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 KAIST Office of Admissions: http://admission.kaist.ac.kr

 

A. Admissions Timeline

  Spring Semester Fall Semester
 1. Online Application Mid-July  Mid-April 
 2. Application Review Result Notification Few days before interview Few days before interview
 3. Interview 4th Week of August 4th Week of May
 4. Admission Result Notification Mid-September Mid-June
 5. First Day of Class Next year March Same year September
 
Categories Place Notes
1. Online Application https://apply.kaist.ac.kr/GradApply Late application will not be considered.
2. Submission KAIST Office of Admissions (E11, 508) All materials must be received by KAIST Admissions Office by the official due date.
3. Arrival Check of Submitted Documents https://apply.kaist.ac.kr/GradApply Please check arrival status of your application 2-3 days after submission.
4. Application Review Result Notification https://apply.kaist.ac.kr/GradApply  
5. Interview To be announced with the Application Review Results Please check the schedule of your interview.
6. Admissions Notification http://admission.kaist.ac.kr  

※ Please note that dates are subject to change.

 

B. Entering Student Class Size

Master About 60 students per year
Ph.D About 30 Students per year
Master-Ph.D Combined Track Within the number of Ph.D Admissions offered per year 

 

C. Eligibility

Master Bachelor’s degree (or expected to receive before admitted semester)
Ph.D Master’s degree (or expected to receive before admitted semester)
Master-Ph.D Combined Track KAIST students with Government Scholarship status and recommendation from the dean of the department.

 

 KAIST CS Admissions Guidelines
01. In order to admit excellent students, the admission process is carried out separately for applicants who majored in CS and those who majored in non-CS majors.
02. CS majors refer to applicants who majored in CS or CS-related majors such as computer science engineering. Non-CS majors include, for example, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, and business.
03. CS major applicants will be selected based on their undergraduate transcript, technical knowledge, and basic programming skills.
04. Non-CS major applicants will be selected based on their potential to become successful graduate students in the CS department. No programming test is required but good test results will be taken into account favorably in the review process.
05. Non-CS major applicants are recommended to include the following information in the personal statement:
   A. Previous education and experience related to computer science or programming
   B. Motivations for applying to a graduate program in computer science
   C. Academic plans in the computer science graduate program
06. Some example technical questions asked during the interview can be found here. [Link]
07. The programming test will be about one hour long and include various questions designed to assess the fundamental programming skills of CS major applicants.

 

D. Student Classifications Based on Scholarship Type

National Scholarship Recipient Educational expenses funded by the government 
KAIST Scholarship Recipient Educational expenses funded by the recipient's advisor’s research fund
Regular Scholarship Recipient Educational expenses funded by industry, research laboratory, government agency, or educational agency

 

E. Information about Selecting Your Advisor
ㆍStudents with Government Scholarship status may request for any professor to be the advisor.
ㆍStudents with KAIST Scholarship status may only select the professor who funds their educational expenses to be the advisor.
ㆍStudents with Regular Scholarship status may request for any professor to be the advisor.
ㆍStudents who are planning to enroll with a School-Industry Educational Program must write down the name of the program as their first or second choice of the advisor.

 
It is recommended that students apply for the Government Scholarship status as their first choice and a School-Industry Educational Program as their second choice.  Thus, in case they did not get selected for the Government or KAIST Scholarship, they can still be admitted based on the Regular Scholarship.
 
 

 

F. School-Industry Educational Programs
The following list shows the School-Industry Educational Programs in the CS department.  Students who wish to participate in the program must apply for the name of the program as their first choice in the application.  For more information on these programs, please refer to the program websites.
EPSS (Educational Program for Samsung Semiconductor)
KEPSI (KAIST Educational Program for the Semiconductor Industry)
Mobile Software Program