requirements on the proposal, qualification examination, enrollment period limit, etc. applied to students who were admitted in 2009 and after. 
1. Detailed Criteria for Doctorate Degree Conferment Evaluation
- Recommendation with approval from the dissertation committee for recognized excellence of the thesis
- Abolition of the journal thesis requirement for doctoral graduation (applicable to students admitted in 2022 and after)
   * Students admitted in 2021 and before can choose between the new criteria and the old criteria
   (New criteria: abolition of the journal thesis requirement for doctoral graduation, old criteria: publication of the thesis in a department-recognized academic journal or conference)

- Publication in one of the following journals or conferences recognized by the Department. (links for the lists are available right below)
 · Outstanding CS Journals recognized for Ph.D. conferment
 · Computer Science S-Class Conference
 · Korean Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers (KIISE) S-class outstanding academic conferences (The latest list at the time of thesis review will be applied.)

List of CS Journals for PhD Degree : Download

List of CS S-class Conference for PhD Degree : Download

List of KIISE S-class outstanding academic Conference for PhD Degree : Link


2. Enrollment Period for Students who entered after 2009 Spring
- Enrollment Period : 
  MS Degree- 2 years (within term)/ 3 years(term exceeded)
  PhD Degree- 4 years (within term)/ 5 years(term exceeded)
  MS&PhD Integrated Degree- 5 years (within term)/ 6 years(term exceeded)
  ※ Should a student need to extend enrollment because of unavoidable reasons and receives recommendation from the department head and dean, enrollment may be extended one year at a time up to a maximum of two times after deliberation by the Deliberation Committee.
- PhD Proposal: within 2 years ("Request for Appointment of Dissertation Committee for PhD" at least 2 weeks before the proposal date)
- PhD Qualifying Exam: within 1.5 years

■ QE guidelines

1)PhD program students must pass their QEs within a year and a half after entering the program.
2) Master’s-PhD Integrated program students must pass their QEs within a year and a half from the first semester they are considered PhD candidates.
3) Students transferring from other departments must pass their QEs within a year and a half from the semester in which the department transfer was processed.
4) Any leave of absence of up to a maximum of two years (i.e. military service, pregnancy and childcare, illness, general leave etc.) shall not be counted when determining the deadline for passing the QE.

5) QE guidelines:

  New QE
When to apply Applications must be submitted during the application period in Spring & Fall semesters. This period will be after the period for grade posting.
How to apply Students whose grade point average in two courses is 3.3 or higher should submit their application and transcript to the administration office within the application period.
(application download)
QE rules Students can apply to take the QE with courses that they have taken, as follows.
- To apply for the QE, students must select TWO courses from the three areas: Theory, Software, and Computer Systems, with each course from the different area. When a student achieves B- or above for both the selected courses AND their average is 3.3 or above, he/she is regarded as "pass the QE". (Grades must be letter graded.)
- The courses transferred from other universities that are marked as S/U on a transcript cannot be included in the QE.(Grades must be letter graded.)

This rule applies to the current enrolled students and the new students starting in Spring of 2020.


6)Courses for QE

Theory CS500 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CS504 Computational Geometry
CS520 Theory of Programming Languages
CS522 Theory of Formal Languages and Automata
CS579 Computational Linguistics
Software CS550 Software Engineering
CS552 Models of Software Systems
CS554 Designs for Software and Systems
CS560 Database System or CS562 Database Design
CS570 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
CS572 Intelligence Robotics
CS574 Natural Language Processing
CS576 Computer Vision
CS580 Computer Graphics
CS590 Semantic Web
Computer systems CS510 Computer Architecture
CS530 Operating System
CS540 Network Architecture
CS542 Internet System Technology
CS543 Distributed Systems
CS546 Wireless Mobile Internet
CS548 Advanced Information Security
CS584 Human-Computer Interaction