An applicant must apply to only one of
the academic programs leading to the degree of Master of Science,
Master of Business Administration, Master in Agribusiness Management,
Executive Master and Professional Master; Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor
of Business Administration, Doctor in Agribusiness Management and
Professional Doctorate. No applicant is admitted to more than one
academic program at a time.
English Language Requirement
AIT is an international
institute and English is the sole language of instruction. Therefore,
all applicants must demonstrate an ability to write acceptable academic
and technical prose in English. Applicants who do not meet the minimum
AIT admissions requirements (equivalent to an IELTS Writing score of
6.0) may be be admitted with conditions. Such
conditions include mandatory enrollment in English
Language courses. Students who fail to attain the minimal level of
proficiency will not be allowed to graduate. There are three ways to
satisfy the AIT English requirements.
- Exemption Applicants who are citizens of and have been
educated in an English-speaking country (e.g., Australia, Canada,
Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA) are exempted. Proof of
citizenship and studies must be submitted.
- Certificate of English Medium Instruction* Applicants who
have earned a degree at a university at which English is the sole
medium of instruction, may submit a document signed by the university
Registrar attesting to English medium instruction. Applicants who
submit a certificate are requested to sit the AIT Academic Writing Test
upon arrival to determine their level of proficiency on AIT scale.
NOTE: Not all test of English or
English-medium schools meet AIT standards. Therefore AIT reserves the
right to require any student admitted to take the AIT Academic Writing
Placement test (AWPT) to validate their level of proficiency on the AIT
Scale. Those who score below 6 on AIT Test will be admitted with
conditions (See the conditional admission.
- Official Test Score Submit an official test scores. The
tests approved for admission and the minimum scores accepted are listed
below. Test scores are valid for only two years.
| AIT English Entry Test (AIT-EET)
|| TOEFL - paper based
TOEFL - computer based
| CEFR (Europe)
|| CET - 4 (China)
Note: Applicant applying for the Full Scholarship
must submit an official English score (Writing and overall score 6)
including applicants from universities with English as medium of
Master's students with scores 5 and 5.5
on the AWPT (or an equivalent score) will be required to attend English writing
until they attain an AWPT score of 6 (or officially
accepted equivalent). Doctoral applicants may be conditionally admitted
to AIT programs with a score as low as 5.5 and would be required to
attend English writing courses until they attain an AWPT score of 6.0
(or officially accepted equivalent).
SCORE = 4.5
If your English writing score is 4.5 at the time
of application, you should attend an 8-week Bridging Program at the AIT
Language Center prior to enrolling for your degree program courses.
Your English score will be reassessed at the end of the Bridging
Program (for cost and dates
see http://www.languages.ait.asia/bridging-program). You may choose to study English elsewhere,
but you must have an entry score of at least 5.0 upon
English writing score is 5.0 at the time of admission, you are required
to follow the conditions during your study period until your score
improves to 5.5 or higher: (1) You must attend the course
EL15-Intermediate English Composition for 3 hours each
week. (2) You will be allowed to register for a maximum of 12 credits
per semester. (3) Pay 3,000 baht per semester as English course
English writing score is 5.5, at the time of admission, you are
required to follow the conditions during your study period until you
attain a score of 6. (1) You are required to attend the course
EL19-AIT Academic and Technical Writing. (2) Pay 3,000
baht per semester as English course fee.
To be admitted without
enrollment restrictions and mandatory EL course registration, you must
improve your writing score before the January and August semester. To
do that, you may register for an 8-week Language Center course running
1 November – 23 December 2016 for January 2017 semester, or 6 June – 29
July 2017 for the August 2017 semester (for cost and details
must score 6.0 or higher on the AWPT (Officially accepted
equivalent) before they can enroll for thesis/dissertation credit, or
graduate from AIT (some programs that do not offer degrees may be
excluded from this requirement).
AIT English Language
The AIT Language Center conducts
two types of tests: the AIT English Entry Test (AIT EET) for applicants
to AIT, and the AIT Writing Placement Test (AWPT) for enrolled students
to update and validate their English writing proficiency
information on the AIT-EET kindly click http://www.languages.ait.asia/
test-takers can call +662-524-6623 or send an email to
Requirements for each Program
Doctoral Degree Program
To be eligible for admission to
the regular Doctoral degree program, an applicant must:
- have strong academic records (both undergraduate and graduate) and
normally hold a four-year bachelor's degree, and a Master's degree,
preferably with a combination of course and thesis work, from an
institution of good standing, acceptable to AIT. The minimum GPA
requirement for admission to the doctoral program is 3.50 or equivalent
at the master's degree level.
- submit a brief outline of dissertation research proposal including
the required research facilities, if necessary.
- receive a written confirmation that a faculty member at AIT is
available and willing to supervise.
For the professional Doctoral degree program, in addition to the
above-mentioned eligibility requirements, an applicant must:
- have at least 5 years of work experience in areas related to the
field of study/program at AIT and
- be at a level of senior professional/manager/administrator in
Advanced Studies Program
The Certificate of
Advanced Studies (CAS) Program offered by AIT has the alternative
objectives of qualifying for admission to the doctoral program for
applicants with minimum CGPA at the master's degree level of less than
3.50 or equivalent; or undertaking advanced studies combined with
research. Other admission requirements are similar to those for the
Doctoral Degree Program. Full-time CAS students completing the minimum
course credit requirement and attaining a CGPA of at least 3.50 at the
end of the second semester are eligible for transfer to the doctoral
degree program. Students who are not eligible for transfer to the
doctoral degree program are awarded with the Certificate of Advanced
Studies. For applicants to the professional Doctoral degree program,
initially admitted to the CAS Program, the same eligibility
requirements for admission as mentioned in the Doctoral degree program
To be eligible for admission to the
regular master's program, an applicant must:
- hold a Bachelor degree (normally from a four-year program), or its
equivalent, in an appropriate field of study from an institution of
good standing acceptable to AIT.
- have undergraduate grades significantly above average; the minimum
GPA requirement for admission to the master's program is 2.75 or
equivalent at the Bachelor degree level.
- be in satisfactory physical and mental health, and have a record of
For the professional Master's degree program, in addition to the
above-mentioned eligibility requirements, an applicant must:
- have at least 3 years of work experience in areas related to the
field of study/program at AIT and
- be executives in organizations/companies.
The eligibility requirements for the
Diploma program are the same as those entering the master's degree
program. Candidates with only average undergraduate grades may be
admitted to the Diploma Program if they have at least two years of
professional experience after completing their Bachelor's degree.
Certificate students need to satisfy the
eligibility requirements similar to those entering the master's degree
program and have the appropriate background to take selected courses.
In exceptional cases, candidates who lack formal academic
qualifications but who have extensive and appropriate professional
experience may be considered for admission; the discretion in such
cases rests with the School Deans.
Candidates coming to AIT for programs or
courses of at least one semester are considered as Special students.
Candidates under non-degree academic exchange agreements between AIT
and their home universities are also enrolled at AIT as Special
Fellows of AIT
Individuals whose qualifications are
considered acceptable and who have requested to be attached to the
Institute to do research are considered for an appointment as `Fellows
of AIT'. A Fellow of AIT has the privilege to use Institute research
facilities, the library and recreational facilities and may audit
courses with the permission of the instructor. To apply, candidates
must submit to the relevant School an AIT
Application (Form 1), a copy of CV and a research study plan.
Fellows of AIT are endorsed by the relevant School Deans and are
formally invited to the Institute by the Vice President for Academic
A candidate, who has completed a
doctoral degree from an institution recognized by AIT, is offered
admission as a Post-Doctoral Fellow.
A candidate whose qualifications are
equivalent to an AIT master's degree student is considered for
admission as a Research Fellow
The Pre-Master's Bridging Program
provides an opportunity for AIT candidates from disadvantaged
backgrounds to orient and prepare themselves in English and in key
subject areas essential for their graduate study at AIT.
Bridging Program enables students to:
(a) strengthen their academic abilities for an AIT degree
(b) develop their potential to plan and carry out academic work on the
bases of their own defined interests and meanings;
(c) develop their confidence and skills to undertake self-directed
(d) become more effective communicators in English.
The intensive Bridging Program normally
offers 16 weeks of collaboration and interaction in English around
pieces of investigative research by students. The content of each
program is shaped by the interests and needs of individual students,
and their particular fields of study at AIT. Regular individual and
small group tutorial sessions are arranged for students to improve
their abilities in key subject areas of computer skills, economics,
mathematics and statistics.
The Language Center coordinates
the conduct of Bridging Programs. Resource persons with expertise in
various key subject areas work with students in a tutorial mode.
Faculty members also contribute significantly to the students' work.
Degree, Diploma and Certificate program students may enroll in the
Bridging program in the semester preceding entry to the master’s or
Master Degree students normally study
for 24 months - this includes four semesters, two short breaks and one
long break between semesters. Doctoral students normally study for six
semesters or three years. The diploma programs are at least two
semesters-long and the certificate program is one semester-long.
|APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND
Applicants may apply online or download the application forms
from the AIT website.
To apply for admission, applicants
must complete and submit the following documents:
- Acknowledgment cards A & B
- Admission Action Form
- A completed AIT Application for Admission (Form 1)
- Two letters of recommendation from named referees (Form 2)
- Application for AIT Financial Aid (Form 3) only if applying for AIT
- Official attested Transcript(s) (Form 4)
- Copy of degree Certificate(s) in English
- Evidence of Proficiency in English
- Research Proposal (for doctoral program applicants only)
- Application Processing Fee
- US$20 or Baht 800 (Application Forms downloaded from the web)
- US$25 or Baht 1,000 (Application Forms received by post from AIT)
Application Processing Fee
A nonrefundable application processing fee of US$20 (or Baht 800) for
forms downloaded from the web or of US$25 (or Baht 1,000) for forms
received by post, is required to process an application. The
application fee may be paid by bank draft, valid credit card or cash
and should be made payable to the "Asian Institute of Technology". For
Frequently-Asked-Questions on application, please visit FAQ.
Applications for admission must be
received by the normal closing date. If study seats are still
available, late applications may be considered.
Applicants are requested to apply to
the School of their choice and indicate, in order of preference, two
fields of study. Each application will be processed according to the
first field of study chosen. AIT, subject to its resources and the
applicant's qualifications, will endeavor to provide a program of study
appropriate with the applicant’s needs and qualifications.
The Admissions and Scholarships Unit
acknowledges all complete application by email. If an email address is
not provided, applicants are acknowledged by mail through post.
The administration of admission is
handled by the Admissions and Scholarships Unit. Warnings received
regarding spurious records being submitted by candidates seeking
admission have led to the practice by AIT of requesting confirmation
from the academic institution(s) where the applicant received his/her
degree(s) and/or when copies of transcripts/degree certificates have
neither been attested nor mailed directly by the institution to AIT.
After the closing date, complete applications, which must include an
official attested academic transcript, are sent to the Schools for
assessment. Once submitted, application materials are not released and
cannot be returned to the applicant.
While most students are admitted in
August, certain fields of study admit students in January (see the Admissions Calendar). Doctoral students may
enter either in January or August.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents
are submitted by the appropriate deadlines. Incomplete application may
cause delays in processing. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or a
holiday will default to the next working day. Applications for AIT
financial assistance received after the admission deadline will be
processed for the next intake.
Notification of Application Receipt and
Applicants are notified of the receipt of their application and status
by email. The email address must be provided in #2 of the application
form (Form 1). If an email address is not provided, the applicant is
notified by mail through post.
- Applicants for admission from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
are normally interviewed by AIT Faculty members. Whenever possible,
interviews for applicants from other countries are also arranged by the
- Candidates who were pre-selected for possible admission are
interviewed on a date and venue agreed upon by the School(s)
- The interview includes a written test prepared by the School as
well as English language test (or using Institutional TOEFL).
- The applications of candidates from countries where no interviews
are scheduled are forwarded to the Schools within two weeks of the
closing date of receiving applications.
and Decision on Admission
- Normally, at least 16 weeks before enrollment, all applications,
including those of interviewed candidates, are forwarded to the Schools
for final selection. The selection results are reported to the
Admissions and Scholarships Unit about 14 weeks before entry, via the
AIT Admission Action Form. The decisions on and approval of offers of
admission are made by the Schools.
- Applicants who require early offer of admission as a basis for
seeking financial sponsorship from external non-AIT sources must
indicate this when applying. In exceptional cases, an offer of
admission without AIT financial assistance may be made immediately, but
many decisions are deferred until interview results are available.
- Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications for admission
are rejected. However, those applicants who need further English
training and/or additional experiences are advised to reapply as soon
as they gain additional merits.
- For applicants who applied for AIT Financial Assistance, the offers
of admission with AIT scholarship are issued based on a competitive
ranking of qualified candidates selected by the Schools on the basis of
academic qualification, professional background, scholarships
availability and conditions set by AIT’s donor-partners.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs may also approve offers of
admission for applicants with special qualifications upon the
recommendation of School Deans.
The Admissions Committee (AC) meets on a regular basis to deliberate
on admission requirements & procedures, academic fees & pricing
policies, student selection and the availability of scholarships,
fellowships and assistantships. The committee is comprised of the Vice
President for Academic Affairs (Chair), School Deans, Head of Student
Office, Head of Finance, Director of Language Center, ITServ
Coordinator, Student Union President and Admissions & Scholarships
Unit Coordinator. The schedule of the AC meeting is in the academic
calendar of AIT but special meetings are called to discuss vital
admissions and application issues.
Notification and Confirmation of Admission
For qualified applicants:
- Notification of the offer of admission is done by email, normally
not later than two months before the proposed date of enrollment,
provided the application was received at the proper time and provided
that e-mail address is given by the applicant. If no e-mail address is
provided, notification is sent through post. The FINAL CONFIRMATION OF
ADMISSION IS SENT BY POST MAIL ONLY.
- The offer of admission may be unconditional or it may specify
conditions which must be satisfied before the offer can be confirmed.
In such cases, it is the candidate's responsibility to provide promptly
the evidence required to show that the conditions of the offer have
- An offer of admission is valid only if the recipient can begin
his/her academic program on the enrollment date stated in the offer.
Enrollment after the first day of semester and up to the final day for
adding and dropping courses (last working day of the second week of
semester) is permitted only in special circumstances. Upon receipt of
an offer of admission, candidates from outside Thailand must
immediately apply for the necessary clearances and travel
- No candidate is permitted to enroll without the confirmation of
admission, which consists of a Certificate of Admission and ED Visa
Letter (for non-Thai nationals). These documents will only be issued
after a candidate has written to accept the offer of admission and has
satisfied all conditions attached to the offer. The ED visa letter is
required to be presented to the Royal Thai Government (RTG) Embassy or
Consulate for approval stamp in passport for travel and study in
Thailand. Incoming students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia,
Mongolia, Pakistan, PR China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and some African
countries have visa restrictions and in place of the ED visa letter,
AIT requests the RTG Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approval which
takes about 3 weeks; authorization is directly conveyed from the RTG
Foreign Ministry to the RTG Embassy or Consulate via diplomatic
A successful applicant must submit a duly completed Certificate of
Physical and Mental Fitness from a qualified physician written in
English. The medical certificate must include a chest x-ray
examination. Any medical handicap as well as all previous serious
illnesses or operations must be indicated in the Medical Certificate.
It is particularly important that the Institute is informed if such
handicap could affect the study at AIT. Those who have made false
statements or who have concealed medical information of any kind are
liable for payment of related medical expenses.
Anyone who, knowingly or otherwise, makes false statements or presents
false evidence of any kind at the time of application, at registration,
or at any other time after enrollment are dismissed from the
- Candidates who have been issued a Certificate of Admissions receive
letters of welcome and details of the orientation seminar and
- All new candidates are required to arrive at AIT on the Orientation
Day. Exceptionally, late arrival may be permitted by the School Dean if
a candidate provides a good reason in writing but arrival must be on or
before the last day of adding/dropping; that is by the last working day
of the second week of the semester.
- Applicants seeking re-application must inform the Admissions and
Scholarships Unit of their continuing interest, by e-mail or by
returning the Confirmation on Reapplication Form. Those who wish to
reapply within two years after the first application was received do
not need to submit a new set of Application Forms. After two years a
new set of Application Forms & supporting documents are
- For each re-application an applicant is required to pay the
application processing fee of US$ 20 or Baht 800.
- Students who have previously been dismissed from the Institute
shall normally not be admitted to a degree program at the same