Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Ph.D. in ECE in Thailand

Dual degree

The Carnegie Mellon - KMITL (CMKM) program is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a leading engineering university 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, and mobility.

Graduates of the program will earn two degrees: one from Carnegie Mellon and one from KMITL. Admissions criteria for the ECE/Thailand Ph.D. Program are identical to those for the ECE Ph.D. Program. To facilitate the collaboration with CMU, CMKL University has been established in association with KMITL to administer CMKM program for research and education activities in Thailand.


Students in the ECE/Thailand Ph.D. Program will undertake a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering. During the course of obtaining the Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. is a five-year program with three years on the Carnegie Mellon campus and two years on the KMITL 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. The advisors will also assist with course selection and other elements of the Ph.D. Program, based on the student's background and academic goals. All requirements of the current ECE Ph.D. Program apply to the ECE/Thailand Ph.D. Program.

About CMKL University

Established as a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, CMKL University will provide 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 the Southeast Asia region. By applying Carnegie Mellon’s globally acclaimed research and education programs within a regional context, CMKL tackles challenges that will drive future development of Thailand and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) community.

The Carnegie Mellon - KMITL (CMKM) Program

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

Thai partner institution

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