PSU Graduate Study : Study Guideline

 

Student Identification Card
Graduate Study Programs
Duration of Study
Registration
Number of Credit Per Semester
Thesis Advisor / Co-advisor
Committee during the Course of Study
Examination
Thesis Format Correction
Non-Thesis Examination and Submission
Complete Thesis Submission
Completion of Study
Changing of the Study Plan
Changing of the Study Program
Changing the Level of Study
Transferring of Course Credit
Level of Study
Retirement / Termination of Study
Dismissal from Study
English Language Proficiency
Requesting for Letter
Code of Practices
 

 

Student Identification Card

  All PSU students are required to apply for a PSU ATM ID Card issued by the Siam Commercial Bank, Ltd. (Public Co.). The ID card may be used to     access PSU Library, Computer Center as well as used as an ATM Bank Card.

  The following are needed for application

  1. 2 photographs 2x3 cm. in size
  2. 2 photocopies of Personal ID Card or Passport
  3. A saving account at the Siam Commercial Bank, PLC. PSU Branch. For student who already has an account, contact the bank with your bank book and Personal ID Card 2 weeks after the semester commence.
  4. Student blood group
Graduate Study System
  1. Graduate Diploma
A comprehensive program of study which emphasizes on academic and professional development. Applicant must have a bachelor degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. The program consists of at least 24 credits of study.
 
 2. Master’s Degree

A program of study which emphasizes on academic and research development in various areas at a level higher than a bachelor degree or a graduate diploma. The program consists of at least 36 credits of study with 2 study plans to choose from :

- Plan A : Research only

  • Plan A 1 - Thesis only with 36 credits. Student may be assigned additional audit course work.
  • Plan A 2 - Combined course work and thesis with at least 18 credits, and 12-18 course work credits.

- Plan B : Course work only with a self-study of at least 6 credits.

 
  3. Higher Graduate Diploma
A comprehensive program of study which emphasizes on academic and professional development. Applicant must have a 6 years of bachelor degree, a master degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. The program consists of at least 24 credits of study.
 
  4. Doctor of Philosophy

A program of study which emphasizes on academic and research development in various areas at a level higher than a master degree or a higher graduate diploma. The program consists of at least 48 credits of study for applicant with a master degree or equivalent and at least 72 credits of study for applicant with a bachelor degree or excellent academic record) or equivalent. There are 2 study plans to choose from :

- Plan 1 : Thesis only plan, where research of exceptional quality leading to novel studies are emphasized. Student may be assigned additional audit course work or activities.

  • Plan 1.1 - Applicant with a master degree or equivalent must take at least 48 credits for thesis.
  • Plan 1.2 - Applicant with a bachelor degree or equivalent must take at least 72 credits for thesis.

- Plan 2 : Combined course work and thesis plan, where research of high quality leading to academic and professional development are emphasized.

  • Plan 2.1 - Applicant with a master degree or equivalent must take at least 36 credits of thesis and at least 12 credits of course work.
  • Plan 2.2 - Applicant with a bachelor degree or equivalent must take at least 48 credits of thesis and at least 24 credits of course work.
Duration of Study

  1. Graduate Diploma and Higer Graduate Diploma
      depending on the program of study, but not more than 3 academic years.

  2. Master’s Degree
      depending on the program of study, but not more than 5 academic years.

  3. Doctor of Philosophy
      depending on the program of study, but not more than 8 academic years for student with a bachelor degree and not more than 6 academic years       for student with a master degree.

 

Registration

Both Online and advance registrations are available to student. Check PSU academic calendar at www.grad.psu.ac.th or website of Registrar's Division for the registration period and other important events as follows :

Number of Credit Per Semester

Student may not register for more than 15 credits per semester and registration must be with the consent of academic or thesis advisor.

Thesis Advisor / Co-advisor

Student under the master degree plan A program and Ph.D. student msut file the Request for Advisor and Co-advisor Appointment (GS1) before registering for thesis credit. The form should be filed at the student respective school or faculty.

Committee during the Course of Study

Qualifying Examination (For Ph.D. student)
All Ph.D. students are required to pass a qualifying exam set up by their respective school / faculty. The exam will assess the student basic knowledge and potential to become a Ph.D. candidate with ability to conduct a doctoral level research.


Thesis Proposal Examination Committee
Committees consist of 3 to 5 members
    1.    Thesis advisor
    2.    Thesis co-advisor (if any)
    3.    University academic staff and/or recognized expert in the related field of research Upon completion of the proposal examination and its approval, student must file the Request for Thesis Proposal Approval (GS2) to the Graduate School.


Thesis Examination Committee
At the end of student’s research work, a thesis examination committee must be appointed the Request for Appointment of Thesis Examination Committee (GS3). The committee consists of:
    1.    At least 1 external expert in the related field of research, who is not the current thesis co-advisor
    2.    At least 1 university academic staff, who is not the current thesis co-advisor
    3.    Thesis advisor
    4.    Thesis co-advisor (if requested)
    5.    University academic staff and / or recognized expert in the related area Note: Thesis advisor / co-advisor may not act as Chairperson of the examination committee

Examination

Qualifying Exam (For Ph.D. student)
All Ph.D. students are required to pass a qualifying exam set up by their respective school / faculty. The exam will assess the student basic knowledge and potential to become a Ph.D. candidate with ability to conduct a doctoral level research.


Comprehensive Exam
Master degree Plan B and Ph.D. students in Plant Science are required to take a comprehensive exam set up by the school / faculty. The exam will assess the student ability to apply the knowledge and principles from their study and research to the field work.


Thesis Examination
Student is required to do the following
    1.    Set the agree upon date and time with all Thesis examination committee members
    2.    Filled and filed the Request for Thesis Examination (GS4) with the approval of the Thesis advisor to the Graduate School at least 2 weeks prior to the examination date
    3.    Provide a copy of thesis to all Thesis examination committee members at least 2 weeks prior to the examination date
    4.    After the examination, student must file an examination result (Report on Thesis Examination GS5) to the Graduate School

Thesis Format Correction

The thesis format of the following 4 pages will be proofread by the Graduate School.
    1.    Front cover
    2.    Inside cover
    3.    Approval (committee signatures) page
    4.    CV page
Thesis format can be obtained from the Graduate School website. Student should have the pages proofread at least 1 week prior to the examination date and will have these returned in 2 working days to be included in the completed thesis book.

Non-Thesis Examination and Submission

Examination must comply with the school / faculty non-thesis regulation. The complete non-thesis book and CD disc with files of the complete non-thesis work must be submitted to the respective faculty.

Complete Thesis Submission

After completion of the thesis, student should submit the following to the Graduate School.
    1.    1 copy of the complete thesis
    2.    1 dise of CD containing files of the complete thesis

Completion of Study
  1. Requirement for graduates (Degree award)
  • Completion of all courses as required by the program of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Pass the minimum English proficiency test set by the Graduate School for each program of study.
    (i)    Pass the Comprehensive exam and Non-thesis exam with a grade of S or X, in the case of Master degree Plan B student.
    (ii)   Pass the Thesis proposal examination and Thesis examination with a grade of S or X, In the case of Master degree Plan A student.
  • Pass the Qualify exam, Thesis proposal examination and Thesis examination with a grade of S or X, in the case of Ph.D. student.
  • Published research work for thesis in the following
    (i)    Master degree Plan A student must present his/her work in a conference proceedings or published or accepted for publications in a journal
    (ii)   Ph.D. student research work must be published or accepted for publications in a peer reviewed journal

2. Upon completion of all requirements set by the program and the Graduate Study Regulation B.E. 2549, student may file a request for graduation to the Registration Office via an online system. The Registration Office will then check all the graduating criteria before forwarding the request to the Graduate School for verification of graduation and submitting to the President of the University Council for approval.

Changing of the Study Plan

Request for change in the student’s plan of study must be filed and approved by the respective school / faculty.

Changing of Study Program

In order to request a change in the program of study, student must study in the original program for at least 1 semester. Request for a Change of Major (GS12) may then be filed through the respective school / faculty to the Graduate School for approval.

Changing the Level of Study

Student who wants to switch the level of study from a master degree to a doctoral degree in the same area of study, or vice versa, may filed Request for Change of Study Program (GS13) through their respective school / faculty to the Graduate School for approval.

Transferring of Course Credit

Student may request for course credit transfer by filing Request for Credit/Coursework Transfer (GS10) to their respective school / faculty for approval. The transferred credits must be from courses or thesis at a graduate level taken no longer than 3 years with a grade of P, S or at least a B.

Leave of Study

Student who wishes to take a leave from their study must file a request using the form assigned by the Registration Office with the approval of the respective thesis advisor and school / faculty. This suspension of study may not be longer than 2 semesters. Upon approval, student must maintain their student status by submitting a student status request at the Registration Office and providing status payment at the Finance Office. 

Retirement / Termination of Study

Student who wishes to terminate their study may file a request using the form assigned by the Registration Office through their respective Program Committee to the Graduate School. The request will be approved by President of the university.

Dismissal from Study

Following reasons for student dismissal
    1.    Not registering within 30 days after commencement of semester, without getting the approval for suspension of study.
    2.    Obtaining a cumulative GPA less than 2.50 after each semester.
    3.    Completing 2/3 of the required course work credits, not including thesis credits, and receiving a cumulative GPA less than 2.75
    4.    Exceeding the study duration with a cumulative GPA less than 3.00
    5.    Thesis proposal not approved by the following time
        5.1    Master degree Plan A1
                 - within 4 semester for full time student
                 - within 5 semester for part time student
        5.2    Master degree Plan A2
                 - within 5 semester for full time student
                 - within 6 semester for part time student
        5.3    Ph.D. Plan 1
                 - within 6 semester for full time student
                 - within 7 semester for part time student
        5.4    Ph.D. Plan 2
                 - within 7 semester for full time student
                 - within 8 semester for part time student
       
    6.    Not passing the Thesis examination or Comprehensive examination for the 2nd time.
    7.    Not submitting the complete thesis within 6 months of the thesis examination date
    8.    Not submitting the complete non-thesis work within 3 months of the examination date
    9.    Use of unethical behavior and conduct to become a graduate scholar

Evaluation and Grading Practice

There must be an evaluation at the end of each semester and grades given as an evaluation of courses must be interpreted as follows:

Testing institute Master Degree Level Master Degree (International Program) and Ph.D. Level
1.   PSU-TEP
2.   TOEFL (Paper Based)
3.   TOEFL (Computer Based)
4.   TOEFL (Internet Based)
5.   IELTS
6.   CU-TEP
Depend on the program
Score of 450
Score of 133
Score of 45
Score of 4.5
Score of 45
An average of at least 60% in all three categories (Reading, Listening, Writing)
Score of 500
Score of 173
Score of 61
Score of 5
Score of 60

Test results are valid for 2 years. Students who wish to use test results from TOEFL, IELTS, or other testing institutes must submit a general request form 1 (RF1) for English language equivalent with the valid test result through the academic / thesis advisor to the Graduate School for approval.

For Master degree students who are unable to pass the English proficiency test in the duration of time set by the respective faculty, student may register for class 890-901 English for Graduate Study (3 credits) offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts.

For students in International Program and Ph.D. students who are unable to pass the English proficiency test according to the requirement by the Graduate School, student may register for class 890-902 Academic English for Doctoral Students offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts (Hat Yai Campus) or 417-601 Academic English for Doctoral Students offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science (Pattani Campus), in order to improve their English skill. NOTE: 890-902 and 417-601 are not a substitution of a proficiency test (PSU-TEP, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Further information on English proficiency testing (PSU-TEP) may be obtained at the Education Unit, 2nd Floor, Faculty of Liberal Arts (Tel. 0-7428-6655) or via website http://www.grad.psu.ac.th.

Requesting for Letter
1.   Requesting for Letter of Recommendation      
  • Letter verifying student status, completion of study, or student transcript may be obtained from the Registration Office.
  • Student who is a civil servant or government employee may request a letter verifying their study status by submitting an Application for Certification Letter (RF3) through their academic / thesis advisor to the Graduate School.

2.   Requesting for Letter to Report Back to Work
      Student who is a civil servant or government employee may obtain a letter to request the return to work by submitting a request form 4 (RF4) through their academic / thesis advisor to the Graduate School.

 
 


 
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