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Frequently Asked Questions about Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science's Admission

Qualifications :

Q: Can I apply to this Ph.D. program if I do not have an undergraduate or Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other related areas?

A: Yes, you can apply. However, you should have computer-related experience in database, computer networks, operating systems, and software development areas. Also, you should have strong mathematical skills as well as the strong determination to do research.

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 speaker, you should have good command of English since our curriculum is international curriculum. All communications will be conducted in English. After you are admitted to the doctoral program, you must pass English Proficiency Test before proposing your thesis.

Q: Can I apply if my GPA does not meet the GPA requirement shown on the web page?

A: Yes, you can apply. The admission committee will consider your application in all aspects. Work and research experiences as well as academic publications would also be considered.

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, and they will be considered by the admission committee.

Q: Can the two letters of recommendation be issued from the same institute or organization?

A: The two letters of recommendation should be issued from different institutes. For example, one of them could be issued from your former university advisor, and the other could be obtained from your firm's supervisor.

Q: When is the application period?

A: For international applicants, the application period is year-round. However, for the first semester enrollment (starting in June), you should apply before March 31. For the second semester enrollment (starting in November), you should apply before September 30.

Q: How to apply?

A: You can apply by the following methods:

Online at

The application can be downloaded from the Faculty of Graduate Studies' web page ( For more information on how to apply, please visit the website of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (

In person at:

■ The Faculty of ICT, Computing Center Building, Phayathai campus (near Ramathibodi Hospital), Bangkok
■ The Faculty of ICT, ICT Building, Salaya campus (at Phuttamonthon 4 – Baromratchonnanee intersection), Nakhon Pathom
■ The Faculty of Graduate Studies, Salaya campus (at Phuttamonthon 4 – Baromratchonnanee intersection), Nakhon Pathom

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. The GRE score is not required but nice to have. Applicants graduated from English speaking institution may be exempted from submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Please contact the Faculty of ICT for more information.

Q: Do international applicants need to submit the financial statement?

A: Yes, international applicants have to submit financial statement showing financial activities in the last 6 months from the application date. The statement should show that the applicants will have sufficient financial support for the whole period of the program.

Admission requirements

Q: What are the admission steps?

A: The admission steps for an applicant are as follows:

step 1: submission of application forms and required documents
step 2: interview examination
step 2: research-intent presentation examination
Note: A international applicant living abroad may 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 question-and-answer (Q&A) session. The objectives of the presentation are to gauge the applicant’s English proficiency as well as the knowledge and the potentials for doing research at the PhD level.

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 or

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 implement 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 prior to the presentation.

Q: Do international applicants have to take any entrance examination and what are additional admission requirements?

A: International applicants do not have to take our entrance examination. Application forms and related documents will be considered by the admission committee. Qualified foreign applicants will be interviewed via Skype service over the Internet.

Q: Do international applicants living 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 one 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 and the Faculty of Graduate Studies will send Letter of Acceptance and other required documents to the admitted applicants to use for visa application. The documents and application form (completed by the applicant) must be submitted to the Royal Thai Embassy in the applicant’s country in order to receive a visa to enter Thailand.

Tuition fees

Q: What is the total expense and tuition fee for the PhD in Computer Science program?

A: For international students, the total expense for the two-year study is about 350,000 Baht or about 10,000 US Dollar (1 USD = 35 Baht). Note that these expenses are subject to change without prior notice and could be varied according to the exchange rate.


Q: Are there any scholarships available for international students?

A: Yes, partial and full scholarships are usually awarded to outstanding students. The final decision will be approved by the admission committee on the case by case basis.

Study plan

Q: Is the Ph.D. in Computer Science program a full-time or part-time program?

A: The PhD program is a full time program so that students can fully concentrate on their research.

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: If I do not receive a scholarship, can I study as a part-time student?

A: Students must enroll as full-time students in order to graduate within 5 years.

Q: What is the length of the program?

A: The PhD program is a five-year program. If you cannot complete the degree within 5 years, some short extension is possible.

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: All courses in this program are taught in English. All textbooks, examination, term papers, project presentation, thesis document and communication are also in English.

Q: What are the professors’ 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

◦ Students must pass all the courses required with the minimum grade of B.
◦ Students must obtain the cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
◦ Students must pass the English proficiency test.
◦ Students must propose the thesis or research project and pass the final defense.
◦ Students must pass the qualifying exam before proposing the thesis topic.
◦ Students must pass the oral defense of their dissertation.
◦ Students must have their research work published in at least one international journal.
◦ Students must submit an original copy of their complete theses/ research project work in printed copy and also in soft PDF files.

Q: Are accommodations available for international students?

A: Currently, there is no accommodation provided specifically for international students. However, Mahidol University has three condominiums in Salaya campus for staffs and students to rent. We can recommend some convenient and safe accommodations around Phyathai campus. Please contact the public relation office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies or Faculty of ICT for more information.

Expected expense


◦ MU Condominium: 10,000 baht/month
◦ Private Apartment: 3,000 - 5,000 baht/month

Meals: 30 - 100 baht/meal

◦ Bus: 8 - 30 baht/trip
◦ BTS (SkyTrain): 15 - 40 baht/trip
◦ MRT (Subway): 15 - 40 baht/trip


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