Carnegie Mellon University

PhD in ECE in Thailand

Dual degree

The ECE/Thailand program is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a leading engineering university in Thailand. To facilitate the collaboration with CMU, CMKL University has been established in association with KMITL to administer the program for research and education activities in Thailand.

The program includes intensive study in electrical and computer engineering with the opportunity to specialize in data science, security, cyber-physical systems, software engineering, or mobility. Graduates of the program will earn two degrees: one from Carnegie Mellon and one from CMKL. Admissions criteria for the ECE/Thailand PhD program are identical to those for the ECE PhD program.


Students in the ECE/Thailand PhD program will undertake a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering. During the course of obtaining the PhD degree, students will create and disseminate knowledge in their chosen area of study. Courses offered in Thailand will typically be taught by CMKL professors in English. The content, style, and level of each course will be reviewed and approved by the Carnegie Mellon ECE Department.

Degree timeline

The ECE/Thailand PhD is a five-year program, with three years on the Carnegie Mellon campus and two years on the CMKL campus.

Faculty advising

Students will be supervised by one (or more) faculty advisor(s) from Carnegie Mellon University and one faculty advisor from CMKL University, who will create and define a research project for each student to complete in pursuit of their degree. Advisors will also assist with course selection and other elements of the PhD program based on students' background and academic goals. All requirements of the current ECE PhD program apply to the ECE/Thailand PhD program.

About CMKL University

Established as a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, CMKL University provides cutting-edge engineering research and education in Southeast Asia. By bridging world-class partnerships with local context, CMKL makes technologies accessible to its society and creates innovations that will benefit Thailand and Southeast Asia. By applying Carnegie Mellon’s globally acclaimed research and education programs within a regional context, CMKL tackles challenges that will drive the future development of Thailand and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) community.

The ECE/Thailand Program

ECE/Thailand is directed by ECE Professor Hyong Kim at Carnegie Mellon and involves the collaboration of professors, researchers, and students from Carnegie Mellon, CMKL, and KMITL, along with industry partners from Thailand.

Thai partner institution

CMKL University operates in association with King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.