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In Peace Studies

I aspire to pray for the truth I aspire to benefit peace virtues 
I will develop my life to awaken and blossom 
I will harmonize mankind and society to enrich with peace
and happiness in every breath of mine forever.



Although the courses and the research leading to the Ph.D. are necessarily specialized, the attainment of this degree should not be an isolated event the enterprise of learning. The aspirant for the Ph.D. is expected to be a well-educated person with a broad sense of general knowledge, not only as preparation for more advanced work, but also truly skillful in the teaching of Buddhism, deeply aware of Citta Bhavanã (Mind Development), having moral and respectful behaviors, well understanding the current situations of the world and society and well-versed in using modern technology to build a peaceful society.

The Doctor of Philosophy In Peace Studies degree is awarded for mastering a field of scholarship, for learning the methods of investigation appropriate to that field, and for completing original research. The program is designed to develop personnel who understands the essential terms of peace, and is able to conduct research integrating Buddhism with peacebuilding sciences. During the course skills such as leadership, communication, mediation, creativity, teamwork, conflict solution and reconciliation building in society are developed through educational activities.

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 the 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.


Doctor of Philosophy in Peace Studies program aims to integrate both inner and outer peace with an initiative to develop capable and skilled students to be able to learn, develop, and practically apply Peace Studies knowledge based on the ideology of mindfulness, wisdom and toleration. The goal is to equip graduates with profound knowledge of theory and practices in Peace Studies, which generate tools for resolving and preventing conflict at individual and social levels.


The Doctoral aspirant specifies a program area in which classes and research work are to be done, and in which he or she expects to become a scholar. At least 18 credit hours of coursework should be taken at the International Buddhist Studies College (IBSC), Mahachulalongkorn rajavidyalaya University, exclusive of dissertation credits and research skills. The study period should not be less than 6 regular semesters and not more than 10 regular semesters. The doctoral study aspirant, with the assistance of an advisor, constructs a doctoral program plan of coursework and research opportunities.

1.  Required Subjects (6 Credits)

4. Elective Subjects (6 Credits)

813 101  Concepts and Theories on Peace Studies 

813 102  Leadership and Skills in Peace-Building

2.  Required Subjects (Non-Credit subjects)

813 104  Buddhist Peaceful Means                                          

813 205  Advanced Research Methodology on Peace 

000 206  Insight Meditation

000 103  Introduction to Insight Meditation  

000 207  Advanced Insight Meditation     

813 208  Buddhist Ethics for Peace      

813 209  Buddhist University to the Strengthening Peace Society 

813 210  Insight Dialogue Meditation

813 211  Seminar on Peace and Social Justice 

813 212  Seminar on Peace and Human Rights 

813 213   Multiculturalism   

813 214   Participation and Reconciliation

813 215   Process of Mediation in the Integrated Buddhist


5. Dissertation (36 Credits)

3.  Major Subjects (6 Credits) 

813 103  Reconciliation by Buddhist Peaceful Means

813 207  Reconciliation Practice by Buddhist Peaceful Means 

813 300  Dissertation                                                                


The Ph.D. research skills requirement includes completion of at least 12 graduate hours representing at least two of the following areas relevant to the aspirant’s research area: statistics, measurement and assessment, qualitative methods, historical and philosophical methods and may include a reading knowledge in one foreign language (excluding English or one’s native language).



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 present a dissertation showing the planning, conduct, and results of original research and scholarly creativity. The purpose of the dissertation 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.

* 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 International Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University for the doctoral study has the following requirements:

1.  Master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
2.  A complete graduate application: apply online at the IBSC website or at the IBSC Office.
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 at the IBSC  website
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 two people who can comment on the applicant’s ability to complete a doctoral program of study; the master’s advisor is appropriate to include.
7. A writing sample: dissertation proposal, an article, paper, or other composition originally written by the applicant. An appropriate length is ten to sixteen pages.
8. CV or a vitae or resume.

Tuition Fee

Tuition Fee for Ph.D. in Peace Studies Plan 2.1:
Approximately 315000 THB for the whole program

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