Graduate Studies

In light of the current situation around the world, and in order to ensure the best possible conditions for students and staff to remain safe and healthy, RYI will offer all of its fall 2021 classes online. RYI will offer all of its Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022 classes online. RYI’s intention is to return to on-campus study when it is deemed safe to do so.

Once RYI starts classes on-campus, students who are enrolled in a degree program (or the TTP) will have to come to Nepal to complete their studies. There is currently no plan to offer full MA or BA programs online outside the current pandemic situation. 

Tuition payment for the fall 2021 semester is due one week before the semester begins which means you can withdraw anytime up to one week before starting classes. The application fee of $50 is non refundable. The fall 2021 semester for new students begins on Monday August 23, 2021, and for returning students on Thursday August 26, 2021.


Graduate studies are for those students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree and wish to study in our MA program, or for those who have obtained an MA degree and wish to study in our PhD program or undertake independent research.

Visiting students from MA programs at other institutions may consider spending a semester studying in the MA program at CBS.

Researchers with at least an MA degree are eligible to apply for Research Affiliate status with us as long as their topic of research is compatible with the mission and research interests of CBS.

Students who either have completed a bachelor’s degree in a different area or do not fulfil the requirements to join the Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies program have the option to apply to MA-preparatory program. This preparatory program facilitates the acquisition of basic knowledge needed to be successful in the MA in Buddhist Studies degree. Students take undergraduate-level courses to in order to prepare for the MA Buddhist studies program. 

MA Programs

The MA program is a 2-year (4 semester / 60 credit) program that combines graduate-level seminars with extensive research in primary source literature and languages. The program provides students with the methods and skills required for mature academic research, and develops their abilities to undertake independent research projects within the field of Buddhist Studies or translation, textual interpretation, and philology. Read more...

MA Preparatory Program

The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers an MA preparatory program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language to prepare students to join one of the Centre’s MA programs or a Buddhist Studies, Area Studies, Religious Studies or similar MA program at another university. Read more...

PhD Program

The PhD program at Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies (CBS) is a 3-year research program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The aim of the program is to develop each student's ability to undertake academic research projects within Buddhist Studies to the highest standard and to elicit substantial new findings in the field. Read more...

Research Affiliation

Each year, scholars from around the world visit CBS to undertake research for their graduate, post-graduate, or independent projects. CBS offers the unique opportunity to benefit from the rich resources of a vibrant monastic institution of learning as well as a broad community of western-trained scholars. Research affiliation is offered through Kathmandu University. Read more...