How can I apply for graduate admission?
Applications for graduate admissions are processed by the Graduate School. Your applications must be sent to the Graduate School first. Please read the through the following requirements listed in the Graduate Admissions Guide carefully.
The admission process for the 2020 spring semester will start in November 20198. For the spring semester, referred to as the 1st semester, the class sessions start on March 1st. On the other hand, the admission process for the 2020 fall semester will start in May 2020. For the fall semester, referred to as the 2nd semester, the class sessions start on September 1. The admission schedule will be posted in the Admissions Guidelines and application forms that are available on the following the link: /ekmugs/26103/subview.do
Are LIS courses offered in English?
Various English-lectured courses are offered in both undergraduate and graduate programs. International students take LIS courses with Korean students as well as other international students. In general, in each semester all full-time faculty members are involved in teaching graduate-level classes. Because the average class size is small, the language profiency of all graduate students is taken into consideration before the time of course registration to determine the appropriate language for classroom instruction.
Do I have to select a thesis/dissertation advisor before applying?
No. Students are required to select a Ph.D. advisor at the beginning of the second semester, after the successful completion of the first semester.
How long does it take to complete my program?
Typically, the LIS Master's program will take 1 and 1/2 years for the coursework. Also, students are required to either write a master's thesis or take additional courses instead of writing the thesis. The Ph.D. degree, on the other hand, will typically take two years for the coursework. Additionally, students are required to write a Ph.D. dissertation. Like in most universities, students take varying times to complete their required thesis or dissertation. Even after the completion of coursework, students are encouraged to be actively engaged with their advisor in order to properly complete their thesis or dissertation.
My Korean language skill is not adequate. What is your advice on starting a master's program for someone like me?
You can apply for excemption from the Korean language profiency requirement. Please check with the Graduate Admission Office. However, international students must obtain TOPIK or English language proficiency to meet the graduation requirement. For students who plan to write a thesis or dissertation in English, English language profiency may be considered more important than Korean language skill. Also, another consideration that need to be taken into account is the fact that students who obtain a high score on the TOPIK exam are eligible for a university scholarship. Since students do have time to naturally improve Korean by living in Korea, lacking Korean language skills shouldn't be the greatest concern for international students who want to pursue a graduate degree in LIS here at Keimyung University.
How can I apply for the Keimyung University scholarship?
Applications for scholarship can be submitted directly while applying for admission through Graduate School. Please contact the Graduate School for more information on the Keimyung University scholarship requirements:
What type of research opportunities are available?
LIS faculty members and graduate students are actively engaged in various types of research projects and have varying research interests in LIS subject areas. Among these are library management and systems, librarianship, information technology, classification, infometrics, scholarly communication, LIS education, machine learning, etc. There are several professional LIS organizations and journals that our faculty members are actively involved in. Although it is not a prerequisite for writing a thesis or dissertation, graduate students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members and publish research works while pursuing a degree in LIS.