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           Doctor of Philosophy Program in Development Administration 
           (International Ph.D. Program in Development Administration) 
           Doctor of Philosophy (Development Administration) 
           Ph.D. (Development Administration)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Development Administration) 
           Ph.D. (Development Administration) 
       The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Development Administration is a unique interdisciplinary program offered by the Graduate School of Public Administration at NIDA, which emphasizes the commonality of administration, competencies and knowledge that run through all organizations, both large and small. The program is designed to improve the skills of academics, researchers, executives and professionals from public and private agencies and institutions, including educational institutions, government agencies, business and non-government organizations in order for them to be able to better serve their organizations.

         The selection and training of future scholars and administrators is a most serious responsibility in our society. How well these tasks are accomplished will be of great importance to the general public and to all levels of government. As we move toward convergence of organizational goals within a changing social environment, contemporary administrators will be required to exercise their decision-making power in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. This program is expected to provide graduates with the requisite conceptual, analytical, and affective skills that are relevant to their goals and also of significant value to society and to their workplace institution, business, or agency.

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          NIDA’s Graduate School of Public Administration began with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) of Thammasat University in 1955. NIDA was created as the result of international cooperation between the Royal Thai Government (RTG) and the United States government with Indiana University as the project manager. Early management of the IPA’s MPA program was closely supported by personnel from Indiana University, with fifteen American faculty members taking an active part in academic activities, such as curriculum development, acquisition of library materials, staff development scholarships, teaching, research and training.
          In 1966, the RTG restructured the IPA and transformed it into NIDA, an independent graduate institute. Since that time the Graduate School of Public Administration has maintained a major role in professional development activities aimed at satisfying the middle level manpower requirements of both the public and private sectors in pursuit of national development goals.
         Over the years the Graduate School of Public Administration has expanded to meet the growing demand for professional expertise. In addition to on-going teaching responsibilities, further academic initiatives have resulted in the creation of new education programs, such as the provincial degree programs, which are available at various campuses throughout the country, the Mini Master of Management Program (MMM) a short-term training course available to both the public and private sectors and the Master of Public and Private Management (MPPM), first offered in 1995. The Ph.D. Program in Development Administration which began in 1984 has, since 1993, been an international doctoral program, conducted in English and available to both Thai and foreign students.

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          The Ministry of University Affairs decision to grant the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) its own Ph.D. program in 1984 was in recognition of the modern reality that the Ph.D. is the pre-eminent degree of higher learning, the historical unavailability of Ph.D. degrees in Thailand and other developing countries not with standing. The NIDA International Doctoral Program in Development Administration is expected to provide several unique benefits:

1.Internationalize NIDA as an organization by raising the standard of higher education in this country to the level of our international counterparts.
2.Help make NIDA a regional center for the study of Development Administration by providing doctoral level education in this field.
3.Provide an opportunity for qualified professionals to maintain high academic standards through their teaching and research contributions to the program.
4.Help Thailand as well as other countries in the region minimize the cost of sending students abroad for their higher education.

         The Graduate School of Public Administration recognizes that administration and management policies must reflect the current issues in each society as well as the changing international environment. These needs and aspirations are expressed on individual, institutional and societal levels. To meet these needs and aspirations, the Graduate School of Public Administration has identified the following objectives:

1.To enhance the body of knowledge in Development Administration, to examine the culture-boundedness of Theories of Development, and to develop concepts of Development Administration that are relevant to indigenous problems and issues.
2.To produce qualified development administration specialists at the graduate level, who will be able to contribute significantly to the development of their societies. The program will be of particular benefit to universities that need to rapidly and effectively upgrade their faculty and to government agencies and departments in developing countries with an express need for highly trained staff in their planning and technical divisions.
3.To support studies that investigate various aspects of the development administration field, such as policy and management and development management.

      The Ph.D. Program in Development Administration offers international academic activities for students to broaden their horizons and to gain comparative knowledge in international development and administration:

1.The Ph.D. Program in Development Administration hosts lectures and seminars given by visiting lecturers from other universities abroad on a regular basis.
2.The Program has exchange study agreements with a number of universities in the United States, Germany, Taiwan, the Philippines, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Laos and Vietnam. Through these exchange agreements, students are encouraged to study for the duration of one semester in one of the partner universities. The Program also accepts students from the partner universities to complete studies in the Program.
3.Students are also encouraged to make a short visit and attend conferences and seminars in other countries that deal with subjects taught by the Program and in which they have a research interest.

 Partner Universities:

Indiana University at Bloomington, U.S.A.
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), U.S.A.
Northern Illinois University, U.S.A.
University of Hawaii at Manoa, U.S.A.
University of Potsdam, Germany
National Chengchi University, Taiwan R.O.C.
University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Philippines
National Academy of Governance, Mongolia
Vietnam National University, University of Social Science and Humanities, Vietnam
National University of Laos, Laos P.D.R.
Hong Bang University International, Vietnam


August – December (First Semester)
January - May (Second Semester)
June-July (Summer Session)

 1.Master's degree in any field from an institution accredited by the RTG Civil Service Commission.

2.Proficient knowledge of the English language as proven by a TOEFL score of at least 550 or an IELTS score of at least 6 or as otherwise specified by the Doctoral Executive Committee.

1.Consideration of application form and letters of recommendation

2.English capability (refer to the indicated TOEFL and IELTS scores)
3.Interview and/or assessment by the Doctoral Executive Committee

 1.The grading system for the courses listed in the programs will be as follows:

     A meaning Excellent
     A- meaning Very Good
     B+ meaning Good
     B meaning Fairly Good
     B- meaning Almost Good
     C+ meaning Fair
     C meaning Almost Fair
     C- meaning Poor
     D meaning Very Poor
     F meaning Failure
     W meaning Withdrawal without penalty
     WF meaning Withdrawal Failure
     I meaning Incomplete
     AU meaning Audit

 2. The grading system for the dissertation will be as follows:
     S meaning Satisfactory

     U meaning Unsatisfactory

 3. Computation of grade point average will be as follows:

     A equivalent to 4.0
     A- equivalent to 3.7
     B+ equivalent to 3.3
     B equivalent to 3.0
     B- equivalent to 2.7
     C+ equivalent to 2.3
     C equivalent to 2.0
     C- equivalent to 1.7
     D equivalent to 1.0
     F equivalent to 0
     W equivalent to 0

     Students are required to have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in order to graduate.

The program has two areas of specialization:
(1) Development Management
(2) Policy and Management

          A three to four-year study program with a minimum of twenty seven credit hours of graduate course study, including a written qualifying examination for candidacy followed by thirty-six credit hours of dissertation, and a successful oral defense of the student's doctoral thesis.
1. Basic Courses    non-credit
2. Core Courses   9 credits
3. Research Methodology 9 credits
4. Area of Specialization 9 credits
5. Dissertation 36 credits
Dissertation Seminar 6 credits
     Dissertation 30 credits
 1.Basic Courses non-credits

Basic training courses which may be required by the Committee for students who do not achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550 or an IELTS score of at least 6
LC 4003 Advanced Integrated English Language Skills Development
LC 6000 Advanced Reading and Writing in English for Graduate Studies
2.Core Courses 9 Credits
DA 8000 Development Administration and Globalization 3 credits
DA 8010 Organization Analysis and Management 3 credits
DA 8020 Policy Studies 3 credits
3.Research Methodology 9 Credits
DA 8100 Philosophy of the Social Sciences 3 credits
DA 8110 Quantitative Research Methods I 3 credits
DA 8120 Quantitative Research Methods II 3 credits
DA 8130 Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
4.Area of Specialization 9 Credits
4.1 Development Management
DA 8300 Modern Management and Organization 3 credits
DA 8310 Strategic Human Resource Management and Development 3 credits
DA 8320 Financial Management 3 credits
4.2 Policy and Management
DA 8400 Policy Implementation and Evaluation 3 credits
DA 8410 Fiscal and Monetary Policy Analysis and Management 3 credits
DA 8420 Development Policy and Globle Governance 3 credits
5.Dissertation 36 Credits
DA 9900 Dissertation Seminar 6 credits
Dissertation 30 credits