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Chiang   Mai   University   invites   qualified   candidates to apply for admission to the Ph.D. Program in Economics for the 2013 academic year. This is an international quality English-language program. All professors hold Ph.D.s. Eighteen of them are of Thai nationality and 56 are from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Taiwan, UK, and the USA, etc.




Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1.1       Hold  a  Master’s  degree  in  Economics  or  related  fields such as Business Administration, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Agricultural Economics, etc.

1.2       Demonstrate official proof of English proficiency with either the TOEFL or the IELTS score. Applicants should possess sufficient competence in English to receive instruction in these English medium courses. The TOEFL score must be a minimum of 500 or equivalent. The score should be no more than 2 years old.

1.3       Supply copies of one to three  published  research  papers  or reports (if possible by email attachment, if not by mail), and minimally the abstract of the Master’s thesis.

1.4       Have competence in using computers.


The  Economics  Ph.D.  program,  Plan  2(1),  is  a  system  consisting  of  two components altogether making up 72 credits. The first component is 36 credit hours of coursework to be followed by the second component which is 36 credit hours of dissertation research. There will also be a qualifying examination and Comprehensive examinations which include two field examinations. The time required in the program

from initial enrolment to graduation is three years.


More  specifically,  each  doctoral  student  must  complete  at  least  36  credits  of course work and 36 credits of research, for a total of 72 credits. 24 of the 36 course credits are allocated to 8 required courses of 3 credits each to be taken in year 1 as the basis for the qualifying examinations. The four remaining courses, two in each field, are also the subject of two field examinations, to be taken during the second year of the program (see www.econ.cmu.ac.th). Both the great speed of the program and the need to schedule intensive teaching modules by internationally acclaimed foreign professors mean that there is only one entry date per year into the Ph.D. program: The 1st Monday of June for every academic year. Coursework for all students entering that year's cohort begins on that date in any given year.


The 56 professors provide a rigorous, varied, and in-depth pattern of instruction in both the core required courses and the ten fields of specialization. The foreign professors come to Chiang Mai to teach intensive courses on a modular basis (four to six weeks) based on their recent teaching and research in such acclaimed international universities as the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Soka University, Laval University, Feng Chia University, National Chung Hsing University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Chung Chou Institute of Technology, University of New England, University of the Balearic Islands, University of Western Australia, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, University of Plymouth, University of California, New Mexico State University, National Chung Cheng University, Hsing Hua University, Hong Kong Baptist University and National Chia-Yi University. Thai professors received their Ph.D. training at such institutions as the University of Manchester, the University of Wisconsin, the University of South Carolina, the University of Illinois, the University of Northern Illinois, Australian National University, the University of New York, Texas A&M University, the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, the University of New Mexico, University of Hawaii, Cornell University, the University of Frankfurt, and Pennsylvania State University.


In addition, other national and international organizations provide financial support and expert advice to the program. To date, these include the Thailand Research Fund, The Office of the Commission for Higher Education and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.


Application forms and information may be obtained from the Graduate School, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (FAX 6653-892231) THAILAND, or from  the  Faculty  of  Economics,  Chiang  Mai  University,  Chiang  Mai  50200 THAILAND, Telephone: 66 53 942214, WEBSITE: https://sites.google.com/site/phdeconcmu, EMAIL: phd.econ.cmu@gmail.com, FAX: 66 53 942202.  Applications will be considered and approved once each year.  Complete application forms accompanied by the relevant documents and a non-refundable application fee of Baht 900 must be sent to the Graduate School or Office of International Program, Faculty of Economics. Money orders are to be payable to the Dean, Graduate School, Chiang Mai University.


There are two rounds of application and acceptance this year. The second round will start on April 1st, 2013 and the deadline for a candidate to apply for admission in the second round will be July 31st, 2013; and applicants will be informed of the acceptance decision no later than August 6th , 2013.


Applicants are required to submit the following documents.

3.1       Official Master’s degree transcript, stamped by the Registrar of the University in question (need translation).

3.2       Photocopy of the Master’s degree diploma.

3.3       Official proof of English proficiency with either the TOEFL or the IELTS score.

3.4       Three letters of recommendation from former professors or employers (one of which must be from a direct supervisor). Please see the form on the website (https://sites.google.com/site/phdeconcmu).

3.5       Completed on-line application forms for both the Graduate School and the Faculty of Economics (no additional c.v. will be necessary)

3.6       Statement of intent or interest of up to three pages (Times New Roman 12-point one-and-a-half spaced). This statement should contain three major sections:

3.6.1  Why are you applying for the program ?

3.6.2 Which fields and specific research interest are you hoping to pursue at Chiang Mai University ?

3.6.3   How do you intend to use your education in your career ?

3.7       Permission  letter  from  current  work  supervisor  to  join  the  Ph.D. program for three years on a full-time basis.

3.8       Affidavit of financial support form

3.9       Confidential bank statement

3.10    A 2 -page Executive Summary of the Master’s degree thesis

3.11    Copies of up to three published research papers or reports (if possible by email attachment, if not by mail.), if you have done any.

3.12    Two completed application forms with two recent I.D.  type photographs.

3.13    Two copies of official transcript of undergraduate studies, and Please submit all original documents on student registration day.


If applicants have attained a minimum TOEFL score of 500 or equivalent taken within the previous 24 months, this should also be submitted. All application materials must be received by the OIP (Office of International Programs) or Graduate School as early as possible, and in no case later than July 31st, 2013. All materials should be sent by email attachment to phd.econ.cmu@gmail.com and by airmail or FAX to:


Office of International Programs

Faculty of Economics

Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai 50200 THAILAND Telephone: 66 53 942214, 66 53 942250

FAX: 66 53 942202, 66 53 942214



In the case that an applicant fails to submit all required materials he or she will be informed by the Graduate School.  All  materials  received  by  Chiang  Mai University will not be returned.




The Selection Committee of the graduate program will consider academic performance, references and qualifications among criteria for assessing each candidate. Some applicants may be required to have an oral interview at the Faculty of Economics Chiang Mai University.




Tuitions  and  fees  for  doctoral  programs  will  be  enforced  in  accordance  with Chiang Mai University’s regulations. Ph.D. student must pay tuition and fees in a package of Baht 250,000 (Baht 300,000 for foreign students) per year for three years. Students who can not complete the program within three years or those who want to drop some courses must pay the retention fee of Baht 10,000 per regular semester and Baht 5,000 per summer. Tuition and fees can be divided into two payments, Baht 125,000 (Baht 150,000 for foreign students) for each semester.


Several scholarships are available for the field research connected with the Ph.D. Program. The eligible fields for financial support include health economics, financial economics and the stock market, and the sustainable development of the Greater Mekong Sub region. Candidates who intend to apply for such a scholarship are asked to inform the selection committee of their desire in the letter of interest. In addition they must also be sure to fill out and submit documents 3.7 and 3.8 listed above.


The Graduate School and the Faculty of Economics will notify successful candidates by August 6th, 2013.


Candidates who are accepted are asked to confirm by email, fax or letter expressing their intention to join the program within 2 weeks upon receiving their acceptance letter. Eligible candidates must fill out the Acceptance of Admission form and return it to the Graduate School along with a report of health examination from a qualified physician, written in English, by the announced deadline.


To enroll, the student must provide the Graduate School with the following evidence:

8.1    Notification from office of International Program, Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University

8.2       Three 1-inch square photographs of I.D. type taken not more than six months

8.3       Two certified copies of the student’s passport

8.4       A medical certificate

8.5       Original official master’s degree transcript


The exact enrollment date will be announced later.

This announcement was made on March 28th  , 2013.


Dr. Pisit Leeahtam