Thailand - Far East Asia
General Management

Khon Kaen University (KKU) College of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) Master of Business Administration


Program overview

CGSM offers 3 programs:

Executive MBA for working professionals and recent bachelor's degree graduates who want to enhance their qualifications. All activities are held on weekends, making it ideal for busy entrepreneurs, managers, and those with weekday commitments.

Young Executive MBA for new university graduates and those with work experience who can devote themselves to study on a full-time basis. All lectures, discussion groups, and other required activities are conducted from Monday to Friday.

English - Chinese MBA is an international class that includes students from Thailand and abroad, with a significant Chinese presence. Classes are held Monday through Friday and are primarily in English.


Curriculum (courses, subject modules)

MBA Curriculum Landscape

The Master of Business Administration curriculum is designed to encompass three phases, which include:

1. Exploring

The initial phase is dedicated to helping students explore and define their goals, ensuring their readiness to embark on the MBA journey.


This phase consists of five courses that teach students important business administration principles.


The final phase, consisting of two courses, aims to enable students to apply their holistic knowledge to meet business needs and start new businesses.


CGSM offers various activities that emphasize learning from real-life experiences.

Admission conditions

Required diploma(s) :

  • Bachelor

Tuition & Fees

Between 490000 and 490000 THB

Between 12800 and 12800 €

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are those with a bachelor's degree in any academic field who are interested in management study. Work experience is not required. Applicants are required to take an intensive interview examination.

Employment opportunities & career impact

Annual salary after graduation

  • Average Salary : 15000 € (EUR)
  • Minimum Salary : 7500 € (EUR)
  • Maximum Salary : 30000 € (EUR)

Average time for obtaining the first job offer : 98% students got a job before studying, 2% students obtain the first job offer less than 6 months

Employment opportunities :

Expected CGSM Graduated

We realize that how essential of human resource is to country's development, CGSM has invested a great deal of resources to ensure the graduates' quality to response to our mission in social development. Therefore our graduates are expected to :-

1.   process up-to-date knowledge with international standard

2.   have high ethics and responsibility for community, ready to serve country's business society

3.   be entrepreneur with Administrative and Management knowledge in commercial, industrial and service.

4.   contribute professional knowledge to public and able to work in team to produce quality product.

5.   be able to conduct research, analyses and initiate systematically in order to solve business problem.

6.   process sufficient knowledge for professional development without necessity to do PhD study.

Program enrolment information and statistics

Students based in the Eduniversal zone in which the program is affiliated 100 %
Students based in the country in which the program is affiliated 99 %
Students Age
Minimum age 22 years
Average age 30 years
Maximum age 65 years
Students Full Time work experience
Minimum Full Time work experience 3
Average Full Time work experience 7
Maximum Full Time work experience 32

Faculty profiles

College of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), the first autonomous degree-granting unit within Khon Kaen University, was approved by the University Council in March 1997. Prior to the inauguration of CGSM the first batch of 60 MBA students enrolled at the Faculty of Management Science, Khon Kaen University in March 1994.

To be consistent and align with the National Higher Education Plan, Khon Kaen University has policies to support developing Graduate Study and to meet the demand of the country and the region. The University Council approved CGSM’s plan to organize MBA programs at Bangkok Campus in 2000.

With the ultimate goal to upgrade the administrative potential of the people in Thailand, CGSM commits to provide educational opportunity at the graduate studies level in management, to conduct and support research related to business and administration and to extend its role in community outreach.

As part of Khon Kaen University, the University Council is the top governing body at the policy level of the whole university. At CGSM, the Board of Directors plays an important role as the policy board and the Executive Board governs CGSM at the operational level. The operation of CGSM is under the responsibility of the Dean and Associate Deans.



The College of Graduate Study in Management is a leading MBA school at international standard, a learning institute which creates business networks and pursues excellence in management.



- To generate qualified graduates according to the national and international standard with moral and ethical behavior.

- To proceed the research and develop the curriculum and academic service for society based on the foundation of culture, solution, and enhance potential particularly in Northeast region.

- To provide academic service for community and society in order to develop a quality of life.

- To preserve arts and culture.

- To have an excellent management system which emphasize on staff and student quality, quality assurance, and a system of human resource management to generate the social responsibility culture.



- Producing graduates with desired qualifications that meet the requirements of the country.

- Establishing and developing of knowledge that responding and adding potential competitiveness of the country.

- Providing academic services based on community, government, and non-government participation.

- Integrating discipline, research, academic service, and community’s expert participation.

- Managing organization with the principle of good governance.


Organizational Culture:

- Positive Thinking

- Creativity

- Ethics

- Discipline

- Enthusiasm and Dedication

- Volunteer Spirit

- Team Work

Campus facilities & Student Life

Khon Kaen University

Khon Kaen University (KKU) was one of four regional universities established in 1964 as part of a decentralized development plan for higher education in Thailand. The campus is located in the northwest sector of Khon Kaen, just a few kilometres from the center of the city. Situated in a most attractive park, the campus covers approximately 900 hectares.

From small beginnings, KKU has grown enormously and is today home to more than 2,110 staff in seventeen faculties, four academic support centers, two academic services centers, a hospital and many research institutes, centres of excellence and specialist centres. Currently KKU has 59 international faculty staff and another 255 staff from other countries are coming as visiting lecturers or researchers. Our staff, 270, was visiting other countries on various exchange programs.

In addition several new institutes are currently in the pipeline and will, in time, open the University’s door further to the public and increase its roles, responsibilities and commitments to the region around it. Last years, 418 papers have been published in ESI indexed journals with 865 citations to these works.

KKU has a student population of nearly 24,000 undergraduates; 314 of these will undertake an exchange with another country, and additionally 167 students will arrive on exchange from other countries.  There are currently over 9700 postgraduates studying for higher degrees at KKU, and 114 of these are international students. There will also be 89 inbound and 184 outbound postgraduate student exchanges this academic year.  Although many students are housed in one of the 25 Halls of Residence, some students choose to find their own accommodation off campus.

KKU is the largest education and learning center in the Northeast of Thailand, and is recognized as the leader of new innovations in teaching and learning and research in the region. Khon Kaen city is the trade and administrative hub of the Northeast and is on a main transport route between the south and the Mekong Sub-region, and thus KKU is ideally placed to support the development of the Northeast and its neighboring counties.

KKU is committed to the development of its communities and its neighboring countries. KKU currently offers 31 International programs, and 11 English programs, with students from all our neighboring counties studying for degrees at KKU. As host to 18 Research Centers of Excellence, the E-Sarn software park and the Northeastern Sciences and Technology Park, KKU is an active hub for innovation and research.

KKU has been working hard to formalize its activities, collaborations and exchange programs through the signing of over 100 Memorandum of Understanding with other institutions in more than 21 countries. These allow us to define the scope, expectations and responsibilities of our partnerships more clearly, such as waiving of fees for student exchanges, support for research collaboration etc., and have added greater impetus to our partnerships. We are currently benefiting from tremendous goodwill and cooperation from our neighboring Asian institutions for our academic and training activities.

KKU has strong links with other universities in Southeast Asia through its GMSTEC and GMSARN membership, and the Scholarships for Neighboring Countries initiative. This initiative supports staff and students from institutions in the Greater Mekong region who have a memorandum of understanding with KKU, to come and study for higher degrees at KKU. This is a continuing program with new scholarships awarded annually, with the aim of significantly strengthening the human capital in specific areas in these neighboring countries.KKU annually hosts the Khon Kaen International Marathon, and also hosts a large number of regional events, such as the Northeastern Agricultural Fair and the Innovation Fair. KKU is continually seeking to improve the quality of its education, its services and its outreach

The Northeast Region of Thailand

Geography The Northeast region, said to be the "Kingdom's heartland", incorporates 19 provinces, and diverse and beautiful landscapes from mountains to plains, form national parks to agricultural land, and from villages to cities. Isan (the collective term for the northeast region) is rich in natural scenery, ancient temples and archaeological sites.

Isan Culture People living in Isan are very pround of their unique folk culture. Indeed, it is very rich and is worthwhile investigating. This region of Thailand hosts fewer tourists than the others, and that is maybe the reason why the people are friendlier. However, once here, tourists can find sites of historical and archaeological significance, as well as entertaining local festivals and beautiful handicrafts.

Southern Isan is known for its strong Khmer influence, and hosts many ancient temples and ruins. A mixture of Laos and Khmer influences marks Isan culture and language. Many of the people living in this area speak Laotian or Thai dialects. Delicious Isan food is famous for its pungency and choice of ingredient: sticky rice, the very spicy, but unavoidable, papaya salad (somtum), grilled chicken and meats. Moreover the best silk in Thailand is said to come from the Northeast.

During your journey in Isan you may have a chance to attend a Bai Sri Soo Khwan Ceremony. Northeast Thais commonly participate in Bai Sri Soo Khwan Ceremony. Northeast Thais commonly participate in Bai Sri (sacred thread) ceremonies on auspicious occasions, such as birthdays, welcomes, farewells, and time of serious illness. An elder who has spent some time as a monk presides over the ritual, and some chant in order to convey blessings on the honored guest. After the chants, each person attending takes a white string and ties it around the wrist of the honored guest while whispering a short recitation of good wishes.

The City of Khon Kaen Historically, Khon Kaen is quite a new town, and established a little over two centuries ago during the region of King Rama I. But prehistorically, this province on the plateau has played host to a multitude of creatures, creeds and cultures. Artifacts haveproven that millions of year ago the area was ruled by gigantic dinosaurs. People from various cultures then occupied the plateau during the pre-historical period until the ancient Khmer Empire expanded its presence into the area in the 12th century. These cultures, traditions, and historical sites to this area have all contributed to shaping the Thai people and Thailand itself.

Geographically, Khon Kaen plays an important role as the centre of the Northeast region. Furthurmore, the province, centred around Khon Kaen University, is a major hub of education and technology. A major source of local wisdomin silk production is in Amphoe Chonnabot where excellent Mudmee silk is delicately woven by hand using tie-dye techniques. Developments in different areas are making Khon Kaen " a big wheels" of trasportation.

Khon Kaen province occupies an area of 10,885 square kilometres. The province is divides into 20 Amhoes and 5 King Amphoes.

Transportation in the province Getting around the province is quite convenient as various kinds of vehicles are available. Tuk-tuk or motorised tricycle's fares starts at 30 baht, while pedal tricycle's begin at 20 baht. Regular buses, with fan or air-conditioned, operate in the city. There are also buses leaving for other Amphoes all day long.

Facilities & Support Services

International Relations Office The center for international co-operation of the University, it provides one-stop support and services for foreign students and visitors, conducts international co-operation with foreign government and non-governmental sectors, publicizes and promotes KKU’s activities to foreign institutions and organizations, manages scholarship funds and arranges and organizes international cultural activities.

Computer Services The University Computer Center provides students, instructors, KKU officers with a great many personal computers for use, in addition to those available through the University services. The Central Library and each faculty also their own students with an alternative addition to these services.

Library and Learning Resource Center The KKU Library system includes the Central Library and 13 faculty libraries. The University libraries provide information resources and  services in the support of teaching, research and service activities of the University and the citizens of the Northeast. At present, the library has implemented a fully integrated automation system and library users can access monographs, Thai journal articles and other medias by means of the Online Public Access Catalog. A computer network links favulty libraries on campus as well as linking with other library systems within the country and overseas. Updated information from throughout the world can be accessed via the Internet. In addition, CD-ROM databases in the Central Library are accessible to users-both on and off campus-via the University computer network and modem/telephone links.

Accommodation Lodges of 46 dormitories located within walking distance of the University food center and other services are available at reasonable prices. All of the dorms are equipped with all facilities, including electricity, water supply, sanitation system, telephone, and security. Off-campus private apartments, condos and dormitories are also available.

Academic Service Center established in 1989 the Academic Service Center aims to provide academic knowledge and technical skills and experience for people in the Northeast. Through its series of both long and short training programs, it seeks to develop productive and self-reliant citizenry whilst also enhancing the relationship between the University and the regional community.

The Research and Development Institute (RDI) The Research and Development Institute was established in 1978 in the view to handle research activities in KKU. In 1981 it become the center of research and development of the northeast. RDI has driven forwards more than 160 projects with financial support from USAID during 1982-1988, and from CIDA during during 1984-1994. RDI is in charge of linking networking Pos, NGOs and Gos to organize the sustainable development in northeastern Thailand.

Institute of Learning and Teaching Innovation (ILTI) The responsibility of the Institute is to develop and advance the learning and teaching (L&T) skills of students and instructors of KKU as well as those of other governmental and privatized organizations. In addition, it is to become the center of transmitting new initiatives for L&T to the public. The Institute’s vision and mission encompass advancement of L&T skills in conjunction with acquiring moral principles, student centered learning, self learning and implementation of advanced technologies.

Golden Jubilee Convention Hall The Golden Jubilee Convention Hall was established by KKU in commemoration of the historic 50th Anniversary of his Majesty the King's Accession to the Throne. The Hall is located at the entrance of KKU on Maliwan Rd., Just 1.5 km from downtown and 4 km from the airport. The Hall can accommodate 3,000 people with an additiional 1,100 seats on the mezzanine level. Moreover it is equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia technology such as audio-visual system, light and so forth. Ample parking space is available for 1,000 cars and up to 50 buses.

Commercial Complex The University Commercial Complex is located in the center of the campus. Services include the University Book Center, the University Co-op store, dining hall, pharmacy, ATM machines, photo labs, photocopiers, a laundromat, several hairdressers, and many other shops and services.

Gymnasium and Sports Facilities The University provides a range of sports facilities for general use. There is a large hall for basketball, volleyball and badminton. There are also provisions for judo, table tennis, and aerobics. Outdoor playing facilities include grass pitches for football, hockey, rugby and softball as well as tennis courts and swimming pools. There are also many multipurpose facilities around the campus.

Health Services Subsidized by the University, the Students Health Service provides general practitioner medical care for students who have paid the required fee upon enrollment. Consultations are free and staff also advise on a full range of other matters such as immunizations, overseas travel and contraception. The University Hospital is one of the most modern and prestigious hospitals in the country.

Post Office KKU Post Office is located at the back of the University Commercial Complex. The Post Office provides a variety of services for students and staff including buying stamps, sending mail, parcels and international phone calls and faxes. The Post Office also has secure mailbox rental at good rates.

Banks There are 5 bank offices offered for service: 2 Siam Commercial Bank branches, the Krung Thai Bank, the Bangkok Bank, and the Krungsri Ayuthaya Bank.

The Art and Culture Museum The Museum is the center of art and culture exhibitions, cultural activities, art and handicraft and of co-operation in art and culture with other institutions. It includes an amphitheatre, two temporary exhibition rooms, and a permanent exhibition room organized to be an interactive museum, that collects information of the Northeastern culture, in order to be an educational museum and an information center for tourists.

The Research and Development Institute (RDI) The RDI was established in 1978 to manage research activities in KKU, and in 1981 became the center of research and development of the Northeast Thailand. The RDI has driven forwards hundreds of projects with financial support from USAID and CIDA. The RDI is in charge of linking networking of public, private and non-governmental organizations to manage the sustainable development in Northeastern Thailand.

The Mekong Institute The Mekong Institute is a unique facility providing specialized training for key public and private sector personnel in the fields of economic and administrative reform. Located on the campus of Khon Kaen University in Northeast Thailand, it serves countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) of Asia: Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Yunnan Province of China.



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