Graduate School

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Southeast Asian Studies


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YearS Full-time


  • A Multidisciplinary Program Taught by High-Caliber Professors
  • World-Renowned Visiting Lecturers and Extensive Knowledge Base
  • Traveling Classroom Program



Southeast Asian Studies Program
Graduate School

Chulalongkorn University

+66 2218-3105


Southeast Asia has long been the crossroad of civilization, trade, communication, and power due to its strategic geographical location. The region has become a well-known tourist destination, as well as a region of rich biodiversity, economic growth and dynamic political development. It has inspired a great number of studies in various disciplines, contributing to a vast body of knowledge on the region.

Southeast Asia avails itself to scrutiny, scholastic challenges, and positive reactions to the new-millennium changes. Through ASEAN, it seeks to enhance regional endeavors by formulating the Southeast Asian Community with close cooperation with China, Japan, South Korea, and India. The dynamic growth of Southeast Asia has captured worldwide attention, being recognized as a region that provides opportunity for mutual benefits. However, ethnic and religious tension continues to challenge scholars as well as policy makers in their attempt to reach a solution. 

The Master of Arts Degree in Southeast Asian Studies has been offered under Chulalongkorn University’s Graduate School since 2003. As a multidisciplinary, international program, we have three main objectives: 1) to help develop professional academics in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, 2) to give people a profound understanding of Southeast Asia and its related issues, and 3) to offer the best opportunity to study and analyze a considerable body of knowledge under the supervision of recognized experts in the field.

WHY this program
at Chula


A Multidisciplinary Program Taught by High-Caliber Professors

We cooperate with the Institute of Asian Studies of Chulalongkorn University, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Political Sciences, and the Faculty of Economics. Members and researchers from these varied faculties, with reputations of regional and international stature, all contribute to the courses offered. In this sense, Southeast Asian Studies will be expounded through the lens of Southeast Asian perspectives.


World-Renowned Visiting Lecturers and Extensive Knowledge Base

Well-known scholars are invited to give lectures. Special talks by world-renowned authorities of relevant topics are frequently organized. The program is well supported and supplemented by the university’s library facilities. The Thai Studies Program at the Faculty of Arts also operates in coordination with our program to provide opportunities to students. Students are thus able to choose some courses from the Thai Studies Center as elective courses.


Traveling Classroom Program

The Traveling Classroom is a trip to one of the Southeast Asian countries which is organized annually before the summer break (May/June). Experts in the field lead the excursion while students actively participate. Destination of the trip varies from year to year, limited only to mainland Southeast Asia. Students have the chance to gain knowledge first-hand and enjoy the trip with their lecturers and classmates.  Learn more.

Career Opportunities

  • Researcher in Southeast Asia and ASEAN studies
  • Teaching Staff / Lecturer in public and private educational institutions / universities
  • Writer
  • Critic
  • Editor
  • Information specialist
  • Reporter
  • Travel industry professionals, e.g. tour guide, tour operators
  • Documentary producer
  • Civil servant or public enterprise employee working in Southeast Asia or ASEAN at consulates, embassies, and/or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and other development agencies
  • Etc.


Applicant’s Qualifications:

  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.50. Those studying in their last semester are able to apply but need to show their proof of graduation on the day of registration.
  2. Applicants are not required to have any work experience.
  3. Applicants must have good command of English and need to show their English scores in any of the following tests:

A) Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550
B) Computer-Based TOEFL score of at least 213
C) Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of at least 80
D) IELTS score of at least 6.0
E) CU-TEP score of at least 80

Applicants who are from or graduated from an English-speaking country (Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) do not need to show English test scores.

Required Documents:

(A) For MA Degree Students

  1. Application form (upon request via email: ) 
  2. Six 2-inched photos with white background
  3. Bachelor degree diploma in any field 
  4. Academic transcript
  5. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  6. TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0 or CU-TEP 80 (minimum score) (except native speakers or students graduated from an English-speaking country: Britain, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.)
  7. Two letters of recommendation 
  8. Proposed plan of study or research plan
  9. Photocopy of identity card (for Thai students) / Photocopy of passport (for foreign students)

(B) For Non-Degree Students 

(Study only the courses you are interested in; it should be noted that applicants are expected to be fluent in English as lectures are conducted in English.)

  1. Application form (upon request via email: )
  2. Six 2-inched photos with white background
  3. Academic transcript
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Photocopy of identity card (for Thai students) / Photocopy of passport (for foreign students)

Academic calendar:

The academic calendar is divided into two semesters per year. Southeast Asian Studies for both MA degree and non-degree students will be offered both in the first and second semester of every academic year. Therefore, applications are received every semester.

Academic calendar (ASEAN Semester)

August – December: First semester
December – January: Semester Break
January –May: Second semester
August – December: First semester
June – July: Semester Break

Deadline for Application

1st Semester  (Fall Semester)
Admission from February – May

2nd Semester (Spring Semester)
Admission from August – November

How to apply

  • Complete and submit the application form with all required documents as attachment files via the program email: (Please note that the original documents have to be sent to the program later.)
  • Complete and submit the application form with all required documents by parcel post to the program before the start of the semester.


Southeast Asian Studies Program

Graduate School

Chulalongkorn University

15th Floor, Room 15 C-1,
Chaloem Rajakumari 60 Building
(Chamchuri 10 Building)

Chula Soi 12, Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

+66 2218 3105
+66 94 628 9993


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  • คุกกี้ที่จำเป็น

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