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Master of Science in Urban Strategies

MUS

ยุทธศาสตร์เมือง (วท.ม.)

“Explore Urban Strategies where Real Transformation Takes Place.”

MUS is a one-year Master of Science in Urban Strategies program that focuses on cultivating fundamental knowledge about contemporary urban transformation and building necessary skills for the development and the implementation of urban projects. Studying urban issues and strategies in Bangkok offers a unique learning experience with the city as a living laboratory for contemporary urban issues and solutions. From transit-oriented development projects and flood management efforts to community-based housing development and formalization of informal activities, students will gain insights into how social, economic, and political institutions that contribute to everyday urban transformations. Bangkok is also a regional hub for many international development agencies which are key connectors of students’ local experiences to the larger global applications.

We thrive to provide a student-centric and interactive education, where lectures go hand in hand with studio-based classrooms and real-life implications. The learning processes are facilitated by our faculty members who have extensive experience in teaching, research, consultancy, and advocacy in Thailand and abroad. The studios are based on real cases in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand to provide opportunities for further in-depth investigation. Specific skills indispensable for developing urban projects are also emphasized, including data analytics, institutional analysis, strategic foresight, city branding and marketing, finance, and project management. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively in actual projects with partner organizations in Thailand or other countries of interest. Through such collaboration, students will gain first-hand experience in applying the knowledge and skills learned in classrooms to real-world implementation.

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Program Structure

MUS is structured to be a direct and efficient learning track that will equip students with important theoretical background and practical skills through case studies from Southeast Asia and beyond. In addition to required foundational classes, MUS also provides four areas of concentration that students can choose for their electives including Urban Development and Mobility, Urban Living and Livelihoods, Urban Regeneration, and Urban Security and Resilience. Students will also write their theses based on the selected concentration.

First Semester (15 credits)
In the first semester, students are required to take 4 foundational courses and an Urban Strategies Workshop, all of which will provide basic knowledge and skills necessary for the development of urban strategies.

    • Urban Theories (3 credits)
    • Urban Strategies (3 credits)
    • Skills in Urban Strategies (3 credits)
    • Seminar on Urban Strategies (3 credits)
    • Urban Strategies Workshop I (3 credits)

Second Semester (12 credits)
During the second semester, in addition to Thesis Prep and Urban Strategies Workshop II, students may choose up to two concentrations of their interest: Urban Development and Mobility, Urban Living and Livelihoods, Urban Regeneration, or Urban Security and Resilience. All concentrations are offered as elective courses.

    • Thesis Preparation (3 credits)
    • Urban Strategies Workshop II (3 credits)
    • Elective I (3 credits): Choose between the 4 concentrations
    • Elective II (3 credits): Choose between the 4 concentrations

Summer Semester (9 credits)
Once all coursework is completed, students will write their master’s theses on their topics of interest as well as of relevance to their chosen concentrations during the two-month summer semester.

    • Thesis (9 credits)

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Projects

We are currently securing partnerships and real-world projects which you can be a part of. Please check back by the end of February for our complete list.

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Admission

The program welcomes up to 30 students from around the world with any academic discipline and professional background who are interested in urban issues and potential solutions. To apply, please visit: the Admissions Office of Chulalongkorn University during our applictaion periods listed below and use the program code of 3187 to direct your application to the MUS program.

Applicant Qualifications:

    • Applicant must hold at least a bachelor degree or equivalent from within Thailand or abroad.
    • Applicant must be proficient in English by showing one of the following proofs:
      • Applicant has received a minimum score of one of the following standardized tests:
        • CU-TEP minimum score of 75,
        • TOEFL iBT minimum score of 80 (equivalent to TOEFL CBT 213 or TOEFL PBT 550), or
        • IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0.
      • Applicant holds a bachelor degree or equivalent from a country with English as an official language. For the list of countries, please refer to WorldAtlas
      • Applicant received his/her bachelor degree or equivalent from an English program that the Office of the Civil Service Commission has certified. For the list of countries and institutions, please refer to the Office of the Civil Service Commission
      • Applicant who has received scholarship(s) from Chulalongkorn University may be exempted from providing English proficiency test score. However, the applicant must receive an acknowledged agreement from the program’s Board of Directors and must have passed or must take an English language class provided by Chulalongkorn University.
    • Other qualifications are as announced by Chulalongkorn University’s Office of Graduate School and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

 

Application requirements:

    • A complete online application form.
    • A statement of purpose which may include applicant’s professional and academic background, reasons of study, study plans, and plans after graduation. The statement of purpose should not be more than 1-page long (A4). It should also have the applicant’s name on the top right corner of the first page.
    • Two letters of recommendation written by applicant’s academic professor or direct supervisor from applicant’s current or former workplace.
    • Certificate of degree(s) received or proof of student status from the institution for applicant who is currently enrolled in the last semester of his/her bachelor program.
    • An official transcript from the bachelor degree received.
    • Proof of English proficiency.
      • If submitting the official English proficiency test score result, it must not be older than two years prior to the date of application submission.
      • If applicant graduated from a certified English degree program, and wish to be exempt from taking English proficiency tests, please provide a certificate of accreditation from the Office of the Civil Service Commission
    • Proof of 1000 THB application fee payment.

 

Application Process and schedule:

Following the Chulalongkorn University’s admission system, we will open one round of online application between 8 April – 10 May 2019

During the application periods above, please visit the Admissions Office of Chulalongkorn University to fill out the application form, direct your application to MUS by using the program code of 3187, and upload all of the required documents. The MUS application process requires an online interview before we make any decision on each application. The interview date and time will be scheduled directly with each applicant. The admission decisions will be announced no more than 1 month after your application submission.

For application fee payment method, please follow the instructions below:

    • If applicant currently resides in Thailand and/or can make a local transaction, please download the payment form from the online application and pay at any SCB bank branch.
    • If applicant currently resides abroad and/or cannot make a local transaction, please make an international transfer using the following information:
Bank: Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
SCB Bank SWIFT code: SICOTHBK
Account number: 045304474
Account name: Department of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University
    • Please upload the payment receipt and submit it through the online application system.

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Program Costs

Items Thai students International students
Thai Baht (THB) U.S. Dollar (USD)* Thai Baht (THB) U.S. Dollar (USD)*
Semester 1 76,000 2,303 131,500 3,985
Semester 2 76,000 2,303 131,500 3,985
Summer Semester 25,250 765 63,250 1,917
Field Trip 15,000 455 15,000 455
Total 192,250 5,826 341,250 10,341

*Note that the U.S. Dollar values (1 USD = 33 THB) are only to help illustrate an approximate cost of the program. The actual cost may be different than what is shown depending on the exchange rate at the time of the transaction.

We also provide scholarships, financial aids, and RA opportunities to those who are qualified. Please see the financial aid section below for more detail.

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Financial Support

Chulalongkorn University provides several scholarship opportunities in support of students’ education as well as research. For more information, please review the links below. However, please note that applications for these University scholarships must be applied directly to their respective offices and not through MUS.

In addition to the University’s opportunities, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (CUURP) also provides scholarships for eligible MUS students. Please make a checkmark in your application that you are interested to be considered for our MUS scholarship. We will consider them during your application process. Furthermore, we also provide research assistant positions in ongoing projects in the department as well.

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Contact Us

For more information and clarification, contact us directly at cuurp.mus@gmail.com.

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