A world class graduate degree in public policy


The PhD program at the School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University offers two degree plans, which differ in the requirement to complete coursework and the number of credits for PhD thesis. The curriculum is designed to train new policy scholars in cutting-edge techniques for policy analysis. Methods include dynamic systems modeling, content analysis using software, network analysis, large-scale online surveys, and various quasi-experimental approaches.



Required Documents

  • Letter of Intent/ Motivation letter
  • CMU-SPP Doctoral Program Application Form
  • Application endorsed by potential advisor and approved by SPP Curriculum Committee.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research Ideas
  • Coursework Track: 1,000-2,000 words
  • Thesis-only Track: maximum 5,000 words
  • Master thesis abstract
  • One copy of official Master’s Degree certificate and transcript
  • Certified proficiency in English, awarded within the last 2 years: choices are between TOEFL (523 points paper-based; 193 computer-based; 69 iBT) or IELTS (score 5.5) and CMU-eTEGS (score 65).
    *This is not necessary for native English speakers or students who have had English as language of instruction at the university they previously studied at (certified by the university).
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your academic and/or professional background.
  • One copy of Thai National ID or Passport
  • Test results such as GRE, GMAT, list of publications (optional)


PhD Course Structure

PhD : Thesis-Only track




PhD Thesis (48 credits)

Total credits

48 credits

Tuition fee

480,000 THB


PhD : Coursework and Thesis track


4 Compulsory courses (12 credits)

  • Theories of Public Policy
  • Qualitative Methods for Policy Research
  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Research
  • Seminar in Public Policy

PhD Thesis (36 credits)

Total credits

48 credits

720,000 THB


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