Faculty of Arts

Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in Thai Studies

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Quick Information

HIGHLIGHTS

2

YearS Full-time

Duration

  • Thailand’s only International Post-Grad Program in Thai Studies.
  • In-Depth Integrated Studies and Research
  • Non-Degree Program

ADMISSION

CONTACT PROGRAM

Thai Studies Center
Faculty of Arts

Chulalongkorn University

+66 2218 4862
thaistudies_chula@hotmail.com

Overview

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.

The program should be of great value to those who have to deal regularly with Thai government agencies, companies and individuals, and to those who would like an integrated knowledge of all aspects of Thai culture.

WHY this program
at Chula

1

Thailand’s only International Post-Grad Program in Thai Studies

The international post-graduate program in Thai Studies, offered by Chulalongkorn’s Thai Studies Center is Thailand’s only program that is conducted in English.

2

In-Depth Integrated Studies and Research

The program is designed for those who are interested in conducting integrated studies and researches in all aspects of Thai culture and society.

3

Non-Degree Program

The Thai Center also provides the option of an occasional program in Thai Studies, in which participants take courses according to their interests without obtaining a degree. Participants may take as many courses as they wish.  The program provides integrated knowledge for understanding Thai society and culture and the development of the Thai nation.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching and research in universities
  • Academic sections in national and international organizations
  • Social and cultural relations in government offices
  • Business organizations

Admission

The M.A. program requires only 36 credits (24 credits for coursework, and 12 credits for thesis). Among 24 credits of coursework, there are 4 compulsory courses (12 credits) and 4 electives courses (12 credits). Since 2009, M.A. Thai Studies Program has co-operated with Southeast Asian Studies Program, under such co-operation, Thai Studies students can take 2 courses (6 credits) offered by Southeast Asian Studies Program and vice versa. This helps broaden the views of students in both curricula.

Required qualifications

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

Required Documents

  1. A completed application form
  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
  6. applicants’ institution
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit any of the 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)
  8. A brief research proposal
  9. A photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)
  10. A photocopy of passport (for foreign applicants)

Application

Students can join the program in either the 1st or 2nd semester of every year. Application form may be obtained from the Thai Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand, or simply download from this link.

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 the Graduate Admission website to check all the important dates and information there.

It is important to apply well before the start of the semester in which you want to enroll to allow us time to process your application.

Academic Calendar

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

  • First semester: August – December
  • Second semester: January – May
  • Summer break: May – July

For course description and study plan, please click here.

Requisites for Graduation

Students are required to successfully complete:

  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: 
    • Modernization and Traditional Society in Thailand
    • Contemporary Thailand
    • Thai Buddhism
    • Research Methodology in Thai Studies
  2. A thesis equivalent to 12 credits, together with an oral examination

Contact

Thai Studies Center

Faculty of Arts

Chulalongkorn University

Room 401/20-21, 4th floor, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building,

254 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Tel
+66 2218 4862

Email
thaistudies_chula@hotmail.com

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