Inter-Asia Graduate School of NGO Studies Graduate School, Sunkonghoe University

Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies (MAINS)
Course Description and Admission Guide March 2011

About MAINS (The Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies)
The programme of Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies started in 2007. Its multidisciplinary curriculum, integrating academic and practitioners’ training with dynamic changes occurring in Asia and the globe, is unique in the field of studies on social changes, non-governmental organizations and civil society. The curriculum covers a wide range of current issues from both regional and global perspectives, placing a special focus on the development of solidarity among civil society participants. MAINS is intended for the people who have been contributing or have the potential to contribute to a better understanding of or leading social changes in Asia. With academic and practical resources in SungKongHoe University, MAINS offers intensive and flexible preparation for those who seek leadership and skills for more just and equitable social changes in Asia.


Eligibility We welcome applicants with an undergraduate degree, preferably in social science, and with experiences generally in the non-profit or non-governmental sectors in Asia. We are looking for individuals with sensitivity to and involvement in issues such as the promotion of social change, human rights, democratization, local community development, solidarity across borders, and humanitarian aid in Asia. Documents Required Completed and Signed Application Form Official Transcript from the university previously attended (original & a photocopy) Certificate of previous degree (original & a photocopy) Two letters of recommendation (from two different persons) TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC test results (recommended) Photocopy of passport THREE 3.5cmx4.5cm identical colour photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background. Printed digital pictures are not acceptable. (Only ONE needed for Korean citizens) One paper, article, or report written by the applicant (Optional) Family registration certificate (only for Chinese applicants)


Schedule for 2011
Procedure Submission of All Required Application Materials Announcement of Admission Notification of Admission Orientation   Deadlines 10.18(Mon) – 11.19(Fri) 12.3(Fri) 12.6(Mon) - 12.10(Fri) February How to by post mail on website by email to be noticed

Applicants must submit all required application and documents by post mail Completed application and materials should be sent by courier to the following address The office of Graduate School, Sunkonghoe University 4F 1-1 Hang-dong Guro-gu, Seoul Korea. 152-716 Seoungyeonguan

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Inquiry : / 82-2-2610-4125 Application fee: 60,000 KRW (55 USD) Should be transferred to the following account Korea Exchange Bank/159-22-00698-6/성공회대학교

Curriculum Course nature
The Master of Arts in Asian NGO Studies (MAINS) is an alternative social studies program taught in English with special reference with Asia. The program particularly encourages applications from Asian students and Korean citizens with experiences of nongovernmental activities in Asia. MAINS offers an advanced and intensive programme, with teaching methods based on individual self-research, mutual learning by students and thematic approaches. Reading and writing as well as debating and interacting with field groups are strongly emphasized.

Course structure
MAINS is a 18-month, 5-quarter (including 6months for field work and thesis writing) program consisting of core courses, elective courses, and a thesis, making up a total of 24 credits. On 5th semester, Students are allowed to return their home country and complete thesis. There is a particular theme given to each quarter as a synthesizing structure. Class 2

schedules run from one quarter to the next with a 10-day break in between. Quarters have a varied number of sessions. Some courses may be taught intensively by visiting lecturers. Courses combine lectures and student-led seminars.

Core Courses
       Tutorials with academic director A Seminar on Asian NGOs Research Methodology and Thesis Writing Understanding / Experiencing in Korean Society Thesis Writing Internship Regional School

Elective Courses
* Not all elective courses are available each year.             Culture, Society and Film Critical Peace Studies and International Relations Social Problems and Social Movements Global poverty NGO Management Politics of Development in Asia Democracy and Democratization in Asia Human Rights, Theory and Practice Conflict and Rebuilding Peace in Asia Korean Society and Its Change Modern Korean History and the Process of Past dealing Global Asia Feminism

Special Program (non-credit courses)
 Korean Language


All students are required to write a thesis or an equivalent research report on a topic related to social changes and non-profit/governmental sectors in Asia. Applicants are strongly encouraged to define their research interests prior to the beginning of the program. Students are expected to start working on their thesis/report proposal from the first quarter, with the support of supervisors. In the third quarter, students should be able to defend their thesis/report proposal. The fourth quarter is devoted mostly to the thesis/report, including field work, data collecting, write-up and defence.

Tuition, Scholarship and Other Expenses
(The approximate exchange rate of US$1 = 1126 Korean Won) Full or partial scholarships may be given to qualified students. Those from developing countries in Asia have priority for scholarships. Approximate tuition and expenses:*     Registration fee: Approximate tuition: Minimum living cost: Dormitory cost: 808,000 KRW (720 USD) 4,830,000 KRW (4290 USD) per quarter 400,000 KRW (360 USD) per month (12month) 300,000KRW (270 USD) per month (12month)

* Amount can be changed under circumstances.


Faculty Dean of Graduate School
Prof. Kim Dong Chun (tel +82-2-2610-4236, E-mail : Program Director of the MAINS Prof. Park Kyung Tae (2610-4235, E-mail : Board of Teaching and Resource Persons Jin, Young-jong Cho, Hyo-Je Cho, Hee-yeon Hur, Sung-woo Administrative Officer of MAINS Ms. EJ LEE (tel +82-2-2610-4125, E-mail :


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