About GPR

About Graduate Programs of Philosophy & Religion

The Graduate Programs of Philosophy and Religion  was founded in June 1993.  Initially, it offered two programs:
an MA in philosophy and an MA in religious studies. It established a Ph.D. program in
philosophy in October 1997 and a Ph.D. program in religious studies in June 2001.  All four programs
are recognized by the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and accredited by the Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA).

Since 1996, the Graduate Programs of Philosophy and Religion has dedicated itself to preparing its
graduates for service to society in Thailand and around the world. The Graduate Programs shares the vision and mission of Assumption University, which is to become an international community of scholars, enlivened by Christian inspiration, engaged in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, and serving society.

The Vision 

Striving to be one of the leading schools in the region for the promotion of spiritual freedom, intellectual freedom, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence

The Mission

  1. To imbue graduate students of philosophy and religious studies with intellectual and spiritual freedom.
  2. To conduct research and publish high quality academic papers concerning important problems facing society.
  3. To provide academic services to the public.
  4. To promote multiculturalism, religious pluralism, mutual understanding, respect, justice and harmony.

Objectives of the Curricula

  1. To train graduates to be critical and creative thinkers so they can serve important roles in an evolving democratic and global society.
  2. To create graduates of high intellectual honesty who will stand up for their ideals.
  3. To imbue graduates with the crucial intellectual and moral values, that will allow them to renew society from within.
  4. To encourage a temperament in the students for creating, maintaining and participating in a truly democratic society.
  5. To form trustworthy and open-minded leaders, who respect others, and are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the common good.
  6. To prepare graduates to be able to harmonize communities in the emerging pluralized global society