Graduate Degree program

 

Admission Process

 

Degree Programs and Study Plans

All classes taught in Kasetsart University's International/English Language graduate degree programs (master's and doctoral levels) are taught in English. Some Thai programs offer classes in English that are open to international graduate students. List of Graduate Degree Programs open to International Students: https://www.grad.ku.ac.th/en/


Academic Calendar

International Program/English/Thai Programs

  • Semester 1 August – December
  • Semester 2 January – May
  • Summer June – July

For more information click Academic Calendar and scroll to the appropriate program and semester.

 

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is approximately 3 months before the semester starts. Specific dates and deadlines for each semester are announced here


Applicant Qualifications

Applicants with the following qualifications are eligible to apply for admission to one of Kasetsart University master's or doctoral degree programs.

Admission requirements may vary for each program.

Admission requirements and eligibility of applicants are subject to Kasetsart University Regulations on Graduate Studies of The Graduate School, Kasetsart University.

For KU graduate studies admission information click the following link. For admissions information for your program, scroll to Applications, then select the appropriate Program, and then the correct Semester see: www.grad.ku.ac.th/en

The following are uniform minimum university requirements for admission:

Master's Degree Programs

  1. An applicant must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a field of study related to the graduate program you are seeking admission.
  2. An applicant to a research-oriented program must have prior research experience or publications in disciplines related to the research req
  3. Proof of English proficiency is required unless you are a native-English speaker or you have successfully completed university level degree studies in English.

Doctoral Degree Programs

  1. An applicant must hold a master's degree in a field of study related to the doctoral program you are seeking admission.
  2. An applicant to a research-oriented program must have prior research experience or publications in disciplines related to the research requirements of the program you are seeking admission.
  3. Proof of English proficiency is required unless you are a native-English speaker or you have successfully completed university level degree studies in English.

For the Announcement on English Examination Result for Doctoral Degree Applicants, please click the following link: https://www.grad.ku.ac.th/

 

Specific Qualifications of Each Program
Requirements concerning specific examinations, documentation, and other qualifications are subject to the admission regulations of each program. For details, applicants should check the requirements of the program to which they are seeking admission. If you have individual questions, you may contact your academic advisor or the program director.

 

Additional Qualifications

  1. Applicants must be free from infectious diseases, illnesses, or disabilities that may hinder their studies.
  2. Applicants should demonstrate the capacity to pay all expenses that they may incur for the duration of their studies in Thailand.
  3. Applicants must be of good character and have a record free of any misconduct. They must certify to Kasetsart University that they will be attentive, make full use of their capabilities throughout their studies, and will comply strictly with the rules and regulations of the Faculty, The Graduate School, Kasetsart University, and the Kingdom of Thailand.
  4. If an applicant provides false credentials or fails to meet any of the conditions listed above, admission will decline; or if already admitted, student status may be terminated.

Tuition and International Student Fees

Regular Program (Thai and International /English Language Programs)

 

Master's degree

  • Tuition: 17,600-22,700 THB per semester, depending on the program
  • International Student Fee: 15,000 THB per semester
 

Doctoral degree

  • Tuition and Fees: 21,100- 26,600 THB per semester, depending on the program
  • International Student Fee: 18,000 THB per semester
 

Special Programs (Thai and International /English Language Programs)

Please check the tuition and fees detail of each program from www.grad.ku.ac.th/en

 

Note:

The International Student Fee applies to any student who is not a Thai national
Tuition and the International Student Fee are subject to change.
Be sure to confirm the most recent Tuition and International Student Fee at The Graduate School General Information page; under the Application menu, scroll to Tuition and Fees and then select the appropriate Program: www.grad.ku.ac.th/en


Required Admission Documents

Following are lists of documents needed to complete application process. Details regarding “how to apply" follow below.

Master's degree applicants

  1. Completed online application form (details are below)
  2. Scanned copy of applicant's official academic record showing the complete transcript of bachelor's degree studies and degree certificate or diploma
  3. Scanned copy of applicant's passport (valid, at least 6 months remaining before passport expires)
  4. Scanned copy of English proficiency test scores, taken within the past two years (if required).
  5. Conceptual research proposal (if required by applicant's program)
  6. Scanned copy of applicant's certified scholarship award letter (if applicable)
  7. Other required documents specified by the applicant's program

Doctoral degree applicants

  1. Completed online application form (details are below)
  2. Scanned copy of applicant's official academic record showing the complete transcript of bachelor's degree and master's degree studies and degree certificate or diploma
  3. Scanned copy of applicant's passport (valid, at least 6 months remaining before passport expires)
  4. Scanned copy of English proficiency test scores, taken within the past two years (if required) as detailed here
  5. Conceptual research proposal (if required by applicant's program)
  6. Scanned copy of applicant's certified scholarship award letter (if applicable)
  7. Other required documents specified by the applicant's program
 

Note:

Scanned copies of original official documents may be submitted electronically as part of the online admission process; however, you should bring original certified documents with you to KU, which you may be required to submit before registering as a new graduate student.
All documents must be in English. If documents submitted for admission are not in English, the applicant should submit the original foreign language document together with a certified translated version of the document, provided by the applicant's university or by governmental agencies.


How to Apply to Regular KU Graduate Programs (Thai and International /English Language Programs)

  1. Applicants should first check the specific requirements of the program to which they seek admission for details concerning minimum qualifications, required documentation, and examinations (if required)
  2. Complete the Online Application Form
  3. Prepare scanned copies of all required documents (listed above or as stipulated by your program) and upload them with the Online Application Form into The Graduate School Admission System. If applicants have difficulty in document uploading, applicants can send the required documents via email to: fgrakkc@ku.ac.th or kanokkorn.c@ku.th

How to Apply to a Special Program (Thai and International/English Language)

The admission process and documentation required varies. Contact the academic advisor or program director of the Special Program directly, or contact fgrakkc@ku.ac.th or kanokkorn.c@ku.th

 

Application Deadlines

  • Applications are due approximately 3 months before the start of the first semester of the program to which you are seeking admission.
  • Specific application deadlines will be announced later via The Graduate School website. www.grad.ku.ac.th/en
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application status and notification of the admission decision

You will be informed by email or you may check the status yourself via The Graduate School's Website

Admission process and decision by your program

After you submit your application, The Graduate School will contact you via email if you submitted an incomplete Online Application Form or have not submitted all of the required documents.
Be sure to consistently monitor the same email address you provide on your Application. The Graduate School will only use that email address.

Once your admission file is complete, The Graduate School will send your Application Form and required documents to the program director of the program you are seeking admission.
The next steps of the admission process implemented by your program vary. Applicants may be required to undergo one or more of the following (in-person or online):

  • A personal interview (in-person or online)
  • Review of your conceptual research proposal
  • Written or oral examination

Applicants should check the precise procedures and dates with the appropriate program. Check the program's websites or contact the academic advisor or program director.

 

Application Status

The Graduate School staff inform you by email when the admission decisions has been made.
Or, you may check your application status online; under the Applications menu, scroll to Regular Program and select the applicable program and then Applicant's status: www.grad.ku.ac.th/en

 

Accepted Applicants

Applicants who are accepted will receive a digital copy of the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) by email from The Graduate School Electronic, scanned Letter of Acceptance

  • Non-Thai nationals will need the LOA when applying for a Student Education Visa (ED Visa) at a Thai Embassy or Consulate in their home country (or place of residence)
  • The Graduate School will send only a scanned LOA to you via email

Official original Letter of Acceptance

  • Some Thai Embassies/Consulates accept the scanned Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • If an original LOA is required by the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate that you designate, your program coordinator or advisor will send an official certified original LOA to you via international mail

Procedures to obtain the Non-Immigrant ED Visa before entering Thailand

After receiving the official Letter of Admission (LOA) from KU, admitted students should apply at the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their home country (or place of residence) for a Non-Immigrant ED Visa, which is needed to enter Thailand.
Information about the ED Visa process and the location of the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in each country is available here: http://www.thaiembassy.org/main/

Validity of a ED Visa

  • Single entry: 90 days
  • Multiple entries: one year

Period of Stay – Depends on the Visa

Depending on the decision of the issuing Embassy/Consulate, incoming students may initially receive a Non-Immigrant ED Visa for a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of the first entry; some students may be issued an ED Visa for one year.

  • The semester term at KU is usually 4 or 5 months, so if you are issued a 90-day ED Visa initially, you will need to request a Visa Extension from the Immigration Bureau located in Bangkok. The KU International Studies Center (ISC) can help you with that process.
  • Most ED Visas are issues as a Single-Entry Visa. This means you may only enter Thailand one time under that visa. Thus, if you wish to depart and re-enter Thailand, you must first apply for a Re-entry Permit (Single-Entry or a Multiple-Entry) at the Immigration Bureau (or at the Immigration Office in Bangkok's International Airport) before you depart. If you leave Thailand without applying for a re-entry permit, your original permission to stay for 90 days will be terminated automatically, and you will need to obtain a new valid ED Visa in order to re-enter and complete your studies at KU.

Re-entry Permit Fee

  • Single re-entry permit: 1,000 THB fee
  • Multiple re-entry permit: 3,800 THB fee

Note:

 

The re-entry permit fees are subject to change by Immigration Bureau policies


Accommodation Options

Kasetsart University offers on-campus and off-campus dormitories. If you plan to stay on campus in one of KU's dormitories, you should book your accommodation several weeks before you arrive in Thailand. For more information, see:

You can find general information at: Dormitories

 

There are also many private residential housing opportunities, with a wide range of prices and amenities, located within commuting distance from campus . . . a short walk or 15-20 minute commute via the BTS Sky Train (Station Kasetsart University). You may book an apartment before you arrive in Thailand or you may choose to arrive a few days early and stay in a hotel or hostel while you search for your accommodations. In any case, there are many choices and international student generally have no difficulty in finding suitable accommodations. In all cases, International Studies Center (ISC) is glad to assist you

For information about accommodations, email ISC: ku.oip@ku.ac.th

Cost of Living

Below is a list of the estimated expenditures students may incur during their stay in Thailand. These amounts vary, depending on personal needs and lifestyle. This example excludes non-essentials (such as entertainment and tours) and one-time purchases (such as computers, electronic/communication devices, and international airfare).

Housing THB 6,000 - THB 10,000 per month
Electricity & Water THB 800 - THB 2,000 per month
Food & Groceries THB 5,000 - THB 8,000 per month
Books THB 1,000 - THB 3,000 per month
Transportation THB 500 - THB 1,000 per month

Note:

 

Actual costs depend on type of residence and amenities. Actual rental depends on whether you share the residence or whether utilities are included in the rent.

 

Suggested Allowance to Get Settled

Regardless if you are a scholarship recipient or a self-funding student, you will need to have access to at least 30,000 THB for your first month's living cost.
Even if you are a funded scholar, the scholarship stipend might not be available to you when you first arrive; indeed, funds may not be available until one or two months after the semester begins. So, we recommend you prepare in advance and bring with you sufficient money to cover your own initial settlement costs.

Overall, students are responsible for the cost of their books, meals, accommodations, medical insurance and medical costs, transportation, and any other personal or miscellaneous expenses.

 

Health Insurance Information

International students must have health and travel insurance covering them from the time they leave home and continuing for the duration of their stay in Thailand. If an international student does not have sufficient health insurance coverage in Thailand under a policy issued in their home country, the student must buy a health and medical insurance plan.
Kasetsart University has made arrangements with an Aetna, an international insurance company. This approved health and medical insurance plan costs 8,500 THB/year. Payment should be made to the designated bank account.
For more information or to enroll, email: ku.oip@ku.ac.th

 

For more information contact the ISC Office or see: https://sites.google.com/ku.th/isc/health-insurance-visa?authuser=0

 

** If you do not have the health insurance, you will risk paying a lot of money in case of accident or sickness. **

 

Medical Certificate

New international students must get a medical checkup certificate in English approved by a doctor before coming to Thailand. This certification is mandatory, certifying that the entering student does not have any communicable or infectious diseases, illnesses, or disabilities that will hinder their studies.

You will need this document in order to register as a new graduate student at KU.


   

Before the semester starts

 

Registering as a New KU Graduate Student and Registering for Courses

New students are advised to arrive in Thailand at least two weeks before the semester starts. Before the semester starts, you need to complete the following steps to enroll and register for courses:

 

Step 1. Create your Nontri Account for WiFi/Internet Access and establish your official KU-Google email address

Register for your Nontri-Account by providing the required information at https://accounts.ku.ac.th/private/login

  • The Nontri account is needed to gain WiFi/internet access at KU
  • KU Google email (@ku.th) only may be used when communicating with administrative or academic offices at KU, and it is needed to complete the New Graduate Student Information as indicated in Step 2.
 

Step 2. Complete the New Graduate Student Information and Registration Online Form

  1. New students will need their Passport ID and their KU Student ID Number.
    • Your KU Student ID Number was provided in your Letter of Admission
    • You will use your KU Student ID Number often throughout your studies and to access your official academic records
  2. Complete the New Graduate Student Information Form
    • You will be asked to enter personal data, parent or guardian contact information, previous education, current local address and contact information, and other information that becomes part of your official, permanent student record Click:https://mis.gad.ku.ac.th/reportto/en
    1. 2.1. Upload the following required document files (may not be larger than 2 MB).
      1. 2.1.1. Color passport style photo (within recent 6 months) not less than 600 DPI and 1 MB
        - Male Students: Proper attire with a necktie
        - Female Students: Proper attire with a collar (No t-shirts allowed)
      2. 2.1.2. Scanned original transcript files including information about degrees conferred (degree name and a graduation date)
      3. Scanned original degree certificates
      4. Scanned copy of the first page of your passport (photo and dates)
      5. Scanned copy of your medical certificate in English (obtained from your doctor at home before you entered Thailand)
      6. Letter of Consent Form regarding use of your personal information; downloaded from http://ogrf.grad.ku.ac.th/form-gen/consent_letter_inter.php

Note:

  • Your official academic record or transcript and certificate/degree diploma issued by your home university or institution (2.1.2 and 2.1.3) must be the final version showing all courses taken, grades received, degree name, and date of graduation.
  • If the academic transcript and degree certificates are not in English, both the original foreign language document together with the English translation certified by your university or government organization must be attached in the same file.
  • Master's degree candidates must include original bachelor's degree transcripts and relevant degree certificates.
  • Doctoral degree candidates must include original bachelor's degree and master's degree transcripts and relevant degree certificates.
 

Step 3. Print Bill Payment Form

You will need to find the appropriate Bill Payment Form online, then download and print it.

First, determine the date when your Bill Payment Form will be available:

Make payment at a designated bank:

  • Details regarding which banks can receive payment and how to make payment are included on the Bill Payment Form
 

Step 4. Registration for Courses

4.0 Confirm your Study Plan with your Advisor before Registering for Courses

Visit your Faculty/Department office and make an appointment with your academic advisor or the program coordinator of your degree program to obtain a Course List and to confirm your Study Plan.

Once your Study Plan is approved, prepare to register for courses online.

 

4.1 Register for Courses on the Dates Specified

The registration date and time will be pre-scheduled for each student.

You may register for courses only on the dates specified by The Graduate School Academic Calendar, here: https://www.grad.ku.ac.th/en/academic-calendars/

For Special Programs, contact your academic advisor or the program coordinator directly.

Please note that late registration and/or late payment fines may be charged to students who register for courses and/or payment for tuition and fee later than the deadlines specified in an academic calendar.

 

4.2 Use the Appropriate Online Course Registration system

Use the correct online system to register for your courses

4.3 The Registration Process

  • You must register for 9 credits minimum/ 15 credits maximum per semester
  • If you are not able to complete the course registration online, you may register using paper forms: KU1 Form and GS 01 General Request Form KU1 Form must be signed by the instructor of each course and by your academic advisor.
  • Once you have these signatures, bring your KU1 Form with the GS 01 General Request Form, and your Proof of Tuition Payment and submit them at The Graduate School Counter Services (Floor 1).

4.4 Add/Drop Courses

You may later Add or Drop courses using the online system

If you are not able to complete the Add/Drop process online, you may submit KU3 Form with GS 01.

  • KU3 Add/Drop Form must be signed by the instructor of each course and by your academic advisor.
  • Once you have these signatures, bring your Add/Drop KU3 Form with the GS 01 General Request Form and the Proof of Tuition Payment and submit them at The Graduate School Counter Services (Floor 1)

Getting your KU Graduate Student ID Card

Students will approximately receive their student ID cards by two weeks counting form New Graduate Student Information Form completion. Students must come in-person to The Graduate School Building, Floor 2, Educational Service Section, to receive their KU Graduate Student ID Card.

  • You will use your KU Graduate Student ID Card often, at the Library, sports facilities, for identifying yourself for various academic or administrative services.

Activities on orientation day

Orientation welcomes and provides important information to new foreign students. The information is especially relevant to any international student who is enrolling for the first time in one of KU's degree programs (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral) or is a Visiting Student or Exchange Student (one year or one semester).
International Studies Center (ISC) explains KU's course registration and payment system, and Thailand's Education Visa (ED Visa) regulations and procedures (Visa extension, 90 Day Reporting, etc.).

ISC staff and guest speakers review KU's academic calendar, forthcoming student activities, and introduce students to cultural norms unique to Thailand.

Usually, the Orientation program begins in the morning and is followed by a tour of campus with stops at important venues (Main Library, sports and fitness areas, etc.).

Orientation customarily occurs in the week prior to the first day of classes, according to the International Programs Academic Calendar.

 
   

Throughout Your Term of Study

 

Study and participate in student activities

Study hard in the courses in which you are enrolled, but also try to participate in student activities. There are many student clubs and organizations on KU campus and International Students are welcomed to join.


 

Planning to Graduate – Ensure you have Completed all of the Degree Requirements

 

Assessment Levels

Students enrolled in graduate diploma programs, higher graduate diploma programs, master's degree programs, or doctoral degree programs are to acquire a GPA of not less than 3.00 points from 4.00 points or equivalent in order to qualify for a successful graduation. A GPA for undergraduate subjects as requested for fundamental graduate studies is to be not less than 2.50 points.

 

Graduation

  1. To graduate in diploma and higher graduate diploma programs, students are required to complete the number of credits as specified in the curriculum, and obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 out of 4.00 or equivalent.
  2. Master's degree students
    1. 2.1. Plan A (A1)
      1. Students are required to submit their thesis and successfully pass a final oral examination conducted by a committee appointed by The Graduate School. The final oral examination must be held openly and interested people can attend the examination.
      2. Students achieve either publication, or at least approval for publication of thesis, or parts thereof, in acceptable national or international journals as announced by the Office of the Higher Education Commission on “The Criteria of Academic Journal for Publication Consideration".
    2. 2.2. Plan A (A2)
      1. Students are required to complete all pertinent course work requirements as specified in the curriculum and gain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 out of 4.00 or equivalent.
      2. Students are required to submit a thesis and successfully pass a final oral examination conducted by a committee appointed by The Graduate School. The final oral examination must be held openly and interested people can attend the examination.
      3. Students achieve either publication, or at least approval for publication of thesis, or parts thereof, in journals or academic publications; or alternatively, presentation of thesis in an academic conference which issues full version proceedings in the conference.
    3. Plan B
  3. Doctoral degree students
    1. 3.1. Plan 1
      1. Students are to successfully pass a qualifying examination in order to be eligible to conduct a thesis.
      2. Students are required to submit their thesis and successfully pass a final oral examination conducted by a committee appointed by The Graduate School. The committee must consist of experts both internal and external to the university. The final oral examination must be held openly and interested people can attend the examination.
      3. Students achieve at least 2 publications, or at least approval for publications of thesis, or parts thereof, in acceptable national or international journals as announced by the Office of the Higher Education Commission on “The Criteria of Academic Journal for Publication Consideration".
    2. 3.2. Plan 2
      1. Students are to complete all pertinent course work requirements as specified in the curricula and need to attain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 out of 4.00 or equivalent.
      2. Students are to successfully pass a qualifying examination in order to be eligible to conduct a thesis.
      3. Students are required to submit their thesis and successfully pass a final oral examination conducted by a committee appointed by The Graduate School. The committee must consist of experts both internal and external to the university. The final oral examination must be held openly and interested people can attend the examination.
      4. Students achieve publication or at least approval for publication of thesis, or parts thereof, in acceptable national or international journals as announced by the Office of the Higher Education Commission on “The Criteria of Academic Journal for Publication Consideration".
        The graduation information taken from the Student's Booklet Academic year 2016 and Academic Regulations of Graduate Studies, Kasetsart University, B.E. 2559 (2016)

See: https://www.grad.ku.ac.th/en/download/stu-manual2013-eng/?wpdmdl=16405


Planning to attend Commencement Ceremonies

Register to Attend Your Commencement Ceremony

When your graduation has been approved, you can visit the Office of Educational Administration, Kasetsart University or your faculty's website to register for the Commencement Ceremony.

  • The schedule of the mandatory rehearsals will be announced a few weeks prior to the Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Be sure to follow your Faculty's webpages or the Office of Educational Administration's website to know the rehearsal dates and the date of the formal commencement for your faculty.

If you prefer not to attend the graduation ceremony

You may visit One-Stop Student Services, Office of Educational Administration at KU, to get your degree diploma one week after the commencement ceremonies.

  • You will need to show your passport.
  • If you cannot pick up your diploma in person, you may entrust another person by giving them a “power of attorney letter" with a copy of your passport, which they should take to the Office of Educational Administration.
  • Note that the entrusted person also must show their passport or Thai citizen ID.

Transcript of Records

Unofficial Transcript of Records

  • You can access and print your provisional transcript on your own. Note that you will have access to the KU student record system only as long as you retain your student status (student status ends when you graduate or otherwise withdraw from the university). Go to https://inter-regis.ku.ac.th/

Official Transcript of Records

  • Graduate students may receive an official certified hardcopy paper transcript by contacting the One-Stop Services at the Office of Educational Administration

 

In case of any problem and if you have a question

 

For Information or Advice

  • Regarding the Application Process, contact
    Educational Service Section, The Graduate School (GS),
    Floor 2, The Graduate School Building
    Tel: +66 2942 8445-50 # 226,
    Email: fgrakkc@ku.ac.th, kanokkorn.c@ku.th, fgra@ku.ac.th
    Website: www.grad.ku.ac.th/en

  • Regarding your course selection, class schedule, study plan, or classroom studies, contact your academic advisor or the program director/coordinator of your program

  • Regarding accommodations and student activities, contact
    International Studies Center (ISC), Office of Educational Administration,
    Floor 6, Rapee Sagarik Building
    Tel: +66 2562 0985
    Email: ku.oip@ku.ac.th
    Facebook: isc.ku
    Website: sites.google.com/ku.th/isc