1. Is the PhD-eLM Program offered by GSATM accredited?

This program is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Thailand, and the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC). It is also accredited internationally under the Assumption University global network.


  1. What is meant by 100% research-oriented program?

This PhD-eLM program is in compliance with Thai Qualification Framework for Higher Education B.E. 2552, Part-1.1 for research oriented programs. After consultation with the Advisor/s, the students decide the title, objective and scope of their research work. They embark on doing their research work using the study materials and resources provided in our Learning Management System (LMS). GSATM uses Moodle as its LMS to host, manage and deliver coursework, and relevant resources to facilitate research work. One of the hallmarks of this program is that it focuses on promoting original research resulting in the creation of new knowledge, innovations, products and services.


  1. Do I need to pass TOEFL / IELTS or an equivalent English proficiency exam for admission to the PhD- eLM Program?

Yes, all programs offered at Assumption University require proficiency in English. Each program at GSATM uses its own criteria for admission and/or graduation. TOEFL, IELTS or English Proficiency Test (EPT) conducted by GSATM can be used for the purposes of admission. Please carefully check the admission requirement for the PhD-eLM program. The students should contact our staff about details of the EPT conducted by GSATM.


  1. What is the duration of the PhD-eLM program?

Student should finish their research and graduate in 3 years. Based on personal circumstances, a student may ask for extension. The maximum duration for meeting all graduation can be extended up to 6 years. GSATM will decide on the petition for extension on a case-by-case basis. Based on the evidence, extension may be approved or denied.


  1. What are the consequences of extending graduation requirements beyond 3 years?

Extending graduation requirements beyond 3 years will have serious consequences. First, it will require extra fee to “maintain status” every semester ; second, the same advisor and committee members that were appointed in the first few year of study may not be available to guide you; and the third, your domain of research may drastically change or even become obsolete due to rapid changes brought about by new technologies and trends.


  1. Are there any exam requirements for the PhD-eLM Program?

For the PhD-eLM Program all required exams, such as the Qualifying Exam (QE), Proposal Defense (PD) and Final Defense (FD) are conducted face-to-face (F2F) or online. Students residing in Bangkok are given the option of attending the exams F2F at our university campus. For students residing outside Bangkok or overseas, the GSATM uses a very reliable Cisco WebEx video conferencing system to conduct the exams. Hence, for those living outside Bangkok or in a foreign country, there is no need to travel to Bangkok, Thailand. Details are provided to every student as and when an exam is scheduled.


  1. Can I take the Qualifying Exam (QE) and Proposal Defense Exam (PD) at the same time?

No, you can’t take both exams at the same time. You have to pass QE first and then you qualify to go to the next phase for writing your Chapter 3 (Research Methodology), and prepare for the PD exam.


  1. Can I take the Proposal Defense Exam (PD) and Final Defense (FD) exam at the same time?

No, you can’t take both exams at the same time. You have to pass PD first and then you qualify to go to the next phase for conducting your research work and writing your final dissertation.


  1. In case a student wants to travel to Thailand, does the university provide travel VISA?

Overseas students enrolled in this program are not required to travel to Thailand. However, anyone wishing to visit Thailand can obtain VISA on arrival at the airport or get a pre-approved VISA from the Thai Embassy located in their respective countries.


  1. Does GSATM provide any scholarships for Ph.D. eLM students?

No, GSATM does not provide any kind of scholarship or financial assistance to students enrolled in this program.


  1. What is semester schedule and tuition fee for the PhD-eLM program?

Students can apply to any GSATM programs throughout the year. PhD-eLM program is offered as 2-semester annual program. Students are admitted before the start of semester in August and January. Hence students should finish all the admission requirements by July or December. Details of tuition fee for Thai and foreign students are given on your website.


  1. When is the AU graduation ceremony held?

At this time, the annual graduation ceremony is scheduled in the month of January. Every student who has completed all the requirements for graduation is notified well in advance about the details of graduation ceremonies.


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