degree do univerities in Thailand offer?
is a partial list of schools and programs in Thailand. I have
restricted the list to graduate level programs taught in English.
Many of the
same universities also offer undergraduate programs in English, and obviously
if you want and are able to study in Thai there are far more choices.
While I have attempted to provide accurate information, individuals should
check out for themselves the programs that are of interest to them in order
to get the best information.
is a very respected local university that offers both day and evening/weekend
programs. ABAC has Doctoral Programs in Philosophy as well as Computer
Science. It also has Graduate Schools of Business, Computer Information
Systems, Arts, Tourism Management, Science and Technology, Engineering
and Education that offer a variety of different Master Degrees. ABAC
is one of the more internally recognized schools in Thailand.
BU has both
an MBA and Masters of Communication Arts evening program. BU also
has a Doctoral Program in Business Administration in partnership with the
University of Nebraska and a Doctoral Program in Communications in partnership
with Ohio University. Both programs require two years of study in
Bangkok with one year in the USA. The programs and workloads (Master
Degrees) are geared towards working adults. Currently they are charging
3000 Baht a semester hour plus additional fees in the MBA and MACA programs.
So 48 semester hours would cost 144,000 Baht with around another 60-80,000
Baht in fees and books. You would pay roughly US $5,000 at current
exchange rates for your degree. BU is a respected private university,
which employs many foreign professors as well as many part-time instructors
from other universities. It’s a nice place.
If you would
prefer to live outside of Bangkok, Chiang Mai University offers a few programs
in English. CMU has issues Doctoral Degrees in Nursing, Geology,
Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science as well as Master Degrees in
Health Science, Agricultural Systems, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable
Development. CMU would appear to be a good choice if you would be
interested in a career with an NGO.
of the two most respected universities in Thailand, and has a number
of degree programs including: PhD in Economics, Master Degrees in Health
Economics, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, Business and
Managerial Economics, International Economics and Finance, Petroleum Engineering,
Engineering Management, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and European
Studies. The University also offers a number of “certificate”
including an Intensive Language program for people who would like to learn
to speak, read and write Thai at a fairly high level. Chula has two programs
that may be of special interest to foreigners. The first is its MA program
in Thai Studies. It is taught in English and addresses many aspects
of life in Thailand. This sounds like a very interesting program
but I’m not so sure how marketable this degree would be outside of Asian
Studies Academia. The other program is the MBA program at the Sasin
Graduate Institute of Business Administration. This program is a partnership
between Chulalongkorn, Wharton Business School, and Kellogg Business School.
In this program you would basically be getting the same professors and
education as you would at one of the elite universities in the USA at a
small fraction of the cost. The university estimates that tuition
and fees would total 366,000 Baht for the entire program (That might
pay for half a semester at Wharton or Kellogg). This program
is really for full-time students with classes taking place during the day
and a heavier workload than at most other universities.
university in Bangkok, KU offers 3-year PhD’s in Tropical Agriculture (221,000B),
Forestry (221,000B) and Biotechnology (231,000B). KU has 2-year Master
Degree programs in Aquaculture (162,000B), Agricultural Economics (170,000B),
Civil Engineering (255,000B), Tropical Agriculture (157,000B), Forestry
(170,000B), Biotechnology (166,000B), MBA (670,000B), Development Communications
(219,000B) and Industrial Engineering (506,300B).
of the two most prestigious universities in Thailand has Doctoral Programs
in Economics Marketing, Business Administration and Engineering/Technology.
Thammasat has Master Degree programs in Civil Engineering, Economics, and
Engineering/Technology. Thammasat has different prices for foreign
students than those for Thais.
Institute of Development Administration (NIDA)
NIDA has an
international MBA program that costs less than 500,000 Baht, They have
some other programs but I’m not sure which ones are in English and which
ones are taught in Thai.
There may be
other programs out there that I don’t know about, if you are truly interested
spend a little time surfing the net and see what you can find. If
you want to know specifics about how to apply and such, please check with
the university that you want to attend. However if you have questions about
“what’s it like going to school in Bangkok” feel free to drop me a line
or two at firstname.lastname@example.org
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