MSU at a glance

MSU at a Glance

  • MSU is a comprehensive university, comprising of 16 faculties, 2 colleges, 1 school, and 1 institution.
  • MSU has 2 campuses.
  • MSU offers 202 degree programs: 95 Bachelor’s degree programs, 63 Master’s degree programs and 44 Doctoral degree programs.
  • In 2022, MSU had 1,206 academic staff and 2,226 supporting staff.
  • In 2022, there were 41,902 students at MSU, including 31 diploma students (0.07%), 38,904 Bachelor’s students (92.84%), 1,749 Master’s students (4.17%), and 1,218 doctoral students (2.91%).
  • MSU has enrolled 956 international students from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Cameroon, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Tunisia, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone and Australia.
  • MSU houses more than 30 key units of community involvement and support education.
  • During 2022, MSU undertook 69 community engagement projects with a total budget of 28,308,640 THB, and many more to be launched in the following years.
  • During 2022, MSU conducted 653 research projects with a total budget of 720,567,000 THB.
  • MSU ranked 4th in Thailand in THE University Rankings 2023.


Mahasarakham University (MSU), established in 1967, is a public and progressive university located in the heart of the Northeast of Thailand. It is known as the Center of Education, offering a world-class panorama with more environmentally-responsible existence and sustainable projects. MSU has a long and proud tradition of academic and research excellence. As an educational institution, MSU recognizes an inherent obligation to serve the world of scholarship, its students and alumni, the professions, and society.

MSU is believed to be one of the best comprehensive universities in Thailand.  Of many renowned universities in Asia, particularly in ASEAN, MSU has proved itself to be an institution that has provided its students with numerous well-received degrees.  As a comprehensive public university, MSU offers a total of 202 undergraduate and postgraduate programs including 95 Bachelor, 63 Master and 44 Doctoral degree programs in the fields of Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Sciences and Technology. Of these wide ranges of degrees, MSU also offers international programs with English as the medium of instruction consisting of 4 Bachelor, 1 Master and 3 Doctoral degree programs. Undergraduate international programs available are Bachelor of Arts in English for International Communication, Batchelor of Arts in International Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Bachelor of Science  in Computer Science and Technology (dual degree program combined with Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Technology at CQUPT, China). Postgraduate international programs available are Master of Science in Tropical Health Innovation, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Food Technology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Paleontology.

MSU currently (as of 2022) has 16 faculties, 2 colleges, 1 school and 1 institution as follows: College of Music, College of Politics and Governance, Faculty of Cultural Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Fine-Applied Arts and Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Mahasarakham Business School, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Architecture, Urban Design, and Creative Arts, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Technology, and Walai Rukhavej Research Institute.

MSU is considered to be among the leading universities in Thailand, ranked 4th in THE University Rankings 2023,  and is considered a fast-growing, world-class-recognized university. MSU is the only Thai university that offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Paleontology and BA in Khmer Language. MSU is the first university in Northeastern Thailand to offer a Bachelor of Arts program in Accounting and the second to commence a Ph.D. course in the same subject. MSU is the first university in the country to establish Faculty of Cultural Sciences. MSU is the first Thai university to join the Microsoft Regional Campus IT Program. Moreover, the Faculty of Education, the flagship of MSU voted as Thailand’s Best Education Faculty by the National Education Office. MSU set up American Corner and a new ASEAN Studies Center in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Besides, MSU has the first natural medicinal mushroom museum in Thailand and Asia called Natural Medicinal Mushroom Museum established to be the learning center for the expansion and dissemination of the knowledge on natural medicinal mushrooms.

MSU’s World Class quality has been made clear according to a number of international organizations, including URAP, QS Asian University Ranking, SCImago Institutions Ranking (SIR) World Report, UI GreenMetric World Universities Ranking, Webrometric, 4icu Web Popularity Ranking, and Alexa Web Ranking. This success implies that in the near future, MSU will establish its outstanding recognition on both a national scale and globally.


MSU is well recognized and highly regarded for the excellence of its teaching and research, its beautiful and modern campuses, its commitment to the community and the quality of its graduates. MSU has been awarded 5 stars for teaching, facilities and engagement in the QS Stars Rating. This makes it evident that MSU has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned teaching faculty as well as regional and community engagement.  Moreover, MSU has been ranked by the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 5th in Thailand and 101st in the world, attesting its commitment to the “Green University” campaign, as well as to the well-being of both people and the environment. MSU also attempts to promote accessibility to their online publications and has been ranked in the Webometrics Ranking. MSU will continue with its plan for academic enrichment and is committed to maintain close ties with our partners and nearby communities through our “Community of Scholars.”

Every year, there are a number of caliber researchers and visiting professors from both government and non-government sections across the world visiting MSU to conduct joint research projects in such fields that is rarely find somewhere else or different from other parts of the world; for instance, at Palaeontological Research and Education Center, Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute, Northeastern Leaf-inscription Conservation Center and Natural Medicinal Mushroom Museum.

As a higher education institution in the 21st century, at MSU we realize that the line can no longer be drawn at the conventional missions of teaching and research, but we must also embrace the mission to transfer knowledge to communities. MSU strongly believes that by widening participation in communities, the University can help create and add values as well as enhance capabilities of wide range of people including world-class researchers, local researchers, MSU staff, MSU students, communities and local people. Therefore, MSU’s strong performance across the academic and engagement leads the University to be a professional in education world believing that a world-class university should not only be able to produce and publish research at an international level, but also be able to help develop and improve grass roots in society.

MSU has been strongly determined and aimed to gain further international recognition. To facilitate academic collaboration with its overseas partner institutions, MSU has signed memorandums of understanding with over one hundred and sixty institutions in twenty-two countries, namely Austria, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

Furthermore, as a research oriented learning institution, researchers at MSU are involved in studies of global significance. They emphasize interdisciplinary approaches drawing from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. MSU fully supports its research community to advance learning through the creative interaction of teaching and research of the highest quality.  In particular, MSU works with local, regional, national and international members of the research community to promote and steward excellence in research (peer-reviewed, high caliber, with national and international recognition). Special emphasis is on interdisciplinary research with cooperation between a number of departments, programs, disciplines, centers and institutes and the involvement of students (both graduate and undergraduate) in research work and projects.

MSU undertakes many student development related projects to enhance the students’ mobility as well as to spread academic knowledge throughout the region. In 2022, MSU undertook 62 student development related projects with a total budget of 3,529,390 baht and conducted over 653 research projects with a total research budget from internal and external funds of 720,567,000 baht.

Now and in the future, MSU strives to continue its support of research that is essential, exciting, and responsible while also seeking to ensure that our faculties respect fundamental research principles while striving to open a new scientific era with groundbreaking research.

MSU owns national patents from distinguished and quality research, and a growing number of patents in cutting-edge fields such as nanotechnology, biotech, engineering and silk innovation. Thus, it is believed that MSU could work on improving research quality and output which will soon make MSU one of the leading research universities in the country and region.

In this connection, MSU also supports university-industry collaborations in education, research, and technology transfer, with a strong focus on helping community-based businesses gain a technological edge on their competition. MSU’s University-Industry Cooperation Center (UIC) funded by Commission of Higher Education of Thailand and the National Office of Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) provides links between MSU students, staff, researchers, government departments, private enterprise and other educational institutions for the research and development of innovation or products through the use of the best available technology and research resources.

With its motto “Public Devotion is a Virtue of the Learned”, MSU is committed to providing its prospective students and potential partners with high quality programs, the knowledge gained from which will facilitate strong relationships between communities and educated individuals.  Having realized the advantages of being locally situated, MSU will strive for its international recognition in order to boast the local people’s wisdom and, importantly, the caliber of its students and staff as qualified researchers.