Entry requirements
English language requirements
Application procedure
Application period
Required materials
Checklist: documents to enclose in your application
Admission decision release date
Acceptance of Admission

Sources of scholarships for GMS applicants

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess, or expect shortly to obtain, an undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in social sciences. Applicants should also have work or volunteer experience in international development. Mature students, NGO workers, and junior to middle level government officials, with experience in development, are encouraged to apply.

Students with no work experience in international development will need to engage in at least three months of fieldwork with a development organization prior to enrolment. Priority is given to applicants who have had previous work experience in development, either with public or private sector NGOs.

English language requirements

Candidates who fall into one or more of the three categories will be required to demonstrate an acceptable level of language proficiency:

  • English is not first language.
  • Bachelor's degree was not taught in English.
  • Candidate is from a country other than New Zealand, USA, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada.

The TOEFL, IELTS and CU-TEP (Chulalongkorn University Test of English Proficiency) are the only three English proficiency tests accepted by the university. Applicants are expected to have achieved an overall band score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS, 550 (or the equivalent) on the paper-based TOEFL, or 80 on the CU-TEP. English tests must be less than two years old at the time of application.

Please note that these scores, although a minimum requirement for admission, do not guarantee successful admission or completion of the programme. The candidate should feel comfortable writing graduate-level academic essays and participating in class discussions in English.

Application procedure

There are two stages in the application process: 1) written application and 2) admission.

Application period

Applications are to be submitted on Round I: from November 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013 and Round II: From February 1st, 2014 to March 10th, 2014. The succesful candidates will be announced on May 30th, 2014. The programme will begin on the following August 11th, 2014.

Required Materials

Students applying for the Master of Arts in International Development Studies must submit the following materials:

•  Application Forms: The application form can be downloaded here. Please complete the form, either by typing or writing clearly in block letters.

Application form.doc
Application form.pdf

Please contact the MAIDS office if you are unable to download the form on this website.

•  Transcripts: Applicants must submit an original or certified copy of their transcript from the college or university previously attended. Transcripts that are not in Thai or English must be translated and certified in the English language.

If you are currently enrolled in an academic programme, please submit an official report of your current mid-term grades.  You can send your final grades at a later date when they become available.

•  Photocopy of previous degree(s)

•  English language test scores (if applicable): The programme accepts photocopies of English test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, CU-TEP) for the application process. Please note, however, that the admitted students will have to present the original score record to Chulalongkorn University at the beginning of the academic year.

Alternatively, the student can have ETS, the company that administers TOEFL, send the score directly to the programme. Chulalongkorn University 's TOEFL institutional code is 0227. The MAIDS programme does not have a departmental code registered with ETS, so make sure to write clearly “M.A. in International Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science” on the score report request form.

•  Letters of recommendation: Applicants are required to ask two instructors or employers familiar with their work to send sealed letters of recommendation with letterhead and original signatures. Please also provide the following reference form to your referees and ask them to fill it out:

Student Reference Form.doc

Please provide your referees with the above form and ask for a confidential reference to be returned to you in a signed and sealed envelope. Please return the unopened envelope to the MAIDS Office with the application form. The referee also has the option of sending the reference directly to the MAIDS Office.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume: The resume must provide information on current and past employment, academic awards and scholarships, international travel, publications, and extracurricular activities, including volunteer work.

•  Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should be between 600 and 1000 words, and include the following elements:

- Describe your most valued experience or accomplishment.
- Describe your research interests, and outline a tentative topic for your M.A. thesis.
- Describe your career expectations (personal and professional objectives), and explain how the M.A. in International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn will help you achieve these goals.

•  Writing Sample: The MAIDS programme requires all applicants to submit a sample of their critical or analytical writing. This may be a paper written for an undergraduate course, a published academic or journalistic article, or another appropriate writing sample. Applicants should briefly explain - using a separate document - the context in which the sample was originally written, including information on the nature of the publication in which it appeared, and the date of publication.

The objective of the sample writing is to assess the applicants' analytical and writing skills. The ability to write clearly in English – both for native and non-native speakers - is essential to fulfill the written requirements for this M.A. programme in International Development Studies.

•  Photocopy of ID Card (for Thai applicants) or passport (for non-Thai applicant) .

•  Two photographs: Applicants must submit two recent one inch photographs.

•  Application fee: There is a non-refundable application fee of 800 Thai baht .

The fees can be paid in cash at the MAIDS office, or deposited directly in the programme's bank account (see details below). If the money is transferred to the programme's account the applicant must submit a photocopy of the bank transfer receipt with the application. Applicants who are not in Thailand must pay the fee in one of the two following ways:

  • By sending us a Bank Draft of 950 Baht total (800 Baht application fee plus 150 Baht bank charge)
  • By completing a SWIFT or Telegraphic Transfer of 1,100 Baht total (800 Baht application fee plus 300 Baht bank charge)

Please note that the programme will not begin to process any application until the reception of the application fee has been confirmed.

Account Details

Account Name : M.A. in International Development Studies
Account No : 045-2-90843-0 (Saving Account)
Bank Name : The Siam Commercial Bank (SWIFT CODE: SICOTHBK)
Bank Branch : 1873 Henri Dunant Road , Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 THAILAND
Bank Tel : 02-254-1555

Applicant Interviews

The MAIDS admissions team may decide to interview applicants by phone or in person if it is viewed as necessary. The purpose of the interview is usually to ensure that students have an adaquate understanding of development issues combined with an appropriate level of English language proficiency to complete their M.A. degree within the prescribed 12-month period.

Please note that the MAIDS admissions team will inform those students requiring after the application deadline.

MAIDS Pre-Session

Shortlisted students who are accepted to the programme following their interview may also be required to participate in a four-week intensive introductory session in Bangkok prior to the beginning of classes in October. This session will cost approximately 15,000 baht and will include classes in the following areas: Academic English, Research Methods and Development Theory.

Checklist: Documents to enclose in your application

  1. Completed application form (including Curriculum Vitae / Resume and Statement of Purpose
  2. Two (2) Photographs
  3. Official transcript from the college or university previously attended 
  4. Photocopy of previous degree(s)
  5. TOEFL, IELTS or CU-TEP English language test results, if applicable
  6. 2 letters of recommendation (please use Student Reference Forms)
  7. One paper/report/article previously written by the applicant
  8. Photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)
  9. Photocopy of passport (for non-Thai students)
  10. Photocopy of Bank transfer or cash of non-refundable application fee of 800 Baht

*Applicants outside of Thailand, please pay the fee in one of the two following ways:

  • A Bank Draft of 950 Baht total (800 Baht application fee plus 150 Baht for bank charge)
  • A SWIFT or Telegraphic Transfer of 1,100 Baht total (800 Baht application fee plus 300 Baht for bank charge)

When complete, please sign, date and return the form enclosing all necessary documentation to:

M.A. in International Development Studies
Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
Henry-Dunant Road, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 , THAILAND
Tel: (+66) 2-218-7313
Fax: (+66) 2-252-6277

Please note that we are currently unable to receive and process online applications.

Chulalongkorn University will not return application documents to candidates once they have been processed.

Admission decision release date

The application review process begins when we receive your application and the required fee. We create a file for your application and send you an Acknowledgment Notice. As the documents supporting your application (transcripts, etc.) are received, they are added to your file. Please remember that you are responsible for completing your application and that the MAIDS programme is not responsible for sending you a reminder of outstanding items to complete your file.

The selection committee begins to release admission decisions in April, and releases the last admission decisions by mid-June. Early applications are strongly encouraged. In some cases the selection committee may request an interview or ask for more information regarding your application before making a decision.

Acceptance of Admission

If you are admitted to the M.A. in International Development Studies you must notify the programme within two weeks whether you accept or decline our offer of admission.

In late August (exact dates change every year) students must also pay an advance deposit on the tuition fee for the first semester. Details regarding further payments will be communicated to you in due time.

Funding and Scholarships for Southeast Asian Applicants

The MAIDS programme works with a number of organizations which offer scholarships to MAIDS students.

Visit the finances page and scroll down to the bottom for detailed scholarship information.


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