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Academic Resources
MS Program

The MS program curriculum requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of courses for the completion of the Master’s degree. The nine credit hours must be composed of research methodology courses required for each specialization area. The research methodology courses include Mathematical Statistics, Methodology for Behavior Sciences, Information Systems Research Methodology, Microeconomics (or Econometrics), and equivalent courses.

MS students who do not have bachelor’s degree in Business Administration must have completed at least four prerequisite courses in the undergraduate program with a grade of B or above. The credits earned will not be counted toward the 30 credit hours required for the degree. The pre-requisite courses are Introduction to Economics, Basic Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, Production and Operations Management, Management Science, Strategic Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, and Insurance.

In preparation for a thesis, students must complete at least 12 credit hours in their chosen specialization area. Specific course requirements and core courses vary across specialization areas. Thus, students should always keep a close contact with their faculty advisors and work following their guidance. In addition to taking courses of 12 credit hours, students should receive high scores on internationally authorized English tests such as TOEFL and TOEIC. For example, students must attain a TOEFL score of 570 or above before taking their qualifying examination. Students must also pass the qualifying examination administered by their major field of study. They can take the qualifying examination twice at most. If a student fails to pass the exam on the first attempt, he or she must retake the exam within the next two semesters.

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program curriculum requires a minimum of 60 credit hours for the degree. A maximum of 24 credit hours earned in the Master’s degree program may be counted toward the 60-credit hour requirement. The remaining 36 credit hours or more must be earned from the YSB’s Ph.D. program. Only the credit hours earned from a business school will be considered for the credit transfer. At least 27 of the total number of credit hours for the Ph.D. program must be taken from YSB. The remaining credit hours can be taken from outside the School under the supervision of the faculty advisor.

    The curriculum in the Ph.D. program is composed of the following:
  • Methodology: 12 credit hours
  • Major Field: At least 15 credit hours (or 5 courses)
  • Minor Field: 9 credit hours from at least one area other than the major area


Students must choose their area of specialization with the approval of their faculty advisor. The Ph.D. program offers 11 specialization areas, i.e., Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, Production and Operations Management, Operations Research, Organizational Behavior, Marketing, International Business, Information Systems, Insurance, and Strategic Management. One minor area may be chosen from any area within YSB or any departments within Yonsei University.

Ph.D. students must complete at least one original academic research paper other than their Ph.D. dissertation before graduation. This paper should be prepared under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member at YSB. Students must publish the paper in a major academic journal (international or domestic) before they will be conferred the Ph.D. degree on.

Ph.D. students must also pass the qualifying examination administered by their major field as well as by their minor field of study.
They can take the qualifying examination twice at most. If a student fails to pass the exam on the first attempt, he or she must retake the exam within the next two semesters. If a student partially fails in the qualifying exam, he or she can retake the exam only for the failing subject(s). Examination questions for the major field of study will be prepared by three of the faculty members representing the field. These faculty members will also be responsible for grading the answers to the questions. Ph.D. students who fail to receive high scores on internationally authorized English tests such as TOEFL and TOEIC cannot go forward toward their dissertation stage. For example, a TOEFL score of 570 or above is required for Ph.D. students. Ph.D. students must follow the academic progress path in Table as shown below. Failure to fulfill the academic milestones set forth below will result in an academic probation.

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