Proceeding with your application

This page outlines the process to follow for submitting your application to the MAIDS program. The current application deadline for the Master of Arts in International Development Studies is March 31, 2018.


Applicant qualifications

1. Applicant must obtain an undergraduate degree or equivalent in any fields.

2. Applicant should have interest in researching and working in international development field.

3. Experience is not mandatory, but it is an advantage for applicants.

4. Applicant must possess English language proficiency listed below.

Mature fresh graduates, NGO workers, and junior to middle level government officials, with experience in development, are encouraged to apply. 

The following is the checklist for your application:

  • Completed application form
  • Supporting documents:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of motivation
    • Writing sample
  • Two photographs
  • Official transcript from the college or university previously attended
  • Photocopy of previous degree(s)
  • TOEFL, IELTS or CU-TEP English language test results (for non-English native speakers and non-English B.A. degree receiver)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (please use Student Reference)
  • Photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)
  • Photocopy of passport (for non-Thai students)
  • 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)

Remarks: Please note that all applicants must send us TWO COPIES of application form and relevant documents

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

M.A. and Ph.D. in International Development Studies (MAIDS-GRID)
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.

CV and certified proof of testimonials

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

Letter of motivation

The letter of motivation should be between 600-1000 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 University 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.

Certified proof of your Bachelor of Arts and other relevant testimonials

Your transcripts and diplomas should always be officially certified and translated into English (or Thai). If you are not finished with your Bachelor's at the time of sending your application, please send us an official interim certificate form of your university. The official diploma must be presented before enrolling at Chulalongkorn University MAIDS program.

Proof of English language proficiency

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

  • English is not first language.
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree was not conducted in the English-speaking countries.

 The following English language proficient certificates are accepted:

Applicants are expected to have achieved an overall band score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS, 65 on the TOEFL Internet-based, or 75 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.

Please note 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.

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.

Letters of recommendations

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. A template reference form can be downloaded here.

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.

Application procedure

The MAIDS admissions team may contact successful candidates to interview applicants telephonically or in person if it is viewed necessary. The purpose of the interview is to ensure that students have an adequate understanding of development issues combined with an appropriate level of English language proficiency to complete their Master of International Development Studies degree within the prescribed 12-month period.

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