What departments are a part of the GSCT?
The main focus of CT (Culture Technology) is "culture" and "culture industry". The GSCT has several perspectives of viewing and analyzing culture, such as science/engineering, humanities, social studies, and art. However, the GSCT does not classify students by their majors or backgrounds, as we believe that the essence of CT lies in the convergence of different fields of studies. Furthermore, lowering barriers between different fields of studies is one of the most important goals of CT. The GSCT has about 10 laboratories and research groups each having their own focus of study. For further details, please refer to the GSCT website.
Are Ph.D. applicants required to decide upon and get approval of advisors prior to application?
GSCT follows the general standards and rules of any other graduate school around the world. As personal academic plans and fields of studies are mostly rigidly determined prior to application, those who are seeking to apply to the doctoral program of GSCT are strongly recommended to thoroughly study the active research topics in our graduate school. Upon finding a professor whose research interests match to yours, adequate communication with the professor regarding possibilities of advisory should be done before the application. While admittance without a prospective advisor may be possible, difficulties might arise in choosing and confirming your field of study and advisor if you do not make plans before applying.
* NOTE: In the case of international students, there is an exception to this rule. The applicants (both M.S. and Ph.D.) must secure an advisor before they will be admitted. The advisor’s name must be included in the application.
What is required for M.A. or Ph.D. applicants?
Please refer to KAIST’s main website for standard application forms and requirements. As GSCT students have various backgrounds and majors, applicants for GSCT are required to submit additional data. (See the “What do I need to prepare before applying for an M.A. or Ph.D. at the GSCT?” Q&A below.)
To apply for an M.S. degree in GSCT what kind of academic background am I supposed to have?
CT means blending and interchanging technology, humanities, social studies, culture, and arts. In fact, there is no restriction on undergraduate academic background. The CT Interdisciplinary Program, the predecessor of GSCT, has students not only from Computer Science, Mechanics, and Industry Technology, but also from English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Industry Design, Fine Arts and even Fashion Design.
I want to apply for a Ph.D. Do I need to have an M.A. in CT, or is an M.A./M.S. in a related major acceptable as well?
We are well aware that few people have received an M.A./M.S. in CT. The only precondition to apply for a Ph.D. in CT is that applicants (who already have a masters) have to have passion for CT studies, and a clear sense of their goal, and the excellence to carry out research in CT. Successful applicants will also have a clear study plan and concrete ideas about their intended research.
What do I need to prepare before applying for an M.A. or Ph.D. at the GSCT?
In addition to standard application documents (self-introduction letter, transcripts of academic record, recommendation letters, etc.), we recommend that you make a study plan in advance that details what path of study you may wish to take here. During the interview process, you will likely be asked about your intended study plan, as well as what have accomplished thus for (if you pass the document screening). To get acceptance to KAIST, you need a certain level of English proficiency, regardless of your academic background. You are required to submit a publicly credible English score such as TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, or TEPS.
What is the benefit of getting a “government scholarship”?
Basically, a government scholarship awardee in the GSCT will enjoy benefits including partial tuition and TA payments. Additionally, there is an academic activity supporting program, (known as BK21+), partially supported publishing fees, patent registration fees, and domestic/international academic conference fees/boarding/lodging. Students are able to receive additional funds by participating in research projects run by professors or Culture Technology Research Institute (CTRI).
Is a student provided with a dormitory? And is it compulsory to stay in university-provided housing?
KAIST offers dormitory rooms to almost all the students with “government scholarships and/or KAIST scholarships”. Living in a dormitory is not compulsory. KAIST also has apartments for married students that students can apply for those if desired, or students can choose to find their own (self-funded) housing options.
How many times do you select new students in GSCT?
Applicants can apply twice per year. Students are accepted in the spring and fall semester. For more information about application timeline, please visit the Graduate Admissions Team