Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

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Program Structure

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is intended to prepare students for an academic career and research and or teaching. The PhD program requires a 48-credit master’s degree or equivalent upon entry and publication upon graduation.


PhD Degree Requirements

Total of 84 credits consisting of 18 credits of course work and 66 credits dissertation credits

  • Complete a minimum of 18 credits coursework and maintain a cGPA of not less than 3.50 (usually within the first year; i.e., 2 semesters (5 terms).

    • For AIT master graduate, this may include up to 6 credits special study.

    • For non-AIT master graduates, the 18 credits should all be courses.

  • Complete a doctoral dissertation (66 credits)Once you have completed all of the course and dissertation credit requirements, you will no longer need to register. You will need to enroll, however, each term until you graduate.

  • Defend the dissertation at an oral examination.

  • Obtain a satisfactory evaluation of the dissertation from the External Examiner.

  • Have at least one scientific paper based on the dissertation published in or accepted by an international refereed journal where the student is the first author before the final examination.

PhD Program Committee

  • The chairperson (supervisor) will work with the student to form the student’s Ph.D. research committee within the first 5 terms.

  • The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, including the supervisor, who will be its chairperson. One member should be from outside the academic program or school. In cases in which the committee is comprised of two co-chairpersons, the committee should have at least two additional committee members.


The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is intended to prepare students for an academic career and research and/or teaching. The PhD program requires a 48-credit Master’s degree or equivalent upon entry and publication upon graduation.

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the regular PhD program, an applicant must:

  • Have strong academic records (both undergraduate and graduate) and normally hold a four-year bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s degree, preferably with a combination of course and thesis work, from an institution of good standing, acceptable to AIT. The minimum cumulative Grade Points Average (cGPA) requirement for admission to the doctoral program is 3.50 or equivalent at the master’s degree level.

  • Submit a brief outline of dissertation research proposal including the required research facilities, if necessary.

For applicants with cGPA at the master’s degree level of less than 3.50, the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Program is being offered by AIT.

  • Full-time CAS students completing the minimum course credit requirement and attaining a cGPA of at least 3.50 at the end of the second semester are eligible for transfer to the Doctoral Degree program.

  • Students who are not eligible for transfer to the Doctoral Degree program are awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies.

English Requirements:

  • The minimum requirement for doctoral applicants is 5.5 (minimum entry requirement).

  • Applicants admitted with conditions need to satisfy the English language requirement of 6.0 AIT-EET (or equivalent) before the third semester (7th term) of study, prior to registering for PhD thesis credits or research related.

  • As a requirement for graduation, students must attain a score of 6.0 on the AIT English Writing.

Exemption: Applicants who are citizens of and have been educated in an English-speaking country (e.g., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA) are exempted from score submission. Proof of citizenship and studies must be submitted.

For more information regarding English requirements:

Also, you may want to visit AIT English Language: AIT’s Language Center 



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