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Question: What is the duration of the entire MA and PhD program?

Answer: Coursework for the MA begins in mid-August of each year and requires 10 months to finish, usually ending in mid-May. MA students are required to conduct their thesis research after coursework. MA students take approximately 3 months to prepare and defend a research proposal, 1-3 months to collect their data, 4-6 months to write their thesis, and submit it for review/defense.

Coursework for the PhD begins in mid-August of each year and requires 10 months to finish, usually ending in Mid-May. As subsequent to completing coursework, and before defending a research proposal, PhD students are required to sit for qualifying exams and pass an ethics research course. Typically PhD students take 2-3 years to collect their data, write their dissertation, and submit it for review/defense.

For further information: http://www.grad.mahidol.ac.th/grad/academicinfo/pdf/2015/02feepayment2015EN.pdf


Question: What is the typical weekly schedule of classes for the MA program? For the PhD program?

Answer: A course at Mahidol is 45 hours in total, taught at 3 hours per week for 15 weeks.

For the MA program there are 4 courses per semester, which are taught over 2-3 days. A typical schedule is half-day Tuesday/Wednesday (9 AM-12 PM or 1 PM-4 PM) and all day Thursday (9 AM-12 PM and 1 PM-4 PM).

Term 2 schedule is different from Term 1. There is a fieldtrip and because of the traditional Thai New Year holiday in April many courses may have extra classes in January, February, or March.

For the PhD there are 3 courses per semester, which are taught over 2 days. A typical schedule is all day Wednesday (9 AM-12 PM and 1 PM-4 PM), and half-day Thursday.

For further information MA: http://ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/index.php/en/our-programs/master-of-arts-degree-international-program

For further information PhD: http://ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/index.php/en/our-programs/phd-program


Question: For either the MA or PhD Program is there a long-distance learning option?

Answer: No, both the MA and PhD Programs require students to attend courses at the IHRP on Mahidol University Campus in Salaya, Thailand.


Question:  How can I apply?

Answer: You can apply via the online application which is open for international applicants at - http://www.grad.mahidol.ac.th/en/prospective-students/

Thai applicants please go to - http://www.grad.mahidol.ac.th/th/prospective-students/special-project.php เลือกหัวข้อ “พิจารณารับเข้านักศึกษาระดับบัณฑิตศึกษา”

If applicants have difficulty applying online, please inform the Program via email that applications and other required documents will be submitted in person OR by sending a hard-copy of application and required documents via postal service. There is no application fee for in-person or postal submission.

Question: Is there any application fee?

Answer: Yes, the application fee of 500 baht is required to complete the online application.

But there is no application fee for in-person or postal submission. Please go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the online application: http://www.grad.mahidol.ac.th/en/prospective-students/#Step1

Question: If I have problem with online application, whom should I contact?

Answer: Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please also inform Academic Program Coordinators once applicants have completed the online application, MA Program: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , PhD Program: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Question: If I am accepted, can I defer my offer to the next academic year?

Answer: For the PhD program, applicants cannot defer. They must re-apply. The MA program allows deferred admission on a case by case basis.

Question: How difficult is it to get into the IHRP MA and PhD Program?

Answer: The IHRP MA and PhD Program attracts a competitive pool of applicants from which the IHRP Faculty select 3-5 PhD applicants and 12-15 MA applicants per year. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance to the IHRP MA and PhD Program.