Ph.D. Degree Programs in CS and IT
School of Information Technology
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines
The following rules, regulations, and guidelines are for full-time Ph.D. students in the Computer Science program and Information Technology program studying in the thesis with coursework track (36-credit thesis plus 12-credit coursework). Official rules and regulations can be found in the KMUTT’s rules and regulations for graduate study handbook (หนังสือคมู่ือ “ระเบียบ ประกาศ ข้อบังคับ เกี่ยวกับบัณฑิตศึกษา มหาวิทยาลยัเทคโนโลยีพระจอมเกลา้ ธนบุรี”).
Ph.D. Admission Requirements
Students must satisfy all of the following requirements to pass the admission.
1. Hold a master’s degree in any related area of study.
2. Satisfy the English requirement for admission: TOEFL ITP ≥ 500 or TOEFL iBT ≥ 61 or TOEIC ≥ 600 or IELTS ≥ 5.00 or CU-TEP≥60 (Scores must be from within the last two years.)
3. Pass the graduate program entrance exam.
4. Pass the interview exam (an oral presentation on the statement of purpose including a thesis proposal draft and literature reviews).
5. Sign the full-time student agreement form.
6. Submit a confirmation letter issued by students’ employers to allow students to undertake full-time study (if currently employed).
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Students are required to complete all of the following requirements.
1. Satisfy the first year requirements (See below).
2. Satisfy the English requirement for degree completion: TOEFL ITP ≥ 550 or TOEFL iBT ≥ 79 or TOEIC ≥ 800 or IELTS ≥ 6.00 or CU-TEP ≥ 75
3. Pass the foreign language requirement. (i.e., registering for audit in a foreign language class and pass; Thai language and English language cannot be counted)
4. Pass the qualifying exam. (See below)
5. Pass the thesis proposal exam. (See below)
6. Complete 36 credits of thesis.
7. Complete publication requirements. (See below)
8. Pass the final oral defense exam. (See below)
Ph.D. First Year Requirements
Students are required to complete all of the following requirements within the first year of their study.
1. Take and pass 3 courses (9 credits) in the first semester and achieve at least 3.50 out of 4.00 GPA. All courses are subject to approval from the graduate program committee.
2. Complete a minimum of 12 credits of coursework (4 courses) within the first year and achieve at least 3.25 out of 4.00 of overall GPA. Students are recommended to complete the foreign language requirement in the second semester along with their forth course.
3. Pass one of the following requirements within the first year: – Satisfy the English requirement for degree completion – Publish a research paper in a conference or a journal If none of the above requirements can be fulfilled, it is subject to the graduate program committee approval,
4. Find a thesis advisor within the first year of study. It is the responsibility of the students to approach their prospective research advisors.
5. Submit a thesis proposal and propose a thesis committee to the graduate program committee (subject to approval from the graduate program committee) before the end of the second semester. Students are required to make sure that this step is completed soon enough to have sufficient time left for the qualifying exam and the thesis proposal exam in the next steps.
6. Take the qualifying exam before the end of the second semester. If students fail the exam, they are allowed a second attempt before the beginning of the next semester.
7. Take the thesis proposal exam right after the qualifying exam. If students fail the exam, they are allowed a second attempt before the beginning of the next semester.
Ph.D. After-First-Year Requirements
Students are required to follow the following steps after they pass the first year requirements.
1. Students start registering for thesis credits from the third semester onward until they complete 36 credits of thesis. Students will not earn all 36 credits of thesis until they pass the final defense exam.
2. Students must take an oral thesis progress exam twice a semester (one during the midterm period and the other during the final exam period) to get credits for their thesis (approved by their thesis committee).
The purpose of the qualifying exam is for the students to convince the three member qualifying exam committee that they have knowledge in three broad areas of their study. The advisor of the student cannot be a member of the qualifying exam committee of that student. Each student will be assigned three research papers to read from three different areas depending on which PhD program they are in. The student will have around three weeks to prepare for an oral presentation to demonstrate their ability to analyze and criticize research papers to the committee. The student must pass at least two out of three broad areas to be considered as a pass.
For the Ph.D. in CS program, the three broad areas are
– Theory (e.g., algorithms, computational complexity, theory of computation)
– Systems (e.g., computer architectures, computer system concepts, operating systems)
– Applications (e.g., database, data mining, information retrieval)
For the PhD in IT program, the three broad areas are
– IT Management (e.g., management information systems)
– Software Technology (e.g., system analysis and design, object-oriented technology)
– Telecommunication and Networking (e.g., telecommunication, networking)
The qualifying exam committee may (1) fail the students, (2) allow the students to pass with additional coursework requirement and/or other conditions, or (3) allow the students to pass the exams without any condition. If the students fail the exams, they will have a second chance to take another qualifying exam with a different set of assigned papers and qualifying exam committee.
Proposal Examination and Thesis Progress Examinations
Once the list of thesis committee members of a student has been approved by the graduate program committee, this thesis committee will be with the student for the thesis proposal exam, the thesis progress exams, and the thesis final defense exam. All exams are oral exams. This thesis committee will evaluate the number of credits that the student will get each semester.
1. Students must publish at least two full papers in refereed international journals. The journals must be in selected citation index databases; e.g., Scopus, ISI Journals; subject to the approval of the graduate program committee.
2. One of the two journal papers mentioned above can be replaced by two papers presented as oral presentation sessions in refereed international conferences and appeared in the proceedings of the conferences.
Thesis Final Defense Examination
The final defense exam committee is composed of the thesis committee members and at least one additional committee member as an external examiner (approved by the graduate program committee). Students cannot take the final defense exam until they have passed the qualifying exams, the thesis proposal exams and completed all publication requirements.
Ph.D. Study Plan Guidelines
1. Year 1 Semester 1:
– Take the research methodology course.
– Take a common course (by all PhD students in the same program).
– Take an elective course.
– Achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 out of 4.00.*
– All courses are subject to the approval of the graduate program committee.
2. Year 1 Semester 2:
– Take an independent study course.
– Register for audit in a foreign language course.*
– Satisfy the English requirement or one publication requirement.*
– Take the qualifying exam.*
– Take the thesis proposal exam.*
3. Year 2 Semester 1 onwards:
– Register for 6-9 thesis credits.
– Take thesis progress exams twice a semester.
– Complete the publication requirements.*
– Take and pass a thesis final defense if all other requirements have been completed.*
4. Toward the end of Year 5 Semester 2, if the students have not graduated
– Request study extension.
Students must have completed at least 90% of their work to qualify for extension request. The study extension request must be done once per semester after 5 years of study. Usually, 2 extensions (i.e., 2 semesters) are granted. As a result, students have at most 6 years of study to complete their Ph.D. degree.*
5. If students fail in any step (*), they may reapply to the programs and request credit transfers and transfers/waiving of other requirements. Students may or may not pass the re-entrance exam. They may be able to transfer the credits and transfer/waive other requirements fully, partially, or not at all. These are subject to the consideration of the graduate program committee.