The School of Global Studies at Thammasat University is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to earn a single (MA) or dual degree (MA and MBA) in cooperation with the Sustainability Management School of Switzerland.

The dual degree program in Social Innovation and Sustainability and Business Administration has been specifically designed to enhance the learner’s knowledge, ability and skills in order to navigate and succeed in today’s increasingly complex and interconnected world. The MAS-MBA program is a unique graduate-level program that defines sustainability and social innovation from a socio-political perspective and which combines innovation, sustainability analysis and business management within the context of cross-sector collaboration and inter-regional and international capacity building. Using the case study method, the principles of sound business management and the development of practical applications to real world problems, the program is tailor-made for collaborative learners and innovative thinkers who appreciate cultural diversity, interdisciplinary understanding and creative problem-solving. The program has as its focus global sustainability, development, management and the challenges of human security through social innovation and human-centered design.

The Thammasat University School of Global Studies is committed to the promotion of international collaboration in education and research by creating and sustaining partnerships based on the principles of equity, transparency, inquiry, mutual interest and respect, all of which are imbedded the dual degree MAS and MBA program.

The dual degree program is specifically designed for professionals looking to advance their career while earning an advanced degree. Save time and money by getting a world-class education from Switzerland and Thailand at two truly world-class Universities.

What Makes This Program Different

The program is aimed at working professionals from all sectors who aspire to expand their knowledge and skills and make a difference in our complex world.

Dual Degree Program

MBA from a Swiss University

SUMAS is a unique business school located in Switzerland that offers innovative business programs integrated with state of the art sustainability knowledge. Innovative, practical and adapted to the real world, this MBA Program is accredited by the Council of Business School Programs (ACBSP) and will have a huge impact on your future career. It is delivered by outstanding faculty coming from the field with significant experience in sustainable projects and business strategy.

MA from a Thai University with a Legacy

The School of Global Studies is a new and innovative academic initiative within Thammasat University and a front-runner in global health and social innovation within Thailand, Southeast Asia and beyond with a track record of excellent research on determinants of the public’s health, student-centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs.

The School enjoys a unique position of being a national, regional and global focal point for global studies, human security and wellbeing with collaborative relationships with academic and professional communities.

In an increasingly globalized world characterized by profound and rapid change our passion for social justice and equity combined with our expertise in research, teaching, and mentoring changemakers is more important than ever.

We are devoted to our mission of education, research, service and intercultural dialogue; and do not view these as separate domains, but recognize the importance of the intersections of education, research, service and inter-cultural dialogue.


For professionals looking to take their careers to the next level. Get your MA + MBA Degree while still working, allowing you to advance both in Corporate, Non-Profit, or Public Sectors. Study in the heart of Bangkok and save time and money by getting a world-class education from Swiss and Thai accredited Universities.

How Does the Dual Degree (Optional) Work?

In addition to completing the required courses for the Master in Social Innovation and Sustainability (MAS) Degree, students opting to take the SUMAS’ Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sustainability Management Degree Program must successfully complete the additional 21 credit worth courses from SUMAS. Students can transfer their 24 credits from MASS towards the MBA.

Students opting to take the MBA will have to pay an additional amount of USD 3500 to SUMAS.

For Working Professionals


You need multifaceted thinking to understand the economic, political, socio-cultural, well-being, and other impacts involved in a problem to address social issues in our complex world today. Our curriculum is designed to provide you with challenges that will allow you to draw upon different perspectives, knowledge, and experiences to understand problems and explore solutions beyond a single discipline.

Career Success

We know how difficult it is to attempt something as challenging as a Masters while working full-time, that is why we give you the opportunity to pull in projects from your workplace. Using this approach, not only will you be able to advance your skills, but you’ll also be able to deliver in big ways to your organization.


In a rapidly changing and interconnected world, you will gain critical skills to increase your competitive edge for employment mobility in the future global job market. Our classroom and non-classroom environments ensure learning that instills competencies, including critical thinking, leadership, communication, time management, teamwork ability, problem-solving, creativity, adaptability, and business skills.

Make This Year Count

At The School of Global Studies, you have the chance to grow in ways that will not only benefit your personal and professional life, but that will benefit those most in need.

You will be expected to bear the responsibility of not only identifying needs but to proactively take action to address those needs. Rather than rely on rigid content to pass achieve your degree, you will engage in thinking and solving real-world problems.

You will be creating impact in the real world from day one.

However, not to worry, you are not alone in this journey of impact and social change. Our collective experience and expertise will guide, challenge, and support you along the way. Moreover, our social innovation platform, called “G-Lab”, our connection with Thailand’s social enterprise ecosystem, and people who are leading change will help you achieve your goals in making this a year you’ll never forget.

Excited Yet?

Have a Look at our Courses and Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability (MAS) requires 36 credits to graduate at the minimum of 1 year. This program is geared towards working professionals and is scheduled with flexibility around your work life and goals.

Learning Modules

Core Course
Semester One: 15 weeks (Core Courses)
15 Credit

Global Disruptions and Emerging Opportunities

[3 Courses – 6 Credits]

Course 1 (GS 501): Introduction to Global System
Course 2 (GS 502): The Art and Science of Sustainability
Course 3 (GS 503): Disruptive Innovation
Outcome: Grounded Immersion (Internship or field placement with Capstone)

Sustainable Design and Implementation

[3 Courses – 6 Credits]

Course 1 (GS 511): Design Thinking
Course 2 (GS 512): Seminar on Design Innovation
Course 3 (GS513): Managing Designing in a Global Society
Outcome: Grounded Immersion (Internship or field placement with Capstone)

Designing & Implementing Collaborative Solutions (Skills)

[1 Course – 3 Credits]

Course 1 (GS 521): Grounded Immersion (Developing Capstone paper of Practicum)

Specialized Courses
Semester Two: 15 weeks  
Plan A  [3 Credits for 1 Common Course + 6 Credits for 2 Methodology Course + 6 Credits Thesis = 15 Credits]
Plan B  [3 Credits for 1 Common Courses + 6 Credits for 3 Special Course + 6 Credits for 3 Courses on Track = 15 Credits]

Common Course (Skill) [3 Credits]

Course 1 (GS 531): Cross-cultural Project Management [Compulsory Elective for Plan A & B Student]

Plan A: Methodology Courses

[6 Credits]

Course 1 A (GS 541): Research Methodologies
Course 2 A (GS 542): Practical Approach to Research Methods

Common Course (Skill) [3 Credits]

Course 1 (GS 531): Cross-cultural Project Management [Compulsory Elective for Plan A & B Student]

Plan B: Special Courses for Track

[6 Credits]

Course 1 B (GS 551): Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
Course 2 B (GS 552): Behavioral Economics and Sustainability
Course 3 B (GS 553): Disruptive Leadership and Social Transformation

Track Courses

Sustainability Development

[6 Credits]

Course 1 B (GS 561): Contemporary Sustainability Issues
Course 2 B (GS 562): Sustainability Management
Course 3 B (GS 563): Society, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Design for Innovation

[6 Credits]

Course 1 B (GS 571): Design Innovation
Course 2 B (GS 572): Design Skills for Projects
Course 3 B (GS 573): Design for Impact and Disruption

Business Management Innovation

[6 Credits]

Course 1 B (GS 581): Strategic Investment
Course 2 B (GS 582): Reengineering CSR
Course 3 B (GS 583): Ethical Decision Making

Skills Courses (Electives)


Course 1 (GS 532): Communication for Innovating
Course 2 (GS 533): Digital and Social Media Strategies
Course 3 (GS 534): Managing the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy
Course 4 (GS 535): Storytelling for Impacts
Course 5 (GS 536): Dialogue for Collaborative Progress

Thesis Options

Thesis A (Half of the thesis registration) [6 Credit]
Thesis (GS 591): Thesis

Summer (8 Weeks)

Research Thesis

Register 6 Credits in Summer [Total 12 Credits]

Track – IS or Project

6 Credits

* Can be extended up to 3 more academic years depending on the progress of the research.

Tuition and Fees

MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability