Doctoral Degree Admissions

The majority of our international students apply from abroad. This process can seem complicated at first but is, in fact, very simple. We make it our goal to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for all our applicants. Each step in the admission process, from application to arrival, is explained below. 

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  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of minimum 2.5/4.0 (or equivalent).
  • English profi­ciency level of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL (IBT) 52, or passing the Stamford English placement test. Students that apply for bilingual track are exempt.
  • Complete an entrance exam and sit for an admission interview, in order to be accepted to a doctoral degree program.
  • A filled-out graduate application form
  • Master’s degree certificate and transcripts records (please see Admissions Requirements for details)
  • Copy of passport
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • IELTS/TOEFL (meriting but not required)

1. Submission of Application
Applications can be submitted via the online application form OR via email, by sending the required documents to one of our counselors. Once your application has been registered, you will be assigned a counselor who will send a confirmation via email.

2. Admission Interview
Eligible applicants will advance to the 2nd step in the application process, which is an admission interview. During the interview, the applicant’s background, motivation and English proficiency are assessed by a faculty member or senior admissions counselor. Interviews can be done in person at one of our campuses or online.

3. Conditional Acceptance
Applicants who are accepted to the university will receive a Letter Conditional of Acceptance (offer letter), via email, which confirms the acceptance and lists the program details. Application processing time is 1-2 weeks.

4. Payment of Tuition Fees
An invoice for the first term fees will be attached to the conditional acceptance letter, listing payment and bank details. Please see Payment Methods for more details.

5. Enrollment and Acceptance Letter
As soon as a payment has been confirmed, the admissions will be confirmed. Upon admissions to the university, students will be issued a Letter of Acceptance. The letter is commonly sent via email. If the original letter is required for a visa application, the documents will be sent via postal mail.

6. Visa Application
Before starting the admissions process, please make sure you are aware of the rules for your country. You can read more about visa matters under the Student Visa section or contact the International Admissions Department. Students may also contact the nearest Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate for more details.
The visa processing time varies from country to country. Hence, students are recommended to apply as early as possible.

7. Accommodation Reservation
Bangkok is a very convenient city when it comes to housing. Rates are affordable and there are many options to choose from. If you do not already have your housing situation settled, Stamford will assist its new students in finding and reserving accommodations. You can read more about accommodations under Student Service Hub.

8. Arrival in Bangkok
New students are recommend to arrive 5-10 days prior to orientation day. Stamford offers a free pick-up service to students who arrive during the official pick-up period and stay in one of our student accommodations. Our Student Service Hub will assist students in getting settled during the first few days.

9. Orientation
Important program details and university rules are presented to new students on orientation day, which is held the week prior to the date of the term commencement. Orientation is compulsory for all new students.

The credit transfer guidelines and criteria are as follows:

  • Credits must be transferred only once, at the time of admission.
  • Three quarters (75%) of the course content has to be equivalent to that specified in Stamford’s curriculum.
  • The course must have been taken within 5 years from the time of application.
  • Only courses with an earned grade of “B” or higher will be accepted as transferred credit.
  • The course has to be taken on a graduate level.
  • The maximum number of transferable credits is 16 provided all requirements are met.
  • Each credit transferred must have had 15 classroom hours or equivalent, which is 45 hours for one course.
  • Submission of course curriculum along with official transcripts is required to process a transfer.


Documents required:

  • A filled graduate application form
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcripts
  • Official university transcripts including all courses requested to be transferred
  • Course descriptions of courses requested to be transferred
  • Copy of passport or citizen ID
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • IELTS/ TOEFL (meriting but not required)
  • Three recent passport-sized photographs (taken within last 3 months)