GRADUATE STUDY PROGRAM


The Graduate School of Chiang Mai University is responsible for coordinating graduate education. Processing of applications, registration, and certification of degrees for all graduate study programs must be done through the Graduate School. The Faculty of Medicine and its departments, however, are responsible for teaching and administration. Consequently, graduate students are considered students of the departments of both the Faculty of Medicine and the Graduate School.

  1. PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
  2.  Application for admission is made on standard forms which may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Graduate School, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50202, Thailand. Normally, students are admitted at the beginning of the first semester of each academic year; however, some departments accept applications for the second semester as well. The usual schedule is: January-March– Applications; End of March– Examinations and interviews; Beginning of April– Announcement of results.

     

  3. QUALIFICATIONS OF STUDENTS
  4.  Graduate Diploma and Master's Degree Program An applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree in a corresponding field of the biological or health sciences or its equivalent from a tertiary educational institution accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs, and the applicant must be approved by the Graduate Studies Curriculum Administrative Committee of the Faculty (Graduate Diploma level) or the Faculty Board of Graduate Studies (Master's Degree level).

    Doctoral Program An applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in a corresponding field of the biological or health sciences or its equivalent from a tertiary educational institution accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs, and the applicant must be approved by the Faculty Board of Graduate Studies as follows:

     2.1 Students who have completed only a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent with honors in the same field that they intend to study, who possess the basic skills and knowledge, and who have the competence to conduct their thesis research will be accepted.

     2.2 Students who have completed a Master's Degree with good results, or student who are currently studying for a Master's Degree and are enrolled in various courses specified by the Faculty and have achieved outstanding results, or students who have been approved by the Faculty Board of Graduate Studies will be accepted.

     

  5. ADMISSION
  6.  The Graduate School will accept applicants for admission by selection, general examination, or other methods as specified by the University. Announcement will be made in advance at regular intervals. An applicant who has passed the selection process but who is awaiting examination results will be admitted to the University when he/she meets the requirements within the time stipulated by the University.

  7. STATUS OF GRADUATE STUDENTS
  8.  Graduate students, once admitted, are classified into one of three types:

     Regular Students are students who have fulfilled all the requirements of the Graduate School to be regular graduate students.
    Provisional Students are students who have been conditionally admitted to the Graduate School. They can attain regular status if, after one semester, they have earned not less than 6 credits and maintained a GPA of 3.00 or higher, or, after two semesters, have earned a minimum of 12 credits and maintained GPA of 3.00 or higher.
    Non-Degree or Occasional Students are students who are admitted to the Graduate School with permission to enroll in courses and/or do research but not for a degree. They include graduate students from abroad.

  9. CURRICULUM

  10. Graduate Diploma A student in this program must have a minimum of 24 credits of course work of which 18 credits must be graduate courses.
    Master's Degree A student in this program must have a minimum of 36 credits. One study plan offered by the Faculty (Plan A type A2) requires students to have a minimum of 12 credits for a thesis and 18 credits for graduate courses. The MPH program offered by the Graduate School (Plan B) requires students to have a minimum of 6 credits of independent study and have 18 credits of graduate courses.
    Doctoral Degree Students are required to produce a high quality thesis and take additional courses as follow:

     

    1. Students who have completed undergraduate studies must produce a thesis worth no less than 48 credits and take additional graduate courses worth no less than 24 credits.
    2. Students who have completed graduate studies must produce a thesis worth no less than 36 credits and take additional graduate courses worth no less than 12 credits.
  11. PERIOD OF STUDY

  12. Graduate Diploma- 3 academic years;
    Master's Degree- 5 academic years;
    Doctoral Degree- 8 academic years for students with Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, 5 academic years for students with a Master's Degree or equivalent.
  13. ADVISORS
  14.  The Graduate School provides a general advisor and a thesis or independent study advisor appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School from the School's faculty members. For the Doctoral Degree, the advisory committee is composed of at least 3 departmental faculty members, one of whom will act as chairperson. The committee is responsible for planning the student's course of studies, advising, and supervising his studies and thesis.

     

  15. FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEST
  16.  All Master's and Doctoral Degree students must pass a foreign language test in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School. Doctoral Degree students must pass the foreign language test before submitting the topic and outline of their thesis. Students who fail to pass the test may enroll for foreign language courses approved by the Graduate but not for credit, or the Graduate School may accept the results of a foreign language test from another accredited foreign language institution.
    A foreign student must pass a foreign language test in a language other than his/her native language according to the regulations of the Graduate School.

     

  17. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
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    9.1 Master of Public Health Degree Students

    This is a written and/or oral examination in the specific and related fields of study. To be eligible for the examination students must have enrolled in all the required courses in the curriculum. The examination committee shall be appointed by the chairperson of the Faculty Board of Graduate Studies. Students who fail the examination can retake the examination at the discretion of the comprehensive examination committee.

     9.2 Doctoral Degree Students

     This is a written and/or oral examination to evaluate whether the student's knowledge is satisfactory. The comprehensive examination committee is composed of three qualified persons appointed by the Graduate School. The committee is headed by the chairperson of the student's advisory committee. To maintain the standard of the examination, one of the examination committee members must be a person in the same or a related field, but he/she can not be a person who is already serving as a member of the student's advisory committee.

     Doctoral degree students wishing to take the comprehensive examination must have completed all course work in their field of study and have a minimum GPA of 3.00. The request for a comprehensive examination must be submitted through the chairperson of the student's advisory committee or his or her representative. Students who fail the comprehensive examination can retake the examination, subject to the approval of the comprehensive examination committee. The graduate program administrative committee may consider transferring a student who fails the comprehensive examination to a Master's Degree program.

  19. FORFEITURE OF STUDENT STATUS
  20.  Students forfeit their status as a student for the following reasons:

     (1) Death of the Student.

     (2) Withdrawal.

     (3) Transfer to another institution.

     (4) Failure to fulfill the qualifications required of a student enrolled at Chiang Mai University.

    (5) Failure to enroll within the time specified by the University or taking leave of absence within 30 days from the commencement of a regular semester.

     (6) Exceeding of the term for their program of study.

     (7) Completion of studies.

     (8) Having a grade point average of less than 2.50.

     (9) Failure of a provisional student to change his/her status to that of a regular student

    (10) Failure of a Doctoral Degree student, unable to pass the comprehensive examination, to be approved by the Graduate School for transfer to a Master's Degree program.

     (11) Failure to pay fees within the time specified.

     (12) Taking leave of absence or sick leave for two consecutive regular semesters in the first academic year without having accumulated any credits.

     (13) Having their student status revoked by a University order for reasons other than those mentioned above.

     

  21. PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING A DEGREE OR GRADUATE DIPLOMA

  22. During the final semester of their studies, students must submit a degree or diploma application form to the Graduate School and the Registrar's Office via their general advisor or their thesis advisor or the Chairperson of the Students' Advisory Committee by the date specified.. To be eligible for a degree or graduate diploma, students must fulfill the following requirements:

     (1) They must have completed all required course work in their curricula, and have met all the requirements of their program of studies.

     (2) They must have at least a 3.00 for both their overall grade point average and their field of concentration.

     (3) They must have passed the Foreign Language Test as required by the Graduate School.

     (4) Plan B Master's Degree students and Doctoral Degree Students must have passed the Comprehensive examination.

    (5) They must have completed the defense of their thesis/independent study.

    (6) They must have met the qualifications as outlined in the Chiang Mai University Regulations on Student Honour.

     

  23. CERTIFICATE OF HONORS

  24. The Graduate School will give certificates of honors to students who have done outstanding work during the entire course of their studies in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School.