Academic Qualifications (As of Aug 2020)

Overview

Korea Academic Qualifications
ISCED 2011 Qualification Admission Qualifications Term of
School Years
8 Doctor’s Degree
(박사)
Master's Degree 2+
7 Master’s Degree
(석사)
Bachelor's Degree 2+
6 Bachelor’s Degree
(학사)
High School Diploma 4-6
5 Associate Degree
(전문학사)
2-3

Associate Degrees [전문학사, jʌnmunhaksa]

Admission Qualifications

Those who have graduated from high schools or recognized as having equivalent or higher academic background under the relevant statutes

Conferment of Degrees

  • Those who were admitted to associate degree courses and have completed the courses determined by school regulations
  • Those who have completed courses of study assessed and certified and whose credit points recognized by the Minister of Education (2-year: over 80 credit points, 3-year: over 120 credit points)
  • Those who have received credit points recognized by the Minister of Education (2-year: over 80 credit points, 3-year: over 120 credit points)

Duration

  • 2 years
  • 3 years : Nursing, Radiology, Clinical Pathology, Physical Therapy, Prosthodontia, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy, Fishery, Engine, etc.
  • The term of school years may be reduced for any person who has earned more credits than those required for acquiring a degree pursuant to school regulations, as prescribed by Presidential Decree

Awarding Institutions

Junior College, Cyber College, Technical College, Various Kinds of School, Major College, In-House College, Distance College, Polytechnic College, Special-Purpose School, Academic Credit Bank System(ACBS)

Bachelor's Degrees [학사, haksa]

Admission Qualifications

Those who have graduated from high schools or recognized as having equivalent or higher academic background under the relevant statutes

Conferment of Degrees

  • Those who were admitted to bachelor’s degree courses and have completed the courses determined by school regulations
  • Those who have completed 4-year courses in junior colleges for medical personnel determined by school regulations
  • Those who were admitted to advanced major programs in junior college and have completed the courses determined by school regulations
  • Those who were admitted to advanced major courses with a degree in Polytechnic College and have completed the courses determined by school regulations
  • Those who have completed courses of study assessed and certified and whose credit points recognized by the Minister of Education (over 140 credit points)
  • Those who have received credit points recognized by the Minister of Education (over 140 credit points)

Duration

  • 4 years
  • 5 years : Architecture
  • 6 years : Medical College, College of Oriental Medicine, Dental College, Veterinary College, Pharmacy College
  • Reduction of Duration: Not more than 1 year

Awarding Institutions

University and College, Industrial College, Teacher's College, Junior College(Advanced Major Courses), Cyber College, Air and Correspondence College, Technical College, Various Kinds of School, In-House College, Distance College, Polytechnic College(Advanced Major Courses with Degree), Special-Purpose School, Academic Credit Bank System(ACBS)

Master’s Degrees [석사, sʌksa]

Admission Qualifications

Those who hold a bachelor's degree or those who have been recognized as having equivalent or higher academic background under the relevant statutes

Conferment of Degrees

Those who acquire required credits, pass certain examinations and then present a dissertation for a degree as determined by school regulations (other methods may be applied as determined by school regulations)

Duration

  • Not less than 2 years
  • Reduction of Duration: Not more than 1 year

Degree Types

  • Academic Degree: General Graduate School, Specialized Graduate School (excluding graduate schools of medical science, dentistry, and oriental medical science)
  • Technical Degree: Specialized Graduate School, Special Graduate School

Awarding Institutions

  • General Graduate School of University and College
  • Specialized Graduate School of University and College, Industrial College, Teacher's College, Graduate School University
  • Special Graduate School of University and College, Industrial College, Teacher's College, Cyber College, Graduate School University

Doctor’s Degrees [박사, baksa]

Admission Qualifications

Those who hold a master's degree or those who have been recognized as having equivalent or higher academic background under the relevant statutes

Conferment of Degrees

Those who acquire required credits, pass certain examinations and then present a dissertation for a degree as determined by school regulations

Duration

  • Not less than 2 years
  • Reduction of Duration: Not more than six months

Degree Types

  • Academic Degree: General Graduate School, Specialized Graduate School
  • Technical Degree: Specialized Graduate School, Special Graduate School

Awarding Institutions

  • General Graduate School of University and College
  • Specialized Graduate School of University and College, Industrial College, Teacher's College, Graduate School University