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For M.A. Program

The Master of Arts in Thai Studies was first offered in 1991. The program provides integrated knowledge for understanding Thai society and culture and the development of the Thai nation. Participants have the opportunity to study and analyze a considerable body of knowledge under the supervision of recognized experts in the field. They can come to appreciate what it is to be Thai in the context of Thailand’s rapidly changing economy, society, and cultural life. As the twenty-first century unfolds, a revaluation of Thai values and Thai worldview – indeed, “Thainess” in all its various aspects – is explored and investigated.

Required qualifications

1. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in any disciplines
2. Applicants must have a good command of English

Required Documents

1. A completed application form (Download)
2. A photocopy of Bachelor’s Degree certificate
3. A photocopy of academic transcripts (in English)
4. A Curriculum Vitae
5. Two recommendation letters from dean, head of department or advisor of the applicants’ institution
6. A photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)
7. A photocopy of passport (for international applicants)
8. A brief research proposal which includes the following components:

  • Rationale
  • Hypothesis
  • Theoretical framework
  • Research question
  • Research objectives
  • Literature review
  • Significance of the study
  • Bibliography

*M.A. proposal: 10-15 pages in length
Font: Times New Roman, 12, Double space

9. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit any of following English Proficiency test result which meets the scholarship’s requirement:

  • CU-TEP (≥45)
  • TOEFL (Paper-based ≥450, Computer-based≥133, Internet-based ≥45) or
  • IELTS (≥4.0)


Students can join the program in either the 1st or 2nd semester of every year. The deadline for applications is around the end of June for the 1st semester and around the end of October for the 2nd semester. The deadline is subject to change by the calendar academic year of Chulalongkorn University.

Please visit Graduate School for more information about date and time of the admission.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is divided into two semesters per year. Courses in Thai Studies are offered in the 1st and the 2nd semester of every academic year.

  • First semester: August – December
  • Second semester: January – May
  • See Current Academic Calendar Here

    Fees and Expenses

    • Thai Student: 60,500 baht/semester
    • Foreign Student: 123,700 baht/semester

    Requisites for Graduation

    1. A minimum of 24 credits of course work, including at least 12 credits of required courses and at least 12 credits of electives. The required courses are as follows:

    • 2200601 Modernization and Traditional Society in Thailand
    • 2200602 Contemporary Thailand
    • 2200603 Thai Buddhism
    • 2200649 Research Methodology in Thai Studies

    2. A thesis equivalent to 12 credits, together with an oral examination

    Read 2 easy steps for admission Here