in Chiang Mai University started officially in 1974, ten years after the university was founded. The Graduate School was established in 1976 to coordinate with various faculties in providing and maintaining academic standards of the graduate study in the university.
From the first batch of graduate student population of 34 in the first four degree programs in 1974, the university in 2020 serves more than 5.700 graduate students, including about more than four hundred foreign students, in 214 degree programs offered by various departments of 29 faculties/research institutions/collages of which the lecturers number more than 696 Ph.D holders.
The university currently has 25 faculties, 3 research institutions and 2 collages. For convenience they can be classified into 3 academic areas.