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In Buddhist Studies

The International Center for Buddhist Studies
for monks novices and laypeople from all over
the world.



The Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies degree is a 39-credit program designed for those who seek a systematic education in Buddhist Studies for professional, academic, or personal purpose.

Students of the MA program will acquire knowledge of Buddhist history, texts, and practices with a focus on Pali language and terminology, develop analytical thinking and research skills. A wide range of topics to study includes selected works in the Tipitaka, comparative studies of Buddhist schools, contemporary social issues, Buddhism and modern sciences, etc.

A college enriched with the beauty of multicultural


International Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University produces intelligent graduates within a collaborative network of Buddhist educational Institutes around the world, with the aim of awakening society and integrating Buddhist studies with modern sciences to develop Buddhist research, innovation and academic services based on projects to foster and maintain the arts and culture of a multicultural society.


The program is aimed to provide profound knowledge in the field of Buddhist studies and foster the development of student’s research skills such as independence, critical thinking, problem solving, initiative, and professional contribution in order to serve humanity with Buddhist values. The mission of IBSC is to support Buddhism in its multicultural manifestation and ensure a higher level of religious and academic services by providing Buddhist education for monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen.


The Master of Arts program is a two-year course with 27 credits of course work conducted during 3 semesters and thesis 12 credits. As a requirement for graduation, a student is to conduct personal research work under the guidance of a supervisor to in order to complete his or her thesis.

1. Required Subjects (9 Credits)

602 101           Tipitaka Studies

602 102           Theravada Buddhism

602 203           Mahayana Buddhism

2. Special Subjects (Non-Credit subjects)

602 304           Buddhist Meditation

602 105           Introduction to Pali

602 206           Pali Composition and Translation

3. Major Subjects (12 Credits)

602 207           Selected Works in Buddhist Scriptures

602 208           Buddhism in Thailand

602 109           Research Methodology in Buddhism

602 310           Seminar on Buddhism and Modern Sciences

4.3 Group C: Buddhist Philosophy

602 323           Theravada Philosophy

602 324           Madhyamika and Yogacaara Philosophy

602 325           Zen and Vajrayna Philosophy

602 326           Selected Topics in  Buddhist Philosophy

602 327           Buddhist Ethics

602 328           Buddhist Hermeneutics and Interfaith Dialogue

4.Elective Subjects (6 Credits)

Students are required to choose 3 subjects from the following groups:

4.1 Group A:Tipitaka

602 311           Buddhist Vinaya and Monastic Organization

602 312           Buddhist Doctrine of the Suttanta Pitaka

602 313           Pali Abhidhamma: Its Origin and Development

602 314           Selected Topics in Tipitaka

602 315           History of Pali Literature

602 316           Selected Buddhist Works

4.2 Group B: Buddhism in Thailand

602 317           The Buddhist Sangha in Thailand

602 318           Comparative Study of Buddhist Art

                        and Architecture

602 319           Buddhist Inscriptions

602 320           Selected Topics of Buddhism in Thailand

602 321           Meditation Masters in Thailand

602 322           Works of Eminent Thai Buddhist Scholars

4.4 Group D: Mahayana Studies

602 329           Selected Sutras in Mhayana Buddhism

602 330           Buddhism in China

602 331           Buddhism in Japan

602 332           Selected Topics in Mahayana Studies

602 333           Mahayana Buddhism in South-East Asia

602 334           Mahayana Buddhism Arts and Rituals

4.5 Group E: Buddhism and Modern Science

602 335           Buddhist Psychology

602 336           Sociology of Buddhism

602 337           Buddhism and Ecology

602 338           Buddhist Economics

602 339           Buddhist Education

602 340           Buddhism and Social Development

5. Thesis (12 Credits)


The comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral parts and covers the major area pursued by the student. The student passes the comprehensive examination if a majority of the official examining committee (including the chair) approves the student’s performance.

The candidate must complete a thesis showing the planning, conduct, and results of original research and scholarly creativity. The purpose of the thesis is to encourage and ensure the development of broad intellectual capabilities as well as to demonstrate an intensive focus on a problem or research area.


Three semesters must be spent in resident study at IBSC. Residence is not merely a period measured in hour. During this period the aspirant must be involved full time in academic pursuits, which may include up to half-time on campus teaching or research, or under certain circumstances, a greater percentage of research if it is directed specifically toward the student’s degree objectives.


* International applicants should check the IBSC website for additional admission requirements.

Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

The application for admission to the International Center for Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkornraja vidyalaya University for the master study has the following requirements:

1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

2. A complete graduate application: apply online at the Office of IBSC Student service.

3. An official transcript (not student’s copy) of all previous undergraduate and graduate credit sent from the institution directly to the Office of IBSC Student service (printed transcripts or official electronic versions are both acceptable).

4. English requirement please check from the list here.

5. A statement of career goals describing an area of interest in curriculum and instruction and how this degree will help meet professional aspirations.

6. Letters of recommendation from one people who can comment on the applicant's ability to complete a master program of study.

7. A writing sample: Thesis Proposal, an article, paper, or other composition originally written by the applicant. An appropriate length is eight to ten pages.

8. CV or a vitae or resume.



Tuition Fee

Tuition Fee for MA in Buddhist Studies:
Approximately 130000 THB for the whole program

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