CSPN Program

국보연 사이버보안 전문인력양성 프로그램


  • KAIST's quality education system is aimed at nurturing top-level personnel in cyber security with high level of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to train the nation's top cyber security personnel in a stable and continuous manner.
  • Through the customized selection and training course of KAIST and NSR(National Security Research Institute), we will nurture the cyber security experts who combine theory and practice with ethical awareness in cyber security to safeguard the country from cyber attacks.

국가보안기술 연구소

Operational Plan

Basic Direction of Academic Operations

  • Degree Course : Master's Degree
  • Awarded Degree : Master of Engineering in the School of Computing with Graduate School of Information Security
  • Participating Departments : School of Computing with Graduate School of Information Security, School of Electrical Engineering
  • Education and Research Field : Computer, network, software, operating system, embedded device security in cyber security
  • Student Classification : The student classification of this program is by "CSPN-KAIST"
  • Curriculum : It is installed and operated as a full-time curriculum of the CSPN Program.
  • • NSR(National Security Research Institute) Brief (Attachment)
  • Benefits and Obligations (Attachment)
    • Students enrolled in this program as the CSPN-KAIST scholars have the privilege of being a scholarship recipient of NSR and are obliged to work at NSR for three years after graduation. For non-military personnel, NSR provide support for military service exemptions.
    • However, the number of people may be adjusted according to the military service exemption opening for the year.

Student Recruitment

  • Student Opening : KAIST scholarship students (10 students / year) will be allocated separately from the national scholarship students.
  • Admission Schedule : The selection of students is conducted in the same manner as the admission schedule of KAIST
  • Eligibility and Procedures
  • KAIST and NSR apply the separate selection process conducted by NSR to students who meet the KAIST's admission standards of government expense and refer to the priority selection criteria, then the internal examination of the Graduate School of Information Security, it is recommended to select the final successful candidate.
  • Student Opening : KAIST scholarship students (10 students / year) will be allocated separately from the national scholarship students.
  • Application Period : 2nd Semester of 2017 ~ 1st Semester of 2020(four times selection)
  • Number of Students : 5 people / year * 4 years = 20 people in total

Recruiting for Year

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
MSc Recruitment 5 5 5 5     20

Graduation Credits

Total 33 credits or more and 1AU(activity unit)

Credits per Subject

21 Credits

Common Mandatory : 3 Credits(1 Subject) and 1AU
  • Choose one among CC500 Scientific Writing, CC511 Probability & Statistics, CC512 Introduction to New Materials Science, CC513 Industrial Economics and Cost Analysis, CC522 Introduction to Instrumentation, CC530 Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy, CC531 Patent Analysis and Invention ApplicationCC532 cooperating system design.
  • CC010 Leadership Course(excluding Master's and non-degree credits, general and foreign students)
  • CC020 Ethics and Safety I(1AU)(Note: From the first-year students of 2018 Master & Doctor’s, the CC531 Patent Analysis and Invention Application Courses are also recognized as a Common Mandatory of the Graduate School of Information Security.)
Mandatory Major: 6 Credits(2 Subjects) / Firstly take 2 major courses on enrollment.)
  • S511 Information Protection, IS521 Information Security Practice
    (IS521(Information Security Practice) is recognized as a mandatory major for students enrolled before the 2017 school year.)
Elective: 12 credits or more / More than 15 credits for students enrolled from the 2018 school year(completion of 9 credits of this graduate course)
  • Completion of at least 9 credits in this course(* Completion of 6 credits in this department from the spring semester of 2017)
  • If CS548(Advanced Information Security) is completed, it is recognized as an elective credit for this department
  • KAIST-CSPN scholarship students must complete at least 15 credits in this graduate course including IS571 Advanced Cyber Security Practice and IS572 Embedded System Security. (Only for KAIST-CSPN scholarship in 2017 fall semester, IS593 Introductory Special Topics in Security and Privacy – Advanced Information Security Practice – is recognized as a designated elective IS571 criedit.)

Research Credits

6 credits or more(including 2 credits in Seminar)

Interim Measures

This requirement applies to all CSPN Master's program students.