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Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability (MAS)
Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability (MAS)

Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies is pleased to offer a pioneering Masters degree in Social Innovation and Sustainability. The graduate program is driven by a mission of developing a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers in Southeast Asia with the knowledge, mindset and skills to tackle the region’s most pressing Sustainable Development Goal challenges essential for creating a more prosperous, just, inclusive and sustainable world.

Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies is pleased to offer a pioneering Masters degree in Social Innovation and Sustainability. The graduate program is driven by a mission to develop a vibrant and diverse community of practitioners and researchers in Southeast Asia with the knowledge, mindset and skills necessary for tackling the region’s most pressing social and environmental challenges while creating prosperous, just, inclusive and sustainable communities. 

What Makes This Program Different


 PRogram Overview


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 research excellence in the areas of public health, student-centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs.

The School of Global 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 emerging leaders is more important than ever.

We are committed to our mission of education, research, service and intercultural dialogue. We do not see these components as separate domains and recognize the importance of the intersections of education, research, service and inter-cultural dialogue.


Program that is Driven by mission

Through the dynamically designed program, students learn to identify, research and understand global and regional social, economic and environmental challenges. They learn the various social innovation approaches and develop skills in design thinking and other research methods as a means to understand issues and create solutions that are aligned with the local social and cultural context. Students gain skills in working with a diverse range of stakeholders and measuring the social and environmental impact of innovations, and enterprise practices. They also learn how to align corporate and organisational strategies and practices with the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, students learn to leverage behavioural economics to drive social and behavioural change while also building partnerships and networks to support sustainable development. 

  If you want to make a positive impact in the world and advance your career while being part of our pioneering social impact community, join us in the Masters of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability. 


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You need multifaceted thinking to understand the economic, political, socio-cultural, well-being and other important aspects inherent in a problem in order to address social issues in our complex world today. Our curriculum is uniquely designed to provide you with a challenging, strategic approach which draws upon different perspectives, knowledge, and experiences in order to understand problems and explore solutions beyond that of a single discipline.

Career Success

We know how difficult it is to attempt something as challenging as a Master’s degree while working full-time which is why we give you the opportunity to incorporate relevant projects from your workplace into your degree study. Using this approach will note only allow you to be able to advance your skills, but you’ll also be able to contribute in new and innovative 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. Both our classroom and non-classroom environments ensure learning that instills invaluable competencies, including critical thinking, leadership, communication, time management, teamwork ability, problem-solving, creativity, adaptability, and business skills.


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 assume the responsibility of not only identifying needs but to proactively take action to address those needs. Rather than rely on rigid content to earn your degree, you will engage in innovative thinking in solving real-world problems.


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

You will not be alone in this important journey of creating impact and social change. Our collective experience and expertise will guide, challenge, and support you every step of the way. 

Interested YET ?

Have a Look at our Courses and Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability (MA) requires 36 credits to earn a degree in a minimum of 1.5 year of study. 


Learning Modules

MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability Program for 2019-20

Semester One (August - December)

Module 1: Global Disruptions and Emerging Opportunities
GS601 Introduction to Global System (2 Credits)
GS602  Art and Science of Sustainability (2 Credits)
GS603 Disruptive Innovation (2 Credits)

Module 2: Sustainable Design and Implementation
GS607 Design Thinking (2 Credits)
GS612  Seminar of Design Innovation (2 Credits)
GS613 Managing Design in Global Society (2 Credits)

Module 3: Designing and Implementing Collaborative Solutions
GS621 Grounded Immersion (3 credits). 

Semester Two (January-May)

Plan A: Research

GS731 Cross-Cultural Projection Management (3 credits)
GS541 Research Methodologies (3 credits)
GS542 Practical Approach to Research Methods (3 credits)
GS800 Thesis (6 credits)

Plan B: Coursework

GS731 Cross-Cultural Projection Management (3 credits)
GS751 Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (2 credits)
GS752 Behavioural Economics for Sustainability (2 credits)
GS753 Disruptive Leadership & Social Transformation (2 credits)

Track One – Sustainable Development*
GS761 Contemporary Sustainability Issues (2 credits)
GS762 Sustainability Management (2 credits)
GS763 Society, Innovation and Sustainable Development (2 credits)

* Other tracks are not available in 2019-20.

Semester Three (June - July)

Plan A: Research
GS800 Research Thesis (additional 6 credits: a total of 12 credits)

Plan B: Coursework
GS790 Independent Study (6 credits)

Important Dates for 2020-2021

  • Last Date of Priority Application Submission: May 1, 2020
  • Last Date of  Application Submission: July 1, 2020
  • Announcement of Final List of Students: July 21, 2020
  • New Student Orientation: August 8, 2020


Tuition and Fees

MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability


The tuition fee for Thai students is 257,710 THB/student/year. Please note that the above mentioned tuition fees represent only estimates based on the current MA curriculum.

Tuition fee for International students

The tuition fee for international students is 298,210 THB/student/year (approximately 9,550 USD). Please note that the above mentioned tuition fees represent only estimates based on the current MA curriculum. Read the breakdown of the cost here.


Message from our Students

“One of the best parts of the program is the other students. This program has attracted professionals from extremely diverse backgrounds which means we get great perspectives in class. Also, our teachers are a blend of traditional academics and practitioners which means we get to learn important theories and at the same time we’re getting very practical tools. I’ve been able to apply a lot of the content to my work almost instantly.”

Michou Tchana-Hyman

Director of Global Citizenship, JUMP! Foundation

“During the program, we got a chance to explore a variety of learning experiences. We had developed our social and practical skills through experience-based, hands-on courses such as Design thinking and Grounded immersion. We met, developed conversations, and exchanged experiences with real practitioners, experts, and social impact drivers from different panel discussions. We were also provided with many theories and crucial concepts through the courses to build more solid academic and research background.”

Sutima Detsakulrat

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