Linguistics Admissions

Application deadline for the Academic Year 2021-22: 29 January 2021

Late applications will also be considered.

The academic year at Payap University begins mid-August and ends in mid-December. There are three semesters:

  • Semester 1 (mid-August to mid-December)
  • Semester 2 (early January to early May)
  • Summer Semester (early June to early August)

The Linguistics Department accepts new students in Semester 1 only. There is a break at Christmas and at Thai New Year (Songkran) in March-April. Course options are more limited in the Summer Semester.

Qualifications for Applicants

1. Previous fields of study
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

2. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of not lower than 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.50 and 3.00 may be granted probationary admission, subject to the condition that they earn no grade lower than a 3.00 during their first nine (9) credits of graduate study.

3. Undergraduate credits in Linguistics
Applicants must have at least nine (9) credits of university level courses in Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Grammar, subject to approval by the Administrative Committee. A GPA of 3.00 or higher must have been obtained in each of these courses.
Applicants lacking the required credits in Linguistics may be granted admission with the condition that they complete the prerequisite courses in Foundational Linguistics  offered by the Linguistics Department of Payap University with a grade equivalent to 3.00 or higher in each of the courses. The Foundational Linguistics courses are taught yearly from mid-May through early August.

4. Foreign language proficiency
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in at least two (2) living languages, one of which must be English. This requirement may be fulfilled by having completed one of the following options:

  1. Native speakers of English must have, within the last five years:
    • Taken undergraduate or graduate courses in a foreign language totaling not less than twelve (12) credits and received a GPA of not less than 3.00, or
    • Passed the P6 Thai examination of the Ministry of Education of Thailand, or
    • Passed a foreign language examination with a score equivalent to a 2+ on the ILR scale, or alternatively
    • Present documentation proving that they have been educated (secondary or post-secondary) in a language other than English.
  2. Non-native speakers of English must have, within the last two years:
    • Passed the TOEFL with a score of 79 or greater on the internet-based test, or 211 or greater on the computer-based test, or 550 or greater on the paper-based test, or
    • Passed the IELT with a score of 6.5 or greater, or
    • Passed the OOPT at the level of C1 or higher, or
    • Received an equivalent score on a similar test if approved by the Administrative Committee.

The Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) is available here at Payap.

Applicants whose knowledge of English is judged to be insufficient may be granted probationary admission status.

Admission status

Applicants may be granted either regular or probationary student status.

  1. Regular status is granted when applicants meet all the acceptance requirements in the areas of:
    • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA), and
    • Undergraduate credits in Linguistics, and
    • Foreign language proficiency.
  2. Probationary status may be granted when the applicants’
    • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) falls between 2.50 and 2.99, and/or
    • Linguistics prerequisite courses’ grade point average (GPA) falls between 2.50 and 2.99, and/or
    • English score is lower than that required.

Transfer of Credits

  1. Transfer of credits for entering students
    Students who have studied Linguistics at the graduate level at another institution within the last five (5) years may request a transfer of credits according to these regulations:

    • The student must have received a grade of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale from the original institution in the course that is being transferred.
    • The content of the course being transferred must closely resemble the content of a course offered by the Linguistics curriculum at Payap University.
    • Transferred course(s) will be recorded with a grade of P in the student’s transcript and will not be considered in any GPA calculations.
    • The total number of transferred credits may not exceed nine (9) credits.
  2. Transfer of credits for enrolled students
    A student who is enrolled at the Linguistics Department at Payap University may request to take a graduate-level course in Linguistics at another institution and transfer credits to Payap University under the following conditions:

    • The Department’s Administrative Committee determine whether the course content relates to the student’s program.
    • Payap University’s Academic Affairs approves the student’s request.
    • The grade recorded for the course will be that given by the other institution, and this grade will be included in the student’s cumulative GPA.
    • The total number of credits transferred from another institution in this manner may not exceed six (6) credits.

Application Forms

Please click here for a list of materials needed for applying to the M.A. program in Linguistics at Payap University.

Please email the electronic copies of all the completed application materials to the Linguistics Department at:

Or, send paper copies of all the completed application materials to:
Linguistics Department
Payap University
Amphur Muang
Chiang Mai 50000

The application processing fee is due by 30 March; the fee is 500 THB for those residing in Thailand and 1,600 THB for those residing overseas.

Upon acceptance, a deposit of 6,400 THB toward the first semester’s tuition is required before a visa letter can be issued.

If you have any questions about the application materials or the application process, please contact the Linguistics Department program coordinator at:

Please note that accepted M.A. students will need to bring their own PC laptop.