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Frequently Asked Questions

(Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science)

Ph.D. FAQs for International Applicants


  • Q: Can I apply to doctoral program if my English proficiency test score is not sufficient or the test score has not been available?
    A: Yes, you can apply. However, if you are not a native English speaking applicant, you should have good command of English. When you are studying a doctoral program here, you must pass English Proficiency Test before taking thesis/dissertation proposal examination.
  • Q: Can I apply to this Ph.D. program if I did not graduate with the degrees (either from Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree) related to Computer Science or IT? 
    A: Yes, but you should have some computer or IT background knowledge such as at least 15 credits in computer or IT-related courses or 2-3 years of experience working with computer or IT.
  • Q: Can I apply if my GPA does not meet the GPA requirement listed on the web page?
    A: Yes, you can apply if you have strength in other areas. The admission committee will consider your application in all aspects.
  • Q: Does an applicant need to have programming skills before applying for the program?
    A: Yes, it is necessary because the programming skills will be used regorously for conducting research.

Application process

  • Q: Is it necessary to submit two letters of recommendation?
    A: Yes. At least two letters of recommendation should be submitted because this is one of the criteria for admission. The letters will be reviewed by the admission committee.
  • Q: May I have letters of recommendation issued from the same institute/workplace?
    A: Letters of recommendation should be issued from different institutes/place (e.g. one from your university advisor, and another one from your current employer. However, exception can be made based on the consideration of the admission committee.
  • Q: When is the application period?
    A: The application period is year-round. However, if you intend to enroll in the first semester, you must apply before the end of March each year (by 31 March); if you intend to enroll in the second semester, you must apply before the end of September each year (by 30 September).
  • Q: How to apply?
    A: You can apply by the following methods:
  • Q: Does a foreign applicant have to submit TOEFL or IELTS and GRE scores?
    A: Yes, the applicant must submit TOEFL (at least 500 PBT/70 iBT/173 CBT) or IELTS (at least 5.5) scores, but not GRE score. Applicants graduated from English speaking institution may be exempted. Please contact the Faculty of ICT for more information.
  • Q: Do I need to submit the financial statement?
    A: Yes, foreign applicants have to submit financial statement not old than 6 months from the application date. The admission committee needs to be certain that the students can support the whole cost of the program.

Admission requirements

  • Q: What are the admission steps?
    A: The admission steps for an applicant are as follows:
    • step 1: interview examination
    • step 2: research-intent presentation examination (only for those who passed the interview examination)
    • Note: A foreign applicant living abroad will take the interview examination and research-intent presentation examination through Skype.
  • Q: How long will it take to have Presentation Examination and what are the criteria?
    A: It takes 45-60 minutes: 30 minutes for Presentation session and 15-30 minutes for Asking-Answering Questions session. This is to measure the abilities of the applicant in English communication and potential for conducting dissertation.
  • Q: How do I prepare for the research-intent presentation?
    A: The application who passes the interview examination must submit an abstract and PowerPoint slides on the presentation’s topic at least one week before the presentation date to The presentation should demonstrate that the applicant has sufficient computer science knowledge to pursue the Ph.D. program at Mahidol University. In addition, the applicant should show that he/she has possessed some research skills by explaining the reason for presenting the topic of interest, improvement possibilities on the topic of interest, and the solution that the applicant would take in order to reach the goal of the topic of interest. It is recommended that the applicant studied a few journal papers related to the topic of interest.
  • Q: Does a foreign applicant have to take English written examination and what are the admission requirements?
    A: Foreign applicants do not have to take English written examination. The admission committee will determine the applicant’s English skills from the interview.
  • Q: Does a foreign applicant abroad have to be in Thailand to conduct an interview?
    A: No, the applicant will be interviewed through Skype (if the applicant is not in Thailand).
  • Q: When and how will I know the admission result?
    A: The admission result will be sent via e-mail within a week after the date of the presentation examination.
  • Q: If I am accepted to enroll in the Ph.D. program of the Faculty of ICT, how could I obtain a visa to enter Thailand?
    A: The Faculty of ICT will send a Letter of Acceptance to the applicant. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will send the official Letter of Acceptance and other required Visa application documents to the applicant. The documents along with a visa application form (completed by the applicant) must be submitted to the Royal Thai Embassy in the applicant’s country.

Tuition fees

  • Q: What is the total cost of the Ph.D. program?
    A: 340,000 baht or about 9,715 US Dollar (1 USD = 35 baht). Note: Costs are subject to change without prior notice and vary according to the exchange rate.


  • Q: Are scholarships available for foreign students?
    A: Yes, partial and full scholarships are awarded to outstanding foreign students based on the consideration of the admission committee.

Study plan

  • Q: Is the Master of Science program a full-time or part-time program?
    A: The Master of Science program is a part-time program. All classes are conducted in the evening of weekdays or all day on weekends.
  • Q: Where do I study?
    A: All graduate students will take classes and conduct research at the Computing Center building, the Faculty of ICT, Phayathai campus, Bangkok.
  • Q: What is the length of the program?
    A: The Master of Science in Computer Science program is a two-year program.
  • Q: Which subjects do I have to study?
    A: Please see the study plan and courses at
  • Q: What is the language used for this program?
    A: Courses in this program are taught in English.  All books and communication are also in English.
  • Q: Where do instructors come from and what are their qualifications?
    A: All instructors received Ph.D. from reputable institutions abroad.  The instructors in the program consist of permanent faculty members and adjunct faculty members who are experts in their areas of research.
  • Q: What are the graduation requirements?
    A: The graduation requirements information can be found in the website of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at
  • Q: Are accommodations available for international students?
    A: Accommodations are not available but the convenience and safe accommodations will be advised.  Please contact the public relation office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies or Faculty of ICT for more information.

Expected expense

  • Housing:
    • MU Condominium: 10,000 baht/month
    • Private Apartment: 3,000 - 5,000 baht/month
  • Meals: 30 - 100 baht/meal
  • Travel:
    • Bus: 8 - 30 baht/trip
    • BTS (SkyTrain): 15 - 40 baht/trip
    • MRT (Subway): 15 - 40 baht/trip

Last modified: 17 August 2010 by Boonsit Y.



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