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Program structure

The MA program has two main objectives. These are to help develop professional academics in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, and to give people a profound understanding of Southeast Asia and the issues which concern it. Accordingly, the program is composed of two curricula, each of which is designed to cater for the differing individual needs of the participants.

(**1 subject = 3 credits)

Curriculum A

For those who aspire to be professional academics, Curriculum A has been designed with one third of the total credits required to graduate (12 credits out of 36 credits) allocated to research/thesis work.

In this curriculum, students are required to successfully complete:

  • 4 compulsory courses (12 credit hours)
  • at least 4 elective courses (12 credit hours)
  • One study tour in the Southeast Asian region, the cost of which is included in the tuition fees. (If students wish to participate in more than one tour, they must meet the extra cost themselves)
  • A thesis equivalent to 12 credit hours, together with an oral examination on that thesis.
King Ram Khamhaeng Inscriptions - Sukhothai Period

Curriculum B

For those who simply wish to derive a better understanding of the region, Curriculum B has been designed with one third of the credits required to graduate being allocated to the extra elective courses from which students can choose as part of their own area of specialization. (These electives will include subjects currently offered as part of the MA program in Thai Studies.) In this curriculum, a minor piece of research work (3 credits) is also required to make certain that students have acquired the ability to undertake a more substantial research work in the future should they so desire.

In this curriculum, students are required to successfully complete:

  • 4 compulsory courses (12 credit hours)
  • at least 7 elective courses (21 credit hours)
  • A minimum of 3 credits of a minor research work.
  • One study tour in the Southeast Asian region, the cost of which is included in the tuition fees. (If students wish to participate in more than one tour, they must meet the extra cost themselves).
  • A comprehensive exam.

The duration of study for the MA's degree is about 3-4 semesters. (For Curriculum A - 2 semesters of course work 1-2 semesters of thesis work. For Curriculum B – 3-4 semesters of course work, a minor research work, and a comprehensive exam)


The following compulsory courses for graduation for both curricula:

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