Showing posts with label grad school in korea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grad school in korea. Show all posts
Monday, April 5, 2010 3 comments

Should you do grad school in Korea?

A recent Marmot's Hole post got me thinking: just how valuable is a master's? A PhD? The real question is does it matter if one gets it from Korea or America? A question posed to Robert from the post:
According to your bio you went to grad school here, so I was just wondering about the following: 1) What did you study? 2) How was the Korean grad school experience? 3) How useful has your degree been in Korea, and 4) how useful do you think a MA from a Korean university would be outside of the Korea?
Robert's response:
1) Northeast Asian Studies;
2) Interesting;
3) Didn’t get the degree, so couldn’t really say;
4) I think that would depend on what you were studying. If you’re planning to work in a Korea-related field, I’d imagine an MA from a Korean university might help. My own personal opinion is that if you want a purely academic experience, you’re better off studying Korean Studies outside of Korea in someplace like the United States, but if you’re looking for the intangibles you can only learn in-country, Korea’s the place to be.
You can read the rest here. Be sure to read the comments, too. A sample from the comment section includes another's experience:
I did a Master’s at Yonsei GSIS, and…
1) Korean Studies.
2) Very good. The standard of teaching was generally very high, with professors who had almost all got their PhDs from top unis in the US or (occasionally) the UK. Some of them were major authorities in their field.
Although some were harsher in their marking than others, my general impression was that the need to attract more international students took precedence over scrupulous marking, so I’m pretty sure my grades were more generous than they would have been at home (the UK). On the plus side, the need for foreign students also means that there is a fair range of scholarships available, especially if you’re studying Korea-related stuff.
3) I have been working in Korea ever since graduating four years ago, and to be honest, I think the degree was more useful for the contacts I made at GSIS than for any inherent academic (much less vocational) value.
4) As Robert said, it depends what you’re studying. I do know of a few people who got MAs in finance or international relations and got jobs overseas in financial companies or consultancies. If you’re wanting to go on to be an academic about all things Korean, the Master’s courses here can be a good stepping stone, though I’ve been told that the PhDs are next to useless.
Something to think about.