A world class graduate degree in public policy

The PhD in Public Policy is a research-intensive program ideal for aspiring policy experts.


The PhD program trains 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. Conceptual frameworks include policy systems, policy narratives, institutional analysis, social-ecological systems, communication and behavioral psychology, complexity theory, and deliberative democracy.

Our PhD supervisors are highly interdisciplinary scholars who can supervise topics such as urban management, e-governance, sustainability sciences, energy policies, earth system governance, economic development, and ASEAN integration. All academics have degrees from world’s top-ranking universities and are very active in real policy work with governments, policy think-tanks, civil society organizations, and international institutions such as the World Bank, the EU, Stockholm Environment Institute, UNDP, and ASEAN.

Students will have great opportunities to travel for academic conferences, to join vibrant research teams of the School, to practice teaching, and to learn the ropes of proposal writing and authoring publications. International students have a wonderful base from which to explore and study Thailand and Asia, the rising region in the world today.

We process PhD applications on a rolling basis. Both admissions and scholarship decisions are handed out between two application deadlines.

1st Round: 28 Feb
2nd Round: 31 May

Because we use a rolling admissions process, it is always to your advantage to apply well before the deadlines.

For enquiries contact: spp@cmu.ac.th

PhD : Thesis-Only track




PhD Thesis (48 credits)

Total credits

48 credits

Duration of study

3 years


480,000 THB

PhD : Coursework and Thesis track


4 Compulsory courses (12 credits)

  • Theories of Public Policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis
  • Seminars in Public Policy

PhD Thesis (36 credits)

Total credits

48 credits

Duration of study

4 years

Fee/ course

720,000 THB

PhD Course Description

950801 : Theories of Public Policy

Introduction to policy science, Evolution of the public policy field, Public policy analysis, Institutional theory, Multiple streams framework, Advocacy Coalition Framework, Policy systems and subsystems, Policy change, Policy transfer and diffusion, Public choice theory, Policy networks, Actor network theory, and Comparative Policy Analysis

950802 : Qualitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis

Introduction to qualitative research methods, Ontology and Epistemology, Validity and Reliability and the Role of Theory, Designing Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research, Data Sources, Measurement and Qualitative Data Collection Tools, Designing Questions for Interview and Survey Techniques, Fieldwork Strategies and Ethics for Research, Case Study Research, Mixing Data and Triangulation, Narratives, Grounded Theory, Types of Qualitative Data Analyses, Coding Qualitative Data, Quantitative Techniques for Qualitative Data Analysis, Writing Up Qualitative & Mixed Research, and Theoretical debates,issues and ethical dilemmas of qualitative research

950803 : Quantitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis

Basic methodologies used in quantitative social description. The role of quantitative analysis in public policy analysis and evaluation, Quantitative research design, Data Collection and Measurement, Data Description: Descriptive statistics; measures of dispersion, Probability: Different quantitative techniques; introduction to statistical inference, Hypothesis Testing: Null hypothesis; logic of testing; sample t test, Cross-Tabulation: Comparisons of group means; cross-tabs; Chi2 statistics, Correlation and Introduction to Regression Basic concepts; correlation; bivariate regression, Assumptions of Regression Analysis: 5 classical assumptions; properties of an estimator, Multiple Regressions: Extension of bivariate model; partial slope coefficients, Time Series Analysis: An Introduction, Basic Regression Analysis with Time Series Data, Conducting empirical policy analysis

950804 : Seminar in Public Policy

Introduction to wicked problems and public policy, System thinking and evidence-based public policy Politics of public policy, Public policy and international relations, Sustainable development goals and public policy, Issues and challenges in environmental policy, Issues and challenges in urban management policy, Issues and challenges in digital and governance policy,Contemporary issues in public policy.

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