Korea University Graduate School

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Brief History

대학원 연혁

1949

♦ The KU Graduate School (Master’s and Doctoral programs) was established.

♦ Yu Chin-O took office as the first dean of the Graduate School.

1953

♦ The Graduate School Committee was established (President Yu-Chin-O chaired both the Graduate School and the Grduate Committee)

♦ Former KU President Hyun Sang-Yun was awarded a Ph.D. degree in literature for authoring History of Confucianism in Joseon (朝鮮儒學史).

♦ The first master’s degrees were conferred (to four graduates).

1954 ♦ KU returned to the Anam Campus.
1972

♦ KU merged with former Woosuk University.

♦ The first master's and doctoral students of medicine graduated.

1977

♦ The student quota system changed from departmental quota to field quota.

♦ Master's students were recruited for 43 departments in six divisions and doctoral students for 39 departments in six divisions.

1980

♦ The graduate administration was expanded and divided into three systems: the humanities and social sciences, natural science, and medical science.

1990 ♦ The university-research collaboration program was established with KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology).
1996 ♦ The interdisciplinary collaboration program was created.
1997 ♦ The university-research-industry collaboration program was established with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
2002

♦ The comprehensive development plan for KU Graduate School was designed.

♦ The Integrated Master's and Doctoral Program was created.

2003 ♦ KU transitioned to a research-oriented university system.
2009 ♦ Separate graduate departments and quotas for the Anam Campus and Sejong Campus were established.
2011 ♦ The Dual Degree system was adopted and expanded.
2014 ♦ The Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program was established.
2015 ♦ The KU Achievement Award were implemented.
2016

♦ The Junior Fellow Research Grant was implemented.

♦ Departments by campus and division were established.

  • • Anam Campus

Master’s Degree Program: 54 departments and 16 inter-departmental collaboration programs in 5 divisions

Doctoral Degree Program: 53 departments and 16 inter-departmental collaboration programs in 5 divisions

Contracted programs: 5 master’s and 4 doctoral degree programs

  • • Sejong Campus

Master’s Degree Program: 20 departments and 3 inter-departmental collaboration programs in 5 divisions

Doctoral Degree Program: 18 departments and 3 inter-departmental collaboration programs in 5 divisions