Master of Arts - Applied Buddhist Studies

Nan Tien Institute

Type of institution: Higher Education Institutions
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 03233C

The Master of Arts in Applied Buddhist Studies at NTI is a program that combines graduate-level seminars with extensive research projects in a range of areas of the history, philosophy and contemporary aspects of Buddhism. It completes the Applied Buddhist Studies Program and culminates in an applied research project. You will study the impact of Buddhism in different countries, plus dialogues between Buddhism and other religions. You will explore the philosophy of life according to Buddhist beliefs as a spiritual mentor and source of spiritual self-reliance, morality and ethics, plus learn the applications of Buddhist philosophy to all aspects of life - family, career, and responsible government and management. The aim of the program is to introduce students to the methods and skills involved in established academic research and to develop their ability to undertake independent research projects within the field of Buddhist and religious studies. All teachers are highly qualified and experienced academics holding university appointments. NTI also provides support to help students with research projects and library searches. Learning Outcomes: Insights, motivation and new skills to benefit your relationships and your career by understanding how and why you act or react in a particular manner. Knowledge and insights of Buddhist values relevant to community, care and humanities professions such as counselling, social work and health occupations. Advanced knowledge and understanding of Buddhist beliefs and culture - investigate, analyse and explain the origins of Buddhism, its influences and impacts Command analytical and critical skills to high order - apply the research methods of religious studies and social science to analyse and critically evaluate the influence of Buddhism from historical to modern times. Apply knowledge to new situations and think critically, rigorously and independently - explore the philosophy of life and ethical principles founded on Buddhist beliefs and their applications.

Designed for

Both Buddhists and non-Buddhists


  • 72 credit points: 4 core
  • 6 elective
  • 1 research project
  • 1 week of intensive face-to-face lectures monthly plus independent study, research and assignments. Core subjects: Introduction to Buddhism
  • Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
  • Buddhist Ethics
  • Research Projects (12 credit points) OR two elective subjects.


  • Buddhist studies

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor degree or 3 years' relevant work experience or professional training


Various Universities recognise this Course.

Study pathways

This program articulates with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Wollongong International: $27,900 Yes

Further information

Scholarships are available.

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