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AU's Ph.D. HTM Program is the first tourism PhD program in Thailand with small class sizes, taught in English by experienced international faculty. Choose from one to four years to complete your dissertation. Register anytime with September start.


Doctor of Philosophy

(Hospitality and Tourism Management Program)

The ABAC Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Ph.D. HTM) Program is the first International Tourism PhD program in Thailand and continues to be the pre-eminent program with small class sizes, and students from ASEAN. The program is delivered in English by international faculty members, all of whom have a wealth of experience in Tourism and Hospitality sectors.


The Ph.D. HTM program is delivered through a series of seven modules arranged in a combination of conventional lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and out-of-class activity-based learning experiences. With one intake per year, registration can be made at any time with the program commencing in September each year.


After completing the seven theory modules in their first year, students are assigned an individual supervisor who is a renowned researcher in the student’s research area. Students may elect to complete their dissertation in one to four years.


สมัครวันนี้ สำหรับนักศึกษาใหม่​สัญชาติไทยรับทุนการศึกษา ๔๐๐,๐๐๐ บาท

Qualifications for Admission

  • To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must :

  • Have at least 3 years of work experience in organizations in the area of interest and expertise.

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in related fields (MBA, Msc in Tourism) or equivalent degrees in any other fields, with GPA above 3.50 on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent.

  • Obtain TOEFL score of 575 PBT or 213 CBT or an IELTS (Academic) overall band of at least 6.5 or

  • Obtain GMAT score of 550. (The scores are valid for 2 years). Any applicant who does not obtain the required score must take the English Entrance Examination.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation from either former instructors or employers.

  • Present a brief research proposal in the field of hospitality and tourism studies.

Entrance Examination

  • Applicants with a Master’s Degree from other fields will be admitted subject to passing an oral entrance examination.

  • All applicants must pass the research proposal examination.

Graduate Requirements

  • Complete the total number of credits of the program

  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00

  • Have the dissertation / part of the dissertation published or have obtained an acceptance of its publication in a national or international journal in accordance with OHEC’s Regulations

    Maintain proper conduct worthy of being a doctoral degree holder

  • Settle all financial obligations to the University

  • Fulfill the requirement of an out-of country field trip

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