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  • All applicants who have a bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline, as accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs, are eligible to apply for the MA in Social Science (Development Studies).
  • Applicants must also have passed TOEFL with a score of at least 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based) or 61 (internet-based), or have passed IELTS with a score of 5.5, or have passed TEGS with a score of at least 65.

Application Process

There are three stages to the application process: a written application, an interview and admission. Applications are accepted all year round. To apply for a particular academic year, which normally begins in Mid-August, the students must submit their application by the end of March of the next year. The second stage of the selection process - the interview, will be conducted during April- May, with notification of both admission and of the financial assistance award sent to the applicants in May - June. Studies will begin in August of the year applied for.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed copy of the application form for the MA in Social Science (Development Studies)
  • A recent passport style photograph
  • An official subject transcript written in English
  • Copy of degree certificate(s) (with English translation)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A TOEFL certificate showing a score of at least 500 (paper-based), or 173 (computer-based), or 61 (internet-based),  an  IELTS certificate showing a score of at least 5.5, or a TEGS certificate showing a score of at least 65. Certification must be current for the application period
  • The applicant’s proposed research outline
  • The application fee (Bt. 900).

Costs and Fees

Fees, including tuition and university service fees of approximately Bt.120,000 per year for Thai residents and Bt. 160,000 per year for non-Thai residents, must be paid by the admission day. Fees may be periodically revised. Approved changes will be effective for all payments made, on or after the dates stipulated in the change announcement.

Normally, the cost of the two-year program, including tuition fees, field research, thesis, accommodation, meals and transportation is approximately US$19,000. Students are recommended to budget at least Bt. 8,000-12,000 per month for their daily expenses. (Prices calculated at $1US=31 Bt. Thai)


Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University Chiang Mai 50200 THAILAND
Tel. 66-53-943595/6 Fax. 66-53-893279

Email : rcsd.cmu@gmail.com , info@rcsdcmu.com | Website : http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th