1.1 The two-year Master degrees offered by AIT are
the degrees of Master of Science in <name of field/area of
study>, Master of Engineering in <name of field/area of
study>, Master of Business Administration, Master
of Agribusiness Management and the Executive Master of Business
Administration, all without further designation. Their
abbreviations are M.S. in <name of field/area of study>, M.Eng.
in <name of field/area of study>, M.B.A., M.A.B.M., and M.B.A.
(Executive) respectively. The one-year Master degree offered by AIT are
the degrees of Professional Master in <name of field/area of
study> with abbreviation P.M. in <name of field/area of
study>. (Approved by President, 8 July 2011)
REQUIREMENTS. To qualify for
the degree of Master of Engineering, Master of Science, Master of
Business Administration, or Master of Engineering/Science
(Professional), a student must
2.1 satisfactorily complete the minimum credit
requirement by following courses approved by the Advisor or Program
2.2 achieve a final cumulative grade point average
of not less than 2.75;
2.3 achieve a grade of excellent, very good, good
or fair for the thesis, research study, project or internship;
2.4 pass an oral examination on his/her
thesis/research/ project/ internship.
3.1 A Program Committee to supervise the
thesis/research study/project shall be appointed by the School Dean for
all students registered for the Master's degree not later than the
middle of the third semester of study.
3.2 The Program Committee is responsible for supervising
the student's program (and particularly his/her research) and for
determining the content of the program. The Committee may require the
student to take particular courses or to complete credits beyond the
minimum number presented in the official degree
3.3 The Program
Committee consists of three members, among whom one is the Chairperson.
In case there is a Co-Chairperson, there should be at least two
members. The Chairperson of a Program Committee must be a full time
Faculty member of the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor.
Normally, the Chair and at least one member of a Program Committee are
faculty members from the School where the student is enrolled. In
exceptional cases and with approval of the School Dean, the Chair of
the Program Committee may come from another School with the condition
that a Co-Chairperson will be appointed from the School where the
student is enrolled. An Adjunct Faculty member may serve as an ordinary
member of a committee with the approval of the School Dean. Where
additional expertise is required; it can be sought without commitment
to Committee membership. An External Expert may however be appointed as
member of the Program Committee.
The Program Committee of students on project
option under the Professional Master’s degree programs that are offered
off-mother campus (i.e. SET Professional Program in Vietnam) can
consist of only two AIT faculty members (Academic Senate, 25 November
School Dean has the prerogative, after consultation
with the Field of Study/Area of Study Coordinator, to revise the
membership of a Program Committee.
3.5 EXTERNAL EXPERT
MEMBERSHIP IN THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE. In cases where the research requires external
expertise from business and industry, the Program Committee composition
can be made more flexible by allowing an External Expert to be a member
of the Committee, without necessarily being appointed to faculty
status. This is mainly based on the principle that the research work
would benefit from the expertise, experience and practical perspective
of the external expert, thus enhancing the quality of the research
(AS00.56). The procedures/guidelines for External Expert
appointment are as follows:
i) He/She should have the required expertise on
the subject area, and must be recommended by all members of the Program
Committee, endorsed by the Field/Area of Study Coordinator, and
approved by the School Dean.
ii) If a Bachelor’s degree holder, he/she should
normally have 10 years work experience in the relevant area; if a
Master’s degree holder, should normally have 5 years experience; If a
doctoral degree holder, should normally have 3 years work
iii) Should be a non-voting member
iv) The External Expert’s presence during the
thesis examination period is optional.
v) The name of the external expert should appear
on the thesis itself together with the other Program Committee members
as “External Expert’s Name (External Expert)”. His/Her contact
information should be included in the student’s record and be kept by
the concerned Field/Area of Study for future reference.
4.1 The normal period of
study for the Master's degree is four semesters. A Master student is
likewise expected to register for four semesters, unless studies are
completed in less time.
4.2 After admission to the
Master's degree program, a student must complete a period of full-time
attendance of not less than three semesters except for Dual Degree and
4.3 For students under the
part-time programs, the residency requirement is defined by the
means indication of the student's intention to continue his/her studies
in the following semester.
ii) Enrolment means to
register oneself to a particular course, special study or
thesis/research study/project/internship after registration has
5.2 Registration/Enrolment should be done on-line
through the Student Information System (SIS) under the 'Register/Enroll menu', and indicate
'Yes or No' if continuing in the following semester. All students
are advised to clear their outstanding dues before
5.3 Failure to 'Register' would disallow enrolling
5.4 A student must be registered, during the
semester in which a degree is awarded, in the School endorsing the
Placement Test. All degree program
students (including CAS) must take the AIT Academic Writing Placement
Test (AWPT) upon arrival on campus. Students will only be allowed to
enroll for courses after they have taken the AWPT.
Academic and Technical Writing
All degree program students (including
CAS) with English scores below AIT’s admission requirements will be
automatically enrolled in the following mandatory English Language (EL)
courses. Students will need to pay a registration fee for EL courses
before they can attend. The EL course level will be automatically
assigned based on a student’s current English score:
4.5 - EL13 Basic English Composition (6,000 baht registration
5.0 - EL15 Intermediate English Composition (3,000 baht registration
5.5 - EL19 Academic and Technical Writing (3,000 baht registration
Those with AIT WT scores of 6.0 or higher
are exempted from taking English courses.
Students are no longer allowed to retake
the AWPT without passing their assigned EL courses. After sufficiently
participating in an EL course, students will be allowed to retake the
AWPT until the “Grades In” deadline specified in the AIT academic
calendar each semester. After the “Grades In” deadline, students will
need to wait until they successfully complete another EL course before
they are allowed to retake the AWPT.
First semester students will have the
opportunity to retake the AWPT until the end of the first week of EL
classes. Scores from officially accepted standardized English tests
(e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) can be submitted to the Language Center at any time
to change a student’s current English score, but students cannot drop
an EL course after the end of the drop/add deadline specified in AIT’s
Students are automatically registered in
a particular semester for the appropriate English course based on their
EL courses will be graded as Pass or
Fail. This grade will appear on transcripts, but will not count towards
a student’s GPA. Those who attend less than 80% of their EL classes
will automatically fail the course. Therefore, passing of an EL course
requires both participation and performance improvement as measured by
AIT’s Academic Writing Test (AWPT).
The on-campus AIT English Entry Test
(EET) score will automatically be considered as the AWPT. Students
taking the EET outside of AIT campus will need to take the AWPT upon
arrival. Those who have passed AIT English Entrance Test (AIT EET)
taken on AIT campus and have attained a score of 6.0 or above are
exempted from taking the AWPT and the English courses.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION. Students are to obtain at least 6.0 AWPT
or equivalent officially accepted standardized writing test score to
graduate. Students who are not able to achieve the required English
score must continue to register and take English courses until they
receive a 6.0 AWPT score or equivalent.
7.1 Transfer between
Academic Units. Transfer between fields/areas of study and
Schools in the Master's degree and the Diploma programs must have the
approval of the School Deans involved and the Vice President for
7.2 Transfer between
Options. Transfer between Master's degree thesis, research study
or project options requires the approval of the student's Program
Committee Chairperson, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean,
who will inform the Registry of the action taken.
7.3 Transfer of Programs. Students who
have previously been dismissed from the Institute shall normally not be
re-admitted to a degree program at the same level (AS94.16).
This regulation does not preclude transfer from a Master's degree
program to a Diploma program, nor from a Doctoral degree program to a
Master's degree program or Diploma program.
7.4 CREDIT TRANSFER
Courses completed at another graduate
school or institution may be transferred towards the partial completion
of the credit requirement of the AIT master’s program at the discretion
of the Field of Study/Program and if the following conditions are
courses were taken under a relevant
have at least passing grades (with
equivalent grade of at least 3.00/4.00 or “A, B+ or B ); (Note: Credits
for coursework completed on a pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory
basis can only be transferred through ‘credit by
iii) with equivalent graduate courses at
within the last 5 years;
stipulated in the relevant Memorandum of Understanding or
vi) only elective courses can be transferred
transferring course credits should not have been dismissed from the
previous institution/university; and
viii) for collaborative
programs, the number of credits that may be transferred will be as
approved by the Academic Senate.
Method of Transfer .An
official transcript sent directly from the registrar or other
appropriate official at the other university/institution to AIT
Registry is required. The course outline and information on the
conversion of course units to semester hours of credit should be
provided by the university/institution from which credits are being
transferred. Transfer of credits for the master’s program is done
following the methods below:
Credit Transfer from Partner
Universities/Institutions. Course credits are
automatically converted and transferred from a university/ institution
where AIT has an active agreement under the following degree
categories: (a) exchange program; (b) dual-degree program; (c)
two-phase program. It is assumed that prior to signing these
agreements, a comprehensive review of courses/credits to be exchanged
and/or transferred have been undertaken.
Credit Transfer from Other
Universities/Institutions . Credits may also be
transferred and converted from a university/institution without a
formal agreement with AIT through (a) credit by examination or
(b) credit by validation methods.
Credit by Examination
(a) School/Field of Study
determines from the official transcript the credits to be validated and
lists these credits on the Validation by Examination form.
(b) The Field of Study then conducts
an examination, the content and extent of which the FoS Coordinator
determines, and reports the results of the examination to the
Admissions and Scholarships Unit via the Validation by Examination
(c) To be acceptable, the Validation
by Examination form must be signed by the Dean and then forwards a
request to Registry for appropriate entries to be made on the
Credit by Validation
(a) The School/Field of Study determines
from the official transcript the credits to be validated and lists
these credits on the Credit by Validation form .
(b) The Field of Study then conducts a
review, the content and extent of which the Field of Study Coordinator
determines, and reports the results of the review to Registry via the
Credit by Validation form. Registry then records the appropriate
entries on the candidate’s record.
Credits are awarded only for courses with a validation grade of at
least 3.00/4.00 (B+).
are transferred, but grade points are not.
iii) Grades earned
at other universities as well as the grades obtained from the
validation examination are not used in calculating a student’s
grade-point average while attending AIT.
iv) When not
specified in any agreement, up to a maximum of 12 credits can be
4. Transfer Fee. For every credit
transferred, a fee will be charged .
5. Credit Transfer for the Master Leading
to the Doctoral Program Courses completed at another graduate
school or institution may be transferred towards the partial completion
of the credit requirement of the AIT master leading to doctoral program
at the discretion of the Field of Study/Program and if the following
conditions are satisfied:
courses were taken under the master’s
have at least passing
iii) with equivalent graduate courses at
within the last 5 years; and;
transferring course credits should not have been dismissed from the
Method of Transfer and Evaluation
Criteria . The method of transfer and the evaluation criteria
that guide the transfer of credits in the doctoral program (Section
IIIA) are similarly enforced in transfering credits to the master
leading to doctoral program.
The details on credit transfer are in
P&P AA 8-5-2: Guidelines for Transfer of Credits to AIT (
8.1 Any student who, for reasons other than
sickness, will be absent from the academic commitments during the
semester or who will be travelling outside Thailand for vacation must
seek approval from his/her Advisor and School Dean on a form (Request
for Leave of Absence) obtainable from the Registry.
8.2 On return from leave, the student must report
to the School and the Registry.
8.3 Students absent from the Institute without
formal approval of leave will be suspended, and may subsequently be
8.4 Occasionally, sickness
or other circumstances make it necessary for a student to take extended
or full-semester leave from the Institute. A student given an extended
leave must write to the Registry at least one month before the agreed
date of return to confirm that he/she intends to continue his/her
9.1 All requirements for
the full-time two-year Master degree must be completed within four
years of first registration for the degree of Master.
9.2 A Master
employee-student enrolled on a part-time status and students under the
part-time program must complete all Master degree requirements within
five calendar years of first registration.
9.3 Students who fail to
finish the master degree requirements within the study limit will be
automatically dismissed from the master program. Their names will be
reported to Academic Senate for information only. They can appeal to
the Tribunal of Appeals by presenting a concrete plan on how they will
finish. If the Tribunal allows further extension, the concerned student
can no longer enjoy student privileges such as educational subsidy for
children. Failure to meet the conditions of the Tribunal would mean
automatic dismissal without any privilege to re-appeal. (Effective
August 2012 intake, AS Mtg. of 24 April 2013).
10.1 For publications based
on student theses, research studies or projects, the name of the
student should be included as an author of the
10.2 The sequence of
authors' names should be up to the authors themselves, but should
follow convention within the subject reported, and should not belittle
the input of the student.
10.3 It is appropriate to
include, wherever the style of the journal permits, in a footnote on
the title page or in the acknowledgements, the following:
"This paper is
based (or partly based) on M.Eng., M.Sc. (or MBA) research study (or
thesis or research project) conducted by the first author under the
supervision (or guidance) of the second author at (name of field/area
of study) of the (name of School), AIT, Bangkok."
Students should consult their Advisor
prior to enrolling their courses. Selection of courses can be approved
online by Advisors through the SIS or manually by signing the printed
enrolment page from SIS.
Courses are categorized into two types,
namely, required courses and elective courses. Required and elective
courses are determined by each field/area of study.
iii) Required courses are those which the students
must enrol in his/her field/area of study.
iv) Elective courses are optional to students which
may be offered in his/her field/area of study or in other fields/areas
of study. The elective courses to be taken by each student depend on
his/her area of interests or planned thesis/ research study/project
v) Selected topics are courses on current topics
and recent developments in selected areas of specialization which may
also be offered by a field/area of study.
vi) Special studies are taught on an individual
basis and must include a project report. Special study courses
are flexible in content and are adapted to suit the needs of the
students concerned and the interests of the faculty members.
Special study reports shall follow the
same general format approved for theses/research study. A special study
report should be produced under a standard softbound cover format, with
a copy deposited in the Library for future reference.
Special studies work, which should only
be offered for topics which are relevant to the Field/Area of Study,
must be carried out under the supervision of the student's Program
Committee at the Institute or at another location approved by the
Special studies should be presented to
and graded by the student’s Program Committee. For Special Study of 1
to 2 credits, the Program Committee should have at least 2 members. For
Special Study of 3 credits or more, the Program Committee should have 3
members. The Program Committee should be formed within one-month of
registering for special study. There should be at least one meeting of
the Program Committee for final exam, and student should submit
proposal/report to the advisor.
i) A student in full-time
attendance is required to take at least 9 credits of coursework during
ii) An employee student on
part-time status or a student on part-time program is required to
enroll at least 3 credits per semester. The Advisor or Program
Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the employee-student’s
academic load per semester is appropriate to his/her work
iii) No student may enrol for
more than 15 credits in a semester or more than 9 credits in an
inter-semester unless special permission is obtained from the student's
Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean.
iv) A student who wishes to take a reduced
credit load, i.e. less than 9 credits of coursework in a given
semester, must obtain approval from his/her Advisor, Field/Area of
Study Coordinator and School Dean.
The total minimum coursework credits set
by the Institute for the two-year Master’s degree is 26 credits for
thesis option (thesis is equivalent to 22 credits); 38 credits for
research study option (research study is equivalent to 10 credits); and
42 credits for project option (project is equivalent to 6 credits),
which includes not more than 3 credits from special
However, each field/area of study may set its
own minimum coursework credit requirement, which may be equal or higher
than what the Institute has set. In case of a higher requirement, this
will be used as the minimum requirement for graduation. To check the
minimum coursework requirement, the list may be viewed at: http://www.ait.ac.th/admissions/current-students/credit_requirements
student may earn a maximum of 6 credits from special studies including
those counted for the minimum credit requirement.
For the one-year Professional Master Program, the minimum credit
requirement is 32-33 credits which includes 24-30 credits of coursework
at AIT and 9 credits of internship or 6-12 credits of
Master leading to the Doctoral program, the minimum coursework credit
requirement is 38 credits which includes 3 credits of special
1.4 AUDITING OF
A student who is academically qualified
to take a course for credit may attend classes as an auditor with the
approval of the course instructor. An auditor cannot be given
grades or credit for the course concerned; he/she is not required to
take examinations, but may participate in class discussions at the
discretion of the course instructor.
Auditing students should attend at least
80% of the course classes.
iii) An audit course is charged 20% of the course
fee and is listed on the transcript.
1.5 REPEATING OF
(Academic Senate, 24 March
must repeat a required course if the grade awarded was not considered
satisfactory (grade "D" or "F").
ii) A student may
choose to repeat any course. When a course is repeated, only the
final grade is recorded on the final transcript, along with the number
of attempts noted.
iii) Students who
repeat courses are not eligible for awards based on
iv) Students are
charged for repeating courses at the standard rate per credit
Master degree student must (unless a special permission for a delay has
been obtained) register for a research study or project not later than
the enrolment period of the fourth semester and for thesis not later
than the enrolment period of the third semester, after consultation
with Advisor or Program Committee. The number of thesis/research
study/project credits to be registered must be determined in
consultation with the Advisor.
Professional Master degree program, an internship worth 9 credits must
be registered during the internship period .
A thesis is worth
22 credits, a research study is equivalent to 10 credits, a project is
worth 6-12 credits and an internship is given 9 credits.
Thesis report is
submitted as part of the requirements for the thesis option for the
Master's program. The thesis work must be carried out under the
supervision of the student's Program Committee at the Institute or at
another location approved by the committee.
The Thesis/Research Study/Project
completed at another graduate school or institution within the Two
Phase or Dual Degree program may be allowed to count towards partial
completion of the credit requirement provided that
it is approved by the Academic Advisor of
the student and by the Field/Area of Study Coordinator;
the committee includes at least two AIT
full-time faculty and at least one member from the partner institution
appointed by AIT as Adjunct faculty.
• the defense is organized at AIT or at the
institution hosting the student as per modalities defined by the
School. The members of the Program Committee must be present
either physically or remotely via videoconference.
• the research report
format should conform to the guidelines set by AIT for research
undertaking internships in other institutions either as part of an
exchange program or otherwise would normally not be allowed credits for
the internship work nor would such internship work be treated as
equivalent to a project unless the following conditions are
in which the internship was done agrees to allow the student to produce
a full report that include all the information and data relevant to the
research problem; and
AIT faculty member has participated, in his/her capacity as the
principal guide, in the formulation of the research problem, guided the
student in the execution of the project, and, based on such
participation, accepted the report based on the internship as
satisfying the criteria for a project or research work.
2.6 Students are encouraged
to produce thesis of publishable quality, in excellent English, and to
follow professional journal format.
2.7 A copy of the
thesis/research study/project/internship report must be received by
each member of the student’s Program Committee at least seven days
before the examination.
research study, project or internship grade will not be included in the
computation of the Grade Point Average (GPA).
2.9 STUDENT RESEARCH PLAGIARISM CHECK. To
guard against plagiarism, all student research reports will be
subjected to electronic plagiarism check before final defense is
conducted. The detailed guidelines and process for final plagiarism
check is in Section V, item B of the P&P AA 4-1-1: Academic
Integrity in Research and Publication:
3.1 The grade assigned to
a student in each course which he/she takes for credit is based on a
letter system. The letters which are used have the following definition
and grade points for the calculation of grade point average
Thorough knowledge and mastery of concepts and/or techniques together
with a high degree of skill and/or great originality in satisfying the
requirements of a piece of work or course
Thorough knowledge and mastery of concepts and/or techniques together
with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts and
techniques in satisfying the requirements of a piece of work or
level of knowledge or mastery of concepts and/or techniques with a
considerable skill in using them in satisfying the requirements of
a piece of work or course
of knowledge or mastery of concepts and/or techniques requires more
efforts to satisfy the requirements of a piece of work or
Level of knowledge or mastery of concepts and/or techniques requires
intensive efforts to satisfy the requirements of a piece of work or
or mastery of concepts and /or techniques and understanding of the
subject matter unacceptably low.
poor with very limited knowledge or limited mastery and understanding
of concepts and/or techniques; comprehension of the subject matter is
may be completed at a later time without prejudice.
“passing” grade refers to any grade above “1” and a “failing” grade
refers to grade equal to “1” or below.
Point Average. The grade point
average is calculated by averaging (with weighting according to the
number of credits that each course carries) all the grade points
obtained in every course taken for credit except those graded with
Pass/Fail. One semester credit is earned from a course for each hour of
lecture, two hours of workshop or seminar or three hours of laboratory
work per week for a semester, provided the student has registered to
take the course for credit. Whilst grades D and F count toward the
computation of the cumulative average, the courses in which a student
received these grades do not count toward the total credit requirement
for degrees or the Diploma.
The grade 'I'
(Incomplete) can be given only if: a) there is a
special reason, accepted by the course instructor, which makes it
impossible for an individual student to be graded before the meeting of
the Academic Senate (Review of Students); b) there are other special
reasons which are accepted by the Academic Senate.
An 'I' grade given in any course and
reported to Academic Senate will be recorded on the transcript.
Registration for the course in subsequent semester should take place
and the new grade given by the Instructor recorded on the transcript
without deleting the 'I' grade.
An 'I' grade will subsequently be
converted to 'F' unless the course is satisfactorily completed at a
time specified by the Instructor, which must not be later than one
semester from the time at which the final grade would normally have
Courses spanning two-semesters, when
not completed at the end of two semesters will be given an incomplete
“I’ grade. If at the end of the subsequent semester in which the course
remains incomplete, the ‘I’ grade for these courses will be converted
to fail ‘F’.
/Fail. The pass/fail grading can be used if
knowledge and mastery of concepts or techniques or the degree of skill
in the use of those concepts and techniques cannot be assessed
precisely enough to assign a ‘letter’ grade. Instructors teaching a
course graded on a “Pass/Fail” method must like any other course, have
a specific set of requirements, what are to be assessed and the method
instructor is responsible for assessing the individual performance of
students in his/her course. Instructors should announce in the
first week of the course the method of assessment to be employed and
should circulate a course outline. Assessment may be based on oral or written
examination, project reports and/or assignments.
are encouraged to address the following
methods of assessment and communicate them to the
Will I grade on an “absolute”
(criterion-based standard) or on a “relative” (norm-referenced)
standard? Absolute grading is encouraged, whenever
What are my reasons for choosing the
method I will use?
What do I consider as outstanding or
How should an average student
What are my reasons for allowing or not
allowing students opportunities to earn extra credit?
What are my values concerning student
attendance, class participation, and completion of
Will I depend upon a single method of
assessing students’ learning or will I use a variety of methods (exams,
assignments, presentations, etc.)?
Have I described my grading plan
adequately to students in writing and orally at the beginning of the
How will I handle late or missing
How will I grade group projects/reports?
How should I assess and identify the contribution of each student in
examinations are usually held in the 8th week of the
semester during lecture hours which are normally based on coursework,
assignments and classroom tests.
ii) Mid-semester grading is compulsory for all
semester-long courses and must be reported to the Registry by the middle of the ninth week of the
semester. Students are informed of their grades at the end of the tenth
week and School Deans receive the complete list of grades for students
in his/her School. The Deans subsequently inform the student Advisors
concerned. Mid-semester grades are not recorded on the official
transcript, but can be viewed in the SIS.
The purpose of mid-semester grades is to
provide an indication of a student’s progress for his/her own benefit
and for that of the Advisor.
iv) Corrected mid-semester examination papers must be
discussed and returned to students by the course instructors
are expected to discuss mid‑semester grades with each
of their students, particularly those in their first semester. If any
problems arise which are not directly related to academic difficulties,
such as stress, anxiety or inability to formulate appropriate study
strategies, the student should be referred to the Student Affairs
EXAMINATIONS. Final examinations for all courses are held three to
five days after classes end. All final examination arrangements
are announced by Registry via e-mail and posted on the Registry
REQUIREMENT. In order to graduate, a student must achieve a final
cumulative average of not less than 2.75, in addition to satisfying the
other requirements for the degree.
ONLINE COURSE EVALUATION.
Students are required to evaluate online the courses they have taken in
a semester in order to obtain feedback on the quality of the course and
its delivery. This exercise involves evaluation of the course
characteristics, course delivery, teaching methods, resource materials,
course Instructor and the conduct of laboratory sessions, if
any. Failure to evaluate would disallow online viewing of grade(s)
in SIS on the concerned course(s).
EXAMINATION. The Program Committee
must arrange for a thesis proposal examination to be held at the end of
the Master degree student's second semester or at the beginning of the
THESIS/RESEARCH STUDY/PROJECT/INTERNSHIP EXAMINATION
The research examination
committee for a Master degree program is the student's Program
will include an oral defense by the candidate of his/her research
topic, and questions to test the candidate's knowledge of related
areas. The following procedures must be followed:
of the research examination must be made not less than seven working
days prior to the comprehensive examination.
A copy of the
thesis/research study/project/internship report should be given by the
candidate to each member of the Program Committee at least seven days
prior to the research examination.
research study, project or internship which is judged to be
satisfactory shall be accorded one of the following grades: excellent,
very good, good or fair. The grade is recorded on the “Record of
Thesis/Research Study/Project/Internship Examination” report and
entered on the official transcript.
At the first
comprehensive examination for the Master degree program, a student may:
(i) pass unconditionally on thesis/research study/project/internship
report, (ii) pass on coursework only and have the thesis/research
study/project/internship report re-examined after further work, (iii)
pass on thesis/research study/project/internship report only and have a
re-examination on coursework after a specified period, or (iv) be
re-examined on both coursework and thesis/research
study/project/internship after further work.
At the conclusion
of a re-examination for the research, the student shall be either pass
Grades. When grading,
attention should be paid on the following areas with emphasis varying
for thesis, research study and project in graduate
and consistent realization
relevance of source literature and source critique
theoretical and analytical concepts
research method, material gathering and analysis
solutions to practical problems
terminology, language and presentation
A thesis, research
study or project which is judged to be satisfactory shall be accorded
one of the following grades:
grade marks an exceptionally skillful and innovative piece of research.
The work clearly and explicitly has significance in the respective
field on a national and international level. The knowledge of previous
research and theoretical discussion is comprehensive, the concepts
relevant and derived skillfully from prior discourse in the respective
field. Due to scientific or practical merits, the work could be
published as such or as an abridged version in a scientific or - in
case of a project - practitioner’s journal or a similar reviewed
publication in the field.
work indicates the author’s independent, critical and innovative
research method, ability to analyze theoretically substantial bodies of
knowledge and problems or the skill to implement solutions to
significant practical assignments. The research goals, concepts and
terminology and research problems are well-determined and skillfully
combined into a theoretical framework. The research methodology is well
chosen and argued, and the gathering and analysis of material has been
done with insight.
demonstrates, while not on a high level, the author’s ability to
accurately conduct research or – in case of a project - prepare
solutions to practical problems. The topic and approach chosen may be
conventional. The methodical choices have been accounted for, if only
narrowly. Theories and research results related to the research subject
have been discussed, but on the whole the approach may be mechanical,
merely listing the relevant research bases. The language range used may
work is acceptable but there are shortcomings on several aspects.
Research goal and the terminology used may be unclear. The scientific
or practical background may be either too narrow or badly delimited.
Analysis of the material may be incomplete and the presentation of the
results not fully convincing.
Grade Distribution. Grading standards should be set according to
the levels of mastery of the course and the quality of the research as
indicated in the grade definition. Standards and assessment methods
should be evaluated and reviewed over time to ensure differentiation of
students’ varying levels of mastery, which typically follows a normal
RESEARCH SUPERVISION EVALUATION. All graduating students
are required to do the online student research supervision evaluation
after final examination/defense in order to obtain feedback on the
quality of research supervision at AIT.
grades achieved by a student are reported each semester to the Academic
Senate which considers whether students who have not achieved the
minimum average stipulated by the Senate may proceed to the next
semester of study.
student who, in the first semester, achieves an average grade of not
less than 2.50 but less than 2.75 will be placed on automatic
probation. Thereafter, a student will remain on probation until such
time that he/she achieves a cumulative average of not less than
A student on probation
will not be allowed to register for thesis or research study until
probation is cleared.
A student on probation
is also not allowed to enrol in another university as part of a joint
or exchange program.
A student on probation
for more than two semesters faces dismissal.
A student who failed to
register for two consecutive semesters faces dismissal.
i) Suspension is
defined as an action that can solely be taken by a Program Committee,
through the appropriate units of the Institute (Field/Area of Study,
School, DPRC/Registry), in certain problem cases. The following
circumstances, among others, may warrant suspension of a doctoral study
Study program suspension is not a status
for which any student could apply. The appropriate status to redress
extenuating circumstances is officially approved leave, with payment of
the semesterly Registration Fee to uphold student status and
enrolment. This requires a formal request, duly
endorsed and approved.
Cheating in an
examination, assignment or research project is dealt with as an
offence. It involves any of the following actions*:
Students having unauthorized items,
devices or texts (as defined by the instructor) at his/her desk in
an examination room during an examination;
Making use of unauthorized items, devices
or texts in an assignment, research project or during an
iii) Copying from the examination book of another
student during an examination or copying from another student’s
assignment or research project;
Soliciting help from another student
during an examination;
Intentionally giving help to another
student during the examination;
Acting deliberately in any way, whether
before, during, or after, so as to obtain an unfair advantage in an
vii) Acting in any way, whether before, during or
after, so as to assist another student to obtain an unfair advantage in
an examination, assignment or research project.
6.1.2 Procedures for Investigation and Disciplinary
Record. If there is suspicion of cheating
during an examination, in an assignment or a research project, the
instructor/invigilator should immediately call the attention of the
student and put a notation on segments of the exam, assignment or
project where cheating has been suspiciously committed.
Incident Report. The
instructor/invigilator should seek an explanation from the student at
the end of the examination or when the assignment or project was
submitted, and submit an incident report to the Field of Study
Coordinator, who should then notify the School Dean.
iii) Interview of Student. The
instructor/invigilator, Field of Study Coordinator and the School Dean
will decide based on the incident report, whether the case can be
handled at the School level. If it can be handled at the School, the
Field of Study Coordinator together with the instructor/ invigilator
will interview the student. The student can be accompanied by his/her
advisor. Notes of the interview will be recorded and should be agreed
upon by all parties.
Without Evidence of Cheating. If the
interview panel is satisfied that there is no evidence of cheating, the
Field of Study Coordinator and the instructor/invigilator may recommend
to the School Dean to give no penalty.
With Concrete Evidence of Cheating.
However, if cheating was proven, the Field of Study Coordinator and the
instructor/invigilator may recommend to the School Dean to disregard
the original examination score and require the student to submit an
equivalent piece of work or retake a different version of the
examination. Upon receipt of the retake, the School Dean may
Downgrade by 1 step the grade the student
will receive upon repetition of the exam or resubmission of the
Give a score of ‘zero’ for the specific
exam, project or assignment; or
Give a failing grade or “F” for the
Recommend the student for suspension or
The penalty will depend on the seriousness of
the offence. The student will have the usual right to appeal against
the decision. The appeal should be addressed to the School
Suspension or Dismissal from the
Institute. If School Dean feels that there is evidence of serious
dishonesty and the recommendation of the Field of Study Coordination
and instructor/invigilator was suspension or dismissal, the matter
should be elevated to the Vice President for Academic
Procedures for Assessment at the
The Head, Student Office will be
delegated or anybody on behalf of the Vice President for Academic
Affairs to interview the student concerned.
ii) Upon receipt of the incident report based on
student’s interview, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will then
appoint a neutral investigating committee consisting of members from
outside the School where the student belongs.
iii) The investigating committee should consider all
the available evidence, including that of the incident report submitted
by the School, and the student accused. The committee will then submit
to the Vice President for Academic Affairs a report of its findings
and, if it wishes, a recommendation on action. This report should be
submitted promptly, if possible permitting the required action to be
taken before the beginning of the next semester.
6.1.4 Penalty at the Disposal of the
Administration. On receipt of the recommendation of the
investigating committee, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will
determine the appropriate penalty depending on the seriousness of the
offense. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may:
No penalty; or
Downgrade by 1 step the grade the student
will receive upon repetition of the exam or resubmission of the
iii) Give a score of ‘zero’ for the specific exam,
project or assignment; or
Give a failing grade or “F” for the
Suspend the student from the Institute
for a specific period; or
Recommend dismissal especially if there
is evidence that the incident is already the second offence, a report
to the Academic Senate should be made for decision.
penalty will depend on the seriousness of the offence. The student will
have the usual right to appeal against the decision. The appeal should
be addressed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dismissal and Appeal. A student
found guilty of grave cheating by the School Dean, the Vice President
for Academic Affairs and the Academic Senate may be dismissed. The
student pursue an appeal to the President, in which case the Tribunal
of Appeals may be convened.
APPEAL AGAINSTS ASSESSMENT
A student has
the right to review his/her marked scripts (examinations, projects,
satisfied with his/her grade, a student may, after the meeting of the
Academic Senate (Review of Students), appeal to the relevant course
instructor for re-assessment. The level of review to be carried
out is at the instructor's discretion.
appeal for revision of his/her coursework assessment should be made to
the instructor within one week after grades are released/announced. If
necessary, a student, after seeking help from the Advisor, may make an
appeal through the Field/Area of Study Coordinator and the School Dean
for recommendation to the Vice President for Academic
iv) If a student believes
that his/her academic performance has been adversely affected by
illness or some other external factor, he/she should consult the
Advisor as soon as possible and before the next meeting of the Academic
Senate (Review of Students).
Tribunal of Appeal has been established by the President to consider
appeals made by students against decisions on dismissal from academic
programs made by the Academic Senate. The Tribunal is composed of the
President (Chairperson), the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the
Head, Student Office, the Field of Study Coordinator, the student’s
Advisor and the Dean of the School concerned, with the Registry Officer
and the President of the Student Union in attendance.
appeal against a Senate decision is made by the student through his/her
Advisor, Field/Area of Study Coordinator and School Dean to the
President no later than one week before the start of the following
semester. Comment on the appeal is expected from the School Dean. A
decision by the Tribunal is final. Because questions relating to
health, family circumstances, financial realities, etc. are outside the
scope of the Senate, they are taken into account by the Tribunal, who
may modify a decision of the Senate.
Senate-dismissed students, who appealed to the Tribunal of Appeals and
allowed to continue with certain conditions, should be automatically
dismissed without any discussion in the Academic Senate and without any
privilege to re-appeal, if they fail to fulfil the conditions set by
the Tribunal for the continuation of their study.
A student who
wishes to resign should normally do so in writing to his/her Advisor
who reports through the Field/Area of Study Coordinator and
subsequently to the School Dean. A student's resignation shall be
effective from the time the Dean acknowledges the resignation and
passes the case to the Registry. The Registry records the action on the
transcript and informs the administrative units within the Institute of
the resignation of the student.
the Integrated Master to Doctoral Program have the option to resign
from the program and receive Master degree after successful completion
of Master degree requirement of 38 credits of coursework (including 3
credits of special study) and 10 credits of research
iii) If a student who has
resigned subsequently changes his/her mind, he/she would normally have
to re-apply for admission. A student cannot nullify the act of
resignation once it has become effective.
The transcript of
a student who has resigned shall have entered on it:
the date of
grades of all
courses completed at the time of resignation.
(Academic Senate, 27 November
The five-year integrated
Master’s leading to the Doctoral degree requires the following:
Complete a minimum of 120 credits for the
Complete 48 credits (comprising of 38
credits of coursework and 10 credits of research study) within the
first four semesters for the master’s part; and complete 72 credits
(comprised of 66 credits of dissertation and up to 6 credits of special
study or specific doctoral courses or even a combination of special
study and course works) for doctoral part;
Some credits of research study may be
enrolled by the 3rd semester of study;
The normal minimum cGPA requirements and
associated policy for the Master degree is applied to the first four
semesters of the integrated program;
Continuation to the doctoral portion of
the program requires having a minimum cGPA of 3.5 from the overall 38
credits of coursework;
Students with less than 3.5 cGPA from the
overall 38 credits coursework will exit the program with a Master’s
degree upon successful completion of 10 credits research study; such
students who will be awarded Master degrees may apply later to the
regular doctoral program through the CAS program;
All regulations of the regular doctoral
program are equally applicable to the students who will be enrolled in
this program, and will need to maintain a minimum of 3.5 cGPA during
the doctoral part of the program;
Two degrees will be conferred (Master and
Doctoral) to the students upon successful completion of all the
respective academic requirements, first a master degree and then a
Regular Master students have an option to
enroll in this integrated masters leading to doctoral program, provided
they do so by the end of their 2nd semester of the master’s
(From Academic Senate, 13 May 2008 meeting and
from AA 2-2-4: Part-time Professional Degree Programs; URL:
A School may propose a full-time or a part-time professional degree
program at master’s level. A part-time program is normally set-up to
provide a specific group of students a more flexible schedule.
The proposal to establish a part-time professional degree program must
include a clear rationale for establishment on a part-time basis, a
description of the target group of students, admissions requirements,
curriculum structure and mechanisms for quality assurance.
All professional degree programs must be endorsed by the concerned
School(s), Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic
Part-Time Professional Master’s Program
Full-Time Professional Master’s Program
M.Eng (P); M.Sc. (P)
Professional Masters in [title]
Normally, a minimum of
three years relevant professional experience
organizations/companies who hold a 3-year undergraduate in fields
defined as relevant by the School / Program / Field of
students do not have a traditional academic qualification (i.e. an
undergraduate degree), significant relevant professional experience and
professional qualifications are taken into account which should be a
minimum of 10 years of work experience with at least 5 years of
requirement for entry are the same as for regular academic degree
programs. This will be evaluated by (a) Interviews; (b) Extended
reflective essay; and (c) Professional reference. Exemption: minimum
three years high school or university study in English medium
programs may set exit requirements that are based on different skill
sets than AIT’s exit requirement for regular academic programs. If
entry requirements are higher than or equal to AIT’s normal exit
requirements, no English language exit requirement is necessary.
Assessment will include; experiential and
practical project work in students’ own organizations; class
contributions; less likely to be based on traditional examinations.
This has to be approved by the institute-wide committee chaired by the
33 credits (based on professional needs,
program decides proportion of coursework and -project work)
Minimum of 3 credits per semester
Minimum of 9 credits per semester
A professional degree program may incorporate
one or more internship not exceeding 6 credits, which can be converted
into course credits. Internships will not be required when students
already have significant prior experience in their relevant profession
or when students are working professionals.
A professional degree program will normally
have a research project, which will focus on a relevant practical
problem which may be within the student’s own organization. It will
normally be assessed to be worth at least 6 credits.
Full time or part time
Part time, intensive modules
Extensive utilization of group discussion, and
two-way learning. Pre- and post-module distance learning, problem-based
learning, case studies
Mix of professional and academic
– 12 to 18 months
Maximum – 5 years
Normal Duration – 12 to 13
Maximum – 4 years
Continuation to doctoral
Discretion of doctoral program
A student enrolled on full-time or part-time
professional degree programs may apply for leave of absence prior to a
semester in which he or she will not enroll for credits. A student
granted leave of absence must be registered as a student during the
period of leave in order to retain access to the academic and
non-academic resources of the Institute.
Same as full-time students except for the
tuition discount at the AIT International School. They can avail of
accommodation with least priority in married units.
Same as full-time academic program
Payment of Fees
All students pay fees per credit and
registration fee every semester. The Credit P&P (FB-6-1-1)
shall apply to all types of students.
All other academic requirements
are the same for students in the regular Master’s program.
CONDITIONS FOR ALLOWING PROFESSIONAL
MASTER GRADUATES TO PURSUE REGULAR MASTER’S PROGRAM AT
Students to take
minimum additional 28 credits for Master degrees as given below. These
28 credits would require one year, and will develop student’s
capability to do research.
Minimum of 6 credits of
coursework and 22 credits of thesis, or
Minimum of 18 credits of coursework and 10 credits of research
Minimum of 22 credits of coursework and 6 credits of Project, or
Minimum of 28 credits coursework-only
courses of a particular FoS.
should be satisfied as per regular Master’s Program.
PM graduates can
pursue regular Master’s Program within 7 years of completing the PM
requirements for Master’s program need to be fulfilled.
ROUTES FOR ALLOWING PROFESSIONAL MASTER
GRADUATES TO PURSUE DOCTORAL PROGRAM AT AIT:
To first pursue
Regular Masters as per conditions endorsed above in Section 14.53.01
and then be eligible to join the regular Doctoral Program if minimum
cGPA of 3.5 is obtained in the coursework.
To successfully complete additional requirement of 16 credits (10
credits of Research Study with very good or excellent grade, and 6
credits of coursework with minimum cGPA of 3.5) prior to continuing
into regular doctoral program of 84 credits. Entry requirements and all
other requirements for doctoral program need to be fulfilled.
Candidates will be awarded only Doctoral degree.
(From AA 8-8-2: Employee-Students on Part-time
An AIT employee wishing to enroll as a student in a full-time program
on a ‘part-time’ status requires the endorsement of the Advisor, Field
of Study Coordinator and approval by the Dean and the work
The primary status of employee student is as employee of the Institute.
As such, employment is a condition at the time of admission. At any
time within the study duration, if the employee student loses his /her
AIT employment, the student must be transferred to the regular program.
In order to properly implement this, all employee students will be
required to submit employment certificate to Registry upon every
Employee-students on part-time status are required to enroll for a
minimum of three credits per semester.
The Advisor or Program Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that
the employee-student’s academic load per semester is appropriate to
A master employee-student enrolled on a part-time status must complete
all requirements within five calendar years of first
Employee-students on a part-time status must comply with all other
academic requirements of the degree programs.
Employee-students on part-time status must pay fees per credit and
registration fee every semester.
The Credit Policy (P&P FB 6-1-1; URL:
shall apply to all employee-students on part-time status.