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[Admissions & Application] Do I have to have previous experience or academic training in business management or economics?
No. There is no requirement for previous training in a particular field, although we do recommend that you make an effort to acquire some familiarity with your planned field of study prior to entering the School.
[Admissions & Application] Do I have to submit an English Score Report?
Applicants must submit an English Score Report as stated in the application guideline. KDI School ONLY accepts the following English Language Test Reports: - TOEFL(IBT(home edition accepted only temporarily until COVID-19 pandemic subsides), CBT, PBT, ITP) - TOEIC, TOEIC-S - IELTS - TEPS, NEW TEPS, TEPS-S, I-TEPS - OPIc - PTE Academic - Cambridge English Exams * Certificate(s) must be ORIGINAL (certified certificates are unacceptable) The tests must have been taken within 2 years of the proposed date of admission (The test must have been taken as of September, 2019). Applicants can also submit an official document issued by their university proving that all the courses are fully instructed in English instead (Medium of Instruction; MOI) * The MoI must be original or certified * Applicants who graduated from universities in England, Ireland, United States of America, Canada(Quebec excluded), New Zealand and Australia are exempt from submitting MoI * Secondary school’s or other institute’s MoI are unaccpetable
[Admissions & Application] Do recommendations have to be submitted in English?
We prefer recommendations written in English, but recommendations in Korean are also acceptable.
[Admissions & Application] Who should I get to write my recommendation?
Recommendation letters should provide information about your performance in either an academic or professional settings. Therefore, your recommendation letters can be from an individual who has known you in a professional context or from a college or university instructor who has known you in an academic context. Ph.D. applicants who have been away from school for a long period of time may submit two professional recommendations, at least one of which details your intellectual and analytical abilities.
[Academic Programs] Is the program taught completely in English?
Yes. All courses are conducted entirely in English.
[Academic Programs] What is the difference between the MPP, MDP and the MPM?
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is designed to provide global perspective and professional expertise in public policy areas. With economics at its core, MPP focuses on policy research and analysis to develop problem-solving skills in dealing with the current policy issues. Accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools in Public Policy, Affairs and Administration) in 2014, it is highly regarded both in and outside Korea--particularly among developing nations and government officials. Based on the KDI's hands-on experience on development policy of more than forty years, the Master of Development Policy (MDP) program offers a curriculum where students can examine various issues of socio-economic development in both theoretical and practical frameworks. The program specifically targets international professionals, including government officials, development consultants, and regional specialists who wish to contribute to development policy-making. The program is also focused on fostering professionals in the field of the official development assistance (ODA). The Master of Public Management (MPM) seeks to fulfill policy management needs in today's global environment through an integrative educational program that covers various facets of management and leadership in both the public and private sectors. The aim of the program is to nurture professionals who can successfully navigate the complexities of global and private policy environments, make preemptive decis
[Academic Programs] How long is the Master's program?
International students must complete the coursework (39 credits) for the program within one year, then fulfill the remaining 6-credit requirement by writing a thesis or SRC (Supervised Research Course) after returning to his/her home country.
[Academic Programs] Is the Winter Semester (Preliminary Session) mandatory?
No. However, newly admitted students may enroll in the preliminary session to improve English and basic math skills.
[Others] What are the advantages of relocating the campus to Sejong City?
(Integrated Research and Education) The KDI School of Public Policy and Management Sejong Campus is located in Sejong City, a multifunctional administrative city, where government research institutes and central government branches are concentrated. The KDI School of Public Policy and Management, as a specialized and unique public policy research and education institute, provide a top-notch curriculum along with KDI, one of Asia’s best think-tanks through integrated research and education facilities. Students will have the benefit of having the chance to communicate with world-class researchers and utilize KDI's know-how accumulated over the last four decades. (State of the art facilities) Student chambers and learning facilities to ensure optimal research and education environment as well as modern dormitory facilities will be provided to both the Masters and Ph.D. students to help them concentrate on their learning. (Geographical advantage) The KDI School's Sejong Campus is the one and only Public Policy School in Korea with convenient access from anywhere in the country. It takes 2 hours from Seoul, 3 hours from Busan, and 2 hours from Gwangju. A KDI School shuttle bus will be available from Osong Station, the nearest train station from its Campus. (Eco-friendly campus) Studying at an environmentally friendly campus for a year (minimum required period for the completion of a Master’s program) away from the bustle of a metropolis, the students will be able t