Graduate School of Kyungpook National University was established according to the Education Act No. 108, aiming to contribute to the development of human culture by studying and applying advanced academic theories and methodologies in fostering true humanity and creativity.

Graduate School was approved to be established on Oct. 20, in 1953. 40 students for 13 departments were admitted on May 18, in 1953, when the official approval was clearly decided. Professor Sahyup Kim, was appointed and inaugurated as the first Head of School in April, 1957.

The Department of Korean Language and Literature has granted Master's degrees to over 550 graduates to present since the first 5 Masters graduated in 1956. The first Doctoral degrees were issued to 2 graduates in 1965. Approximately 80 Doctoral degrees have been granted until the present time. Over 40 graduates of the department are now studying and teaching as professors in many universities.

Graduate Courses of Korean Language and Literature have never stopped improving and developing to serve higher quality education and administration supports since 1956. School regulations and principle graduation requirements were revised in 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1984. Curricula for each course and detailed rules for thesis/dissertation supervision have been revised for more qualified academic products.

In 1989, in order to reorganize the graduate course curricula and computerize the administration procedures, code numbers for the courses were given. In 1991, detailed regulations on thesis/dissertation supervision were revised. According to this, students in Master's and Doctoral courses are allowed to choose course subjects interchangably.

Through these consistent revisions and renewals, the graduate school has taken the central post of university education in the country. This kind of change reflects the current trend in the international academic society, where interdisciplinary collaboration is pursued to fulfill the increasing demand of highly specialized professional personnel. In order to achieve strong competitiveness in the international academic society, the Graduate School of Korean Language and Literature has never ceased trying to set up long-term development plans and to provide financial and administrative support.