Department of Physics & Astronomy

Curriculum for Graduate School

Completion Criteria Graduation Requirements
Classification Master’s Doctoral Combined master’s/doctoral
Time of registration 4–8 4–12 6–16
Required credit(s) 24 or more course credits 36 or more course credits 60 or more course credits
Grade Grade for entire course Grade for doctoral course Grade for entire course
GPA above 3.0 GPA above 3.0 GPA above 3.0
GPA above 3.0 in major GPA above 3.0 in major GPA above 3.0 in major
Thesis course credits n/a
(However, 3 for Special Research in Physics is permitted
Up to 12 credits are accepted Up to 18 credits are accepted
Common requirement In the case of duplicates of subjects completed in the master’s course,
these credits will be excluded from credits toward doctoral completion.
※ In case you earn 6 credits of undergraduate courses in master program, you may not earn credits of undergraduate courses for completion of doctoral program.
[For students beginning their studies after 2017]
1. Course Completion In Graduate Program
1) Credits required for graduation
- Master’s: Total of 24 credits, with at least 21 obtained in lecture courses or experimentation courses (Twelve [12] or more credits from the requisite major courses)
- Combined Master’s & Doctoral / Doctoral : Total of 60 credits, with at least 27 credits obtained in lecture courses (Requisite courses 12 credits, Major courses 9 credits, other field courses 6 credits)
2) Requisite courses
Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics 1, Quantum Mechanics 1, Statistical Mechanics
(Students who have already completed one of the above subjects in the undergraduate program do not need to take it again.)
3) Only those students who have been selected for the integrated master’s and doctoral program or students who are in the doctoral program are permitted to register for the thesis research course. (One course per semester)
4) Special Research in Physics (1–6): Only one subject (3 credits) is accepted for the master’s course.
In the case of the doctoral course (include combined Master’s & Doctoral course), including ‘Reading and Research’, students with up to 21 credits are accepted. (For students majoring in experiment, up to 24 credits are permitted)
5) For Major Elective courses, recognition shall be given for up to 2 courses (for 6 credits) as Major Elective credits for courses offered by other Colleges (or other departments). One additional course (for 3 credits) may be conferred recognition only on condition that the student submits a statement of reason written by his or her advising professor to the Chairman of the department before registering for the course.
6) Classification table of courses
Common Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics I,II, Quantum Mechanics I, II, Statistical Mechanics
Nuclear , Particle Physics Basic Nuclear and Particle Physics, Basic Nuclear and Particle Physics,
Advanced Theory on Fields and Particles, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics,
General Relativity, Quamtum Field Theory 1&2, String Theory,
Advanced Topics in Nuclei and Particles 1&2, Relativity and Spacetime (undergraduate)
Condensed Matter Physics Condensed Matter Physic 1&2, Advanced Condensed Matter Physics,
Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Physics1&2, Properties of Solids(undergraduate)
Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Atomic Physics, Laser Physics, Advanced Optics(undergraduate)
Statistical Physics Physics of Complex Systems, Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
Biophysics Biological Physics, Introductory Biological Physics (undergraduate)
the others Advanced Topics in Applied Physics1&2, Applied Computational Physics,
Selected Topics in Physics, Advanced Quantum and Many Body Theory, Mathematical Physics,
Advanced Laboratory (only for theoretical majors), Fluid Mechanics (undergraduate),
Colloquium 1&2, Introduction to Departmental Research Activities, Research Ethics
2. Qualifying Examination for Dissertation Submission (Department)
Written Examination
  • Examination subjects : Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics1, Quantum Mechanics1, Statistical Mechanics
  • Students may take the written qualifying examination up to 2 times. (once in a year)
  • Students who have completed the examination subjects (Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics1, Quantum Mechanics1, Statistical Mechanics) and exceeded a certain standard in the final grade score can be exempted from written examination
Oral Examination (Students admitted from 2017)
  • Submission of Application of Oral Examination and Research Proposal
  • Students may take the oral qualifying examination up to 2 times. (once in a semester)
3. Qualifying Examination for Dissertation Submission
1) Exam Eligibility
- Master's degree / Doctoral degree candidates must be registered for at least 2 semesters and have taken at least 9 credits.
- Doctoral degree candidates must be registered for at least 2 semesters and have taken at least 9 credits.
- Combined Master’s & Doctoral degree candidates must be registered for at least 4 semesters and have taken at least 36 credits.
2) Required English Certificate (TEPS and TOEFL)
(Students admitted from 2018) TEPS 601 (New TEPS 327), TOEFL(IBT) 86
(Students admitted from 2008 to 2017) TEPS 551 (New TEPS 298)
(Students admitted form 2001 to 2017) TOEFL(IBT) 79
4. Dissertation Evaluation Process
1) Online Application and Payment of dissertation evaluation fee
2) Submission of Evaluation Dissertation
3) Select dissertation Evaluation Committee
4) Evaluation and Oral examination
5) Announcement of results
6) Submission of Dissertation
7) Dissertation Evaluation Withdrawal and Extension