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KAIST Graduate  School of Information Security

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What do we need to do to prepare for admission to the Graduate School of Information Security?

- Official English test score We require above IBT TOEFL 83 / PBT TOEFL 560 / CBT TOEFL 220 / TOEIC 720 / TEPS 599 / IELTS 6.5. Applicants are exempt if they attended university for more than two years in a country where English is the mother tongue.
We prefer applicants who majored in computer science or information security at the undergraduate level; people who have a passion for information security are encouraged to apply. As we give more credit for maintaining research with sincerity, it is important focus on your existing field of study. Awards from security expositions are good references for admission, but they are not mandatory. Editor - Highlight - Is this the intended word (1. having or showing true feelings that are expressed in an honest way; 2. genuine or real : not false, fake, or pretended)? Or do we mean “integrity” (firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; the quality of being honest and fair) instead? If neither, please rephrase as intended.

Required documents are listed on the KAIST admissions homepage.

What is the admission process?

Admission consists of an application review and an interview. Generally, the interview is scheduled one week after notification of the application review results; the interview process consists of both technical and personal interviews.

How many students will be accepted annually?

National scholarship recipients for GSIS include 10 master’s degree students and 5 PhD students in a year. KAIST scholarship and general scholarship students are candidates for admission as well. Basically, we have a policy to select all excellent applicants.

What is the competition rate for GSIS?

About 2.5 : 1, and increasing continuously.

Can students only with a specific major apply to GSIS?

No; GSIS has no standard majors. It is possible to accept students with other majors if those applicants excel in their field of study. Our objective is to conduct a variety of research by recruiting students from different fields and advocating the advantages of their majors, offsetting weakness.

What is the most important thing in the interview?

GSIS focuses on two main points. One is suitability: why the applicant is applying to GSIS, and what kinds of research the applicant wants to do. The other is qualifications: does the applicant have the attitude and talent to conduct research at GSIS? There may be questions with regard to the applicant’s major during the interview. Also, it is important for applicants to have knowledge about information security.

Which courses are learned, and what research is performed?

KAIST GSIS regards executive ability as important. Students can enhance executive ability from the cyber attack & response course, and there are experimental laboratories where several devices are installed, such as routers, IPSs, EMSs, DBs, firewalls, and wireless authentication systems. Research areas are varied, including analysis of malicious binary code, web security, network security, threat management, and forensics.

What is the allocation of laboratory time?

GSIS has joint laboratories for collaboration among students with different majors. Students can complement any weakness by cooperating in a joint laboratory with students who have other majors.

How can applicants select an advisory professor?

For PhD students, applicants contact the advisory professor before admission. Master’s students select their advisory professor before the mid-term exam. After admission, there are laboratory introductions to each professor, and students select an advisory professor in the period after orientation.

In the student classification, there are national scholarship, KAIST scholarship, and general scholarship students. Which classification do I apply for?

Applicants who do not have a job can apply as a national scholarship or KAIST scholarship recipient. If applicants have a job, but they must quit the job and apply as full-time students, but national scholarships or KAIST scholarships are possible, too. If applicants want to register to graduate in parallel with a job, they can apply as general scholarship recipients. National or KAIST scholarship students must be full-time students, because scholarships consist of public tax money.

Is there a dormitory for students? Must students live in the dormitory?

Most KAIST students live in the dormitory, because the research at KAIST is performed day or night. However, it is not mandatory, and if students want, it is possible to live near the school. Although there is an apartment for married persons, it is hard to acquire because there is a lot of demand for it. General scholarship students do not qualify to register in the dorm.

When is the admission period for GSIS?

Twice a year. The primary admission is in July, and the final selection is made in late August. Otherwise, admission is in April, and the final selection is in late May.

Is there a merged master’s/PhD degree?

No, there is no plan to pick students for master’s and PhD collaboration.

How can I participant in a research project?

Students are free to participate in research projects through professors who have responsibility for the project and who can afford to pay for it. It is prohibited for the participation rate of each student to exceed 100%.