Education > Ph.D. Program


  Spring Semester Fall Semester
Selective Major Course Theory of Design Strategy Advanced Topics on Business Innovation
Theory of Public Design Theory of Interface Design
Human-Centered Design
Advanced Topics on New Technology Fusion
Required Major Course Design Studio Design Research Issues
Theory & Seminar

Ph.D. Thesis requirement

A Ph.D.-level research project based on a research proposal confirmed by the student's supervisor is required. The research should significantly contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of design. The dissertation also should be original and address an important design or research problem within the field of design or related disciplines.


Graduate students of design related majors, such as Industrial design, industrial art, information design, multimedia, etc., and architecture, industrial engineering, management, etc. are applicable. The freshmen of the Ph.D. program are divided into national scholarship student, KAIST scholarship student, and public scholarship student. The first part of the admission procedure examines documents (TOEFL, TOEIC, TEPS, etc. English score included) and the second part requires an interview that includes an exam on industrial design theories and a presentation with a design portfolio and presentation media.
Requirements for Application
Mandatory Documents 1. Application Form
2. Statement of Financial Resources
3. Letters of Recommendation
4. Degree/Diploma
5. Transcripts
6. English Proficiency Test Reports (EPT)
TOEFL (PBT 560, CBT 220, IBT 83), IELTS 6.5, TEPS 599, TOEIC 720 or higher
7. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents 8. List of Honors and Awards
9. Employment Certificate
10. School Profile/Credit Rating System
Admission requirements can be changed. Please visit the KAIST admission website and carefully check the guidelines. (