Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

What kind of programs are offered by the university?

CMKL University has been established to offer collaborative research and education between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. CMKL offers top Ph.D. and M.S. programs in cutting-edge area of computer engineering and digital technologies including Software Systems, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. Upon the program completion, graduates receive the degree from Carnegie Mellon University. All courses are conducted in English, both in Thailand and in the United States. Students will start the coursework at Carnegie Mellon University in USA and return to continue research work in Thailand. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

Is there any scholarship available?

Yes, students admitted to the programs will be able to pursue full scholarship from our partners. Admitted PhD students will be fully supported for the duration of 5 years in the form of industrial partner research fellowships, availability will be based on the partner’s conditions. Supports for PhD students include tuition fee and stipends so that the students can focus on coursework and research. Master program’s scholarship will be available in the form of tuition fee support only. Partners may require the students to have a work contract for the company after graduation.

I have a full-time job, can I apply as a part-time student?

If you apply for our Doctoral or Master programs, you must be able to participate as a full-time student. Our degree programs require a significant amount of time and dedication from the students to complete the coursework and related research. Additional professional certificates and trainings will also be available for existing workforce looking to refresh their knowledge. More details regarding the continuing education will be coming soon.

Can I apply for more than one program?

You may apply for more than one program.  On the online application, simply rank your programs of interest in order of preference and you will be considered for each program that you include.

Admissions

Am I still under consideration for any other ECE programs?

No, we do not anticipate making any other offers for the other ECE programs.

During my year at CMKL, will I be in contact with a CMU professor?

The Vice President and Program Director are both CMU ECE adjunct faculty, in regular contact with CMU faculty and community members. Students are welcome to reach out to them.

Who are the 'industry partners' mentioned on the website?

The industry partners listed here are local Thai companies with international business.

Are there any opportunities for fee waivers or scholarships?

Some scholarship opportunities are available at CMKL. More information can be found at this page.

What is the fee structure of the program?

Please refer to your admission letter for the specific tuition amount. The semester rate is roughly equivalent to the CMU semester rate, but students will pay for four semesters, rather than three semesters (the length of the MS in ECE program). Students will pay tuition andfees directly to CMKL University, as they handle the financial administration of the program.

Who will be teaching the courses?

The courses will be taught by a combination of CMU faculty (some are adjunct) and CMKL faculty. All courses are taught in-person. Currently, there is no option for distance learning.

Is the Thailand campus an English speaking campus?

CMKL is entirely English speaking for its graduate programs. KMITL's international program is entirely English speaking, as well.

What type of visa will I receive?

If student starts his/her year in USA, International students will receive an F1 visa for their time spent at CMU.

If student starts his/her year in Thailand, International students will receive Non-Immigrant (ED) Visa for their time spent at CMKL.

Will I qualify for OPT? Is it STEM-designated?

Students who spend their second year of the program at CMU will qualify for OPT. It is STEM-designated. You will not qualify for OPT if you spend your second year at CMKL in Thailand.

Are Teaching Assistant positions available?

There are opportunities for you to be a TA during your time at CMU. Students receive hourly wages for this position.

Can I do an internship during this program? 

Students will be able to perform internships during your time in this program.

What are the credit requirements for the degree from CMKL in Thailand?

The CMKL credit requirements are the same as ECE's requirements, but with one additional research project required, which will count as creditfor the CMKL MS degee. Research projects at CMU may be available for pay or credit, however they are optional and would be up to students to pursue individually.

What degrees will I earn after graduating?

Upon graduation from the two-year program, students will earn a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from both CMKL and CMU. The degree that you earn from CMU will be identical to other ECE CMU graduates.

What is the exact timeline of the program?

The CMU-Thailand MS dual-degree is a two-year program. Students will spend one year at Carnegie Mellon, and one at CMKL. We are in the process of officially amending the CMU-Thailand dual-degree program to allow students to begin at either location. If this change is not yet made official in time for students to begin in the fall 2019 semester, we will be unable to create a CMU student account for you while you are in Thailand. However, we can still allow students to begin at CMKL University and spend their final two semesters at CMU. We will help students transfer two CMKL courses back to CMU in thefall 2020 semester. If you would like to begin in Thailand before the official approval, ECE at CMU will send a letter to defer the official CMU admission.

What do I need to submit for my application to be considered complete?

A complete application consists of the application itself, statement of purpose, resume, three recommendation letters, transcripts, GRE score report and application fee. International applicants are also required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report.

  • Statement of Purpose and Resume: You have the option to either upload your statement of purpose and resume, or enter them directly into the online application as text.
  • Recommendation Letters: Once you access the online application, you will be required to enter the names, titles, and email addresses of your three recommenders. Your recommenders will then receive a link to the online recommendation form. All recommendations must be completed online. Any hard copy letters mailed to the ECE Admissions Office will be discarded.
  • Transcripts and GRE/TOEFL or IELTS Score Reports: Unofficial transcripts and score reports must be uploaded to the online application. This is what the Admissions Committee will use for review purposes. In addition, it is required that the ECE Admissions Office receive official electronic or hard copy GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports. The ECE Admissions Office will only require an official hard copy of your transcript if you are admitted and decide to accept your offer of admission. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be received directly from the university in a signed and sealed envelope.​

Note: Please DO NOT mail any other paper documents to the ECE Admissions Office or CMKL University such as a resume/CV, publications, financial documents, or certificates as they will not be included in your file for review by the admissions committee. The only hard copy documents that should be mailed to the Admissions Office are official transcripts and GRE, TOEFL or IELTS score reports. If you have publications that you would like the admissions committee to review, please link to them in your online resume. Any additional hard copy material mailed to the Admission Office will be discarded.

Also, please note that the Admissions Office will not accept application material submitted by third party consulting companies. It is expected that each applicant will complete his or her own application. Exceptions to this policy include application material submitted by a fellowship/scholarship organization, World Education Services, or ETS.

What are the minimum TOEFL, GRE, and GPA required for admission?

If you are required to take the TOEFL, the minimum score requirement is a total of 84, with minimum subscores of IBT-R 22, IBT-L 22, IBT-S 18, and IBT-W 22. There are no "cut-offs" for the GRE and GPA. Both the GRE and GPA are evaluated in the context of your entire application package.

Is the TOEFL test required for all international applicants?

The TOEFL test is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Native language is defined as first language, or language spoken from birth. The TOEFL is not required if the applicant has graduated from a U.S. university, or if the applicant is a Carnegie Mellon student or alum.

Can I submit an IELTS score instead of a TOEFL?

The Admissions Committee prefers the TOEFL to the IELTS. While you are encouraged to take the TOEFL, if you are unable to do so, we look for a minimum overall score of 7 on the IELTS, with minimum sub-scores of Reading-6.5, Listening-6.5, Speaking-6, and Writing-6.

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