Faculty of Political Science

Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS)


Quick Information



Year Full-time


  • Open for bachelor’s degree graduates of any field
  • 1 year of study (minimum)
  • Focus on global current issues ranges from environment, migration, conflict resolution, politics of cultural heritage, etc.
  • Research cooperation with CSDS (Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn Universiry)



Faculty of Political Science

Chulalongkorn University
(+662) 218-7169
(+662) 218-7313    

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MAIDS is a unique program in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and was established in 2003 by the Centre for Social Development Studies (CSDS). The Program and the Centre are both housed in the Faculty of Political Science. We are the first graduate program in Thailand offering MA & PhD in International Development Studies.

The MAIDS-GRID Program, situated in Thailand, is geographically central within ASEAN and Asia and leverages access to local, regional, and global organizations based in Bangkok and beyond.

For more and updated information, please visit https://www.maids-chula.org/

WHY this program
at Chula


Bangkok: A Hub for International Development in the Heart of Southeast Asia

The MAIDS Program, situated in Thailand, is geographically central within ASEAN and Asia and leverages access to local, regional, and global organizations based in Bangkok and beyond.

Chulalongkorn University is located in the center of Bangkok, close to the regional seat of numerous United Nations agencies, among them the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). International organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and prominent civil society organizations such as Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), which also have offices nearby

Development practitioners from these organizations regularly come to Chulalongkorn to share their knowledge and experience with students. These contacts are crucial for students wishing to work in the region after their studies. These organizations also provide a wealth of resources for the students’ research projects, and possible internship and work opportunities.  Chulalongkorn University is easily accessible by public transport. Most of our students live in comfortable and private apartments only 15 – 20 minutes from campus.


Top-Notch Faculty with Extensive Network in National and International Policy-Making and Development Arena

Chulalongkorn Faculty members are experienced public intellectuals with strong connections at all levels of Thai society, including Southeast Asia and beyond. Students benefit from the unique inside knowledge of active players in local and regional politics, and policy-making circles. Many professors sit as committee members on national bodies in Thailand such as the National Economic and Social Advisory Board, the National Human Rights Commission, and National Security Council, and on the boards of civil society organizations. Chulalongkorn academics pursue a wide range of research interests, and are able to provide expert advice to each student. See the academic staff page for further information.

The faculty is supported by a number of prominent guest lecturers, from Thailand and overseas academic institutions, United Nations agencies, government, and civil society organizations. The M.A. program is a unique opportunity to develop a network of contacts among leading development scholars and practitioners in the region.

The program and Chulalongkorn also work in partnership with many academic and international institutions, such as Chiang Mai and Mahidol Universities; the Thailand Research Fund; the Office of the Civil Service Commission; the Union for Civil Liberty; University of Vienna, Austria; University of Bonn, Germany; Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic; Waseda University, Japan; Third World Studies Centre, University of the Philippines; and the UN Commission on Human Security.

Visit the guest lecturers page for a listing and profile of current and past contributors, and the Network page for information on some of the program’s institutional partners.


Personalized Student Support and Abundant Academic and Financial Resources

The M.A. program admits a maximum of 25 students each year and is thus able to offer personalized support to each of them. From the day of admission throughout the post-graduation period, the staff facilitates the students’ experience at the university and in Bangkok. Staff members support students in matters such as obtaining and renewing student visas, finding a place to stay on or off campus, and facilitating connections with Thai government agencies and civil society organizations for research purposes.

Chulalongkorn has modern and fully-equipped libraries and resource centers to support learning and exchange. Some of the research and multidisciplinary institutes include the Energy Research Institute, the Center for Ecological Economics, the Environmental Research Institute, the Social Research Institute, and the Asian Migration Resource Center. Students can also access the resources of other Thai universities and institutions in Bangkok .


Diverse Student Body in an Intimate Class Environment

All M.A. and Ph.D. courses are taught using a seminar format to provide a forum for dialogue and discussion. The M.A. and Ph.D. students, coming from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, have a unique opportunity to share their experience and discover new cultural perspectives. Since its inception, the program has hosted students from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Cambodia, China (and Taiwan), Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Lao PDR, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestinian State, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vietnam. Most students have had previous work or volunteer experience in international development, and some even hold graduate degrees. The student population is, on average, 58% female and 42% male while the mean age is 31.


Now Offering a Dual-MA Degree Program!

The 2019 intake offers the first opportunity to participate in a two-year dual degree program, in which students will study with the Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS) at Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) and the MA in International Development Studies (MAIDS), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. The program runs over 2 years (6 trimesters). The dual degree program combines the strengths of GPGS and MAIDS in research and education, allowing students to design and develop theoretically rigorous and empirically rich research in Tokyo and Bangkok. The dual degree program also provides students the opportunity to write a thesis jointly supervised by Sophia and Chulalongkorn faculty. Students will typically study three trimesters at Chulalongkorn and three semesters at Sophia. After fulfilling the requirements of the two programs, students will receive two degrees: an M.A. in Global Studies from Sophia and an M.A. in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn.  To learn more, visit here.

Career Opportunities

The M.A. in International Development Studies program (MAIDS) offers excellent preparation for a career in public or private sector development, or further study at the doctorate level.


Duration of Study Minimum of 1 year
Application Period February – April (subject to change for each year)
Admission Timeline More and updated details, please visit https://www.maids-chula.org/application

Total Expected Intake 35

Admission Requirements for Academic Year 2023

1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with GPAX of 3.00 or higher (preferably in Social Science)
2. Applicants should also have working or volunteer experiences in the field of International Development.
3. Minimum English language requirements for non-native English speaking applicants:

– IELTS 6.0
– CU-TEP 75

Exceptions can be made in accordance with Chulalongkorn University Regulations (please visit www.maids-chula.org/applications-2022 for more details).

Students may take graduate level English courses offered by Chulalongkorn Language Institute if their English test score are lower than the minimum requirements.

4. Other particular qualifications as announced by the Graduate School in each academic year, or approved by the MAIDS Programme Comittee.

5. At least one academic recommendation letter

More and updated details, please visit https://www.maids-chula.org/ma-regular-application

Fees (Baht) – (subject to change for each year)

Fieldtrip fee: THB 15,000 (upon fieldtrip availability)


Faculty of Political Science

Chulalongkorn University

Kasem-Utthayanin Building, M floor

Henri Durant Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand

(+662) 218-7169
(+662) 218-7313


MAIDS-GRID Chula (https://www.facebook.com/maidschula)

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