School of Development Economics

The School of Development Economics was founded, along with the establishment of the National Institute of Development Administration, on April 1, 1966. It was to follow His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision of advancing Thailand’s development through the establishment of an advanced educational institution to prepare people to become agents of change for national development.


As a leading economics faculty in Thailand, the School of Development Economics has become the country’s "Economics Think Tank." Our Master and Doctoral graduates are equipped with expertise in economics and in ethics in order to better serve the public and private sectors. We also produce quality research for the public.

Currently, we offer four programs:

• Master Program in Development Economics
• Master Program in Business Economics
• Master Program in Financial Economics
• Doctoral Program in Economics (International Program)

The graduates of our master programs are trained to be economists to work in the public sector, the private sector, and in international organizations. The programs focus on economic analysis and research skills in relation to “current issues” concerning economic development. The doctoral program emphasizes both academic excellence and research skills provided by experienced our faculty members, both Thais and those from other countries. Thus, graduates are prepared for academic work in both  the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile, the School carries out other activities, such as research, training courses, seminars, continuing education courses, and consulting work for organizations, again both in the public and private sectors. The School also continues to participate in a number of activities related to economic development and continually proposes solutions to the country’s economic problems.




Highlights of the School of Development Economics

The School’s faculty members contribute greatly to the School’s academic excellence, with 100% holding doctoral degrees from top-notch universities. They are experienced in both teaching and research in various fields.

Because only master and doctoral programs are offered, the ratio of students per teacher is relatively low compared with other economic faculties in the country. The quality of teaching and learning is assured, and students exchange ideas and work closely with the faculty. 



Academic support/scholarships

The School of Development Economics continuously provides academic support and scholarships to students. Graduate Assistant scholarships are available to encourage students to become involved in working with faculty in both teaching and research. Other types of scholarships, such as scholarships for outstanding students and full scholarships, are also available.



Cooperation with foreign countries

The School of Development Economics has cooperated with well-known academic institutions in Korea, Japan, Bahrain, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, China, Australia, and Italy, thus increasing the likelihood of further study and research.




• To provide graduates with the ethics and skills in applying economic theory to the real world
• To study and research in related fields and to create knowledge in economic and social development
• To provide quality academic services in the fields of business and economics to the society
• To develop the School’s management in the dimensions of quality, efficiency, and effectiveness


To provide graduates with cutting-edge knowledge of economics, emphasizing the importance of high academic standards, ethics, and the ability to meet the need of society


• To provide graduates with the ability to apply economic theory to the problems in the real world
• To research and develop economic knowledge
• To provide quality academic services in the fields of business and economics to the society